Managing the Negotiation Within: Internal Family Systems Training for Mediators and Lawyers Conference

Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9, 2017

Join us for a two-day training centering on the theory and practice of the Internal Family Systems model as a tool for conflict resolution, with simulations and written materials.  When embattled parties come to the mediation or negotiation table, they are often awash in emotions and impulses that make for difficult interactions and impasses.  The Internal Family Systems (IFS) model provides a language and framework for helping each party identify and speak for the fearful, enraged, or wounded parts of themselves that are driving the conflict, and feel witnessed by the other. Once these behind-the-scenes feelings are revealed, the atmosphere in the room often shifts and the parties are more willing to de-escalate their conflict and discuss their issues from a calmer, more mindful place. 

In addition, IFS offers mediators and lawyers clear, practical ways to work with their own emotions. This program, which has received stellar reviews in Boston, is led by IFS Founding Developer Dick Schwartz and BLC Founder and Harvard Law School Lecturer David Hoffman. No prior IFS training required.

The Conference is hosted by The Center on Negotiation and Mediation at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and the Boston Law Collaborative Institute.

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Richard Schwartz, developer of the IFS Model & David Hoffman, Mediator & Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School

Continuing Legal Education

This conference has been approved for 11.25 general CLE credit hours in the state of Illinois.


Space is limited.  Please register early to reserve your spot.


Day One Agenda

  • Welcome, Introductions and Overview of the Training
  • Demonstration of the IFS Model
  • Applying the IFS Model to Mediation: Role Play 1
  • Group Debrief and Preparation for Day 2

Day Two Agenda

  • Exploring our “Parts” More Deeply: Exiles and Managers
  • Managing Highly Emotional Mediations: Role Play 2
  • Group Debrief and Demonstrations
  • Final Q&A and Concluding Remarks

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