In order to participate in these weekends you must have graduated from an IFSCA Stepping Stone course or IFSI Level 1. All weekends cost USD $450 with the exception of the Core Practice weekend ($550) and the recordings are available for review for 1 month

Aus-Friendly weekend:

Nov 19 & 20, 8 – 3 Melbourne time

Deepening your Core IFS Practice. Derek Scott.

Limited to 16 participants

  • How can you find more of your own Self energy?
  • What do you do when a client insists it is not a part talking to them?
  • What is the role of guides and how do we work with them?
  • How do we discern and clear legacy burdens that are intimately entwined with a part’s personal burden?

We will spend this didactic and experiential weekend focussing on the work of Loch Kelly, Bob Falconer, Ed Yeats and Kay Gardner as we explore Resourcing from Source (distinguishing between Self Essence, Self Energy and Self Leadership), Unattached Burdens, Shamanism and Guides and Legacy respectively.

You will have the opportunity to release a personal legacy burden and develop the skills and confidence to work with the above. You will also be invited to watch a video wherein an unattached burden gets released and another featuring guides coming into the system to facilitate the healing.

The weekend is accompanied by a 50 page manual.

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Oct 22-23, 11-6 EST

Self-led Grief, Navigating the Inevitable. Derek Scott

During this weekend you will be invited to become more familiar with your own “grief cluster” that responds to the inevitability of attachment and loss. You will be invited to explore your own loss history – what your parts learned as a child – and your body’s relationship to grief. We will look at the applicability of a “loss lens” to midlife, aging and other life transitions.

You will learn how attention to, and appreciation for the parts that helps us with this all-too-human process naturally leads to the Self-led gratitude for the gifts inherent in connecting.

This weekend offers a mix of didactic and experiential opportunities to:

  • become more confident in working with many kinds of loss
  • integrate bereavement theory with the IFS model
  • understand what makes grief unique as a process
  • explore how your personal loss history has informed your system
  • identify where and how is grief is held in your body
  • participate in or observe a demonstration of how to work with grief
  • celebrate the legacy and gifts of connection
  • appreciate how IFS encompasses the Spiritual dimension of loss
  • ask as many questions as you need
  • continue to develop community with other IFS-informed folk
  • develop the skills to support your clients

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Nov 5-6, 10-5 EST

Introduction to IFIO (IFS with couples). Liz Phillips.

this 2-day intro workshop to IFIO (Intimacy from the Inside Out, the IFS-informed approach to couples work), you will learn the key IFIO concepts and leave with tools you can apply to your couples work.

Participants will learn the following:

  • how to help couples identify the protectors (coping strategies) that keep them out of connection
  • how to support couples build new pathways for safer, courageous, and open-hearted connection
  • how to facilitate each person’s connection to their own Self energy for more resilience and less reactivity
  • how to recognize your own activated parts that get you stuck in your couples work

At Liz’s request the workshop will not be recorded.

Liz’s Website

Click Here to see a brief video of IFIO founder Toni Herbine-Blank describing the goal of the work

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Dec 3-4, 11-6 EST

Advanced Weekend: Welcoming Neurodiversity into your IFS Practice

In order to be eligible for this weekend you must have participated as a minimum in the IFSCA Stepping Stone Course or the IFS Institute Level 1.

Neuro-diversity recognises that we all have different brains and that this variation is valuable. Join Melissa Galbraith and Tara Watters as they explore what IFS practitioner need to know about neuro-diversity in order to meet the needs of autistic, ADHD, and other neuro-divergent clients. This weekend will explore the ways in which IFS is best utilised to support ND clients and how to ensure your practice is neuro-diversity affirming.

As we dive into neuro-diversity, you will leave with strategies to use IFS with autistic and ADHD clients, as well as a better understanding of the exciting intersections between neuro-diversity and gender-creativity.

Tara Watters is an autistic counsellor and neuro-diversity consultant focused on supporting autistic and ND clients, including people exploring their own neuro-divergence. As a parent of 4 ND children, she enjoys supporting parents on this journey, including creating a positive neuro-divergent family identify. Tara is passionate about IFS and how it can be used in neuro-diversity affirming ways. Her theory-loving parts are often busy imagining new and creative ways to use IFS with her clients.

Mel Galbraith is a queer-identified cis woman who teaches the comprehensive IFS Stepping In course for cis/trans women and non-binary folk that identify as queer. She has noticed and is excited by the commonality of gender-variance within the ND communities and is looking forward to bringing her learning to this weekend. She also notes how various parts will develop stratgiew to “fit in” to the prevailing cultural norm – in the face of transphobia, heteronormativity and the shaming of people who present as ND. IFS enables us to identify parts that may be holding shame based on external expectation that are misinformed – and helps us to liberate them.

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16 Weeks, 3 hours/week

Registration now open for January 2023

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Learn the model as you experience Supervised Small Practice Groups and Consultation sessions. You will also be able to watch videos of annotated sessions and participate in a live demo. The course has a comprehensive manual and many hours of didactic teaching with Q&A.

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This course will run again in January 2023. CLICK HERE for more information or to register

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Feb 4-5, 2023, 10-5 EST

Advanced Weekend: The Gift or Our Exiles, Reconnecting with our True selves; Paul Neustadt

Most human beings, clients and therapists alike, find approaching our most vulnerable and wounded parts frightening. The protective parts of us see our exiles as dangerous, shameful, too intense, or too fragile. Inherently defective and unfixable. They are unable to see beyond the exile’s burdens, and even the exiles often think they are their burden.

One of the keys to healing is helping the client’s protective system differentiate between the exile’s burdens and its true nature, which has gotten obscured. When we help the client and their protectors recognize the exile’s gifts, it can ease their reluctance to connecting with exiles and allow space for healing to take place. Awareness of the exile’s gifts adds to the power of the healing steps and strengthens the integration of the unburdened exiles.

This workshop offers you the opportunity to experience this personally as you learn the skills and strategies for helping clients recognize the gifts of their exiles.

In this workshop you will learn:

1. The three different kinds of gifts exiles offer;

2. How the individual’s True Self fits with the the Universal Self emphasized in the IFS model as the source of healing;

3. The three shifts of identity that can occur in the healing process;

4. Strategies for integrating these ideas at different stages of the work.

The strategies Paul will teach include:

  • using direct access with protectors and identifying the protector’s gifts;
  • recruiting protectors to form an inner healing circle;
  • helping clients access more Self Energy by tapping in to the Larger Field of Collective Self Energy;
  • reflecting back qualities of the exile during witnessing;
  • focusing on the exile’s gifts during the invitation and integration phase

This workshop includes teaching and discussion, case examples, experiential learning, and learning of skills to deepen this healing process. The skills will be demonstrated and then participants will have an opportunity to practice them. Paul will provide guidelines for practice that you can use with colleagues and with clients.

IFSCA is offering a discounted fee for clinicians who work at public mental health agencies – 50% off the entire weekend. Please contact Paul at probneus(AT) for more information (please cut and paste address, substituting the @ for AT) and include what population your agency serves.

Paul Neustadt, MSS, LICSW, is a senior IFS Co-Lead Trainer with IFSI and AAMFT Approved Supervisor.

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