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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. 

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An Overview of IFS

Training

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 will open in March 2021. Join the waitlist to be the first notified. 

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.

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IFS Annual Conference

October 14th-16th, 2021
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.

 

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In Memory of Rich Simon

Dear Friend,

 

I’m writing to speak for my grieving parts about a terrible loss for myself and for the field of psychotherapy. Rich Simon, the editor or the Psychotherapy Networker, died last week. Some of you will know him as the wild showman who hosted the Networker’s annual conference and was the star of the opening musical extravaganza each year. You can get a sense of his professional contribution from these loving tributes:

 

Workshops / Retreats

Introduction to IFS with Practice: A Virtual Online Workshop

Schedule

Fri Jan 22,: 12:30-2:30
Sat Jan 23: 1:00-4:30
Fri Jan 29: 12:30-2:30
Sat Jan 30: : 1:00-4:30
Fri Feb 5: 12:30-2:30
Sat Feb 6: 1:00-4:30

Learn and practice the theory and basic process of IFS.  Through presentation, video and live demonstration, guided visualization, discussion, and small group practice, become familiar with parts, Self, and the flow of the IFS model.  Compassion based mindfulness practice will be integrated into the workshop to help clients access SELF during and after trauma processing.  

CE’s:  
Social Workers:  16 CEs approved by NASW-NJ

Approved by:
The New Jersey State Board of Social Work Examiners, The New Jersey Department of Education Professional Development (Provider #705), The State Board...

Testimonials

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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