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521 | Healing the Inner Children: Using E.M.B.R.A.C.E. Parenting Strategies Within the Internal Family Systems Framework

Friday 9/15 4:15 – 5:30 PM, Social Work: Current Developments, Trends, and Best Practices, Workshop Tracks


Samantha S. Woo, M.S.W.



Approved For CE

Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers

Approved For CME/CEU




Many people recognize that relationships are impacted by how a person was parented. What an individual received and did not receive from their parents affects their most important relationships: client relationships, family relationships, intimate relationships, co-working relationships, or church fellowships. Licensed mental health professionals in psychotherapy circles discuss “parenting the inner child” to bring healing. The question is, which inner child? Many clients come in with more than one wounded part that comes into play in their relationships. How can participants help Christian clients navigate in a Christ-centered, Spirit-led way that does not bring shame of “what should be” but can grow in “what is” in the present? This workshop will explore a new Christian (biblically supported) version of the cutting-edge, evidence-based Internal Family Systems (IFS) modality that brings healing to many. Participants will learn how to use the IFS language of parts with their clients. They will be able to practice techniques from the EMBRACE model and describe how this model can be effective with a Christian client.

Learning Objectives

1. Explain to parents of teens with depression, anxiety, and trauma the basic verbiage and idea of parts language from the evidence-based IFS-model
2. Utilize in the workshop the plan for teaching E.M.B.R.A.C.E. Parenting™ techniques to clients that can be incorporated into the treatment plan of coping skills between sessions
3. Determine two key advantages of this model for willing Christians that open up more collaboration between traumatized clients and counselors
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