A Monthly Learning Community for IFS Practitioners & Therapists


The Center for Self Leadership is pleased to announce the new IFS Online Continuity Program.

We created this special membership program and practitioner community to deepen the knowledge and skills of those who are enrolled in or have completed IFS Level 1 Training, and those who have already participated in the IFS Online Circle.

Each month we in the IFS Online Continuity Program will come together for in-depth discussion of different applications of the IFS model, as well as other topics of high importance for IFS practitioners.

You will be able to participate in LIVE monthly calls with me and some of our best trainers. A highlight for me each month will be sharing case studies and demos so that you can see the elegance and subtleties of the IFS model in action and how to navigate challenging clients. We will solicit case studies from you as well as ask for volunteers from among our participants to demo with me.

We have a very exciting line-up of teachings planned for this first year. Here is a taste of some of the topics we will be exploring in the coming months:

IFS, Trauma, and Neuroscience Lead by Frank Anderson, MD
IFS, Intimacy and Couples Work Lead by Toni Herbine-Blank
IFS and Addictions Lead by Mary Kruger and Cece Sykes

These modules parallel the IFS Level 2 multi-topic intensive trainings from CSL. Each of these new modules will be announced and released as the program gets underway.

Again I want to be clear that just like our previous IFS Online Circle this all-new Continuity Program is not designed to replace our Level 1, 2, and 3 trainings. For those of you who wish to practice IFS, we encourage you to enroll in a Level 1 IFS training if you haven't already done so. You can learn more about IFS trainings here.

We are thrilled to be offering this new online community as a global platform for continuous learning, where practitioners around the world can stay connected, share ideas, and support each other.

We invite you to join us today.

In appreciation,

Dr. Richard Schwartz
Founder, Center for Self Leadership

P.S. This is an ongoing annual subscription program. We are pleased to offer a discount for those who would like to pay annually; we also offer a quarterly payment option. Since the program is starting very soon, enrollment will only be open for a short period of time.

P.P.S. This program is pending approval for 15 CEs per module, or 45 CEs for an entire year, which you can purchase for a nominal fee.

"In a complex world, systems thinking is the tool of choice. To my knowledge, it has never before been put to such good use as it has in Richard Schwartz's model of the Internal Family Systems.”
--Ron Kurtz, B.A., Developer of the Hakomi Method of Body Centered Psychotherapy

IFS - An Evidence-Based Therapy System

We are pleased to share with the professional therapy community the exciting news that the Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy is now posted on NREPP as an evidence-based practice.

NREPP is the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices, a national repository that is maintained by the U.S. government’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Interventions listed in NREPP, now including IFS, have been subject to independent, rigorous scrutiny and are deemed to show significant impact on individual outcomes relating to mental health.




Module 1

Trauma, Neuroscience and IFS with Frank Anderson, MD

This module looks at the IFS Model of therapy as it relates to the treatment of PTSD, Dissociation and Complex Trauma, discussing the components of the Model that, when mastered, allow therapists to move beyond common roadblocks that typically interfere with healing traumatic wounds. Exploring the integration of current neuroscience knowledge with IFS, we show that brain science is more than just interesting--and that it actually informs our therapeutic decision-making, especially when dealing with the extreme reactions associated with overwhelming life experiences. Lastly, we'll examine the unburdening process from both the clinical and neuroscience perspectives.



How IFS Stacks Up: the Neuroscience of Parts and Achieving Separation

This module compares IFS to traditional phase-oriented treatment and looks at the difference between the mind and the brain. We explore neurons and networks to see how they relate to parts in IFS. Lastly, we take a closer look at unblending, direct access and getting permission from protective parts.


Self Energy, Empathy and the Neurobiology of Trauma

This module talks about Self energy and how it relates to therapists' parts, the therapeutic relationship and clients with little or no access Self. We also explore the neuroscience of Self and the neurobiology of PTSD.


Trauma Diagnoses and Extreme Protective Parts

This module looks at Borderline Personality Disorder, DID and Disorganized Attachment through the IFS lens while discussing the science underlying hyper-aroused and blunted protective parts. We see how neuroscience informs therapeutic techniques helping parts to unblend.


Unburdening and the Science of Permanent Healing

This module reviews the unburdening process while exploring common roadblocks to healing. Describing the importance of legacy burdens, checking in with exiles and the post-unburdening process, we conclude with a discussion of the the neuroscience underlying healing traumatic emotional wounds.

A colleague showed me how easy it was to access modules and materials, I gave it a try, and I was hooked! Thank you for all the obvious effort you've put into this remarkable training from a content perspective and the technical side.

B.L., Denver, NC

Module 2

Intimacy from the Inside Out: Integrating the Intrapsychic and Interpersonal in Couple’s Therapy with Toni Herbine-Blank

This module will explore Internal Family Systems theory and technique in working with couples. Using IFS with couples, the therapist invites exploration of each partner’s individual inner life and also supports couples in envisioning a lively dance that includes communicating well, repairing inevitable rupture, making room for the needs of both individuals as well as the needs of the relationship, and exploring Self-to-Self connection.

This four-segment course will cover the very basic protocols of Intimacy from the Inside Out (IFIO) These include: Tracking sequences or painful patterns of interactions, Courageous Communication and why doing deep intrapsychic work with one person while the other witnesses is a healing intervention.



Introduction to Intimacy from the Inside Out

In this segment we’ll look at the development of IFIO, an overview of the assumptions, the goals and the general components of the model. We’ll address the very basic road map and beginning protocols


Tracking Sequences

In this module we look at how couples fight, the dilemma of protectors, how to begin to break negative patterns of interaction. We also offer an invitation to each partner to look inward as a way out of conflict.


Courageous Communication

In this segment we look at ways to help couples have safe and courageous conversations through unblending and affect regulation


Individual Work in the Presence of a Partner

In this segment we discuss why working with an individual in the presence of their partner is powerful for a couple. We also address the need to maintain a safe and predictable triangle for the work to be successful.

Some of the language has changed since I was trained and that was helpful. I love the authenticity of all the trainers! I am re-energized and more excited than ever about IFS.

J.B., Charlotte, NC

Module 3

The Voices of Addiction: An IFS Perspective with Mary Kruger & Cece Sykes

IFS brings an innovative new perspective to working with addictions, eating disorders and other compulsive or self-harming behaviors. IFS moves us into another dimension of treatment with this challenging population, and expands clinical possibilities.

Whether we are working with a trauma survivor 'addicted' to self-negating behaviors, a risk-taking chronic substance abuser or the family members who love them, we will explore how to create the safe, non-shaming clinical environment necessary for this critical work. How to befriend and disarm intense and impulsive self-destructive protectors, as well as innovative approaches to the emotional pain of long-burdened exiles will be addressed.


This four-month segment will identify the addictive, systemic process through the lens of IFS, offer many practical applications of IFS methods to treatment and explore the impact of Self energy on the healing process. This series will also bring hope to clinicians who work with these entrenched systems. Using both lecture and demonstration, we will show how to use the IFS model to create clear, compassionate and effective interventions with this challenging population.



Redefining “Addiction” - How will IFS Help?

  • Intro of Trainers/Workshop
  • Defining the Addictive Process
  • Advantages – Why IFS?
  • Key IFS Concepts for Working with Addiction


Treating a System not a Symptom

  • Parts and Roles in Addictive Process
  • Identifying the Inner System
  • Importance of Tracking the Process
  • Self-Spectrum…. Building a Self to Parts relationship


Befriending Addictive Parts

  • Common Pitfalls with Extreme Protectors.
  • Identifying Addictive Manager-Firefighter polarizations
  • Working with Entrenched Systems.
  • Therapists Parts and the Addictive System.


IFS and Addiction in Action

  • Making the Paradigm Shift in Session
  • Demonstration of IFS Assessment
  • Demo of IFS & un-blending Polarizations

Thank you for making this possible. Everything was positive about it for me. The highlights were getting more intensive training than is possible in regular IFS trainings. It is so helpful to have the phone calls and sessions available on PDF. I loved being able to study at my pace. The demos are really helpful. Also the opportunity to see how Dick works was such a privilege and learning experience. It made me feel more connected and inspired by the model.

J. Chrisman

About the Founder and Contributing Lead Trainers

Richard C. Schwartz, Ph.D., Founder of CSL and Creator of the IFS Model

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 coauthor, with Michael Nichols, of Family Therapy: Concepts and Methods, the most widely used family therapy text in the United States.

Frank Guastella Anderson, MD
Trauma, Neuroscience and IFS

Dr. Anderson completed his residency and was a clinical instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is an executive director of the Foundation for Self Leadership and co-teaches the five-day Level 2 intensive training on IFS, Trauma and Neuroscience with Dick Schwartz. He has maintained a long affiliation with the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute in Boston and maintains a private practice in Concord, MA.

Toni Herbine-Blank
Intimacy from the Inside Out

Toni Herbine-Blank is a Senior Lead Trainer for the Center for Self Leadership and developer of the Intimacy from the Inside Out curriculum for couples therapists. She practices in Durango, Colorado, where she lives with her husband Jordan and a menagerie of animals. She is a dynamic and down-to-earth presenter who leads trainings and retreats for therapists nationally and internationally.

Cece Sykes LCSW, ACSW
The Voices of Addiction

Cece Sykes is an IFS Senior Trainer and consultant with over thirty years of clinical experience with individuals, couples and families. She specializes in recovery from trauma and addictive process and her chapter “An IFS Lens on Addiction: Compassion for Extreme Parts” appears in Innovations and Elaborations in IFS (Routledge, 2016). Cece lectures and consults across the US and internationally and is widely recognized for her warmth, clarity and humor. She lives and works in the city of Chicago.

Mary Kruger, MS, LMFT
The Voices of Addiction

Mary Kruger is an AAMFT supervisor and an IFS Lead Trainer. She is founder of Rimmon Pond Counseling, LLC; an IFS based group practice located in the New Haven, Ct. area. She also offers private therapy, consultations and workshops nationally and internationally. Mary developed the IFS Level 2 Training for Addictions and Eating Disorders several years ago. Mary has been working in the field of addictions, eating disorders and trauma, with individuals, couples, families and groups, for over twenty- five years. She has a passion for engaging with people; and shares her experiences in fun and creative ways.

Here is what we will cover in our first 12 months:


Module 1: Trauma, Neuroscience and IFS

May 2017: The Neuroscience of Parts and Achieving Separation

June 2017: Self Energy, Empathy and the Neurobiology of Trauma

July 2017: Trauma Diagnoses and Extreme Protective Parts

August 2017: Unburdening and the Science of Permanent Healing

Module 2: Intimacy from the Inside Out

September 2017: Introduction to Intimacy from the Inside Out

October 2017: Tracking Sequences

November 2017: Courageous Communication

December 2017: Individual Work in the Presence of a Partner

Module 3: The Voices of Addiction

January 2018: Redefining “Addiction”

February 2018: Treating a System not a Symptom

March 2018: Befriending Addictive Parts

April 2018: IFS and Addiction in Action

Jointly sponsored by Commonwealth Seminars, the Center for Self Leadership is pleased to offer 15 CEs for each module of the IFS Continuity Program.

For more detailed information about CEs, please click here.


Summary of the IFS Online Continuity Program

  • 1. Monthly Live Teachings and Q&A with IFS Founder Dr. Richard Schwartz [Annual Value $997]
  • 2. Monthly Live Teachings from IFS Lead Trainers [Annual Value $997]
  • 3. Printable Transcripts of ALL Teachings Calls, Videos, and Supporting Materials [Annual Value $197]
  • 4. Private Membership Site with Monthly Video and Audio Teachings [Annual Value $497]
  • 5. All Materials are Fully Downloadable [Annual Value $197]
  • 6. Private Internal Family Systems Facebook Group [Annual Value Priceless]

Annual Membership Value: $2,885+

Regular Price: $997

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Oh so many things I don't know where to start, it has been fabulous. I have recommended it to many many colleagues....I like the part about the therapist watching her own parts and recognizing that as soon as the client walks in the room you are doing direct access. Some of the language has changed since I was trained and that was helpful. Love the authenticity of all the trainers! Really like the idea of revisiting the unburden part for at least four weeks encouraging follow up at home. You all worked beautifully together and are suburb example of Self energy. I am re-energized and more excited than ever about IFS. Thank you!

Being able to watch at my own rhythm and rewind in order to understand details of presentations, demos etc... Having several people presenting gave a more varied interpretation of the model. Being able to watch the demos being explained by the therapist gave me a deeper unique understanding of the process.

Having saved all the trainings and demos and monthly calls I feel like I have your wisdom and answers accessible whenever I need to ask. Ditto for the Facebook group. They deepen and further articulate issues that have been covered in the Level 1 & 2 but it's great to have the online sessions to refer to.

Having taken Level I and Level II, I am finding that listening to the videos 3-4 years after completing Level II is very helpful with respect to enabling me to further integrate my understanding and use of the IFS principles.

I feel that it gave me a good foundation for implementing IFS into my practice... the videos were engaging, the tech part easy, the visual presentation very accessible.

I like the flexibility of when I can listen, and like that it is an ongoing way for me to keep thinking in an IFS framework. I also learned a lot about the flow of the model.


I also found the transparency of the trainers, how vulnerable and real they were, to be helpful and engaging.


Sequential, clear, user-friendly info, too many to even name! I resisted registering for a few months because I've found online training to be so technically undependable, complicated to access, user-unfriendly, poor sound quality, etc. I'm NOT techie so I just didn't want the hassle. This training, in addition to its expert, excellent leadership, provides a refreshing experience using technology to learn counseling. A colleague showed me how easy it was to access modules and materials, I gave it a try, and I was hooked! Thank you for all the obvious effort you've put into this remarkable training from a content perspective and the technical side


Thank you for making this possible. Everything was positive about it for me. The highlights were getting more intensive training than is possible in regular IFS trainings. It is so helpful to have the phone calls and sessions available on PDF. I loved being able to study at my pace. The demos are really helpful. Also the opportunity to see how Dick works was such a privilege and learning experience. It made me feel more connected and inspired by the model.

J. Chrisman

The clarity of teaching from those with such a depth of experience who can communicate that in an accessible way so I can meet it and take it in. Then return to it later with a particular client in mind and I take it in at a different level. The humanity, heart and humour has been particularly appreciated. I'm also grateful for the smoothness and professionalism of the technology. Having this resource has helped to build my confidence and knowledge (and experience of my parts) and definitely helped me become more active in using IFS for myself (in therapy and supervision) and with clients.


The quality, the depth, the step by step, the accessibility to go at my own pace and review over and over again. WOW. Just WOW.