20- Hour IFS Experiential Workshop

General Information

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: November, 6,7, 13, & 14, 2022
Time: 8:45 AM –2:00 PM each day (15 minute break)
Place: Online webinar with experiential breakout rooms
Fee: $1075 (early bird fee until 9/1 $1000)
Includes full technical support, handouts, and CE credits. Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis and remains open until 30 people sign up (including payment in full).

20- Hour IFS Experiential 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 Self, Exiled 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 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 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 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.
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.


Lois Ehrmann, Ph.D.

Lois Ehrmann

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 Green

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
Mary Green, LPC
Evelyn Wald, MDiv, LPC
Jean Ferguson, PhD
Michael Forlenza, PhD, MPH, PC
Elizabeth Venart, MEd, LPC
Michelle Richardson, LCSW
Betty Bracht, LCPC
Jennifer Perry, LPC
Kim Burkland-Ward, LICSW
Application Deadline: November 4, 2022 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 October 4, 2022. 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).
Accessibility: Conference is via webinar.

20- Hour IFS Experiential Workshop


By the completion of this training participants will:

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

CE Information

Continuing Education Credit (20) is granted through Nefesh International 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.
NEFESH International, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0116.
NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0046
NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Mental Health Counselor #MHC-0082
NEFESH International 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-0048.
This program is co-sponsored by NEFESH International and Neuhoff Psychological Consulting . NEFESH International is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NEFESH International, maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Satisfactory Completion: Participants must have paid the tuition fee, logged in and out each day, attended the entire webinar, and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate (for pre-recorded program, a post-test with a passing grade of 80% is required.) Failure to log in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates are available electronically after satisfactory course completion. A link will be provided for those who have completed the training.

20- Hour IFS Experiential Workshop


Day One Outline Sunday 11/6/22  
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


11:45 am – 12:30 pm

Self -presence requires unblending from parts.

Unblending is about recognizing,


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 11/7/22  
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


11:45 am -1:15 pm

Practice Sessions

1:15 pm – 2:00 pm

Integration: Review & Discussion

Day Three Outline Sunday 11/13/22  
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


11:00 am –11:30 am

Processing of Demonstration

Integration: Review & Discussion

11:30 am – 11:45 am


11:45 am –1:15 pm

Practice Sessions

1:15 pm –2:00 pm

Integration: Review & Discussion

Day Four Outline Monday 11/14/22  
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


Retrieval and/or Unburdening & Reintegration

11:00 am –11:30 am

Processing of Demonstration

Integration: Review & Discussion

11:30 am – 11:45 am


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

20- Hour IFS Experiential Workshop