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Internal Family Systems Model - 2 day Introductory Workshop - Sydney (10hrs...

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Peter Canisius House

102 Mona Vale Road

Pymble, NSW 2073


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In this workshop you will immerse yourself in the Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) model of psychotherapy. Individual and family therapist Simon d'Orsogna will offer an Introductory IFS weekend workshop ahead of the further intermediate workshops and upcoming Certification Trainings in later 2018-19.

Participants in the Introductory Workshop will learn the basics of the IFS approach from the ground up. Suitable to professionals (therapists, psychologists, counsellors, certified coaches and social workers) as well as those interested in self-development. The Certification Trainings for Level 1 will be a natural next step to those who have completed the Introductory workshop, or are familiar with the Internal Family Systems model of psychotherapy. The focus is going deeper into the IFS skills and techniques, and enhancing personal capacity.

This two day Introductory workshop is an opportunity for an overview presentation, live demonstrations, experiential learning by doing, and provides a safe space to develop a comfortable facility with the powerful attitudes and techniques that make IFS so effective. The sessions here provide deeper learning and an opportunity to work in small groups with maximum in-the-seat learning in a supportive atmosphere.

See the online flyer HERE for more general information on upcoming Certification trainings.

Testimonials from attendees of Simon's 2017 Introductory IFS workshops

"Great learning, profound and well-organized.

... a great introduction, but as well good for the well prepared.

Very interesting and more emotionally charged than many trainings.

It clarified my own confusion / incongruence about how to apply various theories to a more holistic approach. For me it works from the person / client not toward the person.

Enlightening! Great to have the support of others to implement theory into practice.

Life changing in the way I work with clients.

Fantastic and full of great people. Actually very energizing instead of draining which can often happen even in interesting workshops

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.

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 and
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.

Workshop size

The size of this intensive workshop is limited. Early registration is encouraged. Previous workshops have sold out early and the certification trainings have been waitlisted.

This workshop will promote beginner and intermediate-level skill building through active participatory learning. Come along prepared to learn by doing.



Simon d’Orsogna MA is a therapist, facilitator, and systems-oriented coach based in Melbourne, with individual and organizational clients across Australia and the globe. He provides psychotherapy, process consultancy and adult developmental coaching.

Based in Melbourne, Simon is a training systemic family therapist, certified Kegan-Lahey Immunity to Change coach, process consultant and integrative therapist, and an Associate Instructor with the US Coherence Psychology Institute. Simon facilitates experiential learning workshops in Australia, including through 2016 and 2017 offered a training series introducing Internal Family Systems to Australia, and in 2018 is bringing the first IFS certification trainings from the US Center of Self-Leadership.


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

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 on the published research to-date read here.

The organizer is planning to run a certified Center for Self Leadership (CSL) Level 1 training in Melbourne in later 2018.

See this page for more workshops and to join the e-list for updates on IFS in Australia. These online and in-person workshops will be useful preparation for a formal certification program.



Sydney workshops will be held at the Peter Canisius Centre in Pymble on the North Shore, where participants can live-in or come along each day. Enrolment includes morning-afternoon tea, and lunch catering.

Accomodation including evening/breakfast is available for those living in. Most dietary requirements can be accommodated including vegetarian, gluten free etc - please enquire first if you have special needs, then advise us on the booking form.

Peter Canisius House, Pymble, is located within the extensive grounds of Canisius College on the leafy North Shore of Sydney.

Accommodation is available onsite - please indicate after booking by email any health conditions, and simple dietary requirements when booking. Complex dietary requirements may require discussion to arrange best arrangements.

Wheelchair access

  • Ground level workroom
  • Ground level residential rooms available on request, close to
  • Disabled access bathroom
  • 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 and via ramps.


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

There is on-site parking on the centre. The venue is 50 minutes from the CBD by public train transport and 85-100 minutes by taxi from the airport.

See here or http://www.bouverie.org.au/contact
for details how to get there.

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.

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 45 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 beyond our control. Fees will be re-imbursed in full should cancellation be necessary.

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