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

Simon d'Orsogna, Associate Instructor with the Coherence Psychology Institute

Saturday, 4 November 2017 at 9:00 am - Sunday, 5 November 2017 at 4:30 pm (AEDT)

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Registration Type Sales End Price * Fee Quantity
General Workshop Entry Intro 2day workshop (Syd)
The Workshop tickets are available until the tickets are sold. Note that there are only a limited number of Tickets. 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. Ticketing includes workshop and materials, lunches, plus morning and afternoon tea. NOTE: fee includes GST and ticketing fees.
03/11/2017 $440.00 $0.00
Student Entry Intro 2day workshop (Syd)
Note that there are only a limited number of Student Tickets available for fulltime students only. This price will be available until July 31st or until they run out, whichever comes first. Ticketing includes workshop and materials, lunches, plus morning and afternoon tea. NOTE: fee includes GST and ticketing fees.
03/11/2017 $220.00 $0.00
Accommodation (single/night)
Accommodation - per single night. All linen supplied and clean modern shared bathrooms. Includes breakfast and evening meal - please advise dietary requirements.
03/11/2017 $165.00 $0.00
Accommodation (single/night/ensuite)
Accommodation with ensuite - per single night. All linen supplied and clean modern shared bathrooms. Includes breakfast and evening meal - please advise dietary requirements.
03/11/2017 $195.00 $0.00
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Event Details

In these workshops you will immerse yourself in the Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) model of psychotherapy. Simon d'Orsogna and Leona Dawson will offer an Introductory IFS weekend workshop ahead of the upcoming Certification Trainings in 2018.

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 presentations, 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.




Leona Dawson is a therapist, facilitator and coach based in Sydney. She has worked in adult education for over 20 years in businesses, vocational education and community settings creating professional & personal development experiences that change lives. Leona is an accredited trainer/facilitator for Mental Health First Aid, The Coaching Clinic (Coach-U), Team Management Systems & Profiling and Focusing.




Testimonials from attendees of the 2016&17 IFS workshops Simon ran with US based IFS therapist Bonnie Weiss in Melbourne and Sydney:

A joy and a surprise to find such an experience of warmth and connection alongside intense learning and skills acquisition.

I have not ever attended such a training before that just sits comfortably with a respectfulness to work with clients and has also enabled me to consider my 'Self' and its importance professionally and personally.

Well structured and a great synthesis of working with parts and establishing Self in a psychological and spiritual sense.

The workshop was both informative and consolidating of the IFS theory. The theory that provides a model for workig non judgementaly with all parts of the person while at the same time encouraging Self development and leadership.

Very hands on learning in an extremely safe supportive, well-organised environment. There was an assumption of clinical skills and knowledge that allowed the group to go to applications in practice straight away with reading links to fill any gaps

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

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.




Attendance at the Introductory or online IFS trainings with Bonnie in October 2016 or January 2017 is highly recommended as preparation for participation here in Sydney, for those who have not attended a previous training or workshop. See link for more information and booking for the online Introductory trainings.



Workshop size 

The size of this intensive workshop is limited.  Early registration is encouraged. Previous workshops have sold out in the 2016 Melbourne venues.



These weekend intensive workshops 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.



Leona Dawson MA, is a clinical hypnotherapist utilizing the latest findings in neuroscience, hypnotherapy, and the psychology of human behaviour. Leona is also a specialist teacher/adult educator. She has two decades of experience helping adults and teens succeed in achieving their vocational and educational goals.




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.

The organizeris planning to run a certified Center for Self Leadership (CSL) Level 1 training in Melbourne in late 2017 and mid 2018.

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.


Accomodation 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
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.










Have questions about Internal Family Systems Model - 2day Introductory Workshop - Sydney (12hrs CE)? Contact Simon d'Orsogna, Associate Instructor with the Coherence Psychology Institute

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Peter Canisius House
102 Mona Vale Road
Pymble, NSW 2073

Saturday, 4 November 2017 at 9:00 am - Sunday, 5 November 2017 at 4:30 pm (AEDT)

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Simon d'Orsogna, Associate Instructor with the Coherence Psychology Institute


Simon d’Orsogna is an individual and family therapist, 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.

Simon 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. 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 development approach to change and transformation) and member of the original teaching staff for the ITC model in the HarvardX Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) making ITC available to more than 85,000 people across the planet. The ideas underpinning the effectiveness of these approaches align with the recent neuroscience learnings about memory reconsolidation and release from implicit emotional learnings.

He has provided for more than 25 days of Internal Family Systems trainings and workshops since 2016, along with organising the first Certification IFS trainings offered in Australia. Additionally Simon is an Associate Instructor with the Coherence Psychology Institute, and a member of the Harvard Institute of Coaching Professional Association.

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 website




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