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October 24 @ 9:00 am - November 1 @ 2:00 pm

20-hour Internal Family Systems (IFS) Experiential Intro course: Working with inner parts of a person  

With:  Lois Ehrman, PhD; Mary C. Green, M.A. and team


DATES:          October 24, 25, 31, & November 1, 2021 

TIME:           8:45 AM –2:00 PM each day (15 minute break) 

PLACE:        Online webinar with experiential breakout rooms

FEE:               $1050 ($ 975 Early bird until August 30, 2021)

Includes full technical support, handouts, and CE credits.

Please scroll to the bottom of this page to register.

Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis and remains open until 30 people sign up (including payment in full).


About the Workshop:

This is a 20-hour introductory course in Internal Family Systems (IFS). IFS is an evidence based therapy (for more details, please see https://www.foundationifs.org/news-articles/79-ifs-an-evidence-based-practice) Participants will be introduced to this extraordinary non-pathologizing model, and become familiar with its systemic, experiential, ego state therapy approach. Please be aware that discussion of Self in the context of this model is as in the capitalized “Self” and is a technical term within the IFS model, not a reference to self-work, but comparable to the adult nurturing ego state within the client.

The key concepts of this model: the SelfExiled parts containing negative experiences, feelings and beliefs, and protective parts (Managers and Firefighters) which attempt to keep the exiles from reaching consciousness, overwhelming, and dominating our perspective, will be explored through experiential exercisesdemonstrationssupervised skill development practice sessions, and lecture.

Participants will learn to identify these states within their own internal systems and how to use this model to 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 WitnessingRetrieval, 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.

There is no known commercial support nor conflict of interest for this program.

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.

The program will be recorded, with the exception of breakout practices. Participants may have access to the recorded workshop for a period of 90 days.

Meet the Instructors:

Lois Ehrmann, Ph.D.

Lois Ehrmann is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a certified distance counselor who has been working in the mental health field for 30 years. Her specialty areas include trauma and attachment struggles in children, adolescents and adults. She has worked intensively with adoption and issues of pre-natal fetal alcohol exposure. In the last 10 years she has extensively studied the art of holistic healing in regard to trauma through the use of EMDR and the Internal Family Systems Model as well as other methodologies that incorporate the body, mind and spirit. She is a highly experienced speaker and presenter, having presented for many years on topics such as trauma and attachment, clinical supervision, and IFS.


Mary Green, M.A. 


Mary has been working in the counseling field for 32 years. She has earned her Masters in Counseling Services in 1987 from University of Pennsylvania. In 1993, she launched her private practice in Central Pennsylvania, specializing in anxiety, depression, grief & loss, family relationship problems, stress, and anger management. Much of her work also centered on the treatment of trauma  for both children and adults. 

In 2010, Mary was introduced the the IFS (Internal Family Systems) Model and has completed IFS Level 3 Training, obtained IFS Certification, and has conducted IFS workshops for clinicians. IFS is a powerful model of transformation and provides open hearted healing. IFS is the focus and backbone of her therapeutic approach. Mary has relocated to Ontario, Canada in 2016. Since that time, her goal has been to support the development of an IFS community and a culture of Self-leadership. Currently, she maintains an online counseling / consultation / coaching practice.

The Team


Application Deadline

 October 22, 2021  or until all training spaces are filled, whichever comes first.

 Notification of Acceptance

 Applicants will be notified, via email, of acceptance when registration is complete and payment is received.

Refund/Cancellation Policy 

Tuition/registration payments are refundable (minus $50) until September 15, 2021. Cancellations after this date are non-refundable. In this situation, we will attempt to find someone to take your slot (based on our waiting list).


 Conference is via webinar.


CE Information:

Continuing Education Credit (18) has been approved  through Commonwealth Educational Seminars for the following professions:  Psychologists, Social workers, Mental Health Counselors, and LMFTs. It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state.


Commonwealth Educational Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for these programs and their content.

Neuhoff Psychological Consulting is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Psychologists in the state of New York.

Social Workers:

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Social Workers. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for Social Workers. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Commonwealth Educational Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers. #SW-0444.

Licensed Mental Health Counselors

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Mental Health Counselors.  Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LMHCs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Neuhoff Psychological Consulting is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Mental Health Counselors in the state of New York.


See here for full agenda of a previous training IFSintroSchedule 1120

Please note: since this training will be delivered over 4 days, exact schedule will shift somewhat.

Day One Outline Sunday 10/24/21


8:45 am-    10:00 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


10:00 am – 10:30 am                     Insight (versus Direct Access): Going Inside

Brief Meditation for parts awareness

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


10:30 am – 11:30 am                     Practice: Parts Index Exercise:

Identifying your learning parts    cards/dyads

Special sauce: 3 things to say


11:30 am – 11:45 am                     Break


11:45 am – 12:30 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.


12:30 pm – 1:30 pm                      Demonstration: Finding and unblending from parts,

increasing Self-presence, six F’s


1:30 pm – 2:00 pm                        Integration: Review & Discussion










Day Two Outline Monday 10/25/21


8:45 am- 10:00 am:                      Brief Q&A


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


10:00 am – 11:00 am                     Demonstration: working with managers, resistant parts, direct access


11:00 am – 11:30 am                     Integration: Review & Discussion


11:30 am – 11:45 am                     Break


11:45 am -1:15 pm                       Practice Sessions


1:15 pm – 2:00                              Integration: Review & Discussion




Day Three Outline Sunday 10/31/21



8:45 am- 10:00 am:                      Brief Q&A


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


10:00 am – 11:00 am                     Demonstration:


11:00 am –11:30 am                     Processing of Demonstration

Integration: Review & Discussion


11:30 am – 11:45 am                     Break


11:45 am –1:15 pm                       Practice Sessions


1:15 pm –2:00 pm                        Integration: Review & Discussion




Day Four Outline Monday 11/1/21


8:45 am- 10:00 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


10:00 am – 11:00 am                     Demonstration:

Retrieval and/or Unburdening & Reintegration



11:00 am –11:30 am                     Processing of Demonstration

Integration: Review & Discussion


11:30 am – 11:45 am                     Break


11:45 am –1:15 pm                       Practice Sessions


1:15 pm –2:00 pm                        Closing Discussion: Goals of IFS Therapy

  • Review/ Next Steps
  • Questions & Answers
  • Closure Exercise





Learning Objectives:

By the completion of this training participants will:

  1. Discuss the essential concepts of the IFS Model of Psychotherapy such as the following:  Self, Parts, Protectors, Exiles, Polarities and Healing Stages
  2. Apply 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. Describe 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. identify at least three of their own parts that may at times interfere with the therapeutic process with their clients.
  5. Demonstrate the phenomenon of blending with parts and learn how to facilitate unblending with a client.


We have copied below (with permission) feedback from previous participants of this workshop: 

1) Introduction to IFS with Bruce Hersey & his team was an amazing experience, both as a person and as a professional. Together with Nachas Consulting taking care of all the details,  it was truly a phenomenal learning environment.  I highly recommend this course and look forward to many more opportunities with Nachas Consulting.”

Shifi Lieberman, LMFT
Passaic, NJ

2) This training was wonderful! The leaders and guides who were part of the presentation team were all so knowledgeable and professional but also approachable and gentle. During the experiential break-out groups, they invited and challenged us to give our best. Thank you Nachas Consulting for hosting such a terrific and valuable training as well as providing delicious food and a welcoming and comfortable environment.

Liz Blackburn-Gruver, LCSW


3) I want to thank you again for this wonderful training experience!  I found it to be meaningful both personally and professionally. I would definitely be interested in additional training with Bruce and Lois in IFS experiential learning.

All the best!

Bracha Daum, LCSW


4) Simply calling this training amazing is shortchanging what I experienced!

Marc Rieder, MSW LSW


5) The IFS training with Bruce and Lois was a complete eye-opener for me. It is two days later and I have already incorporated IFS concepts into my practice and personal life.

Chani Jacobowitz, LCSW


6) Thank you so much for this training. The presenters were absolutely superb at what they do, artists at their craft! It was SO refreshing to observe and learn from them! And they did not talk about themselves! Only their SELF. It was truly inspiring. Please bring these trainers for further IFS training!

All the best,

Libby Klein, LCSW, LLC


7) Although I was practicing the IFS model for quite some time, this training was quite a surprise in what it offered.  Both trainers were extremely knowledgeable and so easy to learn from.  Their level of expertise in the IFS model was evident in how they presented and answered questions on both the beginner and advanced levels.  In addition, Nachas provided a wonderful environment for learning to take place.  Their team effort paid off in making this training the success that it was!

Goldy Gorelick, LCSW

Director, The Jewish EFT Institute


8) The IFS  extended workshop was a validating, awesome experience.  Going forward, I can be accepting of my parts and help my clients discover and confidently embrace their parts. This modality is practical and highlights strengths! I am interested in taking the next training.

Rachel Rosenbaum, LCSW


9)  The IFS training exceeded my expectations! ! Both Bruce and Louis were excellent presenters and their work was enhanced by the wonderful guides.  They are all exceptionally skilled in their field. The training has enhanced my work in so many ways and I look forward to continuing future IFS trainings.

Sara Lichtenstein, LCSW


10) Thank you Nachas Consulting for organizing and providing such a quality training. The presenters Bruce and Louis were so skilled, interesting and full of contagious self-energy. This training was hands-on and dynamic because of the multiple experiential exercises that were facilitated by the skilled, encouraging team of guides. Would love to take more IFS trainings in the future!

Rivky Bertram, LCSW


11) Thank you for providing the IFS training.  The workshop was incredible.  IFS is now my go-to tool when working with clients with trauma and I’ve seen some incredible results.  I would definitely be interested in furthering my training in this area.

Danielle Pliver


12) This workshop helps you bring IFS to your clinical work through offering a rare combination of didactic, experiential, theoretical and practical teaching delivered in an intensive format yet lighthearted ambiance. Bruce, Lois and their guides are clearly skilled at both doing and teaching.  

Zissy Fried, LCSW


13) I have no words to explain how life changing this training was for me. This mode of therapy spoke to me on so many levels. The trainers were exceptional and so full of “self” in their devotion to helping us learn and experience IFS therapy. A special thank you to Lois and Bruce for their patience and commitment throughout the training.

Adina Garfinkel, LCSW



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October 24 @ 9:00 am
November 1 @ 2:00 pm


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