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Feb. 12, Online: 2-5 EST, 11-2 PST

Susan McConnell: IFS and the Body

Mar. 05, Online: 2-5 EST, 11-2 PST

Janina Fisher: The IFS Therapist’s Guide to Understanding Trauma and Dissociation

Apr. 09, Online: 2-5 EST, 11-2 PST

Tara Vogel: Parts & Charts, Using Astrology to better Understand your System

May 07, Online: 2-5 EST, 11-2 PST

Kay Gardner and Derek Scott: Releasing the Legacy of Shame

Stepping Stone Online IFS Course – 16 Weeks, 3 hours/week

All January Classes are Full. Please consider the 4-Day intensive in May (details below) or use the contact form on this site to indicate interest in the September classes.

Please click on the image below for a brief video from participants

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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4-Day IFS Online Intensive: Developing Skills and Competencies

May 25-28,  2021          10-5 EST

May 4-DAy Intensive: More Info/REgistration

Jan 23/24 Online Weekend: IFS and Working with Couples

10-5 EST; 7-2 PST

In this engaging didactic and experiential two-day workshop, IFS Couples therapist Liz Phillips,  RP, Dip TIRP will teach the basic protocols of doing IFS with couples.

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Please  click on the picture here to see a brief video of Liz describing the weekend


Learning Objectives

Participants will learn:

  • how to help couples identify the coping strategies (protectors) that keep them out of connection
  • to help them identify what happens in their communication breakdown and other painful dynamics
  • how to help couples build new pathways for safer, courageous, and open-hearted connection.
  • how to facilitate each person resourcing themselves so that they are more available for each other with their Self energy
  • ways to encourage the U-turn (You-Turn)
  • to recognise their own relational parts as therapists and how they may be contributing to getting “stuck”

Liz’s work with couples is informed by her extensive training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy,  Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples  and Encounter-Centered Couples Therapy. When she discovered IFS therapy she says “it all clicked” and her training in Toni Herbine-Blank’s IFIO method has resulted in transformations in her clients’ relationships that are profoundly satisfying – for them and for her as the therapist.

To Download Chapter 1 of Richard Schwartz’s book on Couples please click on the image here

The entire weekend will be recorded and the recording made available to participants to review for 4 weeks.

This weekend is only open to those with prior IFS experience. Please indicate your experience with the model when registering.

Cost for the weekend is USD $450 + 4% PayPal fee and is non-refundable.

To register please use the PayPal button below to make payment in full. 

Payment in Full

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Gay Male Therapists: Introduction to Internal Family Systems

January 30, 11-6 EST; 8-3 PST Online

Internal Family Systems is rapidly becoming recognised as the most powerful and effective therapy of our time because it unfailingly delivers what clients are seeking: permanent changes in the personality system resulting in less extreme thoughts, feelings and behaviours and a greater sense of peace and contentment.

Gay men who train as mental health professionals usually do so in an environment dominated by heterosexuals that can at times feel unsafe, or less supportive than when we are with community.

This one-day introduction to the model is open to men who identify as gay and are therapists, counsellors, sacred intimates, coaches, psychologists, psychiatrists or other health professionals who work 1:1 with clients.

Learning Objectives

Through didactic teaching, demonstrations and experiential exercises you will:

  • be invited to recognise that there is nothing wrong with you… or me… or any of us
  • understand the basics of the IFS model including the 3 types of parts we typically encounter in session, and introduce the concept of Self energy
  • learn how to be a”parts detector”
  • have an understanding of working with Protectors, your own Therapist parts, and “unburdening” the “Exiles”
  • understand how the model may be applied to specific concerns and populations: gender identity, trauma, couples, addiction, control freaks, grief
  • witness a demonstration of the model
  • be able to ask as many questions as you need
  • recognise “Self” as the Inner Attachment figure
  • gain clarity on how to facilitate the client’s Self as the agent for healing internal distress

Paul Browde MD describes his discovery of the IFS (Internal Family Systems) model and ask questions about how it can benefit Gay Men. He speaks to how important it is to be able to be our full selves as gay men and professionals. Paul is adjunct faculty at Columbia University’s School of Narrative medicine and has a practice in New York city.

Cost for the day: USD $125 + 4% PayPal fee; Students USD $60 + 4%; Unemployed/Working Poor USD $30 + 4%

Please click on the PayPal button below. Payment is your registration. It is non-refundable. You will be sent the Zoom link within 48 hours of registering. If you have not received it by then please click here to contact Derek Scott.