Internal Family Systems Model - Deepening Workshop#1 - Melbourne (20 hrs CE)
$150 – $1,390
Internal Family Systems Model - Deepening Workshop#1 - Melbourne (20 hrs CE)

Internal Family Systems Model - Deepening Workshop#1 - Melbourne (20 hrs CE...

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Bouverie Centre

8 Gardiner Street

Brunswick, VIC 3056


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In these workshops you will immerse yourself in the Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) model of psychotherapy.

US-based certified IFS therapist Bonnie Weiss MA LCSW will offer an Introductory, and an Deepening Practice (3 days from 24-26th Feb) workshop. These are suitable for professionals (therapists, psychologists, counsellors, certified coaches and social workers) as well as those interested in self-development.

The Deepening Practice Workshop will be open to those who have completed the Intro workshop, have taken Bonnie’s on-line course, 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.

The Introductory Workshop (3 days on 17-19th Feb) will teach the basics of the IFS approach from the ground up, and is a pre-requisite for attending the Deepening event. Meeting this pre-requisite could also be done by attending Bonnie's Online Intro to IFS course, or having completed other IFS trainings.

Click here for booking tickets for the Introductory Practice workshop on 17-19th February 2017 in Melbourne here. Note this will also run in Sydney one week earlier.

Bonnie Weiss  M.A., LCSW, US-based psychotherapist, teacher, supervisor, and certified IFS therapist

This three day Deepening workshop is an opportunity for presentations, live demonstrations, experiential learning by doing, and provides a safe space to develop greater 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 both Introductory and Deepening workshops, including the Sydney events.

Testimonials from attendees of Bonnie and Simon's 2016 IFS workshops in Australia:

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

Extraordinary- met me exactly where I needed in terms of the edge of my knowledge, and then expanded my understanding.

A fantastic integration of theory, demonstrations and practice. Bonnie is a joy to watch as she grapples with practice dilemmas.

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.

The introductory workshop was great. Bonnie has such a warm presence and it was wonderful to learn from her and watch her in action

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.


Fantastic experience, particularly the live demos which added great authenticity to the process.

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

Unpretentious openings each day, yet organised, good warm up exercises to get us in touch wiht your parts, good paired shares, excellent fishbowls/demos, good Q & A sessions where all parts were welcome. Well done!

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.

Enlightening! A gentle approach which will resonate with most clients.

I now have language, process and meaning for working with parts of self and big S self very excited

Loved watching Bonnie do the work and then unpack 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.

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 workshop, or the online IFS training 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 series.

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



Bonnie Weiss, M.A., LCSW, is a psychotherapist, teacher, supervisor, trainer, and coach who has been practicing since 1974. Her distinctive approach incorporates the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model into an emotionally-deep, present-centered, yet action-oriented way of working. She combines a quick mind, clear insight, and sharp intuition with solid experience in developing trusting and meaningful transformative relationships.

Her commitment is to facilitate personal growth and help people live to their highest potential. Bonnie has taught classes and workshops on the Inner Critic and self-esteem, overeating, and IFS. She has most recently taught in Israel, Germany Ireland, and at Easlen Institute. She is known for her clear and open teaching.
She is the author of Self-Therapy Workbook: An Exercise book for the IFS Process, Freedom from Your Inner Critic, The Illustrated Workbook for Freedom from Your Inner Critic, and Activating Your Inner Champion, and numerous audio product on the IFS process including classes on Basic IFS, Beyond Eating: Using IFS to work with Eating Issues.

Bonnie serves as program design and development consultant for Lucid Learning Systems, a provider of curriculum for personal transformation. She was a director and faculty member of the Gestalt Therapy in Long Island and co-director of the Long Island Center for Eating Disorders. She is a long time Diamond Approach student.

Bonnie has a private practice in San Francisco, CA and by telephone and Skype. She works with individuals, couples, and offers professional supervision.



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 Center for Self Leadership (CSL) is planning to run a certified Level 1 training in Melbourne in late 2017.

These 2016 & 2017 online and in-person workshops will be useful preparation for a formal certification program.



Bouverie Centre, Brunswick VIC

Melbourne workshops will be held at the Bouverie Centre in Brunswick in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, where participants come along each day. Enrolment includes morning-afternoon tea, and lunch catering.

There is no accomodation provided.

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.

Please indicate during booking or by email any 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 the event?

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

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