Internal Family Systems
Introduction to Working with the Inner Parts of the Person
About this Training
This is a 20 hour introductory course in the Internal Family Systems (IFS) Model of psychotherapy which has just gained the first level of empirical evidence through SAMHSA! IFS was originally developed by Dr. Richard Schwartz in the 1990s from listening to the experiences of clients that he worked with who were struggling from trauma and eating disorders. IFS has grown exponentially in the field of psychotherapy and has been shown to be effective with many different types of problems and issues and with many different client populations. IFS has also moved beyond the therapy room and has applications related to coaching, mediation, educational initiatives and spirituality. While this course is a BASIC although experiential INTRODUCTION to the use of IFS in psychotherapy coaches interested in the model are also welcome. Please see below some information on the IFS Model and coaching and see our certified Coach facilitator Kevin Cheesebrough.
The experienced trainers will emphasize experiential exercises, demonstrations, supervised skill development practice sessions and lecture. The training is intended to be a "how to" experience of seeing, experiencing and using the model.
Participants will learn to identify parts within their own internal systems, increase Self presence, and use the model to guide clients through a natural healing process toward integration and wholeness.
Trainees will be guided through processes that assist the emergence of Self presence in practice sessions as well as the processes of Unblending, Witnessing, Retrieval and Unburdening of wounded and extreme parts. They will learn how to use both Insight with clients who have Self presence and Direct Access with clients who are blended with a part.
Previous exposure to the model is strongly recommended to anyone interested in this training and that exposure can be from reading any of Richard Schwartz's books on IFS, Self Therapy by Jay Early or Parts Work by Tom Holmes. Anyone who has gone to other trainings on IFS would also meet the recommendation of prior exposure.
For more information about IFS, complete formal training and certification visit
IFS is NOW an EVIDENCED BASED TREATMENT
Internal Family Systems: Introduction to Working with the Inner Parts of the Person
Friday, May 1st, 9am to Sunday, May 3rd, 1pm
Individual and Family CHOICES Program; 2214 North Atherton Street, Suite 4; State College, PA 16803
After completing this training participants will be able to:
1. explain and present the basic assumptions, goals, and benefits of IFS in regard to non-pathological multiplicity of mind and the concepts of Self to at least one client.
2. define the concepts of Self, Parts, and the skills of identification of parts, Unblending, Witnessing, Retrieval, Unburdening in the therapeutic process between themselves and one of their clients.
3. identify where in the flow of the process he or she is as a therapist in regard to one client.
4. explain the types of parts: Exiles, Managers and Firefighters, their systemic relationship and the protective nature of the internal system to at least one colleague and one client.
5. conduct an IFS session with at least one of their clients from start to finish.
6. explain to at least one colleague and one client the internal systemic change that occurred internally to him or herself due to IFS session work in the training.
A Word About this Training for Coaches
Coaches: The Internal Family Systems therapy model is founded in the promotion of awareness of the ‘inner community’ of competing sub personalities that we all live with. These sub-personalities can prevent or enable movement forward. Using the IFS model to work with “parts” leads to, greater trust and intimacy in the coaching relationship, enhanced presence for the coach, and new self-understanding and resolution of roadblocks for the client. This model is adaptable to the non-therapeutic coaching process enabling greater Self-awareness and Self leadership. Coaching participants in this training will become familiar with the IFS model, experience awareness of parts, map their own inner community of parts and consider applications toward client Self leadership. This training has been approved through the International Coach Federation for 12 continuing clock hours.
Continuing Education Hours for Professional Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapist
This training is sponsored by Wise Heart Leadership Initiative located at CHOICES; 2214 North Atherton Street, Suite 4, State College, PA 16803; (814) 404-0286.
Wise Heart Leadership Initiative is an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP #6587) for the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and may offer NBCC approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. This training is approved for 20 continuing education clock hours.
Wise Heart Leadership Initiative is also an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACE Provider #1261) for the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) (www.aswb.org) and is approved as a provider for social work continuing education. Wise Heart Leadership Initiative maintains responsibility for the program and the ASWB approval period is for 9/6/2018 to 9/6/2021. Social workers participating in this course will receive 20 clinical continuing education clock hours.
Certificates of attendance will be given on site upon completion of program for all attending the training in its entirety and upon completion of the course evaluation.
Persons with Disabilities
Meet the Trainers all Formerly Trained in IFS
Evelyn Wald MS, MDiv, LPC, NCC, IFS Level 1 Trained
Karen Hansel MSW, LCSW, IFS Level 1 Trained
Lois Ehrmann, PhD, LPC, NCC, IFS Level 1,2,3, Trained and Certified IFS Clinician
Lois became curious about Internal Family Systems therapy when a colleague told her about it while they both were training in EMDR. That started a journey that led her to training in the model as well as bringing in a trainer to teach a whole staff about the use of IFS as a foundational model in a trauma informed program. Out of those efforts was born the Individual and Family CHOICES Program of State College, PA! And the ride continued. Lois graduated from her IFS Level 1 in 2010 and then went on to train two years in a row in Somatic IFS. In February, 2018 and 2019 Lois was thrilled and honored to be named to the program assistant team for the annuaI Somatic IFS Training/Retreat in Costa Rica! While she was undergoing her formal IFS training she paired up with Bruce Hersey MSW, LCSW, IFS therapist and together they started Wise Heart Leadership Initiative. The main purpose of Wise Heart was to bring the IFS model to more professional helpers in the central PA area through training programs and consultation. Lois became a certified IFS therapist in 2011 and then completed her level 2 training in 2013 and her level 3 training in March of 2014. She has also presented five times at the annual IFS Conference two times of which were full day pre-conference programs .
Lois wanted to bring the IFS model to more children and families so she began writing books for kids and parents about IFS. She wrote Kids have Parts and an accompanying parent manual that were copyrighted in 2014 and then improved in a second edition copyrighted in 2016. She has been introducing the model to groups of professionals and parents, children and teenagers since 2010.
Just for fun, Lois became the lead researcher in the development of a scale that could be used for verifying IFS processes in outcome based studies on IFS. The IFS Rating Scale took about 18 months to develop and it was validated and found reliable in late 2014.
Lois has been using IFS since 2007 as part of an integrated trauma focused treatment for traumatized and attachment challenged children and their families. She is excited to once again bring an IFS Introduction to CHOICES and to share her knowledge with professionals new to the model.
Ellen Black MSW, LCSW, IFS Level 1 Trained
Kevin Cheesebrough, PCC, IFS Level 1 Trained
Kevin R. Cheesebrough, Captain USN, (Ret), is an International Coach Federation (ICF), PCC, certified executive/leadership and career/life coach. His area of interest in coaching is bringing the Internal Family Systems model into the art of coaching. Kevin is on the core faculty for the Duquesne University ICF certified Professional Coach Certification Program (PCCP) where he teaches Ethics for Coaches, Mindfulness for Coaches and mentors student coaches. He is also a graduate of the Duquesne University PCCP course. Kevin has attended the Internal Family Systems (IFS) Level One training sponsored by the Center for Self-Leadership and assists in IFS trainings. His career includes twenty eight years in the United State Navy (submarines) where he commanded a nuclear submarine and ten years in the research and development industry before transitioning to the coaching profession. Kevin has his own private practice, is an external leadership coach for The Pennsylvania State University and an associate executive coach for Lee, Hecht, Harrison, Pittsburgh, PA. Kevin holds a bachelors degree in nuclear engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and a masters degree in management science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Early Bird Registration before 4/1/2020 is $450.00
Regular Registration as of and after 4/1/2020 is $550.00
To pay by credit card go to www.etherapywithlois.com and click on the May 2020 Introduction to IFS page. You can pay through Pay Pal using a credit card! Otherwise you can contact Lois Ehrmann at email@example.com to get the registration material and mail that back with a check made out to "Lois Ehrmann".
Cancellation Policy: Cancellations before 4/15/2020 will receive full refund feel less a 10% processing fee. No refunds after 4/15/2020.