Introduction to Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS)

A Seminar Series for Professionals

Co-Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work (PSCSW)

Looking for an exciting breakthrough approach to energize your clinical practice?

Would you like to grow and heal as a person as you help your clients to do the same?

This series offers an introductory exposure to IFS, a model that is becoming a movement and reaching diverse communities around the world due to its organic and intuitive framework that enables transformational healing. This series will include experiential activities as well as didactic content.

Presenter:  Patricia Rich, LCSW, CST-S, Certified IFS Therapist and Approved Consultant, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist and Supervisor

Format: Virtual meetings on Zoom platform, synchronous live sessions. Attendance is encouraged for maximal benefit. Teaching portions of the sessions will be recorded and accessible for a limited time.

Content: Internal Family Systems (IFS) is a cutting-edge psychotherapy approach that offers therapists a non-pathologizing conceptual framework for understanding human struggles as well as a clinical pathway that respectfully guides people toward lasting and profound transformation. Founded by Dr. Richard Schwartz and originally conceived as a trauma treatment, IFS is now applied to a broad array of mental and physical health issues, as well as to coaching, business, mediation, and other areas.  SAMHSA has recently added IFS to the 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.”

Both simple and sophisticated, IFS is best taught through a combination of didactic and experiential approaches. While the full training is offered by the IFS Institute, many therapists find that the basic concepts and techniques can inform their work. This type of introduction can also help participants to determine if they would like to commit to further training.

Each of the four sessions will address an important concept within the model. Format will include some combination of didactic presentation, Q and A, viewing videos or live demos, and experiential exercises.

Session #1: Introduction to the Inner Parts of a Person

Session #2: Getting to Know Protectors

Session #3: Getting to Know Exiles and How They Heal

Session #4: Dynamics of the Internal System and the Role of the IFS Therapist

Objectives: Participants will:

  1. Discuss core assumptions of the model including multiplicity of mind, Parts, and the Larger Self.
  2. Identify how dynamics amongst these entities underlie many dilemmas experienced by clients and how IFS offers a path toward healing.
  3. Apply the 6 F’s to get to know Protector Parts.
  4. Explain how working with one’s own system as a therapist enhances clinical work with clients.

When: Meetings will take place Tuesdays from 6-8:30 pm EST on November 23, November 30, December 7 and December 14th, 2021.

Fee: $295 for 4 week series. Early bird rate of $250 until November 8th.


Follow this link for more information and to register.

  1. Payment via Paypal or credit card accepted.
  2. Must enroll for full series.
  3. Cancellation policy: Refunds minus $25 fee until November 15th.  No refunds after that date..

CE’s8 CE’s are offered if all sessions are attended in their entirety. CE’s can be offered in increments of 2 if you have to miss a session.  Additional fee of $10 to receive CE’s.

COUNSELORS: This program is approved for 8 CE credits for professional workshops sponsored by the
Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work, a state affiliate of the Clinical Social Work Association listed in Section 47.36 of Title 49, Chap- ter 47 of the PA Code, State Board of Social Work Examiners. This program is also approved for 8 CE credits for professional workshops for marriage & family therapists
(Section 48.36) and professional counselors (Section 49.36).
FOR NEW JERSEY SOCIAL WORKERS: This program is approved for 8 CE credits. Attendance at programs or courses given at state and national social work association conferences, where the criteria for membership is an academic degree in social work, are a valid source of con- tinuing education credit (N.J.A.C. 13:44G-6.4(c)4).

Presenter Bio: Founder of the Relating Well Center, LLC, Patricia Rich is passionate about helping people to deepen connections within themselves and with partners in order to live more harmonious and fulfilling lives. She is guided by the Internal Family Systems model (IFS), principles of positive sexuality, embodied practices, and a social justice lens. She is formulating a model for Self-Led Sexuality that helps people to navigate sexuality in a wise, expansive and centered way. She has taught Self-Led Sexuality as a 4 month module in the IFS Institute’s Online Continuity Program to over 700 participants. In addition to being a Level 3 trained, Certified Internal Family Systems Therapist and Approved Clinical Consultant, Patricia is a Certified Sex Therapist and Supervisor of Sex Therapy through AASECT. Learn more about her here.