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March 15, 2020 @ 9:00 am - March 17, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

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3 Day Internal Family Systems (IFS) Experiential Intro course   


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

DATE:          Sunday-Tuesday, March 15-17, 2020  

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

PLACE:        Lakewood Executive Center , , Lakewood, NJ 08701 (https://www.lakewoodexecutive.com/)

FEE:               $1200   

Includes refreshments,  handouts,  Continuing Education credits and Certificate.

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Please note that this cost is related to the need for 12 trainers for 30 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 30 people sign up (including payment in full).

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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 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.

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. We fully endorse that training & certification, encourage practitioners who are interested in this model to pursue them, and hope that this workshop will inspire many to do so.



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

Bruce Hersey is an Approved Consultant in EMDR and also a Certified IFS Therapist. Having completed IFS Levels One, Two & Three Training, and as a repeat Level One Program Assistant he has passionately imparted his deep understanding of the model by teaching numerous introductory IFS workshops, leading IFS consultation groups, and providing individual IFS consultation. He has presented at the IFS International Conference several times, and has been teaching workshops on the integration of EMDR & IFS since 2013.

In addition to all this, Bruce is an Approved Consultant in Clinical Hypnosis through ASCH and a Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor through AASECT. Bruce has also published short animated educational introduction videos on IFS (Finding Your Parts) and EMDR (EMDR at a Glance) on YouTube.

An LCSW in private practice at Altoona, PA for the past 30 years, Bruce provides advanced consultation in IFS, EMDR, Clinical Hypnosis and Sex Therapy in person, by phone and online video conferencing.


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.

The Team



CE Information:

Mental health professionals who participate in this course will receive 18 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.


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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March 15, 2020 @ 9:00 am
March 17, 2020 @ 5:00 pm


New Jersey
72 Park Avenue
Lakewood, NJ 08701
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