About Us

The Center for Self Leadership is now…IFS Institute

In 2000, Richard Schwartz founded The Center for Self Leadership as a training organization for the Internal Family Systems model of psychotherapy.  For many years we’ve grown together as a community – learning, teaching and living the IFS experience. In 2019, due to the increasing global recognition of IFS, the organization was renamed to better fit our purpose and goals. We want to make it clear we are IFS. IFS Institute.


Welcome to IFS Institute

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.

All about Internal Family System (17 minutes)

What we do?

The mission of IFS Institute is to bring more Self leadership to the world. We provide IFS training for professionals, a practitioner directory for those looking for IFS trained providers, and international learning opportunities for those exploring personal growth through IFS. We want to make our programs as inclusive and accessible as they are informative and inspiring.

What is Internal Family Systems?

IFS is a transformative, evidence-based psychotherapy that helps people heal by accessing and loving their protective and wounded inner parts. We believe the mind is naturally multiple and that is a good thing. Just like members of a family, inner parts are forced from their valuable states into extreme roles within us. We also all have a core Self.

Self is in everyone. It can’t be damaged. It knows how to heal.

By helping people first access their Self and, from that core, come to understand and heal their parts, IFS creates inner and outer connectedness. Read more about the aspects of the Evolution of the IFS model.