IFS Part 1: Foundations of Practice


Total Cost: $1,950 + HST

To secure your space in the course,  a non-refundable deposit of $200 is required by credit card. Your card will be charged for the remainder of the cost two weeks prior to the orientation date.*

Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a confirmation of your registration. This email will include a syllabus of the course, your next steps as a student and our policies regarding refunds and deferrals, which are unique to this course.

If you have any questions, please email continuingeducation@adler.ca.

IMPORTANT: This program is not eligible for payment by e-transfer or payment plan. Please select “Pay in Full with Credit Card” at checkout to reserve your space.

*Please note: Your credit will be automatically charged the remainder of the course fee on August 14, 2023. If you would like to cancel your registration, you must do so by sending an email to invoice@adler.ca before this date.

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This is the first course in the 80-Hour, 2-course Certificate in Applied Internal Family Systems program.

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 (except Tuesday, October 10) + one full Monday Part 1: August 28 – October 23, 2023

Foundations of Practice is an introduction to the concept of our multiple selves or “parts,” and the way these parts tend to organize. You will learn how the IFS model explains the plurality of the mind and how to facilitate release of these parts from their extreme roles. We’ll learn how to access self-leadership and the work of healing parts through unburdening.

Textbook: Schwartz, Richard C. (2021). No Bad Parts: Healing Trauma & Restoring Wholeness with The Internal Family Systems Model. Boulder, CO: Sounds True Inc.

Time Required: 40 hours (Mixture of online content, virtual live instruction, supervised practice groups and reflective assignments)

Course Outcomes:

  • Discover the IFS model including the concepts of “Self” and our multiple parts
  • 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.)
  • Identify the “core self” that holds the capacity for lasting healing
  • Practice facilitating the IFS model
  • Questions answered by seasoned IFS practitioners

Course Expectations:

    • Complete pre-work in advance of the Live Teaching Day (2 hours)
    • Attend the orientation and the live teaching day with the large group / Faculty (6 hours)
    • Complete 6 weeks of blended learning as follows (30 hours Total):
      • 2.5 hours of live instruction online via Zoom that includes supervised practice groups (“SPGs”)
      • 2.5 hours of self-directed learning
    • Complete a final assignment with both professional and reflective practice exercises (2 hours)

Course Schedule:

Week Date (in EST) Virtual Live Group Instruction & Supervised Practice Groups (SPGs)
Orientation Mon. Aug. 28 6:30-8pm Mandatory Class Orientation
1 Mon Sep 11 9am-4pm  Live Teaching Day
2 Mon Sep 18
Lecturer: David Stern SPG #1
3 Mon Sep 25
Lecturer: Stephanie Mitchell
SPG #2
4 Mon Oct 2
Lecturer Ken Jaeger SPG #3
5 Tues Oct 10
Lecturer Stephanie Mitchell
SPG #4
6 Mon Oct 16
Lecturer: David Stern
7 Mon Oct 23
“Stump the Chump” (Q&A): Ken Jaeger