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. Learn more about our Individual and Organizational IFS Training Scholarship opportunities which support our quest to expand diversity and inclusivity in our community.

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. A 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.

Online Learning

IFS Online Circle

IFS Online Circle

The IFS Online Circle Program is a year-long membership program designed provide 12 months of introductory IFS teaching. Each month enjoy recorded teachings and live calls with IFS Senior Trainers as well as monthly live calls with IFS Founder Dick Schwartz.

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 each new four-month course.

Downtown Denver Skyline

IFS Annual Conference

October 8th-10th 2020
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
1550 Court Place
Denver, Colorado 80202

The IFS Conference is open to all – seasoned IFS practitioners as well as non-therapists -- interested in learning about or expanding their knowledge of IFS. Earn continuing education credits, discover a wide range of learning opportunities and connect with other IFS practitioners.

IFS News

Why we're changing our name

For many years as The Center for Self Leadership as we’ve grown together as a community of trainers and students – learning, teaching and living the IFS experience.

IFS has become more than just an evidence-based model of therapy. IFS is a movement. One that can help people heal and help the world become a more compassionate place.

We want to bring IFS to as many people as possible, to helping professionals and beyond. We want to make our programs as inclusive and accessible as they are informative and inspiring.We want to make it clear we are IFS. IFS Institute.

Workshops / Retreats

Introduction to Internal Family Systems


Hosted by: California Institute of Integral Studies
InterContinental San Francisco

888 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103


January 25th and 26th, 2020

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Internal Family Systems (IFS) model is a highly efficient and effective way to access a state of inner clarity and compassion, or the Self, from which self-healing occurs. From the Self, participants are able to calm and transform their troubling inner voices, the critical and anxious chatter, compulsive distractions, as well as feelings of vulnerability, inadequacy, and being overwhelmed. These parts of the psyche are surprisingly responsive and resilient when addressed with respect and patience. They readily forsake their inner battles,and take on valuable inner roles once they are accepted and witnessed.


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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