By Pamela Krause, LCSW, ACSW, “IFS with Children & Adolescents” Topic Expert Contributor
Hello, and welcome to the IFS with Children & Adolescents column, which focuses on applying the IFS Model to non-adults. This column is designed to be a place to share ideas, techniques, questions, and stories that relate to working with a younger population.
By way of introduction, my name is Pamela Krause. I was trained in the IFS Model in 1998 and have been a lead trainer for the Center for Self Leadership (CSL) since 2005. I have a private practice near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where I see children, adolescents, and adults.
From my earliest work with the IFS Model, I have been devoted to finding ways to apply it to play therapy and work with younger adolescents. Many younger clients can use the Model in the same ways that adults do. However, I’ve noticed a significant population of younger kids who seemed to “get” the Model but who can’t do in-sight as some many adolescents and adults can. It’s this population that has been the focus of my curiosity and, I imagine, yours as well.
Over the years, I have developed some strategies and techniques for applying the Model to those in the younger population who aren’t able to do traditional in-sight. I’m also aware that many of you have done the same. What we have been lacking is a way to share our ideas, ask questions, and gain support from others in our community. I see this column as a place for us to connect, feel supported, and enrich ourselves and our work.
I was recently asked by the folks at CSL to write a short article on this very topic. I put together a brief overview of the ways in which I conceptualize the application of the IFS Model to working with children. The article, titled “IFS with Children,” focuses primarily on play therapy, but the same concepts can be applied to work with adolescents. That article seems like a good starting point for this column.
I’m excited about this venture and look forward to hearing from all of you.