The goals for this course are for you:
- to learn and understand the IFS model and be able to apply it to your own systems, your patients/clients and one another
- to be able to ask as many questions as you need and know where to go for further information
- to form peer support groups so that your practice can continue to evolve
- by the end to have developed the confidence, skills and competence to fully integrate the model in your practice
- to be invigorated in your practice and to see remarkable and permanent changes in many of your clients
In order to be able to use the model it is essential that therapists/counsellors have an awareness of their own system of parts. As such you will be expected to explore your own systems in practice groups and if you are the subject in a demonstration.
4 Weekends (Location to be determined – downtown Toronto)
Fridays from 5-8
Saturdays from 9-6
Sundays from 9-Noon
Participation in a monthly online consultation group on Thursday evenings starting at 6:00 pm for up to 2 hours.
Participation in a monthly peer support group: times TBD based on availability. This group will be a practice group, either in person or online.
Derek Scott is the lead trainer. Depending on the number of participants there will be different co-leaders over the time of the course so that participants are exposed to a number of different styles as they develop their own.
Weekend 1: The Basics
October 20-22 2017.
Introduction to the IFS model, with explanations of the 3 types of parts we typically encounter in session. An introduction to the concept of Self energy.
Getting to know your own system through guided meditations and experiential exercises geared to help you start to grasp the model.
We will also do demonstrations so that you can see the model in action.
You will be invited to begin to practice the model.
Participants will be encouraged to speak for their own parts throughout.
Peer support groups and consultation groups will be established at this time.
Weekend 2: Deepening the Work
December 8-10 2017.
We will spend some time looking at the parts of us that get triggered when we work with certain clients so that they do not interfere with the work. By this time you will have been working with one another in your practice groups and possibly with your clients. This is a good time to take stock and learn some ways to work with your parts in session when you get triggered. An effective IFS therapist has to know his/her system in order to stay fully present to their client.
Weekend 3: Polarities, Trauma, Couples, specific populations
February 23-25 2018
This weekend will be dedicated to answering specific questions and focusing on aspects of the model that have most relevance for the participants. If you work with youth, traumatized individuals, couples, populations with high suicidality and/or addictions or eating disorders etc. then this weekend will be tailored to your needs.
Weekend 4: Putting it all together
April 13-15 2018
This is a time to integrate what we have learned. There will be opportunities to practice, and bring up topics that you would like to know more about. Between sessions 3 and 4 we will have asked in the consultation groups for topics that you would like to see covered in session 4, so that we can answer the concerns that you have.
We may explore the applicability of the model to working with children, grief, sexuality and gender identity and/or other identified areas of interest.
Each participant will be provided with a training manual with handouts for each session, as well as a DVD set of didactic teachings. A list of approved IFS therapists available to work with participants will be provided should you wish to deepen your own work.
Required reading for the course is “Introduction to the Internal Family systems Model” by Richard C. Schwartz available from the Center for Self-Leadership store.
Recommended reading includes: “Internal Family Systems Therapy” also by Dick Schwartz and “Parts Work: an Illustrated Guide top your Inner Life” – Tom Holmes.
In addition to reading I have developed annotated training videos: I hour sessions which have been edited to highlight choice points and illustrate where therapist parts have wanted to intervene.
There are many interesting articles on the resources page of my site and several will be recommended during the course.
The cost for each weekend will be $550 and each facilitated consultation group (6 in total) will be $95 per meeting.
Total cost: $2,770
A non-refundable deposit of 25% of the total costs ($700) must be paid 2 months before the course begins in order to secure a place; i.e. by August 18, 2017. There are a maximum of 20 places.
The remainder of the non-refundable fee ($2,070) is to be paid at the time the course begins, i.e. by October 20, 2017.
Please be aware that this course is not affiliated with the Center for Self-Leadership and is not considered as one of their Level 1 trainings. If you require certification as an IFS therapist that can only be awarded by CSL after taking a Level 1 training.
For more information on certification: www.selfleadership.org
If interested please email Derek Scott using the form below and he will be in touch with you shortly.
“Derek is a great teacher. He is a sensitive, engaging an highly skilled facilitator who both models and teaches Self-leadership” – Dick Schwartz, founder, IFS therapy
“Derek created a safe and welcoming learning environment allowing for my own personal exploration as well as enhanced my sensitivity for all of my clients. I would highly recommend him.” – Ann Drouilhet, LICSW, LMFT, certified IFS therapist
“Derek is a superb leader, bringing thoughtful insight and open-heartedness to his teaching. He offers compassionate guidance to help heal our wounds. I have learned a lot from Derek, emotionally and intellectually, and highly recommend him!” –
Larry Rosenberg, PhD, Psychologist, Cambridge, MA, Instructor, Harvard Medical School
“Derek’s skilled, measured facilitation created safety for experiential exploration, and allowed space for participants to share their own fresh insights with the group. I am better prepared to guide my clients. Highly recommended!” – Jason C. Weber M.Ed., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, Professional Clinical Counselor
“Derek Scott is a dynamic, engaging, accessible, and highly competent teacher.” – Douglas Arey, LICSW
“Derek Scott is a sensitive, bright highly skilled clinician, author, and workshop leader. I highly recommend Derek’s work; don’t give up an opportunity to work with him … you’ll be delighted you did!” – Sandra Scantling, Psy.D., MSN, Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Certified IFS Therapist, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, UCONN School of Medicine
“Derek’s dynamic presenting style, gets you at hello! He helps a participant to self-examine and discover parts of oneself with kindness and intrigue.” – Sue Richmond, LCSW, Certified IFS Therapist