An exclusive live 2-day event led by Richard Schwartz, Ph.D.

Join us in Salt Lake City or live online for a rare two-day event as we delve into the world of the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model with none other than its creator, Richard Schwartz, Ph.D. Developed over four decades, IFS offers a profound understanding of healing and transformation in a non-pathologizing approach.

September 5-6, 2024 (Thur-Fri)
8:30am-5:00pm MST (7:30 PT, 9:30 CT, 10:30 ET)
Grand America Hotel, Grand Ballroom B
555 Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
or online via Zoom

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UAMFT approved for 12 CE Hours
UPA approved for 12 CE Credits

Suncrest Counseling, P.C.
“The Treatment of Trauma & The Internal Family Systems Model”
ACEP No. 7258

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Program Overview

Even before the pandemic, the demand for mental health professionals with specialized training in trauma far exceeded the number available clinicians. Today, individuals are living with equal or more uncertainty, heightened stress, prolonged grief and trauma. The Internal Family Systems (IFS) model is an intervention designed to assist clients grappling with severe trauma-related behaviors and who might be unresponsive to conventional therapeutic approaches. This two-day training is tailored to empower clinicians working with diverse client populations experiencing traumatic responses, equipping them with an extensive toolkit of concepts and techniques to better serve this critical demographic.

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You can receive this discount up to 3 days before and three days after (Sept 2nd – Sept 9th). The rate is based on the time of the reservation and subject to room type availability.  Guests must call for Reservations and state they are with “the Suncrest event.” (Guests cannot receive this discount online.)

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About this Program

Developed over the past four decades, the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model offers both a conceptual umbrella under which a variety of practices and different approaches can be grounded and guided and a set of original techniques for creating safety and fostering Self-to-Self connection in couples and families.

This presentation will provide an introduction to the basics of the IFS model and its use with attachment and trauma. An overview of IFS and its clinical applications will be presented. 

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn directly from Dr. Richard Schwartz and elevate your practice to new heights. Whether you’re a mental health clinician, psychologist, counselor, social worker, or marriage and family therapist, this program promises invaluable insights and personal growth.


Target Audience

The program content is tailored for mental health professionals, including social workers, mental health counselors, psychologists and marriage & family therapists. The instructional approach is designed to benefit individuals at various skill levels, from beginners to intermediates, who are seeking to apply the IFS Model effectively in direct practice. Additionally, advanced IFS practitioners may find value in attending the workshop to enhance their proficiency in direct service, supervision, and teaching roles. Attendees from professions not eligible for CEs can request a Certificate of Attendance.

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Educational Objectives

dr-richard-schwartz-ifs-headshotLed by Dr. Richard Schwartz

Developed over the past four decades, the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model offers both a conceptual umbrella under which a variety of practices and different approaches can be grounded and guided and a set of original techniques for creating safety and fostering Self-to-Self connection in couples and families.

This presentation will provide an introduction to the basics of the IFS model and its use with attachment and trauma. An overview of IFS and its clinical applications will be presented.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the basic theory and principles of Internal Family Systems therapy
  2. Access your clients’ Self- a core of compassion and other leadership qualities
  3. Deal with client “resistance” more effectively and with less effort
  4. Utilize the clients’ Self to repair attachment injuries
  5. Recognize the IFS model as an internal attachment model
  6. Identify the parallels between external and internal attachment styles
  7. Identify the effects of trauma on parts and Self
  8. Apply the model in treating trauma
  9. Assess your own parts and how those parts impact therapy
  10. Apply IFS principles to transference and counter-transference

Internal Family Systems

"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.

Program Schedule (Times MST)

Times shown are Mountain Standard Time (MST)

Day 1 – Thursday, September 5, 2024

Morning Session
8:30 am MST
(7:30am PT
10:30am ET)

Overview of IFS Theory and Principles

10:00 am 15 Minute Break
10:15 am Self and Trauma
12:00 pm Break for Lunch (75 Min. )
Afternoon Session
1:15 pm Repairing Attachment Injuries:
Demo & Discussion
2:45 pm 15 Minute Break
3:00 pm The IFS Model as an Internal Attachment Model:
Didactic & Small Group Practice
4:45 pm Q&A
5:00 pm End Session

Day 2 – Friday, September 6, 2024

Morning Session
8:30 am MST
(7:30am PT
10:30am ET)

The Effects of Legacy Trauma
on Parts and Self

10:00 am 15 Minute Break
10:15 am Legacy Burdens: Demo & Discussion
12:00 pm Break for Lunch (75 Min.)
Afternoon Session
1:15 pm Exiles & Unburdening:
Video & Discussion
2:45 pm 15 Minute Break
3:00 pm Group Exercises
4:45 pm Closing remarks and Q&A
5:00 pm End Session


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About the Presenter


Richard C. Schwartz, Ph.D.

The Founder of Internal Family Systems

Richard Schwartz, 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 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.


Continuing Education

Continuing Education & Course Completion Requirements

Please note that while we strive to provide accurate and up-to-date information regarding continuing education (CE) approvals, you, as a participant in this program, are responsible for verifying specific needs for your license. Requirements and instructions may vary depending on the accrediting bodies, professional organizations affiliated with your license, and each state’s licensing board. We try to align our workshops with relevant guidelines and standards issued by approved professional organizations listed below. However, confirming that the content and CE hours offered by our workshops meet the specific criteria set forth by your licensing board or organization is advisable. While these are general guidelines, 

  1. Attendance and Completion: Attendees must participate in the entire workshop to be eligible for CE hours. No partial credit will be given. This includes timely arrival to each session and staying for the entire duration the workshop/training sessions.
  2. Verification of Attendance: You are required to follow a sign-in and sign-out process to verify attendance. Instructions will be given to your for your program. 
  3. Evaluation and Feedback: Attendees must complete an evaluation form or survey at the end of the workshop not later than 7 days after the program.
  4. Professional Responsibility: Attendees determine whether the workshop aligns with their professional development needs and whether the content applies to their practice. It is important to emphasize that the completion certificate does not imply endorsement or certification of any specific technique, intervention, or approach.
  5. Course Certificate: There is no additional charge to receive a PDF completion certificate for this training. Attendees will select to receive one certificate from an associate that approved this program or one general certificate of completion. The evaluation form on the last day of the training will allow you to designate the association, your full name and your license number as it should appear on your certificate.

Check back on this page as more CE information and approvals may be added leading up to the program.

NBCC –Suncrest Counseling P.C. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7258. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Suncrest Counseling P.C. is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. ACEP No. 7258 12 CE Hours
Social Workers
NASW –This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886691963-1021) for 12 continuing education contact hours. Approval Period: through 10/31/24 886691963-1021 12 CE Credits
NASW-NJ — “This course, The Treatment of Trauma and the Internal Family Systems, Approval #20231205-1, provided by Suncrest Counseling, P.C. 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: through August 31, 2024. New Jersey social workers will receive 12 clinical CE credits for participating in this course.” #20231205-1 12 Clinical CE Credits
This program is approve by the Utah Psychological Association Approved 12 CE Credits
Marriage & Family Therapist
This program is approved by the Utah Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Approved 12 CE Credits
Completion Certificate
If your association is not listed, Suncrest can provide a certificate of completion for this workshop for participants who completed the full workshop, attended each session, and also completed the evaluation survey within 7 days of the training. Certificate will be for 12 CE Hours


Cancelation 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.