Introduction to IFS (Internal Family Systems)

All Parts are Welcome: being deeply with experience

A 2-day workshop

Facilitator: Stephanie Mitchell

Internal Family Systems (IFS)
IFS was developed in the 1990s by family therapist Richard Schwartz, Ph.D., who identified the concept of an undamaged core Self that is “the essence of who you are”. This model also identifies 3 different types of sub-personalities or families that reside within each person, in addition to the core Self. These include wounded and suppressed parts called exiles, protective parts called managers (that keep the exiled parts suppressed) and other protective parts called firefighters (that distract the Self from the pain of exiled parts when they are released).

Workshop Overview
The IFS model does not distinguish between the inner work of the client and the inner work of the therapist. So, in this highly experiential 2 day workshop, you will explore with Stephanie how to bring all of yourself as both client and therapist into the therapy room. The aim is to provide you with the requisite skills to start working in the IFS model and offer you the opportunity to deepen your own practice of self discovery. From this richness will come permission for all experiences to be present and welcomed.

Over the 2 days you will be invited to consider and experience:

  • The Core Self and Parts
  • Demonstration of the use of the Model
  • The therapeutic process, including ‘unburdening of exiles’
  • Working on your own ‘protectors’
  • Group practice using ‘protectors’
  • Further group practice
  • Debriefing in the larger group – for the benefit of all

Stephanie Mitchell is a psychotherapist, trainer, group therapist and Co-Director of the Humane Clinic in Adelaide. Stephanie specialises in working with complex trauma and extreme states which are sometimes labelled ‘BPD’, ‘psychosis’ or ‘schizophrenia’. Her primary focus for all therapeutic work is on creating a safe space in which all parts of a person are welcomed and the pace of exploration is set by the client. Stephanie is trained to Level 3 of IFS and now works exclusively in that model as well as having undertaken her own healing journey with an IFS practitioner of which Stephanie says “that offered me a profoundly life changing experience – something that years of work with other therapy models did not”. 

Cost: $560/$480 Early Bird (EB payments by 6 February)

CPD Hours: 
This event counts as 12 hours of category A CPD for PACFA’s membership renewal requirements

For full details regarding the event please go to the website.


27/02/2020 - 28/02/2020
9:30 am - 4:30 pm

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