The goals for this course are for you:

  • to learn and understand the IFS model and be able to apply it to your own systems, your patients/clients and one another
  • to be able to ask as many questions as you need and know where to go for further information
  • to form peer support groups so that your practice can continue to evolve
  • to be invigorated in your practice and to see remarkable and permanent changes in many of your clients

The following modules will be repeated on a 4-week basis.

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3 Hours

For our first meet we will say hello to each other and establish group guidelines. We will talk about the basics of the model, including the 3 types of parts we typically encounter in session, and introduce the concept of Self energy.

Subsequent week-1 topics will include: Working with Protectors, Therapist parts, Exploring your own system (parts map), Unburdening the exiles, and introducing the model to new clients, as well as introducing the model to existing clients.

The focus throughout the course will be on speaking for, not from your parts

I will then ask for a volunteer to be the subject of a demonstration and after the demonstration there will be time for questions and answers.

You will be invited to do your own work in the demonstrations; an IFS therapist needs to know their own system and that cannot be achieved from role-playing.

3 Hours

You will be working with the HIPPA-compliant* Zoom video platform in groups of three. Each group will work with myself or another IFS therapist colleague who will supervise your work, offering suggestions where necessary.

You will each have an opportunity to work as therapist for up to 45 minutes, and as client, and as observer. There will be up to 15 minutes after each practice session for feedback.

*HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) A United States legislation that provides data privacy and security provisions for safeguarding medical information.

3 hours, on your own.

You will meet in groups based on convenient timing and desire. You may be a pair or a larger group. It is in these groups that you get to debrief the practice work, offer support to each other, share your experiences and continue to practice with each other and offer peer supervision.

Up to 3 hours.

We will meet as a large group again and you will be invited to bring questions arising from your own practice and/or from learning the theory. We may choose to do a piece of work if you are feeling stuck with a particular client or using the model. We may explore your own parts getting triggered by clients to help you get clarity and possibly unburden a part of your own.

This is a good forum to get to know your therapist parts. Challenging issues like active suicidality, difficulty with unblending and working with trauma, addictions etc. may be brought here.

A 60 page Teaching Manual is included as part of the course as well as handouts on “How to Watch a Demo”, “How to do a Triad” and others.

Each month will have a theme and reading to accompany it. Required reading for the course is “Internal Family Systems Therapy Second Edition” by Richard C. Schwartz and Martha Sweezy available from the Center for Self-Leadership store.

Recommended reading includes: “Introduction to Internal Family Systems Therapy” also by Dick Schwartz and “Many Minds, One Self” By Dick Schwartz and Robert Falconer

In addition to reading I have developed annotated training videos: I hour sessions which have been edited to highlight choice points and illustrate where therapist parts have wanted to intervene.

There are many interesting articles on the resources page of my site and several will be recommended during the course.

The course will be run twice a year, starting in September and January with a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 16 people.

The cost for the entire 4 Month course is USD $1,600 ($100/week) and is payable in advance – refunds will not be issued. Each 3 hour teaching/practice session will be recorded and the recordings will be made available only to participants. If you are unable to attend a day you will receive the session recording.

If interested please email Derek Scott using the form below, and including your designation (e.g. Psychotherapist, psychologist, coach, social worker) and timezone and he will be in touch with you shortly.

“Derek is a great teacher. He is a sensitive, engaging an highly skilled facilitator who both models and teaches Self-leadership”
Dick Schwartz, Founder of IFS, Therapist

“Derek created a safe and welcoming learning environment allowing for my own personal exploration as well as enhanced my sensitivity for all of my clients. I would highly recommend him.”

Ann Drouilhet, LICSW, LMFT, certified IFS therapist
“Derek is a superb leader, bringing thoughtful insight and open-heartedness to his teaching. He offers compassionate guidance to help heal our wounds. I have learned a lot from Derek, emotionally and intellectually, and highly recommend him!”
Larry Rosenberg, PhD, Psychologist, Cambridge, MA, Instructor, Harvard Medical School
“Derek’s skilled, measured facilitation created safety for experiential exploration, and allowed space for participants to share their own fresh insights with the group. I am better prepared to guide my clients. Highly recommended!”
Jason C. Weber , M.Ed., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, Professional Clinical Counselor
“Derek Scott is a sensitive, bright highly skilled clinician, author, and workshop leader. I highly recommend Derek’s work; don’t give up an opportunity to work with him … you’ll be delighted you did!”
Sandra Scantling, Psy.D., MSN, Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Certified IFS Therapist, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, UCONN School of Medicine

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