Course Description

Hours: 12

This course was previously called Working with Parts: Healing the Child(ren) Within

This Professional Development course introduces an understanding of how trauma can result in varying degrees of dissociation and fragmentation of one’s inner experience. This course draws elements from different parts work/ego state models such as structural dissociation, transactional analysis, internal family systems (IFS) and others. The presentation will introduce: 

  • Conceptualizing inner states.
  • Singular verse split subconscious states.
  • Dissociation as a division of the personality.
  • Dissociative parts of personality.
  • The role of ‘phobic reactions’ within parts.
  • Understanding the ‘self-protective’ roles of different parts or ego states including shame.
  • Tools to support relationship with fragmented ego state/parts of one’s inner world, foster a means to integration, inner coherence, regulation and the capacity for self-soothing. 
  • Treatment interventions for overcoming the phobia of dissociative parts.
  • Specific interactive strategies and exercises working with ego state parts. 

This course offers a review and comparison of different parts work models and does not constitute formal training in any specific approach to parts work.


For more information contact the Faculty of Social Work Professional Development office:

Email: fswprofessionaldevelopment@wlu.ca
Phone: 548-889-5128

Cancellations and Transfers
Be sure to carefully review our cancellation and transfer information before registering.

Website: wlu.ca/fswpd

Applies Towards the Following Certificates


This course has already taken place for the current academic year (July 1, 2024 to June 30, 2025).

The 2025/2026 Faculty of Social Work Professional Development course dates will be posted on this website on July 3, 2025.

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