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Internal Family Systems Model - 2 day Introductory Workshop - Sydney (12hrs CE)

Simon d'Orsogna MA, Clinical Trainer and Psychotherapist

Wednesday, 11 March 2020 at 9:00 am - Thursday, 12 March 2020 at 4:30 pm (AEDT)

Internal Family Systems Model - 2 day Introductory...

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General Workshop Entry
Non-Residential ticketing includes workshop and materials, plus lunch and morning and afternoon tea. NOTE: fee includes GST and ticketing fees. The Workshop tickets are available until the tickets are sold (no holding tickets without payment). Note that there are only a limited number of Tickets to maintain optimal safety, intimacy, and group size. 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 Experiential Psychotherapy training events.
10/03/2020 $595.00 $33.81
Student ticket (Fulltime)
Note that there are only a limited number of Student Tickets available for fulltime students only. Proof of enrollment to be produced on entry. This price will be available until they run out. Ticketing includes workshop and materials, plus lunch and morning and afternoon tea. NOTE: fee includes GST and ticketing fees.
10/03/2020 $375.00 $21.71
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In these workshops you will immerse yourself in the Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) model of psychotherapy. Simon d'Orsogna MA will offer an Introductory IFS workshop (Wednesday11th March and Thursday 12th March, 9am-430pm each day) ahead of further intermediate workshops and official Level 1 trainings in 2020-21.


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, expressive and therapeutic arts practitioners, and social workers) as well as those seriously interested in their self-development. The Enriching workshops (July 2020) and official 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 presentations, live or video 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. A number of experienced assistants will coach and support triads in live learning sessions each day.


See the online flyer HERE for more general information on both Introductory workshops and Certification trainings, including peer practice events.




Testimonials from attendees of Simon's Introductory IFS workshops


"Great learning, profound and well-organized. Very competently presented and well structured.


... 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.


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


Gentle and beautifully paced. A great balance of didactic and practical work. The latter a bit intimidating but well worth the risk. Joyful and funny at times. I loved it.


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. No assumption of the model is required, although some pre-reading/pre-viewing of online material is recommended.




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. 










Workshop size 


The size of this intensive workshop is limited to 35 persons.  Early registration is encouraged. Previous Introduction workshops have sold out in the last series of trainings.


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








Simon d’Orsogna is a therapist, clinical trainer/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 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 2016-18 offered a training series introducing Internal Family Systems to Australia, and since 2018 brought the first IFS official certification trainings from Dr Richard Schwartz's US-based IFS Institute. Additionally he lectures and supervises in Bruce Ecker's Coherence Therapy approach and in the process of Memory Reconsolidation in therapy. He is IFSI's International Partner in Australia and New Zealand, and has completed all 3 Levels of the official IFS training, including specialized training working with couples, family and trauma. See sidebar for more information. 








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


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


There are plans to run further Center for Self Leadership (CSL) certified Level 1 trainings in Australia in 2020 and 2021. This Introductory IFS workshop will be useful preparation for a formal certification program. 






This Sydney workshop will be run at

Castlereagh Hotel

Castlereagh St

Central Sydney


Please note that lunch and simple snacks for tea breaks and hot drinks 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?

The venue is in central CBD, accessible by public train transport and 35-75 minutes by taxi from the airport depending on the time of day, roadworks and the vagaries of weather. There is parking near the centre.


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 - "if you are feeling it, its yours".


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

Have questions about Internal Family Systems Model - 2 day Introductory Workshop - Sydney (12hrs CE)? Contact Simon d'Orsogna MA, Clinical Trainer and Psychotherapist

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Castlereagh Hotel
169 Castlereagh Street
Sydney, NSW 2000

Wednesday, 11 March 2020 at 9:00 am - Thursday, 12 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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