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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. 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. 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 Level 1, 2 and 3 trainings for both 2020 and 2021!  If you'd like us to email you when a training is ready to receive applications, please add your name to interest lists here.    With everyone’s safety in mind, all of these new trainings will be scheduled to meet online due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19. 

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 Is now open for a limited time!

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.

2021 IFS Conference - Save the Date!

2021 IFS Annual Conference: Now Accepting Call for Proposals!

October 14th-16th, 2021
Restoring Wholeness Through Collective Transformation

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.

>>Submit Your Workshop Proposal Today!

IFS News

Now Available for Pre-Order - No Bad Parts

No Bad Parts: Healing Trauma and Restoring Wholeness with the Internal Family Systems Model

Pre-order the forthcoming book from Dick Schwartz. Available everywhere July 6th, 2021

Is there some part of yourself that you wish would go away? Most of us would say yes, whether we call it addiction, the inner critic, “monkey mind,” neurosis, sinfulness, bad habits, or some other disparaging name. Yet what if there was a different way to approach these aspects of yourself that leads to true healing instead of constant inner struggle? With No Bad Parts, Dr.

Workshops / Retreats

Complex Clinical Cases with Adults


Register for individual session or the total series bundle 


Thursday, May 13th 12pm to 2:15pm: Kathy Steele MN, CS
Thursday, May 13th 3pm to 5:15pm: Arielle Schwartz PhD.

Friday, May 14th 12pm to 2:15pm: Richard Schwartz PhD.
Friday, May 14th 3pm to 5:15pm: Peter Levine PhD.

Saturday, May 15th 12pm to 2:15pm: Dolores Mosquera MS
Saturday, May 15th 3pm to 5:15pm: Janina Fisher PhD

Complex Clinical Cases with Adults

Master Clinicians Analyze Complicated Cases and How They Worked with Them

Join us for this unique and extraordinary series where you can watch and learn from some of the best experts and master teachers in the field as they navigate through some of their most complicated adult cases. You will be exposed to multiple theoretical frameworks and ways of looking at the clinical landscape of Adults with complex clinical presentations.  What theories and what approaches guided their clinical decision making and case conceptualization as well as the treatment...


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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