Introduction to Internal Family Systems

What's In It For Me

At the end of the training, you will:

  • Understand principles and concepts underpinning IFS as a therapeutic modality
  • Recognise roles that the sub-personalities (parts) play in the presenting issues from a non-pathologizing perspective
  • Access and explore protective parts in a session using a simple protocol
  • Deepen participants’ understanding of experiential therapeutic healing

Course Overview

Internal Family Systems is a non-pathologizing, collaborative and empowering model of therapy which fosters transformation, gently, quickly, and effectively. The IFS Model represents a synthesis of two already-existing paradigms: systems thinking and the ‘multiplicity of mind’ (aka ego-states) with an understanding that symptoms are actually the coping mechanism of our parts trying to protect us from pain.

IFS is listed in SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices, rating it as “effective for improving general functioning and well-being,” and “promising for each of: improving phobia, panic, and generalized anxiety disorders and symptoms; physical health conditions and symptoms; personal resilience/self-concept; and depression and depressive symptoms.”

Who Should Attend

Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Coaches, Psychologists, Hypnotherapists, Social Workers, Community Workers, Expressive Arts therapists, Mental Health Nurses and Psychiatrists.


Course Duration

4 half days, 9am - 1pm (Click on "Schedule" for the course dates)

Course Outline
  • History and background of IFS, the Model of Mind
  • Roles and Relationships of Parts – Protective and Vulnerable
  • Self – the 8 Cs and 5 Ps of Self energy
  • Observe a demonstration session to see the difference between normal therapeutic listening and ‘listening for parts’
  • Unblending (differentiation) to increase affect tolerance & emotional regulation
  • Discovering and working with Protective parts (small group work)
  • The Flow of the IFS Model (a practice schematic)


Certification Obtained and Conferred by

Participants who meet 75% class attendance will be awarded a Certificate of Accomplishment by the Academy of Human Development.

Medium of Instruction & Trainer

Simon d’Orsogna is an individual and family therapist, clinical trainer and facilitator based in Melbourne, with individual clients and supervisees across Australia and the globe. He provides psychotherapy, process consultancy and adult developmental coaching. He specializes in treating depression and anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, and assisting life transitions. Simon is the US Institute of IFS’s official International partner, a Level 3 IFS practitioner with training specializations working with couples and working with survivors of trauma. Simon has facilitated and arranged more than 220 days of Internal Family Systems trainings and workshops since 2015, along with founding and leading trainings of Coherence Therapy, IFS and Poly Vagal informed Therapies in the region since 2011. He has presented at the US annual IFS Conference as well as in Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and across Australia and New Zealand..

Funding Information

NCSS member and MSF-funded Social Service Agencies are able to apply for PCG Funding

Course Fee Payable
Original Fee Before GST With GST (8%)
Course Fee $950.00 $1,026.00

Please note that prices are subject to change.
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