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Part 1: An Overview of the Internal Family Systems Model

  • Fri, September 22, 2023
  • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Online Via Zoom


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  • General Admission Cost
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Central Coast–CAMFT


Part 1: An Overview of the Internal Family Systems Model

Presented By:
Dorothy O'Leary

Online Via Zoom

Friday, September 22, 2023
9:30 am – 11:30 am

2 CE Credits*

Our Presentation

People instinctively refer to parts of themselves. “A part of me wants to see my friends, another part of me wants to rest at home.” Internal Family Systems (IFS) harnesses this instinct to distinguish parts. While studying Family Systems Therapy, Dr. Richard Schwartz observed clients using “parts” language and developed IFS as a way to apply the Family Systems perspective to individuals. Since a family can be seen as a single entity composed of individuals, an individual can be seen as a single entity composed of parts. Conflicting parts cause anxiety leaving us feeling stuck. A despised part becomes intolerable.

Gaining perspective on one part at a time, IFS helps remove blame from parts that are typically exiled by the rest of the system. IFS welcomes all parts, even when a welcoming attitude seems counter-intuitive. Respect for the part’s positive intention invites liberation from suffering and invites the part to fulfill it’s intended role. Eliminating suffering, but not the part of the person, provides a clear foundation for self-compassion.

An Introduction to the IFS Model is an overview of IFS and it’s potential benefits. Completion of this workshop does not constitute being trained in the IFS model. Formal training is available through the IFS Institute at

Educational Goals

  • Learn the basic principles of the IFS model.
  • Understand how basic IFS assumptions and tools can be used for implementation.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  1. Understand the origin of IFS as a distinct model.
  2. Understand basic assumptions and elements of the IFS model: managers, firefighters, exiles, all distinct from Self.
  3. Distinguish between blended and un-blended states, and understand the different approaches to each.
  4. Listen for and identify discreet parts of a client’s system to help clients increase awareness of their inherent capacity for self-compassion.
  5. Listen for and identify elements of a part, increasing trust through understanding.

About Our Presenter

Internal Family Systems (IFS) has provided the framework for Dorothy O’Leary’s psychotherapy practice since she began studying IFS in 2017. She’s completed all three levels of IFS trainings and continues to cultivate her skills and style through additional trainings, consultations, practice groups, and using IFS in her private practice. In 2021 Dorothy assisted with the design and implementation of the first ever IFS therapist development in Pakistan, and has continued as a program assistant at the IFS Institute through 2022. Originally trained in Somatic Psychotherapy, Dorothy has maintained a San Rafael-based, private practice since 2012.

This course is suitable for LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LFCCs, associates of the preceding categories, and students. This course is eligible for 2 continuing education credits. Online, via Zoom. Registered attendees will receive a Zoom link at the time of registration.

$25 Central Coast-CAMFT Members (CE Credits*)
$0 Chapter Board Members
$15 General Admission (No CE Credits*)
$30 for Non-Chapter Members (CE Credits**)

For more information, please contact Kim Richards at or 805.458.8063.

Closing date for registration is September 21, 2023 at 10pm.

Unless otherwise specified, our courses meet the qualifications for hours of continuing education credits for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs as required by the Board of Behavioral Sciences. Completion of this course earns a discount on liability insurance.  You will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the workshop.

The Central Coast Chapter of CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for MFTs, Associates and students, MSWs, LEPs and LPCCs. The Central Coast Chapter of CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

While the Central Coast Chapter of CAMFT makes every effort to assure fair treatment for all participants and attempts to anticipate problems, there may be occasional issues with regard to presentations/workshops which will require intervention and/or action on the part of the board. This procedural description serves as a guideline for handling such grievances.

When a participant files a grievance and expects action on the complaint, the following actions will be taken:

  1. The participant(s) will be asked to put concerns in writing (this can be in electronic form, such as an email).
  2. If the grievance concerns a presenter, the content presented by the speaker, or the style of presentation, the individual filing the grievance will be asked to put their comments in written format. The Board will then pass on the comments to the speaker, assuring the confidentiality of the grieved individual.
  3. If the grievance concerns a presentation/workshop offering, its content, level of presentation, or the facilities in which the workshop was offered, the Board will mediate and will be the final arbitrator. If the participant requests action, the Board will:
  • provide a credit for a subsequent presentation/workshop or
  • provide a partial or full refund of the presentation/workshop fee

Refund Policy
Refund policy for all events: Registrants who do not attend or fail to cancel registration seven days prior to scheduled event will be charged full fee. The only exception will be for registrants who are unable to attend due to an emergency. If you need to cancel, please contact Chapter President Kim Richards within 10 days of the upcoming event at 805.458.8063 or email Kim Richards at

Special Accommodations
If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in any of our events, please contact Chapter President Kim Richards within 10 days of the upcoming event at 805.458.8063 or email Kim Richards at
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