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Foundation for Self Leadership

Peace of mind. Peaceful world.

Hillsborough, NJ   |  https://FoundationIFS.org/

Mission

To advance emotional and relational healing and wellbeing, which leads to a more peaceful world, through the practice of Self Leadership as identified by the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model of the human psyche. We envision and strive to support a world in which individuals behave and interact using inner resources of Self Leadership as a new paradigm for healing and living, bringing acceptance, compassion, and safety to each of us and, by extension, to the communities in which we live, including those with limited financial resources.

Ruling year info

2007

Principal Officer

Toufic Hakim PhD

Main address

P.O. Box 5730

Hillsborough, NJ 08844 USA

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EIN

20-1318139

NTEE code info

Leadership Development (W70)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

A recent study by the National Council for Behavioral Health cites "lack of access" as a root cause for the current mental health crisis in the US. This crisis requires us to go beyond traditional therapeutic methods. We must meet the need by working through alternative settings, like schools, the workplace and recovery programs. As an intuitive thought process, IFS is uniquely suited to these and endless other applications. It provides a blueprint for attaining inner calm, resilience and wellbeing.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

IFS Research

We underwrite independent, scientific research that examines and expands empirical evidence on the efficacy of the IFS in transcending trauma and building emotional resiliency.

The Foundation’s largest funded project to-date is a two-year, randomized clinical trial with the aim of studying IFS as a treatment for PTSD. This study is being conducted at a Harvard-affiliated Cambridge Health Alliance community mental health center, led by an IFS Level 2-trained addiction psychiatrist, Zev Schuman-Olivier, MD.

A paper from the first IFS study funded by the Foundation for Self Leadership, has been published in the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma. See https://bit.ly/research-published.

Population(s) Served
Researchers

We catalyze proof-of-concept projects that provide access to IFS beyond psychotherapeutic settings, fostering inner healing and wellbeing for individuals and communities.
▪ Funded a two-year professional development program for educators at three schools in Hartford, CT (USA). The program continued through the pandemic and provided educators with invaluable inner resources to meet the moment.
▪ Incubating Healing CorpsTM, which brings IFS-certified therapists, who are veterans themselves, into the veteran and active-duty military communities.
▪ Launching Leadership Fellows program to bring IFS into marginalized communities through their own leaders.
▪ Provide community-facing resources, informed by the lens and language of IFS, in response to urgent societal needs, paying special attention to the needs of at-risk populations.



Population(s) Served
Teachers
Military personnel
Veterans
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average number of dollars received per donor

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans, Teachers, Victims of conflict and war, Working poor, People with psychosocial disabilities

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We acquired a number of new donors over the last two years, resulting in a lower average gift last year. However, this offers greater potential for future growth.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We foster emotional and relational healing and wellbeing by disseminating the IFS paradigm, practice and clinical protocol. In doing so, we aim to contribute to greater peace within ourselves, with each other and in our world. Our ultimate goal is to help improve the human condition and create a better future for all.

Current strategies include:
-Catalyzing and funding clinical IFS research
-Introducing the IFS modality into academic settings
-Sharing research findings within help professions
-Fostering the application of IFS within the VA
-Piloting IFS-based programs in K-12 schools
-Launching programs that introduce IFS into communities that have been traditionally marginalized
-Engaging in public advocacy for IFS-informed approaches to societal needs
-Expanding community-based collaborations

1) The first study ever funded by the Foundation for Self Leadership (in 2014) was published in a peer-reviewed journal in 2021. The research was led by Hilary Hodgdon, PhD, at the Trauma Center, Justice Research Institute, in Brookline, MA, USA. The study, which was an uncontrolled, feasibility pilot, sought to assess the efficacy of IFS on patient outcomes. It was conducted in an ethnically and socio-economically diverse, large metropolitan area in the Northeastern United States. Multiple validated scales were administered. The results showed that IFS therapy had significantly positive effects on adults with PTSD and histories of exposure to multiple forms of childhood trauma. Notably, at the one-month follow-up assessment, 92% of participants no longer met criteria for PTSD. See partsandself.org/2570-2.

2) Launched the Leadership Fellows Program, in partnership with the IFS Institute, to support current and future leaders from the Global Majority and LGBTQIA+ communities that have been traditionally marginalized by society.
24 champions and leaders were selected using a rigorous process and are currently engaged or willing to actively engage to make a difference in their community. They include community agency directors, coordinators, and psychotherapists; leaders of human-services or faith-based organizations; and social activists and advocates for the empowerment of marginalized groups. See partsandself.org/ifs-and-self-determined-leadership-in-marginalised-communities.

3) The largest funded project to-date is a randomized clinical trial studying IFS as a treatment for PTSD as well as opioid use. The study is being conducted at the Harvard-affiliated Cambridge Health Alliance community mental health center, led by an IFS Level 2-trained addiction psychiatrist. A pilot study began in 2021 to examine the effects of the IFS protocol in treating 12 individuals experiencing complex PTSD. Given the public-health crisis, the study had to be conducted online with weekly IFS group therapy and bi-weekly individual IFS sessions. An unexpected silver lining of the pandemic: this study is now going to yield results of the first-ever evaluated IFS online group.

4) Amidst the global pandemic and one of the most difficult years known to schools, educators in Connecticut were able to connect with their own Self, nurture their own parts, and provide warm, wise company for each other. This sanctuary for authentic self-care was constructed from the wisdom and practices inspired by IFS. Educators learned that they have extraordinary inner resources and the innate capacity to be calm, curious, compassionate, and courageous. See: foundationifs.org/outlook-october-2021#AccessingSchoolsConnecticut

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Foundation for Self Leadership

Board of directors
as of 02/03/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Vicki McCoy

McCoy Communications and Training, LLC

Requina Barnes

Strength, Inc.

Stewart Brown, PhD

Veterans Affairs (former)

Lester Fagan, JD

Cooley, LLP

Kelly Gaule

PROMUS+

Toufic Hakim

Foundation for Self Leadership

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/30/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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MENA
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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