IFS: A Conceptual Overview

Internal Family Systems/Parts Work for Beginners

Presented by Bruce Hersey LCSW

This is a 6 hour course designed for mental health professionals and graduate students in the field who are interested in learning the basics of Internal Family Systems Therapy, a specific variety of Inner Parts Work or Ego State Therapy.


The Internal Family Systems model is recognized as an evidence-based treatment by the National Registry for Evidence-based Programs & Practices, of the US Government Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration.


Learn how everyone has parts, which at their core all have positive intentions, but often go overboard in their efforts to protect extreme vulnerability or harm. These parts cause conflict within the person, or significant distress - resulting in seeking the help of professionals like ourselves. Find out about The nature of our true or higher Self, which can emerge in the process of therapy and develop a healing relationship with any stuck or burdened part.


Approved for 6.0 CEU by NBCC & ASWB.

Course Objectives

By the end of the training participants will:


  1. Learn at least one way to shift a client's attention to their internal experience.
  2. Learn at least 3 dimensions of internal experience and their constituent elements.
  3. Understand the technique of back-filling IFS concepts after leading the client to experience them.

Bring this workshop to your group!

This workshop can be made available to your agency, staff, or group. Contact Bruce to discuss your needs and review the options.

Locations and Dates

Altoona, PA -- Heartspace Wellness Alliance

Friday, March 23rd, 2-5pm

Heartspace Wellness Alliance -- Handicap Accessible

Please contact brucehersey@gmail.com regarding any special needs.

$150 registration

Register & pay online or mail check and contact info to:


Bruce Hersey

217 Union Ave. 2nd Floor

Altoona PA 16602


Contact Bruce (814) 944-3852 (mailto:brucehersey@gmail.com)


Cancellation Policy: Full refund of amount paid less 10% processing fee until 14 days prior to workshop date. As of that date, no refunds issued.