Introduction to Internal Family Systems (IFS)
Learning to Use a Hopeful, Non-Pathologizing Therapy
Presented by Fran Ferguson, M.Ed., RCC and Inga Markham, RMFT, RCC

You might have heard Internal Family Systems (IFS) described as “an amazing approach to therapy.”  You really want to use it, but you know that it’s difficult to put into practice without first-hand experience.

This day long workshop will introduce therapists to IFS, an evidence-based method of therapy developed by Richard Schwartz, PhD, which fosters transformation gently, quickly, and effectively.

Through a combination of short lectures, demonstrations, and experiential exercises, attendees will not only learn the concepts of IFS, but also have personal experience and practice using the approach.

What you will learn:

  • The concept of the multiplicity of mind, the various parts in the internal system, and the means of identifying, and working with these parts in therapy;
  • The well-intentioned protective roles of Managers and Firefighters that often end up creating chaos or stifling the persons energy instead of taking their normal, creative, and positive positions in the system;
  • The role of exiled parts, often cut off from conscious awareness, who long to be released from their burdens and contribute their gifts to the system;
  • The qualities of Self-energy and how Self can be accessed for healing;
  • The ways in which therapists can notice and identify their own parts, and practise using the model as client, therapist, and/or observer through various exercises and clinical demonstrations.

Session Information:  

Date:          September 16, 2017
Time:         9:00 am – 5:00 pm (8:30 am for registration, networking, and morning refreshments).
Address:    Qualicum Beach Inn, 2690 Island Hwy West, Qualicum Beach, BC V9K 1G8


BCACC Members:   $40.00 plus GST
Non-Members:        $80.00 plus GST (Non-Member registration opens August 26th )