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Introduction to Internal Family Systems - 2nd Edition

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IFS changes lives

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No Bad Parts

Healing Trauma and Restoring Wholeness with the Internal Family Systems Model

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IFS Online Circle

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What is Internal Family Systems?

Transformative psychotherapy… and empowering paradigm.

Internal Family Systems is a powerfully transformative, evidence-based model of psychotherapy. We believe the mind is naturally multiple and that is a good thing.  Our inner parts contain valuable qualities and our core Self knows how to heal, allowing us to become integrated and whole. In IFS all parts are welcome.

IFS is a movement. A new, empowering paradigm for understanding and harmonizing the mind and, thereby, larger human systems. One that can help people heal and helps the world become a more compassionate place.

IFS Institute welcomes all people of any age, race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, class, ability, language or cultural background into the Internal Family Systems community. You are welcome here, and all of your parts are welcome too. 

The mission of IFS Institute is to bring more Self leadership to the world. 


An Overview of IFS


Professional IFS
Training and Certification

IFS Institute offers three progressive levels of professional training for those wishing to become IFS therapists and practitioners. An IFS Level 1 Training is the minimum requirement for practicing IFS in a clinical or professional setting.

IFS Certified Therapists and IFS Certified Practitioners carry a distinguished mark demonstrating competency and experience of the IFS model. Learn more about becoming IFS Certified here.

IFS Institute is organizing more trainings for late 2022 and 2023.  If you would like us to email you when new trainings become available, please sign up for email notifications here.

Online Learning

IFS Online Circle

IFS Online Circle

Our signature introductory online course taught by Dr. Richard Schwartz and Senior IFS trainers, Toni Herbine-Blank and Pam Krause. Enrollment opens each March and September when we offer monthly teachings progressing through the concepts of IFS including The Flow of the Model, The Protective System, Fears of the Protectors, Working with Exiles, Polarizations, Direct Access and In-Sight, and more.

IFS Continuity Program

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Our Continuity Membership Program is for those who are enrolled in or have completed an IFS Level 1 Training and those who have already participated in the Online Circle program. This online community is a global platform for continuous learning to deepen IFS knowledge and skills. Enrollment opens three times a year as we introduce a new four-month course.

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2023 IFS Institute Annual Conference

October 26-28, 2023
We hope you'll join us in 2023- Denver, Colorado at the Sheraton Downtown. More Information Coming Soon!

The IFS Institute Conference is open to all – seasoned IFS Therapists and Practitioners as well as those new to the IFS Model -- who are interested in learning about or expanding their knowledge of IFS. Earn IFS Certification Credits, discover a wide range of learning opportunities and connect with other IFS practitioners from around the world.  


Now Accepting Call for Proposals!

Workshops / Retreats

Trauma and the Internal Family Systems Model: Releasing Personal and Legacy Burdens


Dates: Wednesday, April 26, 2023 & Thursday, April 27, 2023

Times: 10am-5:30pm EST (Find the time for your location)

Individual Registration: Regular Rate—$375; Early Bird Rate: $350

Early Registration Deadline: January 31, 2023

NEAFAST Member Rate: $330

Black Therapists Rock, National Association of Black Counselors and all BIPOC clinicians may access an equity rate of $280.

Please contact Therapy Training Boston for discount codes. No application is required.

12 CEs will be available at an additional cost of $40 paid upon registration for social workers, mental health counselors, and marriage & family therapists. 12 CEs for IFS Certification will be available at no fee for those who are IFS Certified professionals.

This presentation will provide a brief review of the basics of the IFS model by Richard Schwartz, PhD, who developed the model, then will focus in detail on its use with attachment injuries and trauma related presenting problems. IFS is a non-pathologizing, hopeful framework within which to practice psychotherapy certified as an evidence-based practice by SAMHSA. IFS offers both a conceptual umbrella under which a variety of practices and different approaches can be grounded and guided, and a set of original techniques for creating safety and fostering Self-to-Self connection in individuals...


IFS has been the single most influential model by which I view the world, my interactions with others and myself.  It is more than a model for professionals in the mental health field. It is a model that facilitates one's personal growth and is intuitive and easily accessible.  It is applicable and versatile for a myriad of contexts including corporate teams and school classrooms.

Ellyn, Chicago IL

Great insight is developing my own ability to have presence and help my coaching clients do the same - plus opportunity to connect to a unique, warm, and supportive community.

M. Hurwich

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