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IFS Direct Access + Gifts of your Exiles - 3 day Workshop - Melbourne

Simon d'Orsogna MA, Clinical Trainer and Psychotherapist

Friday, 28 February 2020 at 9:00 am - Sunday, 1 March 2020 at 4:30 pm (AEDT)

IFS Direct Access + Gifts of your Exiles - 3 day...

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Non-Residential ticketing includes workshop and materials, plus lunch and morning/afternoon tea snack. No evening meals supplied. NOTE: fee includes GST and ticketing fees. The Workshop tickets are available until the tickets are sold. Note that there are only a limited number of Tickets to maintain optimal safety, intimacy, and group size. This price will be only available until the limited tickets run out or date passed. A waitlist will open when the tickets are sold out - please register your interest here. If you are not successful in getting a ticket for this workshop we will add your name to the mailing list for the future IFS Australia and Experiential Psychotherapy training events.
27/02/2020 $695.00 $0.00
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Non-Residential ticketing includes workshop and materials, plus lunch and morning/afternoon tea snack. No evening meals supplied. This price will be only available until the limited tickets run out or date passed. Note that there are only a limited number of Student Tickets available for part-time students only. Proof of enrollment in a course relevant to this content must be produced on registration or workshop entry. This price will be available only until November 1st or until they run out, whichever comes first.
27/02/2020 $495.00 $0.00
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Non-Residential ticketing includes workshop and materials, plus lunch and morning/afternoon tea snack. No evening meals supplied. This price will be only available until the limited tickets run out or date passed. Note that there are only a limited number of Student Tickets available for full-time students only. Proof of enrollment in a course relevant to this content must be produced on registration or workshop entry. This price will be available only until November 1st or until they run out.
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Event Details

In this three-day didactic & experiential Internal Family System workshop we will learn key skills for working with the vulnerable as well as protective aspects of our self-caring systems for healing and growth. On the first two days US-based IFS trainer Paul Neustadt will teach how-to work with entrenched or difficult parts using the powerful Direct Access technique, and the final day will address the unseen and under-appreciated gifts of Exiles.




 Paul Neustadt, MSS, LICSW 



Direct Access: an essential skill of IFS (first 2 days) With all those clients who don't seem ready or able to focus inside on parts, we need to use Direct Access. Those times when you can feel you have to "abandon the model" and do what you used to do, that is when you can do Direct Access. While it can look like an IFS-informed 'talk-therapy' it offers a powerful and direct way to lend the Self energy of the therapist to support vulnerable client systems safely. Direct Access is often introduced as the alternative to Insight work ("...ask the part if it would...").  

For many people Direct Access is the missing piece in their IFS repertoire.


Direct Access is in many ways more challenging than guiding people to work with their parts. This workshop will provide opportunities for participants to practice safely using a series of proven teaching exercises, and deepen their understanding of Direct Access through demos and role plays.


The Gifts of Our Exiles: Reconnecting with Our True Self (3rd day) - our protectors tend to see our exiles as dangerous, shameful, too-much or fragile. They are unable to see beyond the exile’s burdens, and even the exiles often think they are their burden. When we help the client and their parts recognize the exile’s gifts, it can ease their resistance to connecting with and healing the exiles. More information about this one-day workshop in the recent IFS Foundation newsletter here



Paul offers the group a mix of didactic and experiential opportunities to describe the different kinds of gifts exiles give us. Perhaps the most important gift is that, when exiles are unburdened, they enable us to connect with our True Self and the unique qualities and gifts we have to offer the world. Our aliveness, our joy, our passion, and many other qualities are brought back to us when we reintegrate our exiles. Awareness of the exiles’ gifts adds to the power of the healing steps and strengthens the integration of the unburdened exiles.


These three days include case examples and demos to show how we can integrate this work into the IFS healing steps, and dyad exercises that will enable participants to experience this for themselves. Paul will also discuss how the concept of the True Self, which is unique to each individual, fits with the concept of Self and parts. These methods will be demonstrated live with participant volunteers, and supervised practice time is planned for participants to learn by doing. 






Paul Neustadt, MSS, LICSW is an IFS Co-Lead Trainer and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. He has a private practice in Arlington, MA where he specializes in couples therapy, parent coaching, and IFS consultation. For 17 years he was the director of a community counseling and prevention program for children, adolescents, and their families, and before that he worked in a college counseling center and a community mental health center. He taught couples and family therapy at a family therapy institute and in two graduate programs. As a trainer Paul creates a safe and accepting atmosphere, attending thoughtfully to group process and making sure all parts are welcome. He teaches the Model with a clear, down to earth and open-hearted manner.

Paul will offer this same 3 day workshop in both Melbourne and Sydney. See the page here for all related IFS and other trainings.



Who is this for?

Participation is for therapists and counsellors, mental health clinicians, certified coaches, or students in accredited graduate training programs. Practitioners working experientially and wholistically will find this approach broadens and makes more acute their existing work through using the steps of the IFS 'parts' model.

PRE-REQUISITE - attending a previous IFS Introductory workshop, a Level 1 - 2 - 3 certification, or PESI 14.5 hour online training is required for attending this CSL CE-endorsed event. See the 2019-20 Introductory events in Sydney, Hobart, Auckland, Launceston and Melbourne here.

Application is being made and to be confirmed by the US Center for Self Leadership for practitioners seeking Continuing Education accreditation hours (suitable for participants have completed level 1+ training).


Note - these workshops qualify for equivalent hours of specialised training that may be counted towards Continuing Professional Development according to requirements set down by your accrediting body.

Registered health professionals have a responsibility to ensure that they continue to maintain, enhance and extend their knowledge and skills throughout their working lives. 


Guidelines on continuing professional development (CPD) from the Australian Psychological Society

Guidelines on continuing professional development (CPD) set down by the Psychology Registration Board of Australia.


The Australian Psychological Society advise that APS Members may accrue Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours by participating in activities that they determine to be relevant to their specific professional approaches, and professional development goals. CPD activities do not need to be endorsed by the APS. A certificate of attendance will be available.



Introductory IFS workshops are booking already in Melbourne and Sydney in for later 2019 and early 2020. See link here for more information and booking for the online Introductory and Certification training listing.



In conjunction with the offical US Institute for IFS  (IFSI formerly CSL) Simon will run further Level 1 trainings in Australia in 2020 and 2021, after the current Certification trainings quickly filled. Certification is only provided by CSL through these formally endorsed training events. Note there are further workshops and trainings planned for 2020. 


For more on Australian workshops and training events please see here (join the e-list for updates).



Workshop size 

The size of this intensive workshop is limited to 30pax.  Early registration is encouraged. Previous IFS workshops have sold out quickly and joining the waitlists will provide best chance of getting a ticket to this or next iteration.


These weekend and multiday intensive workshops will promote intermediate-level skill building through active participatory learning. Come along prepared to learn by doing. 


Internal Family Systems (IFS) is the signature work of Richard Schwartz PhD, more at

As a clinical treatment IFS is rated effective to improve general functioning and well-being by the US National Registry for Evidence-based Programs and Practices as an evidence-based practice. In addition, it has been rated promising for each of: improving phobia, panic, and generalized anxiety disorders and symptoms; physical health conditions and symptoms; personal resilience/self-concept; and depression and depressive symptoms. For more read here.




Melbourne workshops will be held at the Abbotsford Convent, east of Melbourne. Enrolment includes morning-afternoon tea, and lunch catering.

There is no accomodation provided.

Most simple dietary requirements can be accommodated including vegetarian, vegan, gluten free etc - please advise us on the booking form. Your specialist dietary requirements should be self-catered.

Please indicate during booking or by email any relevant health conditions, and your simple dietary requirements when booking.


Wheelchair access

  • Ground level workrooms
  • Disabled access bathroom
  • Ramps to main entrance and other rooms




What are my transport/parking options getting to/from the event?

There is on-site parking on the centre. The venue is 20 minutes from the CBD by public train or bus transport, and 35-45 minutes by taxi from Melbourne Airport.

See here or
for details how to get there.


Please note that lunch and morning & afternoon breaks will be provided. Complex dietary requirements require own provision to ensure best arrangements.


Wheelchair access

  • Ramps to main entrance and other rooms
  • Note there are some stairs on the premises however all workshop rooms can be accessed through the building, lifts and via ramps.




What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

There is affordable car parking opposite the venue-site - self-parking per day or a standard hourly rate. 

What can/can't I bring to the event?

curiosity, willingness to try things out ("Yes, and..."), a sense of humour, and a heart-oriented openness to the multiplicity of self. Preparedness to do your own work.


Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Yes, see the link at the bottom of the brief bio to the right .


Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Tickets are transferable to suitably experienced colleagues. Please advise if you do exchange tickets so we can update certificates of attendance, name tags, and lists.


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

So you can be given the correct name tag, we recommend this.


What is the refund policy?

Due to the limited size of each course, a refund can only be issued if cancellation notification is received 30 days prior to the workshop - less a $75.00 administration fee per person. Existing registrants will be sent the refund, and should return any materials sent. We cannot reimburse any expenses you may have incurred, but we will reimburse the cost of travel insurance directly related to attending this workshop, on receipt of your insurance receipt. If you cannot attend, a suitably qualified substitute may attend in your place, assuming you forward all materials or information to them. Courses are pre-paid. We do not take money at the door.

We reserve the right to cancel due to insufficient registrations or other reasons as necessary. Fees will be re-imbursed (minus bank fees) should cancellation be required. All decisions are entirely at the organizer's discretion. 

Have questions about IFS Direct Access + Gifts of your Exiles - 3 day Workshop - Melbourne ? Contact Simon d'Orsogna MA, Clinical Trainer and Psychotherapist

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Abbotsford Convent
1 St Heliers St
Abbotsford, VIC 3067

Friday, 28 February 2020 at 9:00 am - Sunday, 1 March 2020 at 4:30 pm (AEDT)

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Simon d'Orsogna MA, Clinical Trainer and Psychotherapist


Simon d’Orsogna is an individual and family therapist, clinical trainer and facilitator based in Melbourne, with individual clients and supervisees across Australia and the globe. He provides psychotherapy, process consultancy, and adult developmental coaching. He specializes in treating depression and anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, and assisting life transitions. 

He is the US Institute of IFS International partner, a Level 3 IFS practitioner with training specializations working with couples and working with survivors of trauma. Simon has facilitated and arranged more than 220 days of Internal Family Systems trainings and workshops since 2015, along with founding and leading trainings of Coherence Therapy, IFS and Poly Vagal informed Therapies in the region. He has presented at the US annual IFS Conference as well as in Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and across Australia and New Zealand.

He completed his Clinical Masters in Systemic Family Therapy at Bouverie Centre, La Trobe University, and continues studying the late David Grove's unique therapeutic approach to 'Clean' language and space. He facilitates experiential learning events including Coherence Therapy workshops across Australia, and co-developed the four-part online training, "Theory and Practice of Coherence Therapy" with  Dr Niall Geoghegan. Additionally Simon is an Associate Instructor with the Coherence Psychology Institute, and a member of the Harvard Institute of Coaching Professional Association. He is a level 2 training candidate for Leslie Greenberg's EFT with the Australian Institute of Emotion Focused Therapy.

Simon is a certified Immunity to Change coach (Harvard Professors Bob Kegan and Lisa Lahey's adult developmental approach to growth and transformation), and a member of the Focusing Institute (US). The ideas underpinning the effectiveness of these approaches align with the recent neuroscience learnings about memory reconsolidation and release from implicit emotional learnings.

Simon provides therapy and executive coaching from Melbourne, Australia to the world via the interwebs and from his rooms in Carlton.  Enquiries via mobile 0418 321 254 / +61 418 321 254  or websites 




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