About IFS Trainings

Training in the Internal Family System Therapy Model

The Center for Self Leadership offers progressive levels of training in Internal Family Systems, from beginning (Level 1) through advanced (Level 3). As a participant in these trainings you will learn both IFS theory and technique, thus gaining the knowledge and skills you need to understand and actively use IFS with individuals, couples, children, families, and groups.

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What Do I Learn In Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 Training Programs?

Level 1: Mastering the Skills of IFS

Level 1 trainings are comprehensive programs in which participants develop an understanding of the conceptual basis of IFS and learn how to apply IFS techniques to various clinical populations.  Participants are also invited to explore their own inner worlds within a training's safe, nurturing context.   A select group of IFS trainers teaches Level 1s using a format that features lectures, experiential exercises, video review, large and small group discussions, and small group practice sessions.  Please see each training's website brochure for details.


Level 2: Deepening IFS Work

Level 2 trainings give Level 1 graduates the chance to develop their IFS expertise in a variety of content areas and with different clinical populations. The Center for Self Leadership offers all of the Intensive Level 2 trainings, and we invite you to take as many as you wish. Central Connecticut State University offers Multi-topic Level 2s.  Please see each training's website brochure for details. 

Multi-topic Level 2s cover four content areas in one training, including "Strengthening Skills and Advanced Techniques,” “Working with Trauma,” Working with Multiple Systems,” and “The Therapeutic Relationship and Spiritual Aspects of IFS”.

Intensive Level 2s  There are several types of Intensives.  "Deepening and Expanding with IFS" offers you a unique opportunity to immerse yourself more fully in the core aspects of IFS practice and experience, and other Intensives explore one topic in-depth for the entire training.


Level 3: Specialized Retreat

Level 3 trainings:  In these programs, Level 2 graduates work intensively with fellow advanced practitioners to further develop their knowledge of IFS and hone their skills with its techniques.  You are a good fit for Level 3 if your goal is not only to become a better therapist, but also to:

  • Learn about and unburden personal triggers and blind spots.
  • Hold Self-energy in daily life and when provoked.
  • Carify your vision for  your career and life path.
  • Practice giving and receiving Self-led feedback.
  • Discover some key trailheads.
  • Explore your spirituality.
  • Create a small, Self-led community.

The format includes demonstration, experiential group exercise, large and small group discussion, extended mediation, and intensive personal work.  Please see each training's website brochure for details.


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