IFS News and Events - August

IFS News

Below is the email sent to our community on August, 11th 2021. Signup here to receive our newsletter.


Dear Friend

We hope you're enjoying a safe and healthy summer.  It has been a busy 2021 at the Institute and I thought I would share some of the work we are doing to grow and expand our community in order to bring more high quality learning events and IFS Trainings to you;

  • Increasing number of trainers: We know that many people have been waiting patiently for spots in our trainings and we so appreciate your interest and your patience.  Pam Krause and Toni Herbine-Blank, two of our most experienced lead trainers, in partnership with the Institute have developed a pilot program to support the development of more trainers. One of those programs, the Lead Trainer Program, is devoted to developing a number of our excellent and experienced Assistant Trainers, into Lead Trainers.  We anticipate that by the end of the year, we will have graduates from that program that will be able to deliver more programs for all of you in 2022.  We are also piloting a program to develop more Assistant Trainers and can share more about that in a later update.
  • Growing our team: The institute staff is small, but it is growing.  We added three important new roles to date in 2021.  Shuka Alee is our new Customer Experience Specialist, Andrea Tanguay is our new Chief of Staff, and Amanda Connell is Dick’s new Executive Assistant.  These new roles are creating greater capacity for our team to build offerings and services that better serve the community.  Welcome Shuka, Andrea and Amanda!
  • Building our community: Our Diversity and Inclusion committee is growing and we welcomed Dr. Phil Butler and Rosa Bramble to the committee this year.  The committee is chaired by Kate Lingren (Intimacy from the Inside Out Trainer) and also includes Chris Burris (Lead Trainer), Ashley Curley (Conference Manager). This committee is doing a lot of work in defining our goals and shaping events like the Annual Conference.  We will send out a specific message about the work we're doing and the work still to do in early September. 

Below you'll find more information about our IFS Annual Conference, featured books and upcoming events with Dick Schwartz.

As always, thank you for your support. We hope you stay safe and well!





Katie Nelson, 

CEO, IFS Institute


Virtual 2021 IFS Annual Conference

October 14-16, 2021

circle image of IFS virtual conference banner; text reads Restoring Wholeness Through Collective Transformation

For nearly 30 years the IFS Annual Conference has been a place to connect in community with fellow IFS enthusiasts and learn about the latest applications of the model.  


The IFS community is bigger, and more global than ever, and we’ve been through a lot since our last conference. Together we will learn, heal, and celebrate the growing movement of IFS with the theme: Restoring Wholeness Through Collective Transformation.


The IFS Annual Conference is open to all -- seasoned IFS practitioners as well as non-therapists -- interested in learning about or expanding their knowledge of IFS. Workshop themes will cover a broach of topics including Couples & Relationship –Family and Children – Trauma – Addiction – Mind, Body & Spirit, Cultural Competency and IFS in Daily Life.  


Here's just a few examples of the topics you’ll see at the 2021 Virtual IFS Annual Conference:

  • Internal Consent as a Foundation for Self-Led Sexuality with Patty Rich

  • Intent vs. Impact: Restoring Wholeness Across Our Difference with Jory Agate and Fatimah Finney

  • Self-Led Parenting: Raising Anti-Racist Children with Seth Kopald 

  • Using IFS and IFIO with Mixed-Neurology Couples with Kim Bolling

  • Exploring the Integration of the Enneagram and IFS with Joan Ryan and Tammy Rosenberg 

  • Working with Polarities: The Key to Compassion for Compulsion and Addiction with Cece Sykes

 Early Access Registration is NOW Open >>

Featured Bookstore Item


No Bad Parts

Healing Trauma and Restoring Wholeness with the Internal Family Systems Model by Richard C. Schwartz, Ph.D


Many thanks to all those who've purchased their copies already. The audiobook will be available on Audible in October!


Available now at:


Upcoming Events including Dick Schwartz

Psychedelic Medicine Virtual Symposium

Advocating for Psychedelic Health & Happiness
Aug 28, Sept 11 & 25, 2021 • 9am-1pm PST •

Lifetime Access to the Recordings

The Virtual Psychedelic Medicine Symposium offers a unique opportunity to learn with some of the most prominent leaders about the most important topics in the field of psychedelic medicine & develop a textured understanding of how psychedelic medicine may be a useful tool for you or your loved ones.


Early Bird Pricing Ends August 13th - Use Code IFS10 for an additional 10% OFF

Save your seat for this online event>> 


Treating Couples

Offered by Cambridge Health Alliance

Friday November 4, 2021- November 6, 2021


This course will center on the latest advances in treatment and research in couples therapy. Dynamics of relationships and patterns of interaction that negatively impact relationships will be discussed, as well as a variety of treatment interventions to demonstrate what works best for various scenarios. Clinicians will gain strategies to help advance their treatment skills and improve their effectiveness. The course is intended for mental health and health clinicians as well as others interested in the principles and practices of treating couples.


Learn more and register here>>


Trauma and the Internal Family Systems Model:

Releasing Personal and Legacy Burdens




Learn more and register here>>