chapter  4
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Clinical Assessment of Children and Their Families

Ultimately, the therapist guides the child on an inner journey. The child's feelings are invited into the therapy process. These feelings, or parts, reside in the child's body. Protective parts exist to Manage, block, and soothe painful feelings. It is very important for the therapist to work somatically. Almost always there are feelings that fight or want to get rid of such difficult feelings. This is normalized, followed by the therapist asking the child to work with critical or non-accepting Parts. The therapist conveys child's acceptance and befriends the protective parts and the feeling as the client is doing the same. McConnell has been an innovator of Somatic Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy. The healing process ultimately includes the body's realignment and centering another way of manifesting self-leadership. As Manager and Firefighter protective parts are encountered, and, as these parts can unblend from self, the therapist can coach the family members to represent powerful feelings felt in the body.