2020 IFS International Symposium

After some weeks of increasing worldwide concern due to the spread of COVID-19, the IFS Institute's management team has decided to cancel this event and postpone the celebration of our first international Symposium until next year, 2021.

We think that postponing the Symposium seems to be the most reasonable and careful decision we may adopt in this scenario.  In the aim to keep the flame alive for next year, we commit to do our best to arrange a similar or even more fascinating international event around summer time in 2021. Stay tuned!

IFS International Symposium


IFS as a Pathway for Social Change

Internal Family Systems (IFS) is not just a psychotherapeutic method but also a life-changing paradigm in our world. Come share your thoughts and experience to open new ways to use IFS to encourage global change and help spread Self energy throughout the world. 

Our speakers include Dr. Richard Schwartz, the innovator of the IFS Model, who will speak about how IFS is used across different disciplines in order to jointly and creatively discover innovative answers to the current challenges facing humankind. 

No matter where you are on your IFS journey, you are welcome to learn, explore, and contribute to how IFS can heal collective trauma and bring about social change. 

All of this will take place in the heart of Lisbon, Portugal, one of Europe’s most vibrant capital cities, which has an unbeatable historical, artistic, and cultural heritage. 


Saturday, June 6 

9:00–10:30 a.m. 

IFS as a Pathway for Social Change with Richard C. Schwartz, PhD, founder of the Internal Family Systems Model 

10:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m. 

IFS and Trauma, Addiction and Neuroscience with IFS Lead Trainers Cece Sykes, LCSW, and Frank Anderson, MD 

2:00–4:00 p.m. 

Inner Peace Coach Initiative in China with Hailan X. X. Guo, MD, PhD, founder of Hailan Family Well-Being 

Values-based Education with Dr. Neil Hawkes, founder of VbE 

4:15–6:00 p.m. 

IFS and Social Change: A Community Conversation with panelists and participants 

Join us for small-group discussion with colleagues who have similar interests! 


Sunday, June 7 

9:00–10:30 a.m. 

Obstacles to Developing an Embodied Self with Bessel van der Kolk, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine

10:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m. 

IFS and Social Change: A Community Conversation (Part 2) 

Join us as we bring all group discussions together by sharing group conclusions among all participants! 

2:00–3:30 p.m. 

IFS International Symposium closing discussion with Richard Schwartz, PhD 



Fundação Centro Cultural de Belém 

Praça do Império, 1449-003 Lisbon | Portugal 

Luís de Freitas Bran co Room 

Phone + 351 213 612 400 

E-mail: ccb@ccb.pt 

For more information about the Symposium venue: https://www.ccb.pt/Default/en/Article?a=610 

For more information about traveling to Lisbon: