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Introduction to Internal Family Systems course

Introduction to Internal Family Systems course

About the Course

Internal Family Systems is a non-pathologizing, collaborative and empowering model of therapy which fosters transformation, gently, quickly, and effectively. The IFS Model represents a synthesis of two already-existing paradigms: systems thinking and the ‘multiplicity of mind’ (aka ego-states) with an understanding that symptoms are actually the coping mechanism of our parts trying to protect us from pain.

IFS is listed in SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices, rating it as “effective for improving general functioning and well-being,” and “promising for each of: improving phobia, panic, and generalized anxiety disorders and symptoms; physical health conditions and symptoms; personal resilience/self-concept; and depression and depressive symptoms.”

Practitioners must be willing to learn by doing (experiential work is required), and to contribute to discussions in small groups.

Course Outline

  • History and background of IFS, the Model of Mind

  • Roles and Relationships of Parts – Protective and Vulnerable

  • Self – the 8 Cs and 5 Ps of Self energy

  • Observe a demonstration session to see the difference between normal therapeutic listening and ‘listening for parts’

  • Unblending (differentiation) to increase affect tolerance & emotional regulation

  • Discovering and working with Protective parts (small group work)

  • The Flow of the IFS Model (a practice schematic)

Course Objectives

At the end of the training, you will:

  • Understand principles and concepts underpinning IFS as a therapeutic modality

  • Recognise roles that the sub-personalities (parts) play in the presenting issues from a non-pathologizing perspective

  • Access and explore protective parts in a session using a simple protocol

  • Deepen participants’ understanding of experiential therapeutic healing

Who Should Attend

Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Coaches, Psychologists, Hypnotherapists, Social Workers, Community Workers, Expressive Arts therapists, Mental Health Nurses and Psychiatrists.


Participants who meet 75% class attendance will be awarded a Certificate of Accomplishment by the Academy of Human Development.

Course Description

Your Trainer

Dr Loranie Leas

Dr Loranie Leas

Dr. Loranie Leas is a clinical and health psychologist with over 17 years of practice. She has extensive experience working with a diverse range of adults and conducting group therapy programs. Her professional journey spans community mental health, corrective services, inpatient and outpatient hospital settings, and private practice.

Her expertise extends to various evidence-based interventions, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples, and Schema Therapy. Dr. Leas is dedicated to creating a safe and collaborative therapeutic environment, advocating for a tailored approach that aligns therapeutic methods with her clients' needs. She is committed to providing a holistic model of care to help clients achieve their goals.

Loranie is a certified Level 3 Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapist and a trainer-in-training at IFS Institute. She is the second official IFS Institute trainer in the Oceania region and has frequently assisted in official training events across Australia. Additionally, she has led Introduction to IFS workshops alongside IFS-trained assistants.


Anonymous Senior Social Worker, 29 May 2023

Though it is e-learning, it did not compromise on its objectives of experiential or applications of the theory as it is done well over break-out rooms.

Anonymous Social Worker, 29 May 2023

Content was delivered in a clear manner. I enjoyed how the trainers demonstrated and allowed us to practice the skills - making the content applicable - through the demos and role plays

Anonymous Social Worker, 29 May 2023

Thank you for showing what it means to have empathy and respect for people. The trainers have been gentle and have allowed me to reflect better in this training. Thank you Simon, Joseph and Mary for teaching us IFS and showing us how is it being applied.

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Enquiries about the course?

Contact Us

Ms Alicia Loy / 6593 5287

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