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Course Information

IFS of the Brain



Bio – Kriss Jarecki
Kriss Jarecki, LCSWR has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1987. She is an EMDR Consultant and trainer for Progressive Counting and EMDR. Kriss currently serves on the EMDR International Association Board of Directors and was a member of the EMDRIA Standards and Training Committee for four years. She served as a co-regional coordinator for the WNY EMDR Regional Network for 10 years and worked for 7 years as a field instructor for the University of Buffalo School of Social Work in New York. Kriss currently has a private practice serving children through adults and treats challenges such as PTSD, self-injurious behaviors, depression, anxiety, phobias, and adjustment issues. She has over ten years’ experience as a clinician and supervisor in the field of chemical dependency. She has published articles in the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, Traumatology and Counselling and Psychotherapy Research.

Bio – Sam Johnson
Samuel G. Johnson, MA, BCC, NCC, ACS, LPC. He has worked in such varied fields as infant mental health, older adult mental health, residential treatment, inpatient, outpatient, community mental health, clinical supervision, university settings, and private practice.


Agenda - Friday

9:00 - 11:00 am - How the brain uses chemicals and parts of itself to digest experiences, what happens when information gets “stuck” and symptoms that emerge. Review the Polyvagal Theory and utilizing mindfulness as a means of healing.

11:00 - 11:15 am - Break

11:15 am - 1:15 pm - Working with the protective system and addressing protector fears (attachment and attunement)

1:15 - 1:45 pm - Lunch

1:45 - 3:15 pm - Positive Parts on the Team and more mindfulness exercises. Discussion, video and practicum

3:15 - 3:30 pm - Break

3:30 - 5:00 pm - Direct access with protectors


Learning Objectives

1.    Define the parts of the brain and how processing experiences happens

2.    Assemble and express symptoms of too much or too little cortisol

3.    Express a beginning understanding of the Polyvagal theory

4.    Demonstrate at least 3 mindful activities

5.    Apply the Positive Parts of the Team exercise

6.    Differentiate when to use direct access or insight with parts

7.    Practice working with the protective system with entrenched systems