Training & Supervision


Healing the Internal Family:

Bringing IFS to Your Practice

Note: This course is full.  If you would like to join a waiting list, please go ahead and register for the course (without paying), and you will be notified when a place opens.


Internal Family Systems is one of the fastest growing models of therapy today.  Because it works!  As the public learns about IFS, they are looking for therapists, coaches, counselors, and other practitioners who can work with this approach.  You can prepare to respond to this need by dedicating four months of Friday mornings to your education.


How is Internal Family Systems different from other therapies?

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By viewing the psyche as consisting of "Self" plus a collection of various subpersonalities, or "parts," IFS is able to understand the complexities of human behavior and bring harmony to the system.  Instead of parts struggling with each other for control, Self steps into a leadership role and makes life decisions that all parts can support.  Instead of reacting reflexively to life's circumstances, we respond with calmness and clarity.  Understanding that all parts are trying to be helpful, we let go of judgment and bring acceptance to our problematic behaviors, even as we help them change.  You can learn more at the IFS Institute website.


“IFS is more than a therapeutic technique. It is a conceptual framework and practice for developing love for ourselves and each other.”
Richard Schwartz, PhD


Course Details

  • This course will be conducted via Zoom.
  • Eight interactive learning sessions and nine practice sessions from April 9 to July 30.
  • For those new to IFS, one personal IFS session, which will enable you to experience the system firsthand before putting it into practice.
  • Optional (but recommended) additional practice sessions.
  • 28.5 Continuing Education hours (see below).
  • In order to provide more personal attention to each student, this course will be limited to 9 participants.
  • The course is directed towards therapists, coaches, counselors, medical professionals, and others who work with (or will soon be working with) clients to explore their inner worlds.


The Schedule

We will meet every Friday morning.

The modules will run from 10:00 am until 12:30 pm Eastern time with a 15 minute break.

The practice sessions will last 75 minutes, beginning at 9:45 and 11:30 on Fridays, and at other times as well.  So, for each round of practice sessions, 6 of 9 students could do their sessions on Friday morning, while 3 would find another time to meet.

If there is a consensus to change any of these dates (for example July 2), that is an option.

Modules will be recorded for those who cannot attend (but continuing education hours would not be awarded for missed sessions).

  1. April 9, 2021: Module 1
  2. April 16, 2021: Module 2
  3. April 23, 2021: Module 3
  4. April 30, 2021: Module 4
  5. May 7, 2021: Module 5
  6. May 14, 2021: Practice 1A
  7. May 21, 2021: Practice 1B
  8. May 28, 2021: Practice 1C
  9. June 4, 2021: Module 6
  10. June 11, 2021: Practice 2A
  11. June 18, 2021: Practice 2B
  12. June 25, 2021: Practice 2C
  13. July 2, 2021: Module 7
  14. July 9, 2021: Practice 3A
  15. July 16, 2021: Practice 3B
  16. July 23, 2021: Practice 3C
  17. July 30, 2021: Module 8




$975 if received before April 1.

$1100 after.

Payment plans available.



In order to master this protocol, additional supervised practice is highly recommended.

Nine practice sessions are included in your tuition. You are welcome to schedule additional sessions for $120 per hour in triads ($40 per participant) or dyads ($60 per participant).

IMPORTANT: This training gives you the foundation of IFS theory and opportunities for supervised practice. However, If you would like to refer to yourself as “certified”, you will need to complete a Level One Training sponsored by The Center for Self Leadership and meet other criteria. Information on these in-depth training opportunities can be found here.


Continuing Education Credit

The state of North Carolina allows social workers to take credit for courses that have not been pre-approved. According to the Board's website, " live/synchronous audio-video broadcasts allowing for real time interaction between the instructor and participants attending through electronic means shall not be considered a distance learning activity."  Therefore, this online course would be treated as if it took place in-person.  I will provide a certificate of completion for up to 28.5 hours, depending on attendance.  I have also received approval from CRCC, a NC approved provider, for 28.5 hours for LCMHCs.  Participants from other states would need to check with your Board to see about credit.


Comments from Participants in Essentials of IFS w/ Ted and Harry


“This training is an excellent introduction to IFS. I walked away with a solid foundation of the model to integrate into my practice. Ted and Harry were very knowledgeable about the model, and gifted group facilitators. The training space was beautiful and comfortable. If they offered another level, I'd sign up in a heartbeat. Very worthwhile.”

“I highly recommend the Essentials of IFS training with Ted and Harry. This training was extremely beneficial for my professional and personal development. IFS is a highly effective and accessible intervention that has provided me with the most accurate description of the human psyche -- which not only helps me understand my clients but helps them understand themselves. Ted and Harry’s training provided a wonderful foundation for me to learn this incredible model of healing. I highly recommend this training as it will greatly benefit, if not transform, your clinical work!”
“This training had a profound impact on me personally and professionally. Ted and Harry are both brilliant teachers of IFS who full-heartedly embody the model in their lives and in all interactions throughout the training. I recommend this to any therapist who is interested in transformative and experiential modalities.”

“This has been a wonderful opportunity to learn the IFS model... The quality of the training, the knowledge and compassion of the trainers, and the opportunities to get to know each other and practice using the model were excellent.”

“The IFS training with Ted, Harry, and Jeanine was an amazing experience! I love the model and I now incorporate this work in my practice every day. The training provided a perfect balance between didactic learning, group sharing and practice experience. The trainers created a safe and open space for all and the venue is magical. So happy that I had the opportunity to be a part of this experience.”

“I would highly recommend this training as an introduction to IFS! The spacing and pacing of the training allowed for more easeful integration of the model, chance to practice approach with clients in between modules, and then come back together to go over questions that arose. It is obvious that both Ted and Harry have a wide breadth of experience working within the IFS model. They were knowledgeable and also extremely heart based with their teaching styles. The authenticity and presence they provided led to this being a stellar training all around.”

“Ted, Jeanine, and Harry do an incredible job of creating a safe learning environment. The Essentials of IFS is a truly transformational course for those who want to begin to integrate parts work into their practice.”

“The amount of support and practice I received in this training was phenomenal!”

“This training provided me an excellent foundation in IFS and changed my perspective on my work with clients. The model, as conveyed by the trainers, is incredibly kind and supportive of growth.”

From the Online Version:

“I found this work accepting of all human emotion and experience. Giving voice to all aspects of a person is a tremendous way to heal wounded parts. It is an empowering way to work with clients that have a desire to heal but have been stuck and don't even know why. This training gave all the fundamentals and practice in the IFS model. It was warm, friendly and full of SELF energy each and every step of the way. I highly recommend it! ”

“This IFS training has been a life changing experience for me as a professional hypnotherapist and as a person who is still clearing old emotions and beliefs from my own system. Parts work is one of my favorite modalities to use with clients and IFS is like parts on steroids. You will be able to help your client (and yourself) identify, develop, and strengthen their own innate healer (SELF) who ultimately orchestrates resolution/healing between inner parts who have outgrown their roles as protector, firefighter, and/or exile.”

“This was a wonderful introduction to the principles of IFS. Ted and Harry bring great wisdom and heart to this work. The combination of teaching, practice time, and personal connection (through sharing) allowed for our class to learn the foundations of IFS and develop a genuinely caring community in our small class.”





Ted Riskin, LCSW
Ted Riskin, LCSW is a psychotherapist specializing in relationship issues and cognitive therapy. He has certifications in Internal Family Systems, Holotropic Breathwork, Core Energetics, hypnotherapy, Breath Therapy, and EMDR. He has practiced meditation for the past 42 years and has been active in the human development movement for the past 37.


Get more of a feel for IFS.

A recent article describes some of the history, theory, and application of IFS.  You can read it here.




 Ted Riskin