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An Introduction to the IFS Model

  • Friday, October 15, 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Zoom


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Friday, October 15, 2021

9:00 AM to 11:00 PM

An Introduction to the IFS Model

1.5 CEUs

People instinctively talk about their parts.  One might say “a part of me wants to see my friends, another part of me wants to stay home and read”. Internal Family Systems (IFS) harnesses this instinct to distinguish parts. Psychologist Dr. Richard Schwartz began his training in Family Systems. Observing clients using “parts” language, he developed IFS as a way to apply the Family Systems perspective to individuals. Since a family can be seen as a single entity composed of individuals, an individual can be seen as a single entity composed of parts.

Conflicting parts cause anxiety and leave us stuck. A despised part becomes intolerable. Gaining perspective on one part at a time, IFS helps remove blame from parts that are typically exiled by the rest of the system. IFS presumes that all parts are welcome, even when a welcoming attitude seems counter-intuitive. Respect for the part’s positive intention allows liberation from suffering and helps it discover a more functional role. Eliminating it’s suffering, but not the part itself, provides a clear foundation for self-compassion. 

An Introduction to the IFS Model is an overview of IFS and it’s potential benefits. Formal training is available through the IFS Institute at https://ifs-institute.com.

Dorothy O'Leary, LMFT

Internal Family Systems (IFS) has provided the framework for Dorothy O’Leary’s psychotherapy practice since she began studying IFS in 2016. She has completed all three levels of IFS trainings and continues to cultivate her skills and style through additional trainings, consultation / practice groups, and using IFS in her private practice. Since the start of 2021 Dorothy has assisted in the design and implementation of the first ever IFS trainings for therapists in Pakistan. Dorothy has been in private practice since 2012.

SDNC-CAMFT Members $10.00

Non-Members $25.00

Educational Goal: 

  • Increase understanding of the IFS model, it’s basic assumptions and elements for implementation.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Understand basic assumptions of IFS. 

  • Distinguish basic elements of the IFS model: Protectors (managers & firefighters), Exiles, Self.

  • Distinguish between “blended” and “un-blended” states.

  • Listen for and identify discreet parts of a client’s system, as distinct from Self.

1.5 CEUs


Meeting ID: 841 8077 2466

Passcode: 378656

970 W Valley Pkwy #101
Escondido, CA 92025

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