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Discover the transformative world of Internal Family Systems (IFS) with our two-hour introductory course. Developed by Dr. Richard Schwartz, IFS offers a groundbreaking framework for understanding the multifaceted nature of the human psyche. This interactive session provides foundational knowledge of IFS, equipping participants with practical tools for self-awareness, personal growth, and client support. Key learning objectives include understanding IFS principles, such as the Self’s compassionate core and internal roles like Manager, Firefighter, and Exile. Participants will engage in hands-on exercises to connect with their internal parts, learn dialogue techniques for internal harmony, and gain tools for self-leadership, emphasizing the 8 C’s: compassion, curiosity, courage, creativity, confidence, clarity, connectedness, and calmness. This course is ideal for mental health professionals, counselors, coaches, and anyone seeking to enhance their self-awareness and personal development, regardless of their prior knowledge level. This course is encouraged as an introduction before taking our IFS, Psychedelics, and Anti-Oppression workshop.

Learning Objectives

  • At the end of this course, the participant will be able to:
  • Identify the main components of the IFS model, including the Self, Managers, Firefighters, and Exiles.
  • Demonstrate basic techniques of engaging with their internal parts as per the IFS model.

Continuing Education

  • Fluence International, Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Fluence maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • Fluence International, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0232.
  • Fluence International, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0674.
  • Fluence International, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0167.
  • The Department’s approval of a provider of continuing education does not constitute the Department’s endorsement of the content, positions or practices that may be addressed in any specific continuing education course offered by the approved provider.
  • Fluence, #1845, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 7/10/2023 – 7/10/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 1.00 continuing education credits. This licensure preparation program and materials associated with it were not included in the Association of Social Work Boards’ Approved Continuing Education (ACE) review and are not approved by ASWB for continuing education nor endorsed by ASWB in any manner.
  • For questions about continuing education and receiving your CE Certificate or Certificate of Attendance, contact You can also navigate to the FAQs page for more information about our courses/events.

More Info

Format & Length: Live synchronous distance learning (interactive). Total run time 2 hours.

Topic Area & Instructional level: Clinical practice. Introductory.

Who Should Attend? Psychologists, counselors, masters or doctoral level clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, and other medical professionals.

Completion Requirements: To receive a certificate of completion with CE information included students must complete all course sessions and modules, and obtain a score of 75% or higher on course completion quizzes. Upon completion of the course, students must also complete an evaluation form. For on-demand courses (recorded asynchronous distance learning), students will be able to access/download their certificate after marking all modules “complete.” For live/online courses (live synchronous distance learning), students will receive an attendance verification code from an administrator after their full attendance has been verified; Once they complete the “Attendance Verification” module, students will be able to access/download their certificate.
* For participants completing the course for APA credit only: if you would like to complete the course without submitting a response to the satisfaction survey, please contact us.

Course Publication & Review Dates: February 2, 2024

System Requirements: Students will need access to a computer and internet connection to complete this course.

Financial Support & Conflict of Interest Statements: Fluence pays course trainers for their teaching. There is no other financial support for this course. There is no potential conflict of interest or outside commercial support for this course.

Other: Click here to see our policies on attendance, refunds, grievances, and accessibility. Click here to see our frequently asked questions. Click here to contact us or submit a grievance. For any inquiries related to subject matter guidance, correction, grading, comments, or problem resolution please contact us.