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March 10 @ 9:00 am - March 12 @ 5:00 pm

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Introduction to Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy: a 20-hour course 

 With: Bruce Hersey, LCSW;  Lois Ehrman, PhD; and team

DATE:          Sunday-Tuesday, March 10-12,  2019

TIME:           9AM-5PM (Tuesday ends 2:30PM)

PLACE:        The Conference & Training Center, 60 Park Ave. S. Lakewood, NJ 08701

FEE:                $1200 

Includes refreshments, lunch, handouts,  Continuing Education credits and Certificate.

Please not that this cost is related to the need for 8 trainers for 24 participants, which requires additional salaries and lodging. In addition to the 3:1 trainer-registrant ratio for the experiential  practice, this training also requires a venue with ample breakout rooms.

Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis and remains open until 24 people sign up (including payment in full).

Please scroll to the bottom of this page to register.


For those do not live in the area, the following hotels are approximately $100 per night:  Ramada Toms River & Best Western Leisure Inn

About the Workshop:

This is a 20-hour introductory course in Internal Family Systems (IFS). Participants will be introduced to this extraordinary non-pathologizing model, and become familiar with its systemic, experiential, ego state therapy approach. The key concepts of this model: the Self, Exiled parts containing negative experiences, feelings and beliefs, and protective parts (Managers and Firefighters) which attempt to keep the exiles from reaching consciousness and dominating our perspective, will be explored through experiential exercises, demonstrations, supervised skill development practice sessions, and lecture. Participants will learn to identify these states within their own internal systems and how to use this model guide clients through a natural healing process toward integration and wholeness.

Ample demonstration and supervised training in guiding the process with peers in client roles will be provided. Much attention will be given to facilitating the emergence of Self-presence by encouraging parts to Unblend, and learning the healing processes of Witnessing, Retrieval, and Unburdening of wounded and extreme parts.

The value of both therapist and client Self–presence and welcoming of all parts with acceptance and non-judgment will be emphasized as essential to the healing environment. Participants will become familiar with both Insight (client has Self-presence) and Direct Access (client is blended with a part) methods of processing.

Previous exposure to the model would be very beneficial to anyone interested: this includes reading any of Richard Schwartz’s books on IFS, or Parts Work by Thomas Holmes. There will be a didactic overview presented in addition to the significant experiential component.

Please note: While the presenters are IFS certified and they are presenting on the authentic IFS model, the training is not affiliated with the Center for Self Leadership and this workshop does not count toward IFS Level One Training or IFS Certification.

  Meet the Instructors:

Bruce Hersey, LCSW

Altoona, PA 16602


 Bruce Hersey resume


Lois Ehrmann, Ph.D.


Lois Ehrmann CV 


CE Information:

Mental health professionals who participate in this course will receive 20 continuing education clock hours.

A continuing education certificate for the event will be obtained using the website, CE-Go. Approximately 3 days after the event, you will receive an email containing a link to CE-Go.   (This link will be sent to the email account you used to register for the event).

Upon accessing the CE-Go website, you will be able to:

  • Complete evaluation forms for the event (Mandatory to receive credit for each session)
  • Download your continuing education certificate in a PDF format

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the CE-Go process, please contact CE-Go at +1 888-498-5578 or by email at support@ce-go.com



See here for full agenda Hersey IFSintroSchedule

Day One Outline

8:30 am-   9:00 am             Registration

9:00 am- 10:45 am:            Welcome & Introductions

History and Basic Assumptions of IFS

Exiles, Managers, Firefighters and SELF

Qualities of Self: 8 C’s.

Protective nature of the system.

Positive Intentions of Parts

All Parts are welcome

IFS is experiential, it’s about process

10:45 am – 11:00 am          Break

11:00 am – 11:30 am           Insight (versus Direct Access): Going Inside

Brief Meditation for parts awareness

Role of the therapist in IFS, client’s Self in IFS

11:30 am – 12:30 am           Practice: Parts Index Exercise:

Identifying your learning parts   cards/dyads

Special sauce: 3 things to say

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm            Lunch

1:15 am – 1:45 pm              Self -presence requires unblending from parts.

Unblending is about recognizing, acknowledging,

appreciating part and requesting space.

Speaking for, instead of from, parts

Witnessing: Being Present, Curious, Accepting

Not Doing (Efforting) Going slower gets you there faster.

6 F’s: Finding, Feeling, beFriending, Fleshing out, etc.

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm              Demonstration: Finding and unblending from parts,

increasing Self-presence, six F’s

Integration: Review & Discussion

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm             Break

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm             Practice Sessions

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm             Open Space (speaking for our parts)

Integration: Review & Discussion


Day Two Outline

9:00 am – 9:45 am:             Meditation & Open Space (speaking for our parts)

9:45 am -10:45 pm             Managers & Firefighters:

The protective nature of the system

Dynamics of the three-group system

Direct Access: When the part can’t or won’t unblend

recognizing blended state

typical reasons that parts resist unblending

how to negotiate for space

10:45 am – 11:00 am          Break

11:00 am -12:30 pm            Demonstration: working with managers, resistant parts, direct access

Integration: Review & Discussion

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm            Lunch

1:15 pm – 2:45 pm              Practice Sessions

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm             Break

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm             Understanding Burdens:

traumatic memories, negative beliefs,

somatic disturbance, extreme habits, reactivity

Closing sessions safely:

Acknowledging and thanking all parts

for cooperation, giving space

Establishing ongoing link to Self for part

Asking for any final important communication by any part

Reorientation, debriefing

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm             Practice Sessions

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm             Open Space (speaking for our parts)

Integration: Review & Discussion


Day Three Outline

9:00 am – 9:45 am:             Meditation & Open Space (speaking for our parts)

Healing: The Final Steps

Retrieval, Unburdening, & Reintegration of Parts

Parts stuck in time, traumatic memories

Safe space/ healing place

Ceremonial v. spontaneous unburdening

Role of the body in unburdening/reintegration

Future projection w/ gifts & resources

9:45 am – 10:45 am:           Demonstration:

Retrieval and/or Unburdening & Reintegration

11:30 am –11:45 am           Processing of Demonstration

Integration : Review & Discussion

11:45 am – 12:00 pm          Break

12:00 pm –1:45 pm             Practice Sessions

1:45 pm –2:30 pm              Closing Discussion: Goals of IFS Therapy

Review/ Next Steps

Questions & Answers

Closure Exercise


Learning Objectives:

By the completion of this training participants will have:

  1. Learned the essential concepts of the IFS Model of Psychotherapy such as the following:  Self, Parts, Protectors, Exiles, Polarities and Healing Stages
  2. Practiced under supervision working with the protective nature of the person’s parts in at least three triad practices so that clarity in the person playing the role of the client can be increased.
  3. Learned and observed the essential healing steps in order to help clients do the following: name, explore and befriend their parts, unblend with parts so as to minister more effectively to parts, increase Self Presence toward their own parts, retrieve and unburden parts who have survived harsh external constraints.
  4. identified at least three of their own parts that may at times interfere with the therapeutic process with their clients.
  5. Observed the phenomenon of blending with parts and learned how to facilitate unblending with a client.


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March 10 @ 9:00 am
March 12 @ 5:00 pm


Lakewood, NJ
60 Park Avenue South
Lakewood, NJ 08701
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