20-hour Internal Family Systems (IFS) Experiential Intro course

General Information

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

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

Dates: November, 12,13, & 19,20, 2023TIME: 8:45 AM –2:00 PM each day (15-minute break)

Fee: $1325 (Earlybird discount until 10/1 $1200)

Venue: Online Webinar

Includes full technical support, handouts, and CE credits.

20-hour Internal Family Systems (IFS) Experiential Intro course


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 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 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.

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 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 C. Green is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Certified Internal Family Systems Therapist, a Board Certified TeleMental Health Provider, and a Board Certified Coach. She has worked in the mental health field for over 30 years, having extensive experience providing therapeutic services to adults, children and families, and clinical training facilitation. Much of Mary’s specialized focus in her private practice has centered on trauma healing, resolution and resilience.


In 2010, Mary was introduced to IFS, and this powerful model of transformation and open-hearted healing now serves as the backbone of her therapeutic approach. She has completed Level 3 Training, obtained  Certification, and is an Approved IFS Clinical Consultant with the IFS Institute. Mary currently offers online IFS therapy, individual and group consultation, coaching, and training experiences for clinicians. She is committed to supporting the development and expansion of the global IFS community and a culture of Self-leadership, especially within the clinical professions.

20-hour Internal Family Systems (IFS) Experiential Intro course


  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.

Application Deadline

November 5, 2023 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 10, 2023.  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. For live options, there will be handicap accessibility.

Course level


Level of clinician 



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CE Information

Continuing Education Credit 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-0046NEFESH 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-0082NEFESH 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, signed in or 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 sign/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 Internal Family Systems (IFS) Experiential Intro course


Day One Outline Sunday 11/12/23

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 11/13/23

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 11/19/23

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 11/20/23

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

20-hour Internal Family Systems (IFS) Experiential Intro course