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Join Us for a LIVE ONLINE 2-Day Experiential Workshop!

This workshop will introduce the basic principles and techniques of the Internal Family System (IFS) and illustrate them with live experiential exercises and video illustrations.  The material will be very practical so that participants will walk away with new perspectives and methods for even their most difficult clients.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Get an introduction to the IFS model
  2. Get to know a part that interferes in your life
  3. See live demonstrations of IFS with participants
  4. Learn a Parts Mapping Exercise
  5. Practice getting to know parts with a partner
  6. Learn what Self is and how to quickly access it
  7. Bring more Self-leadership to your everyday life
  8. Learn IFS as a daily practice
  9. Learn how and why your parts swing into action in ways that prevent you from being the therapist you want to be

The recording will be available to review for 60 days after the event. Please note the CE hours are only approved for attending the LIVE Webinar event both days. If you miss the LIVE event and watch the recorded event during the 60 days, there will be NO CE hours.

"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 client's Compassionate Self. - Richard C. Schwartz, Ph.D.

Internal Family Systems (IFS) was developed by Richard C. Schwartz Ph.D. in response to clients’ descriptions of experiencing various parts – many extreme – within themselves. He noticed that when these parts felt safe and had their concerns addressed, they were less disruptive and would accede to the wise leadership of what Dr. Schwartz came to call the “Self.” In developing IFS, he recognized that, as in systemic family theory, parts take on characteristic roles that help define the inner world of the clients. The coordinating Self, which embodies qualities of confidence, openness, and compassion, acts as a center around which the various parts constellate. Because IFS locates the source of healing within the client, the therapist is freed to focus on guiding the client’s access to his or her true Self and supporting the client in harnessing its wisdom.

This approach makes IFS a non-pathologizing, hopeful framework within which to practice psychotherapy. It provides an alternative understanding of psychic functioning and healing that allows for innovative techniques in relieving clients’ symptoms and suffering.

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. Through this process, the qualities of SELF can be identified: curiosity, compassion, confidence, courage, clarity, creativity, connectedness, calmness. 

This workshop is intended for:

Psychologists, Physicians, Addiction Counselors, Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, and other Behavioral Health Professionals

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Continuing Education Information:

Each state has different regulations for CE credits. Please check the above and confirm with your state board to ensure credit will be applicable to your needs. The CE sponsors and program organizers are not to be held responsible in the event that your state board will not accept credit. See Below for State Restrictions.

NASW Approval CE Units
National Association of Social Workers Approved #886691963-6644 12 CE Hours
The following states do not accept National CE Approval Programs and require individual program/provider application processes:

  • Michigan recognizes nationally approved NASW CE Credits
  • New York (Applications may be filed with the NASW New York State Chapter)
  • West Virginia (Verify and file with the NASW West Virginia Chapter)


NASW – Michigan Approval CE Units
National Association of Social Workers – Michigan Chapter Approved #886691963-6644 12 CE Hours
Michigan now accepts National CE Approved Programs (NASW Approval #886691963-6644) to count toward Michigan Social Work CE requirements.


NASW – New Jersey Approval CE Units
National Association of Social Workers – New Jersey Chapter Approved #220102-255 12 Clinical CE Credits
This course, The Compassionate Self with Richard C Schwartz, Approval #220102-255, provided by Suncrest Counseling is approved for continuing education by the New Jersey Social Work Continuing Education Approval Collaborative, which is administered by NASW-NJ. CE Approval Collaborative Approval Period: February 1, 2022, through August 31, 2024. New Jersey social workers will receive 12 Clinical CE credits for participating in this course.


NASW – North Carolina Approval CE Units
National Association of Social Workers – North Carolina Chapter Approved #A-376-3112022 12 Clinical CE Credits
This course, The Compassionate Self with Richard C Schwartz, Approval #A-376-3112022, provided by Suncrest Counseling is approved for continuing education by the NASW-NC Peer Review Board to receive 12 Clinical CE credits for participating in this course.


NBCC Approval CE Units
National Board for Certified Counselors Approved No. SP-3797 12 CE Hours
The Compassionate Self: No Bad Parts has been approved by NBCC for NBCC credit. Suncrest Counseling P.C. is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. NBCC Approval No. SP-3797. 12 CE Hours


About The Speaker:

Richard Schwartz, Ph.D., earned his Ph.D. in marriage and family therapy from Purdue University, after which he began a long association with the Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and more recently at The Family Institute at Northwestern University, attaining the status of associate professor at both institutions. He is co-author, with Michael Nichols, of Family Therapy: Concepts and Methods, the most widely used family therapy text in the United States.

The Internal Family Systems (IFS) model was developed over the past 30 years as he learned to set aside his trained assumptions and truly listen to his clients. It is a highly efficient and effective way of guiding clients to a state of inner clarity and compassion, the Self, from which they know how to heal themselves. From the Self, clients are able to calm and transform their troubling inner voices, the critical and anxious chatter, the compulsive distractions, their feelings of vulnerability, inadequacy, and overwhelm. 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. 

In this Video Dr. Richard Schwartz explains Internal Family Systems.

This application of family systems principles and techniques to inner systems is now widely used internationally in the treatment of trauma and severe diagnoses, as well as in non-clinical applications such as business consulting and meditation practice.  

In 2000, Richard Schwartz founded The Center for Self Leadership in Oak Park, Illinois. Dr. Schwartz is a featured speaker for many national psychotherapy organizations and a fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and he serves on the editorial boards of four professional journals.

He has published four books and over 50 articles about IFS. His books include Internal Family Systems Therapy, Introduction to the Internal Family Systems Model, The Mosaic Mind (with Regina Goulding), as well as Metaframeworks (with Doug Breunlin and Betty Karrer), and his latest publication No Bad Part: Healing Trauma and Restoring Wholeness with the Internal Family Systems Model. Dr. Schwartz lives and practices in Brookline, MA, and is on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard School of Medicine.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be made in writing and emailed to and will be honored as follows:

We can provide refunds minus a $75 cancellation fee if an attendee cancels at least 10 days (January 24, 2022) in advance. There will be no refunds issued if registration is canceled within 10 days of the webinar.

In the rare event that we need to cancel a webinar due to circumstances beyond our control, we will make every effort to notify attendees with as much advance notice as possible. Attendees will be given the opportunity to either transfer to another webinar or obtain a full refund.

We don’t provide refunds due to:

Attendee technology problems:  It is the responsibility of the webinar attendee to test their computer setup prior to the start of the webinar. If a technical failure at your home or workplace prevents access to the live webinar, you are not eligible for a refund. If the technical problem is due to our error, we will consider issuing a refund.

Attendee email issues:  Refunds will not be issued in cases where an attendee did not receive the webinar login instruction email due to issues like restricted emails, bounced emails, or any other system issues. It is the attendee’s responsibility to contact us if they don’t receive the required login information at least 24 hours prior to the start time of the webinar

No shows:  Attendees who do not participate in the live webinar will not be entitled to a refund.