Practical Parts Work: A Day-Long Workshop with Tom Holmes

Practical Parts Work: A Day-Long Workshop with Tom Holmes

Workshop Description:
This workshop offers an introduction to the “Parts Work” model based on Tom Holmes’ book of the same title, Parts Work: An Illustrated Guide to Your Inner Life, which evolved out of the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model developed by Richard Schwartz. While largely adopting the systemic principles and therapeutic methods of IFS, Parts Work is an integrative model that offers mental health professionals new ways to facilitate the healing process for their clients as well as allowing therapists to bring more ease to their practice, reduce burnout, and bring more joy to their work.

This day-long workshop for mental health professionals will include an introduction to the IFS process as well as offer experiential exercises designed to help participants apply the Parts Work model to their own life and therapeutic work. Through supporting the state of Wise Self, or awakening and “tuning” the heart, therapists are more able to walk with others through those areas of life where there is pain and darkness and at the same time find precious peace and joy in the connection and process.

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About the Presenter:

Tom Holmes, PhD, is Professor Emeritus at Western Michigan University. In addition to his teaching at the University, he has offered many seminars in the US, Europe, and the Middle East on the integration of Parts Work and spirituality as a resource for therapist burnout prevention and the development of therapeutic conditions. His book Parts Work: An Illustrated Guide to Your Inner Life (2007), now in its 4th edition, is widely appreciated by clinicians and community members. It has been translated into German, Korean, and Italian and will soon be available in Arabic and Hebrew. Dr. Holmes received training in IFS from Richard Schwartz in the late 1980’s and has been teaching, training and practicing Parts Work ever since.

Date and Time:
Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 9 am to 5 pm (Lunch on your own for 1.5 hours, starting at or close to noon)

Location: Triple Crane Monastery, 7665 Werkner Rd, Chelsea, MI 48118

Cost: $150

Discount: Early registration discount of $125 if register before midnight on Dec 8, 2019

Learning Objectives: As a result of attending this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a clear conceptual understanding of the Parts Work and IFS model.
  2. Articulate several of the key parts of their own internal system.
  3. Identify qualities of Wise Self and how they differ from qualities of parts that may show up in clients’ presentations.
  4. Express an experiential understanding of Self and how to nourish Self in their everyday life and in their work with clients.
  5. Identify dynamics in their own system which contribute to stress and ways to return to being centered when stressful conditions arise.

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Cancellation Policy: Full refund if notice received before 8 a.m. on December 28, 2019.

Intended Audience: Psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, counselors, and marriage and family therapists are encouraged to attend.

Continuing Education Credits: This workshop for mental health professionals is co-sponsored by Partners in Healing and the Institute for Continuing Education. CE credit is offered for the disciplines listed below. The program offers 6.00 contact hours, with full attendance required. The CE processing fee is $25 and may be paid on site. Application forms for CE credit will be available on site. CE verification is mailed to attendees following the program. To receive CE credit, participants must complete all CE paperwork, sign in/out, and submit a completed evaluation of the program. If you have questions regarding CE credit, the program, learning objectives, or grievance issues, contact The Institute at:

Session Ranking: This workshop is appropriate for mental health professionals at all levels of expertise. Participants are urged to review the program description to determine appropriateness for professional and personal continuing education.

Fees Include: Workshop, hand-outs, continental breakfast, morning and afternoon snacks, beverage service throughout the day.

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Psychology: The Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute maintains responsibility for the program.

Social Work: The Institute for Continuing Education is recognized as a provider of continuing education by the Ohio Board of Social Work and Counseling, Provider RCS 030001. The Michigan Board of Social Work accepts programs approved by other state boards of social work.

Counseling: The Institute is recognized as a provider of continuing education by the Ohio Board Social Work and Counseling, provider RCS 030001. NBCC credit is not offered.

Marriage/Family Therapy: The Institute is recognized by the Ohio Board MFT, Provider RTX 100501.

NOTE: It is the responsibility of attendees to determine if CE credit offered by The Institute for Continuing Education meets the regulations of their state licensing/certification board. If you have questions regarding CE credit, the program, learning objectives, or grievance issues, contact The Institute at: