Full Course Description

IFS in Action: Leading Clients to Self-Leadership

Healing is a word derived from the German hailjan, meaning “to make whole.” To truly heal isn’t easy, since it involves reconnecting with polarized and often volatile subpersonalities, or parts within ourselves, including protectors, managers, and exiles. The Internal Family Systems (IFS) model, helps clients access an undamaged inner essence called the Self, and from this Self they learn to lovingly relate to and transform their most troubling parts. In this workshop recording, you’ll discover how to help clients transform their fragmented experience of Self.

Program Information


  1. Apply strategies used in IFS to contact the core Self.
  2. Specify how to shift the role of therapist from the primary attachment figure to a container who opens the way for the client’s Self to emerge.
  3. Use methods for transparently handling situations in which you get emotionally triggered by your client.
  4. Analyze how to get clients’ polarized, deeply conflicted parts to negotiate with each other.


Internal Family Systems (IFS): Origins and Contacting the Core Self

Identify Diagnoses & Symptoms: Open the Way for the Client’s Self to Emerge

Access Internal Strengths & Resources for Healing

Handling Situations in Which You Get Emotionally Triggered

IFS Techniques to Get Client’s Deeply Conflicted Parts to Negotiate

Copyright : 03/22/2019

Session 01: Introduction: “When the Therapist Gets Triggered”

Join Richard Schwartz, developer and originator of the Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy model, to experience the healing power of IFS through exclusive, rarely seen client session demonstrations. You’ll see Dr. Schwartz in action with clients suffering from combat PTSD, childhood and sexual abuse trauma, and deep-rooted anger – so you can see first-hand how the IFS method can revolutionize your healing outcomes.

Program Information


  1. Evaluate and elaborate on the IFS model’s principles, concepts, and treatment interventions.
  2. Utilize case examples to demonstrate IFS treatment interventions and to employ situations that may trigger therapists, in order to demonstrate how to effectively maintain therapeutic presence while continuing to provide support for the client.
  3. Evaluate burdens, particularly legacy burdens, and investigate their role in the client’s internal system. 
  4. Propose the five “P’s,” which are the qualities a good IFS therapist would demonstrate in order to be fully present with clients, to be fully embodied in self, and to able to engage with client’s parts in the face of triggers.
  5. Distinguish the role of “Self” as the loving-connected force that organizes all the parts and facilitates healing.
  6. Differentiates between exposure to trauma and the internalized impact of trauma on the inner system.


Session 1: Introduction: When the Therapist Gets Triggered
The Origins of IFS
The Delineation of Parts/Internal Interactions
The Self
The Different Kinds/Roles of Parts
IFS Model’s Perspective on Trauma
The Path to Recovery Through IFS
The 8 “C’s” of Self-Leadership
IFS Exercise
Getting Triggered

  • “Tormentors”
  • Therapist Access to Their Own “Self”
Session 2: IFS In Action: Working with a Veteran with PTSD
Applying IFS Concepts to Triggering Client Situations
Background on Dan
Dan Case Study
  • Beginning with Protectors
  • The Magic Question: “How Do You Feel Towards the Parts?”
  • Underlying Beliefs
  • Healing Using IFS
  • Legacy Burdens
  • Managing Resistance
  • Unburdening
Session 3: IFS in Action: Trauma from Childhood Abuse & Deep Seated Anger
Review of Dan Case Study: Legacy Burdens as Powerful Organizers
Introduction to Bob
Bob Case Study
  • The Importance of Therapist Staying in Self When Experiencing Triggers
  • Insight
  • Witnessing
  • Ritual
Session 4: IFS in Action: Chronic Sexual Abuse & PTSD
Introduction to “Kathy”
Kathy Case Study
  • Suicidal Ideation/Part
  • Witnessing
  • Unburdening
  • Becoming a Good Inner Parent
  • Ritual Closure

Copyright : 05/14/2020

Session 02: IFS in Action: Working with a Veteran with PTSD

Copyright : 05/14/2020

Session 03: IFS in Action: Trauma from Childhood Abuse and Deep-Seated Anger

Copyright : 05/14/2020

Session 04: IFS in Action: Chronic Sexual Abuse and PTSD

Copyright : 05/14/2020

The Myth of the Unitary Self

There’s a growing convergence of opinion from a range of disciplines challenging the traditional idea of the unitary personality in favor of the view that each of us actually contains a multiplicity of selves.

In this session recording, two noted clinical practitioners will focus on how what’s often identified as pathology reflects childhood defensive adaptations of some of these selves.

Together, they’ll demonstrate how the perspective of inner multiplicity can be used to elicit therapeutic healing, self-awareness, and growth.

Program Information


  1. Evaluate how to help clients avoid overidentifying with a single part of themselves, and empower them to move beyond diagnostic labels. 
  2. Use the enhanced ability to perceive the workings of one’s mind to achieve greater personal integration. 
  3. Analyze the distinction between the Self and one’s parts and how it can help clients develop a capacity for Self-leadership and self-regulation. 
  4. Analyze the practical similarities and differences between two widely influential models of therapy, IFS, and Compassionate Inquiry. 



  • Bringing Together Internal Family Systems & Compassionate Inquiry
  • The Development of IFS

IFS “Therapy Session” for Gabor Maté

  • Feeling the Jealousy & Resistance
  • Being with the Jealous Part
  • Curiosity
  • Moving from Hurt to a Good Place
  • Letting Go of Old Feelings

Compassionate Inquiry “Therapy Session” for Ricard Schwartz

  • Shyness & Fear of Public Speaking
  • In Touch with Feelings
  • Staying Focused on Feelings

Comparing Approaches

  • “Veronica” Compassionate Inquiry Therapy Demonstration with Gabor Maté
  • “Kita” IFS Therapy Demonstration with Richard Schwartz

Questions from Audience

Copyright : 03/24/2019

Stop the Dread & Avoidance of Anxiety! How to Apply IFS Techniques for Anxiety

Teach clients to stop dreading and avoiding their anxiety! Learn from Richard Schwartz, PhD, the founder of this model that is being embraced worldwide as a cornerstone treatment for therapists. Dr. Schwartz will show you that your client's anxiety is to be comforted - not dreaded or avoided.
The Internal Family Systems (IFS) model offers a way to help clients separate from their anxious parts and then love and comfort them. In doing so, clients can also learn where those parts are stuck in the past and retrieve them from those scary times and unload the fear they carry. This is a scary present but it’s also an opportunity to help many clients do some deep healing.

Program Information


  1. Assess the foundational concepts of the Internal Family Systems as an effective therapy model.
  2. Plan the IFS treatment steps to use with clients to enable them to identify and separate from their anxious parts. 
  3. Apply the concept of "multiplicity" as a model for case conceptualization of clients' presenting problem and/or symptoms. 


Multiplicity & the Self  

  • Evolution of the IFS approach  
  • Multiplicity of the mind  
  • Stumbling on to the self  

Internal Family System (IFS) For Anxiety  

  • Protector parts and exiles  
  • IFS technique:  
    • Honoring protectors  
    • Dealing with the overwhelm  
    • Witness and retrieve exiles  
    • Unburden beliefs and emotion that lead to dread and avoidance  

Copyright : 06/04/2020