Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy is a psychotherapeutic modality developed in the mid-1980s, based on the observation that clients sometimes experience subpersonalities that come into internal conflict when dealing with challenges. The IFS model likens these subpersonalities to an “internal family.”
The IFS model uses mindfulness-based and other strategies to help people resolve internal conflicts in a satisfactory way. During sessions, therapists actively encourage participants to practice self-compassion toward subpersonalities and an internal dialogue. Participants attend individual sessions or group meetings with trained IFS therapists.
The Center for Self Leadership offers progressive levels of training in IFS, from beginning (Level 1) through advanced (Level 3). Participants in these trainings learn both IFS theory and technique, gaining the knowledge and skills needed to understand and actively use IFS with individuals, couples, children, families, and groups. Information and training regarding IFS is provided through multiple sources.