Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Learn the Internal Family Systems Model in a Weekend Workshop with Jay Early, PhD.


Jay Early is one of the most experienced teachers of the IFS model developed by Richard Schwartz. This workshop is taught in the Bay Area (Mill Valley), but Bonnie Weiss also does a free 2 hour phone workshop that is not nearly as in-depth, but is still a nice introduction.

For those who care about such things, Jay is integrally informed, and he is a long-time student of the Diamond Approach of A. H. Almaas, a spiritual path that integrates psychotherapy insights and techniques with wisdom traditions in a unique Western approach to spiritual realization.
Basic IFS Weekend Class in August

Learn to use IFS to work on yourself and with a partner. I am excited to be offering this Basic IFS Class in a weekend format for the first time in more than a year.

This weekend workshop gives you an introduction to the fundamental structure of the IFS model. We work on identifying parts, unblending, getting to know protectors, and developing a healing relationship with them. You learn how to access and support the Self, the healing agent in the system.

The workshop includes teaching, individual sessions in class, group exercises, and work with each other in pairs on skill development. Homework involves reading and practice in pairs. Class is limited to 12 participants.

Sat. and Sun. Aug. 14-15, 10:00-5:00
Mill Valley, CA
Cost: $230
Click here to enroll

IFS Classes

Do you want to:

* Be more deeply in touch with your inner life?
* Understand the forces in your psyche?
* Develop an inner practice for working through problems?
* Learn a powerful method for psychological growth?
* Join a community of conscious people?

Today's personal growth approaches can be self-led. You can learn to work on yourself or with a partner in peer counseling. You don't need to depend on a psychotherapist, workshop leader, or spiritual teacher (though there is still an important role for them). And if this work happens in community, the resulting self-reflection, caring, and connection can become part of our culture and not just something we do in isolation to improve our lives.

We offer classes on self-led Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS). Through these classes you learn how to work on yourself using IFSSM and how to partner with a friend as they work on themselves. These classes are also useful for people who are working with an IFS therapist because they increase your skill in using the model.


IFS is a new form of psychotherapy developed by Richard Schwartz that is compassionate, inclusive, spiritual, powerfully healing, and deeply respectful of our inner life. Despite the name, it is primarily a form of individual therapy. IFS recognizes that our psyches are made up of different parts, sometimes called subpersonalities. You can think of them as little people inside us. Each part has its own perspective, feelings, memories, goals, and motivations. For example, one part of you might be trying to lose weight and another part might want to eat whatever you want. We all have parts like the inner critic, the abandoned child, the pleaser, the angry part, and the loving caretaker.

IFS also recognizes that we each have a spiritual center, the Self, which is compassionate, understanding, and grounded. Through IFS you can learn to stay in Self, develop a relationship with each of your parts, and heal them. This is quite empowering because the healing comes from you. For a short article on IFS, click here.

The Classes

Since 2005, Jay has taught IFS Classes to hundreds of people. They learn the IFS model and apply it in their lives; they do deep and powerful peer counseling sessions with each other. The telephone classes have worked quite well for most people, not only in learning the material but also in feeling connected with the group over the phone. Classes are recorded so you can listen to any class you miss.

Endorsement from a participant: "Thanks for contributing so much to helping heal wounds I thought would always be there. And when I worked, how well you listened and knew just what to say. You were patient, with a gentle light touch, present and able to really track and support each of us. You made the teaching of the material flow organically and effortlessly. And what a wonderful support the IFS work is for anyone who wants to work with painful and avoided parts. For this and the warm supportive group we had, my wonderful partners, and many other details, I am grateful." Click here for more quotes from participants.

Click here for more details on the classes.


Introductory IFS Telephone Call
Led by Bonnie Weiss
Wednesday 4:30-6:30pm pacific (7:30-9:30pm eastern)
Sept. 8, FREE
Email bonnieweiss@gmail.com to enroll and get call-in info

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