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Ego States Psychotherapy:
Engaging the Personality's Different Parts in Psychotherapy

5 CE Credits/Hours - Online Course - $49.00

Developed by David Van Nuys, Ph.D.

Course includes the works of Dr. Vann Joines, Dr. Victor Daniels & Dr. Jay Earley

This course includes materials consisting of:

Transcripts are available for ALL MP3s in pdf format.

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Introduction to course by David Van Nuys, Ph.D.


General Course Description

Over the years, psychotherapists have moved away from the notion of seeing their clients as having one unified personality to the idea that each client's identity is composed of many parts. Personality is now seen as something of far greater complexity than the result of a struggle between id, ego and superego as they still try to rework and re-enact early childhood experiences. Instead of Freud's model several psychotherapies now see the ego as a multi-tiered structure in constant dialog with itself. Personality is now seen as something more fluid, which changes daily and situationally throughout each day as the client interacts with others.

The role of the psychotherapist has also shifted from being the only expert in the room to that of a co-explorer with the client in search of the client's identity, and the material of this exploration involves the somatic, cognitive and emotional experiences of both the therapist and client. Therapy has become more of a postmodern process, which envisions each client's truth. It is seen not as a fixed narrative encompassing the client's entire life, but as more of a fluid phenomenon, forged from moment to moment between the client and therapist and between the client's various personality parts.

This introductory level course presents audio podcasts of several different psychotherapy orientations, which help psychotherapists connect and explore their clients' various personality parts. Part One of the course presents a podcast overview of a parts orientation. Part Two presents podcasts on specific psychotherapy orientations: Transactional Analysis, Gestalt, Internal Family Systems, and Psychosynthesis. Part Three presents a list of resources for further study.

Educational Objectives

This course will teach psychotherapists to:

1.    Describe the general principles of parts psychotherapies.

2.    Explain the principles of Internal Family Systems.

3.    Explain the principles of transactional analysis.

4.    Explain the principles of Gestalt psychotherapy.

5.    Describe the concept of human systems theory.

Course Syllabus

General perspective on personality parts psychotherapy/p>

  • Ego states psychotherapy
  • Human systems theory and practice
  • Differences between personality parts psychotherapy and other psychotherapies
  • The role of the psychotherapist vis a vis the client

Transactional Analysis

  • The parent, adult and child parts
  • TA view of dysfunction


  • Enactments
  • Organismic self-regulation
  • Gestalt view of dysfunction

Internal Family Systems

  • The parts and the role of the Self
  • Rescuers, exiled parts and firemen


  • Evolution from Freudian
  • Theories of Roberto Assagioli
  • Multiplicity of selfs
  • The role of will and of awareness

Resources for further study

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