A Monthly Learning Community for IFS Practitioners & Therapists


The Center for Self Leadership is pleased to present the 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 year:

IFS, Diversity, and Inclusion: All Parts are Welcome Led by Kate Lingren and Percy Ballard
IFS treatment of Sexual Trauma (presenters TBA)

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 approved 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.




Winter Module

The Self Leadership of Diversity and Inclusion: Transcending the Limitations of Biased Beliefs Toward a Truly “All Parts Welcome” Experience

In the last few years the question of “are all parts truly welcome?” has come up within the IFS community and has been addressed at the annual conference for the past two years.  Sadly, the consensus has been that no, not all parts are truly welcome. CSL has taken this quite seriously, creating a Diversity and Inclusion Committee, which is, in part, how this particular on-line circle program came about.

In this  program, we will re-affirm our goal of creating a clinical setting and community where all parts truly are welcome. This translates into Self-to-Self connection across all genders, races, religious beliefs, sexual orientations, sizes, ages, abilities, political affiliations/beliefs, class etc. Self, by definition, is curiosity, compassion, caring, connection and the like and does not hold biased beliefs. Protector parts hold these biased beliefs with the intention of ensuring safety in the internal system. As mental health professionals, we can help our clients parts to look toward them for safety without having to make anyone “other”, and help our clients identify their own protectors holding bias beliefs.  Through identification of these parts both clinicians and patients can accept diversity and richness in ways it currently may not. Applying these tools will allow mental health providers and and patients to effectively navigate an external world that is often not welcoming to all parts.


Are All Parts Truly Welcome?

What if we could help our patients parts to look toward them for safety without having to make anyone “other?” Would you like to help your patients world reflect more diversity and richness in ways it currently may not?  Would you like to help patients respond effectively in an external world that is often not welcoming to all parts?

In this first session, we will discuss the concepts of both explicit and implicit bias and how the parts that hold these known or unknown beliefs may inform our patients decisions/attitudes toward people who may be different and interfere with our patients ability to form Self-to-Self connection.

You will:

  • Apply a meditation to connect us inside and with each other
  • Discuss what is implicit bias? Where do we see it in our community or clinical setting?
  • Utilize the model that we call “Implicit Bias From the Outside In”
  • Learn a meditation to begin to connect with our own explicit and implicitly held biased beliefs and use this as a tool help patients identify their own bias protectors.


Protectors and Bias

In this session we as mental health professionals will begin to deepen our understanding of how our clients parts hold biased beliefs as protectors. We will demonstrate how we can access and respond to these parts within ourselves as well as with clients in Self-led ways that are potentially transformative, both internally and relationally, using the IFS model. We will use role plays and discussion to demonstrate the clinical application of the model and anchor this information internally.

In this month we will cover:

  • Accessing and responding to protectors in ourselves as clinicians and for our patients
  • A meditation to center inside and help clients center themselves
  • The beliefs of biased protectors


Beyond Our Limiting Beliefs

In this module we demonstrate, in the clinical setting how to work with the patient's parts in the protective system that limit their access to Self awareness and/or keep them mired in limiting beliefs. Using a videotaped demonstration of the work, we will show the protocol that allows us to demonstrate how to access biased beliefs, in the therapeutic setting, in a safe and non-shaming way so that as therapists, we can then help these parts hold fewer obstacles for our patients to connect with others who are somehow different from them.

In this month you will learn to:

  • Work with patients protective systems around limiting beliefs
  • Use the protocol that allows access to biased beliefs
  • Connect with Self across differences


Strategies for working with Bias

In this module we will lead clinicians in a guided meditation for our patients so that they can access their own parts that hold biased beliefs. Participants will be guided in a reliable sequence to access these parts, often previously unknown to our patients. We then continue to work toward understanding the roles these parts have had in the patient's system and why. We will demonstrate how to access the exiles these parts have been protecting in ourselves and for patients and bring them whatever help is needed, including unburdening them if possible and then unburdening their protectors.

Participants will then have opportunity to process the experience in the larger group.

In this month we will cover:

  • Guided meditation to access and work with implicitly held biases within ourselves as clinicians and for use with patients
  • Accessing exiles
  • Closing the module

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

Spring Module

IFS treatment of Sexual Trauma (presenters TBD)

The cycles of sexual trauma are a painful, corrosive, and often hidden force in every human society and for all of history. Now in the era of #metoo, we struggle to know how best to care for and bring healing to all those who've been victimized . Meanwhile, developing effective methods to break the patterns among sex offenders and harassers so that they no longer victimize others have been elusive. Join us as we share an IFS approach to help those who've been sexually traumatized to enhance Self leadership and find healing. The presenters will also consider the internal system of the sexual offender and how they may better understand their inner world in order to break their patterns of sexual predation.

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.

Kate Lingren, LICSW
The Self Leadership of Diversity and Inclusion

Kate Lingren in a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in private practice with over 30 years of experience. She is a Certified IFS (Internal Family Systems) therapist and on the faculty of Intimacy From the Inside Out (using IFS in couples work) as an Assistant Trainer. She is also on the faculty of Boston College School of Social Work, where she teaches a class on IFS. Most recently she has been on a quest to discover, welcome and heal her parts that hold both explicit and implicit biases in an effort to more fully embody her true Self. Kate lives and practices in the Boston area and in Martha’s Vineyard.

Percy Ballard, MD
The Self Leadership of Diversity and Inclusion

Percy Ballard, MD is a psychiatrist who graduated from Harvard Medical School and completed general psychiatry residency training at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance. He completed Internal Family Systems (IFS) Level 1, 2 and 3 trainings during his residency. He has been practicing IFS psychotherapy and medication management for 9 years in the greater Boston area, including 4 years at an LGBT community healthcare center (Fenway Health). He currently practices IFS psychotherapy and psychopharmacology at Psych Garden, a team-oriented addictions-focused clinic in the Greater Boston Area. He has presented at numerous workshops and conferences on the topics of IFS psychotherapy, implicit bias, race, culture and legacy burdens, including several workshops with the founding developer of the model Richard Schwartz, PhD. Apart from therapy, he is an avid meditator in the Indo-Tibetan Buddhist traditions, a competitive martial artist of several East Asian systems, and a shameless dancer when the opportunity arises.

Here is what we will cover in our next two modules:

Winter Module: IFS, Diversity and Inclusion: All Parts Are Welcome

January 2019: Are All Parts Truly Welcome?

Jan 16 Richard Schwartz 4pm ET/1pm PT
Jan 23 Kate Lingren & Percy Ballard 5pmET/2pm PT

February 2019: Protectors and Bias

Feb 20 Richard Schwartz  4pm ET/1pm PT
Feb 27 Kate Lingren & Percy Ballard 5pmET/2pm PT

March 2019: Beyond Our Limiting Beliefs

Mar 20 Richard Schwartz 4pm ET/1pm PT
Mar 27 Kate Lingren & Percy Ballard 5pmET/2pm PT

April 2019: Strategies for working with Depression, Anxiety and Shame

Apr 17 Richard Schwartz 4pm ET/1pm PT
Apr 24 Kate Lingren & Percy Ballard 5pmET/2pm PT

Spring Module: IFS treatment of Sexual Trauma

Call times subject to change

Jointly sponsored by Commonwealth Educational 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+

Sign up now for only $496


Four Quarterly Payments of $147

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We want all of our community members to be as thrilled with the information that we’re providing as we are and we’re confident that you WILL be totally satisfied. But if you’re not, for whatever reason, you can simply email us within 30 days and get your money back…no questions asked. I want to thank you in advance for joining us. Dr. Dick Schwartz

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.