Sign In

CSS Submit Button Rollover



Internal Family Systems (IFS):

A Non-Coercive, Integrative Therapy Model for Individual and Couples Work

4 CE Credit Hours - Online Course - $39.00

Developed by Garry Cooper, LCSW

Board Approvals for Psychologists, LMFTs, SWs, Counselors, & Nurses

Simply follow these steps:

1. Sign up securely online.
2. Read/listen articles & audios.

3. Submit evaluation & post-test.
4. Print your certificate.

To order this Course now
Order Course now, click here


Internal Family SystemsInternal Family Systems (IFS), developed by psychologist Richard Schwartz, is a non-pathologizing, creatively dynamic psychotherapy suitable for virtually any disorder. Although its name suggests that IFS is a family therapy, it's more often practiced with individuals and couples. Arising from Schwartz's early training as a family therapist, it refers to the internal family we each have within us--our various parts. Drawing upon many of the major influences of therapy--psychodynamic, Gestalt, family systems, mindfulness, client-centered, and humanistic--IFS engages the client and therapist in helping clients tune into their various parts, cultivating a healthy curiosity toward their parts, and developing a Self that nurtures and listens to each part. The process can be thought of as the therapist coming on board a ship that's wobbling off course, with the crew on the verge of mutiny or other chaos, and helping the Captain (the client's Self) learn how to deal with each crew member by helping the Captain enlist the active, genuine support of each crew member.

This three part, introductory level course, consists of an audio interview with Schwartz (transcript provided), four articles, and an additional resource section directing therapists to where they can learn more about IFS materials and training. Part One provides an overview of the theoretical and historical basis for IFS and treatment principles. Part Two shows IFS in action with individuals and couples and disorders which include anorexia, suicidal thoughts, borderline personality disorder, and sexual intimacy issues. Finally, a Resource page is included.

Educational Objectives

    This course will teach the participant to
  • Define and identify the role of the various parts of a client's personality.
  • Define the concept of Self and its role in mediating among the parts of a client's personality.
  • Explain the role of mindfulness in IFS and how it differs from how mindfulness's role is conceptualized in other psychotherapies.
  • Discuss how IFS conceptualizes psychopathology.

Course Syllabus:

  • Definition of Internal Family Systems
    • The function of parts from a non-pathologizing perspective
    • Cultivating a relationship between parts and self
  • Understanding the parts of a personality
    • Self
    • Managers
    • Firefighters
    • Exiles
  • The origins of parts
    • Attachment issues
    • Trauma
    • Normal consequence of development
  • The role of mindfulness and meditation
    • Cultivating a relaxed, non-judgmental attitude toward one's parts
    • Going beyond mindfulness/meditation to active dialog with one's parts
  • IFS with specific disorders and populations
    • Suitable for almost every disorder and issue
    • Individuals
    • Couples
    • Sexual intimacy difficulties
    • Eating disorders
    • Borderline personality disorder
    • Dissociative identity disorder
  • Additional Resources for learning about IFS

Author's Bio


To order this Course now
Order Course now, click here




Instructions for requesting accommodations for disabilities

Refund and Course Exchange Policies

Share This:

Follow Us On:     TwitterFacebookLinkedIn

Click here to receive clinical updates by e-mail.

Online Courses  -  Zur Institute on YouTubeYouTube
Live Workshops  -  Forensic & Expert Witness Services - Consultations for Therapists
Private Practice Handbook  -  HIPAA Compliance Kit  -  Clinical Forms  -  CE Board Approvals  -  Discussions
Online Catalog -  Free Articles  - Boundaries & Dual Relationships  - General Public Resources  - Seminars For General Public
Organizational Discounts  -  About Us  -  FAQ  - Privacy, Disclaimer, Terms of Use, DMCA  -  ADA Policy & Grievance - CV
Home -  Contact Us  -  Site Map

Ofer Zur, Ph.D., Director

321 S. Main St. #29, Sebastopol, CA 95472
Contact Zur Institute, Inc.

© 1997-2018 Zur Institute, Inc. All rights reserved. Privacy Statement, Disclaimer & Terms of Use.
Site design/maintenance by R&D Web