Training & Supervision


Essentials of Internal Family Systems
Providing a practical understanding of the IFS modality


Have you ever said, “I wish I didn’t…” or “I wish I could stop...”? Does this mean that there is more than one “I” inside of you? In a way, yes. Despite sincere intentions, different parts of our psyche can sometimes take on extreme roles or behave in ways that are out of touch with our own best interests.


How does Internal Family Systems help?

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IFS is an approach to psychotherapy that identifies and harmonizes sub-personalities that are in discord within the psyche. Through healing these discordant parts of our psyche, IFS restores balance among the sub-personalities and the Self. Developed by Richard Schwartz, Ph.D. in the 90’s, IFS is a dynamic, effective way to allow Self-energy to bring balance and healing to our internal system. IFS guides us towards the foundation of being that has been with us from the first breath... The core of our true Self.
“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


This course is for more than just psychotherapists.


Body workers, coaches, counselors, and individuals who desire personal growth and transformation will benefit greatly from this experience.
You will:
  • Learn to restore trust in the Self.
  • Coordinate and harmonize the Self and discordant parts, so they can work together as a team - with the Self in charge.

Course Details

  • If safe, five modules from September 20 to December 13 (every 3 weeks)
  • One personal IFS session, which will enable you to experience the system firsthand before putting it into practice.
  • Six supervised triad practice sessions in between or after modules.
  • Optional (but recommended) additional practice sessions
  • We will provide a Certificate of Completion for up to 25 hours.


The (super-optimistic) Schedule


Though chances are it will not be safe to start this in the fall, we wanted you to know the schedule we had planned.  As we get closer to these dates, we will make the call about postponing.


We will meet on five Sundays (every 3 weeks), all 10:00 am – 3:45 pm

There will be a half hour lunch break and another 15 minute break.

  1. September 20, 2020
  2. October 11, 2020
  3. November 1, 2020
  4. November 22, 2020
  5. December 13, 2020

       December 20, 2020 (Make-up session in case of cancellation.)

After session 1, you will be offered a one-hour personal IFS session.
Supervised practice sessions are offered throughout the training and afterwards.



Fairview Space for Transformation
81 Log Gap Road
Fairview, NC 28730  map

This is a comfortable and attractive meeting space near woods and a stream. Accommodations may be available onsite.





plus the cost of optional practice sessions.

Payment plans available.



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

Six practice sessions are included in your tuition. You are welcome to book 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.


Comments from Prior Participants


“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.”

“This training has been one of the most enjoyable and beneficial trainings I've been through (and I've been through a lot!). The way it was paced and put together has really supported me in actually integrating it into my practice.”




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 40 years and has been active in the human development movement for the past 35.
Harry Schneider, GPCC is a life-long meditator, practicing daily for over forty years. He has also been an instructor of meditation and has toured and lectured on the subject. He has a GPCC certification from the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland and is a certified practitioner of Internal Family Systems Therapy.
Jeannine Van Sandt
Jeannine Van Sandt
Assisted by: Jeannine Van Sandt Riskin is a life coach specializing in helping with the graceful navigation of divorce. She holds a degree in sociology from Texas Women's University, as well as, a certification for NLP and for Reiki. Jeannine has been facilitating small group work in a variety of personal growth areas for many years and stays curious about her own inner world. Perhaps her deepest learning experience has come from being a mother to six children.



Jeannine Riskin
Harry Schneider
Ted Riskin