IFS Intro (2-day)

The Coherent Self & System in Altoona, PA

Now ASWB & NBCC approved for 13.0 CE hours!

Internal Family Systems with a Coherence Therapy thread...

Presented by Bruce Hersey, LCSW

Altoona, PA: January 17 & 24

Hosted by Heartspace Wellness Alliance 217 Union Avenue 2nd Floor, Altoona, PA

Friday & Friday January 17 & 24, 2020 9am-5pm

Please note these are two consecutive Fridays.

Internal Family Systems Therapy


But... it is also informed by memory reconsolidation research developed by Coherence Therapy.

Bruce Hersey, LCSW, is a Certified IFS Therapist. Having completed IFS Levels One, Two & Three Training, and as a repeat Level One Program Assistant he has passionately imparted his deep understanding of the model by teaching numerous introductory IFS workshops, leading IFS consultation groups, and providing individual IFS consultation. He has presented at the IFS International Conference several times, and has been teaching workshops on the integration of EMDR & IFS since 2013. Over the past year, Bruce has been studying and integrating Coherence Therapy/memory reconsolidation concepts in the mix with IFS and EMDR.

In addition to all this, Bruce is an Approved Consultant in EMDR (EMDRIA), in Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH), and a Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor through AASECT. Bruce has also published short animated educational introduction videos on IFS (Finding Your Parts) and EMDR (EMDR at a Glance) on YouTube.

An LCSW in private practice at Altoona, PA for the past 30 years, Bruce provides advanced consultation in IFS, EMDR, Clinical Hypnosis and Sex Therapy in person, by phone and online video conferencing.

About the Workshop:

This is a 13-hour introductory course in Internal Family Systems (IFS). Participants will be introduced to this extraordinary non-pathologizing model, and become familiar with its systemic, experiential, ego state therapy approach. Concepts arising from memory reconsolidation research and developed by Coherence Therapy will further inform this process.

Memory Reconsolidation is a form of neuroplasticity that is the only proven process of overwriting subconscious learning from implicit memory that underlies most clinical symptomatology.

The key concepts of the IFS 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 exercises, demonstrations, 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.

Demonstration and supervised practice in guiding the process with peers in client roles will be provided. 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. Juxtaposing the emotional truth of a burdened part with the disconfirming knowledge available through the Self further enhances the IFS approach via Coherence Therapy.

Previous exposure to the IFS 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. Unlocking the Emotional Brain by Bruce Ecker, et als, would also be a useful pre-read. There will be a didactic overview presented in addition to the significant experiential component.

Please note: While the presenter is IFS certified and is 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. Bruce fully endorses that training & certification, encourages practitioners who are interested in this model to pursue them, and hopes that this workshop will inspire many to do so.

Continuing Education

Approved for 13.0 CE hours by ASWB & NBCC.


Registration fee is $250

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Cancellation Policy: Will refund fee less $30 until 30 days before workshop date.

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