2 Day Live Workshop

With Dick Schwartz and Cece Sykes

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No Bad Parts

Healing Trauma and Restoring Wholeness with the Internal Family Systems Model

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IFS changes lives

Discover this profoundly life-changing experience.


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 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 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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2022 IFS Annual Conference

October 20-22. 2022
We are excited to announce the 2022 IFS Annual Conference will be held online, October 20-22.

The IFS 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. 


Workshops / Retreats

A Compassionate Approach to Addictive Processes with Internal Family Systems


Thursday June 9th - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Central Time 

Friday June 10th 9:00-4:00 PM Central Time

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Too often society approaches addictive behavior with blame and shame, creating common behavioral spirals of control and release. Internal Family Systems (IFS)  offers a paradigm shift where there are no bad parts, but parts that have taken on protective roles and carry burdens shielding their naturally valuable states. Through compassion and hope, IFS allows these parts to transform and can resolve addictive process. This framework highlights the similarities among many common addictive processes and allows you to confidently approach treatment with entrenched inner dynamics. Join IFS Founder...


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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