• February 10-11, 2018
  • 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Hotel Whitcomb
    1231 Market Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103
Add to Calendar 02/10/2018 10:00 am 02/11/2018 5:00 pm America/Los_Angeles Introduction to Internal Family Systems Introduction to Internal Family Systems, A Workshop with Richard Schwartz Hotel Whitcomb
1231 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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Registration - $330
Members - $290


The Internal Family Systems (IFS) model is a highly efficient and effective way to access a state of inner clarity and compassion, or the Self, from which self-healing occurs. From the Self, participants are able to calm and transform their troubling inner voices, the critical and anxious chatter, compulsive distractions, as well as feelings of vulnerability, inadequacy, and being overwhelmed. These parts of the psyche are surprisingly responsive and resilient when addressed with respect and patience. They readily forsake their inner battles, and take on valuable inner roles once they are accepted and witnessed.

The IFS model offers an evidence-based, empowering and non-pathologizing paradigm for understanding and transforming people's inner worlds. It also brings to therapists a sense of awe and adventure as they accompany clients on their inner journeys. IFS offers therapists and healers a way to make their practice more enjoyable, effective, and less of a struggle.

For clients, the healing and reorienting of their "inner families" in an environment of genuine acceptance, translates into concrete behavioral change, plus improved ability to relate well to people. IFS is a gentle, yet powerful, healing delivery system that releases the therapist from the need to be clever because it trusts and empowers the clients' Self.

This workshop introduces the basic principles and techniques of IFS and illustrates them with experiential exercises and video illustrations. Participants walk away with new perspectives and methods for themselves and even their most difficult clients.

*Course meets the qualifications for continuing education credit for MFTs and LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. 14 CEs available.

*Course meets the qualifications for continuing education credit for RNs as required by the California Board of Registered Nursing provider number #02523. 14 CEs available.

*Course meets the qualifications for continuing education credit for psychologists as required by the American Psychological Association. 14 APA CEs available.

For any questions regarding APA continuing education credits, please contact the Public Programs front desk at 415-575-6175 or publicprograms@ciis.edu.


Richard Schwartz, PhD, began his career as a family therapist and an academic. He co-authored, with Michael Nichols, Family Therapy: Concepts and Methods, the most widely used family therapy text in America. Richard developed Internal Family Systems in response to clients' descriptions of various parts within themselves. He focused on the relationships among these parts and noticed that they were organized in patterns that resembled the families he had worked with. He also found that when the clients' parts felt safe and were able to relax, clients would experience spontaneously qualities of confidence, curiosity, and compassion that he came to call the Self. He found that when in that state of Self, clients knew how to heal their parts.

In 2000, Dr. Schwartz left academia and founded the Center for Self Leadership in Oak Park, Illinois. The center offers three levels of training in IFS, an annual national conference, publications, and DVDs. IFS trainings and workshops are also being held in many other countries around the world. Since 2012 Dr. Schwartz has lived in Brookline, MA and is on the faculty at Harvard Medical School. A featured speaker for national professional organizations, Dr. Schwartz has published five books and over fifty articles about IFS.

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