Program Assistant Development

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We're pleased to provide opportunities for professional development for those interested in being a Program Assistant for IFS Trainings.

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PA Administrative Orientation

Our PA Administrative Orientation is a FREE 90-minute webinar that will introduce you to the role of IFSI Program Assistant and help to increase your confidence and improve your performance as a PA.​ As we work to support the PA role, it is our hope that all current (experienced and new) Program Assistants will have completed a PA Administration Orientation by the end of 2024.

Registration and live attendance are required for the PA Administrative Orientation (no recordings made). No CE credits are offered for this free webinar.

We will be offering two times to attend a live PA Administrative Orientation in May 2024. Please register below!

We hope that you leave this orientation aware of what is expected of a Program Assistant. You will also learn where to go to get your questions answered and how to get support.  Below is the complete IFS-Institute's Program Assistant Handbook.

PA Development Workshop

Those who complete attendance in a PA Administration Orientation webinar will be eligible to register for an upcoming full-day PA Development Workshop.

PA Development Workshops are limited to 42 participants and will be supported by a 3:1 participant to staff ratio. The online workshop will be offered at a fee for the day to cover administrative costs and offers CE credits. The cost of this workshop is $200.

Registration opportunities will be offered to those who have completed a PA Administrative Orientation, in addition to have received a Certificate of Completion from a Level 1 training. Once registration for a PA Development Workshop is scheduled, an email with registration details will be sent to those who have completed the Orientation

Our 2024 PA Development Workshop dates are below. Due to the high demand, registration for these workshops is not currently open but will likely occur 1-2 months prior to the workshop date.

  • Friday, February 16 2024
  • Wednesday, April 24 2024
  • Friday, June 14 2024
  • Friday, August 30 2024
  • Friday, September 20 2024
  • Friday, December 6 2024

We hope to see you at an upcoming PA Administrative Orientation webinar and PA Development Workshop. On behalf of the IFSI Talent Management team we look forward to connecting with you and supporting everyone on their Program Assistant journey. 

These programs are designed for trainings organized by IFS Institute. International Program Assistants are welcome; however, some administrative procedure policies may differ for trainings organized by International Partners.

Click here to view PA Handbook - Updated & Revised for 2024

We are seeking qualified Program Assistant staff for future PA Development Workshops

The IFS Institute is seeking Program Assistants to help in future PA Development Workshops. These 1-day experiential workshops are led by an IFS Institute Lead Trainer and consist of 42 participants and 14 PA staff. Typical times for these workshops are 9am-5pm Central Time and consist of 1-2 staff meetings prior to the event.

In order to be considered for this role, we are seeking candidates that have successfully been a PA in an IFS Institute training at least 5 times OR have been recommended by a trainer to join a PA Development Workshop as staff.

If you meet criteria and are interested, please complete this interest form.

Exceptions to these criteria may apply. Completing this form does not guarantee a spot in a future PA Development Workshop.

Frequently Asked PA Questions

Who selects the PA Staff? Trainers? IFSI?

The trainer team selects their PA staff. Trainers try to have a mix of both experienced and inexperienced PAs since experienced PAs can provide mentoring to inexperienced PAs.  It is also suggested that an inexperienced PA complete at least one year of private practice working the the model after completing their Level 1 and being a PA.  This is a recommendation and not a requirement.

Am I required to attend the PA Admin Orientation and PA Development Workshop to be a PA?

No, it is not mandatory to attend either the PA Admin Orientation or PA Development Workshop, however, we strongly recommend that PAs attend the PA Admin Orientation at a minimum.  The new PA Application asks if the applicant has attended the PA Admin Orientation so that Trainers will know who has attended when they receive their PA applications. Trainers may give stronger weight to those who have attended the PA Admin Orientation.

Can I apply to be a PA if I don't live in the United States?

Those who want to be a PA in a North American Training must have a US Social Security Number or Canadian Social Insurance Number in order to be a PA in a North American Training. 

Can a practitioner be a PA or become a trainer?

Yes, practitioners can apply to be a PA.  We are currently working on a separate track for practitioners and the trainers for that track can be either therapists or practitioners.

Is there a pathway for PAs to have grievances heard and attended to with transparency?

You can see the IFSI Grievance Policy on the website at FAQ | IFS Institute (  The person making acomplaint will be asked to send their complaint, in writing, to IFS Institute's Chief Executive Officer at IFS Institute, P.O. Box 3969, Oak Park, IL 60303.  Or, it can be sent to the Chief Executive Officer using the form at this link:   IFS Institute's Chief Executive Officer will review the complaint, in consultation with the Executive Committee, and will issue a response within 30 days of receipt of the written complaint.  

Is there a way to apply to be a PA using the information from a previous application?

Unfortunately, there is no way to save information in Submittable which is the platform used for PA Applications.  Some PAs save their longer written answers in a Word document and then cut and past them into their next PA application.

Is there a list to join to be available to Trainers who need a PA on an emergency or short term basis?

Yes, you can join the list at the bottom of this page:

How do I become an IFSI Trainer?

You can find information on the IFSI Trainer Career Path at IFS Trainer Career Path | IFS Institute (

Do the Mentoring Programs on the IFSI Trainer Career Path have a cost?

No, the ATP (Accelerated Training Program), the ATMP (Assistance Trainer Mentee Program) and the LTP (Lead Trainer Program) have no cost to the mentees.

Are evaluations of the Trainers anonymous to everyone at IFSI?

The Staff-to-Staff surveys are anonymous to the Talent Management staff and Trainer Team.

What are Bridge Days and are they paid?

Bridge Days have replaced what used to be Teleconferences.  Bridge Days are 5.5 hours long which allow for more practice time of the model or for any other topics that the trainers think necessary.  For the most common L1-3 training, there are two Bridge Days which take place between Sessions 1 & 2 and Sessions 3 & 4.  Bridge Days are paid the same as a training session day - $150.

What is IFS Institute's Dual/Multiple Relationship Policy

Please see FAQ #28 | IFS Institute ( to view the Dual Multiple Relationship Policy.