Internal Family Systems (IFS)

Certificate in Applied Internal Family Systems

In the IFS model the mind is made up of multiple parts, and underlying them is a person’s core or true Self. Like members of a family, a person’s inner parts can take on extreme roles or subpersonalities. Each part has its own perspective, interests, memories, and viewpoint, each of which are driven by positive intent. IFS therapy aims to heal wounded parts and restore balance to the system. The first step is to access the core Self and then, from there, understand the different parts in order to heal them. We have curated a faculty with deep knowledge and expertise in this model and who understand the importance of being self-led in order to heal.

Health comes from integration. It’s that simple, and that important. A system that is integrated is in a flow of harmony… This, again, is one of the basic goals of IFS. Each part is honored for its unique qualities while also working in harmony with all the others.

Schwartz, Richard C. (2021). No Bad Parts: Healing Trauma & Restoring Wholeness with The Internal Family Systems Model.

Who Should Take This Course: Therapists, Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Psychologists, Mental Health Practitioners, Allied Health Care Professionals, Professional Coaches and Clergy

Overview & Cost

This 80-Hour, 2-course certificate program offers a step-by-step guide to this transformative therapy model that can offer breakthrough healing for trauma, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, eating disorders and more. 

Part 1: Foundations of IFS Practice (40 Hours)

  • Learn the roles of emotion, pain and trauma within a person and begin to understand client reactions (self-harm, addiction, obsessing, conflict avoidance, binging etc.)
  • Practice facilitating the IFS model

Part 2: Deeper Applications of the IFS Model (40 hours)

  • Learn about the body as a trailhead for paths to healing
  • Discover best practices for using IFS within the context of trauma

Cost: $1,950 + HST per course ($200 deposit required upon registration, remainder due two weeks before course start)

Delivery: Blended (Mixture of online content, virtual live instruction, supervised practice groups and reflective assignments)

Instruction Dates: Monday evenings + 1 full Monday per course Part 1: October 30 – December 18, 2023 Part 2: January 8 – February 26, 2024

Now Accepting Registrations for the Fall/Winter Cohort – Course Schedule

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Participant minimum requirements:

  • Completed a bachelor’s degree
  • Recommended 3 years of experience in a helping profession (Therapists, Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Psychologists, Mental Health Practitioners, Allied Health Care Professionals, Professional Coaches and Clergy)
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For More Information

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  • Course syllabi
  • A conversation about whether this is a good fit for you
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Faculty Profiles

You will receive instruction from world-class, IFS institute-trained faculty who are:

  • Seasoned practitioners of IFS
  • Dynamic instructors
  • Experienced in facilitating the practice of the IFS model
  • Excited to facilitate your learning journey
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Course Schedule


Effective January 1, 2023 to December 31, 2023
CourseCost (in Canadian Dollars)Dates
Part 1: Foundations of Practice - 40 Hours$1,950 + HSTOct 31 – Dec 18, 2023
Part 2: Deeper Applications of Practice - 40 Hours$1,950 + HSTJan 8 - Feb 26, 2024
IFS Frequently Asked Questions
Is this course approved by the IFS Institute?

The course is neither endorsed by nor in partnership with the IFS Institute. It is a distinct training on its own, built and instructed by long-time IFS experts. Although equivalency with the IFS Institute’s courses is not the goal of this program; readiness to use the IFS model is.

Do I need to be a regulated professional to take this course?

No. Worldwide, coaches, clergy, and others are now using the IFS model, and we have opted to follow suit. Please view the “Eligibility” markers, above, for more direction.

Can other courses I've taken qualify as equivalent to the IFS courses with ADLER?

Each IFS Instructor emphasizes different things in different courses and there is great diversity of thought about how to teach IFS. Our faculty have made intentional decisions about what will be taught where, and we therefore cannot exempt other coursework or the teaching of other Instructors.

Are the Instructors certified?

There is no accreditation process for IFS instructors. The Lead Instructors are trained and certified by the IFS Institute. Many of the consultants that run the supervised practice groups are, as well. We believe we have a world-class IFS faculty that will prepare you very well, regardless of your context and goals.

What is the class size?

The class size will be a maximum of 50 learners for the large group and, in supervised practice groups, there will be a maximum of 5 students to 1 consulting supervisor.

Do you offer subsidies for this program?

Not at this time.

I am currently on the wait list for the IFS Institute. Will I get into this training sooner?

We have no jurisdiction over the lottery system that the IFS Institute uses. We will release our own set of courses as we see fit, and when they are full, you will be unable to register. Please consider joining our mailing list to ensure that you are made aware of new cohorts when they open.

Do you offer receipts for tax purposes for residents of Ontario?

Although we offer receipts for our courses, they are not currently eligible to be claimed as educational tax credits.