Introduction to IFS (Internal Family System) for Therapists & Helping Professionals  

A deeply immersive 3-day in person training to 
expand your skills as a practitioner 

Nov. 8-10 2024 at 
Ghost Ranch, NM
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A paradigm shift in sitting with clients 

This course introduces mental health therapists and other helping professionals to the Internal Family Systems therapeutic model.
This course provides the opportunity for helping professionals to gain a conceptual framework of IFS through didactic and experiential teachings and learnings. 

Participants will gain familiarity with their own internal family to help integrate this model beyond the intellect to a somatic knowing and understanding. There will also be opportunity to guide other participants in becoming familiar with their parts and beginning to build Self to part relationships to practice some of the key skills of IFS. 

What to expect 

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EXPERIENTIAL LEarning  

3 day immersive course, that is highly experiential with didactic teachings  

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Learn your own internal family 

Get to know what parts are showing up for you while  sitting with clients. 

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18 CEUs

From the NM therapy and counseling board 

Details for Ghost Ranch retreat!

  • Starts Friday Nov 8 2024 10am-5:00pm
  • ​Saturday Nov 9 9am-4:30pm
  • ​Sunday Nov 10 9am-4pm 
  • ​Cost is $1650 for the 3 days at Ghost Ranch, Payment plans available at check out!
  • ​You can Bring a guest for an extra $165 which includes room, board and meals for the duration of the stay. 
  • ​Includes 2 nights in single private room and​ bathroom, 7 meals, snacks during course.​
  • ​​18 CEU's From NM therapy and counseling board 
  • ​Private online community with other IFS therapists, coaches and practitioners to share your journey and learn
  • ​IFS workbook and other materials to help guide you 
  • ​Course will be limited to 20 participants due to the experiential nature of this course

Do you ever stop and notice the voice in your head? 

What is IFS? 

Internal Family Systems (IFS) is an evidence-based therapeutic modality that identifies and addresses multiple sub-personalities (parts) or families within each person’s mental system. These parts are created in situations to help protect and survive. Parts can conflict with each other and with one’s core Self. Self is a concept in IFS that describes the confident, compassionate, whole person that is at the core of every individual. IFS focuses on healing the wounded parts and restoring mental balance and harmony by changing the dynamics that create discord among the sub-personalities and the Self. IFS creates opportunity for internal differentiation and ultimately internal integration and wholeness. In IFS all parts are welcome.



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This course provides the opportunity for helping professionals to gain a conceptual framework of IFS through didactic and experiential teachings and learnings. Participants will gain familiarity with their own internal family to help integrate this model beyond the intellect to a somatic knowing and understanding. There will also be opportunity to guide other participants in becoming familiar with their parts and beginning to build Self to part relationships to practice some of the key skills of IFS. 

Course Objectives

  • Cite the main therapeutic goal of IFS therapy 
  • ​Describe the basic assumptions of IFS in regard to the non-pathological multiplicity of the mind and concept of "Self"
  • ​Explain the concept of unblending, differentiating sub-personalities from the "Self" as a to speak for our parts as opposed to from, reactive affective states or "parts" 
  • ​Name 3 categories of sub-personalities that are present in therapy 
  • ​Cite the IFS concept of Self and experience it's role in our inner system to become Self-led
  • ​Identify and describe the qualities of Self 8 Cs & 5 Ps (curiosity, compassion, confidence, courage, clarity, creativity, connectedness, calmness, patience, playfulness, perspective, persistence, presence)
  • ​Use techniques to provide a direct experience of Self and parts in the system.
  • ​Explain how changes in the internal system will affect changes in the external system of an individual, family, or group.

What participants are saying

"Trevor has a dynamic, enthusiastic personality that balances out Lorri's chillness perfectly! He is knowledgable and provides excellent suggestions for protocol enhancement."

"Lorri held a sacred space for learning with passion, grace, dignity, and experience. She presented relevant examples of her work that aided in the learning process."

"It was fantastic and I highly recommend it to others!"

"I will highly recommend this course to those in my field. I am much more convinced it is worth the time, money, and effort to continue with more training, due to the profound effect this experience has had on me, personally."


Your Instructors

Two Certified IFS practitioners to take you on your journey. 

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Trevor Bird

Executive IFS coach, IFSC

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Lorri Ballard 

MA, LPCC, EMDR certified Therapist, IFSC Therapist

FAQ'S

Please Note:

This course is intended to support clinicians and coaches who cannot participate in an IFS level 1 training due to some constraint such as cost, waitlist through IFSI, time commitment or another barrier. This course is not intended to replace the need for an IFS institute level 1 training. 

Can I bring a non-workshop participant to Ghost Ranch, (Freind, partner, family member?)

If you want to bring a partner, friend, spouse etc... many of the rooms can accommodate that and there is no extra charge for that, however there is an extra charge for meals is a flat rate of $165 that we will add to your cost of 1650$ if a person accompanies you for additional meals. Please let us know if you will be doing this as we need to let Ghost Ranch know how many will be attending meals and add this to your cost.

Is there a payment plan?

Yes! you can choose a monthly payment plan at check out for 1,2,3 or 4 months.

Can I earn CEU's for the course if I'm not a NM clinician?

For clinicians residing outside of NM, please check with your respective boards to see if CEU's issued through the NM counselling & Therapy boards are accepted

Can I say I am IFS informed after taking this course?

Yes, you will be IFS-informed after completion of this course.

Cancelation policy 

Cancellations can be made up to 60 days in advance and will be refunded, minus $400 deposit. Any cancellations less than 30 days before start of the program will forfeit full amount.


Booking extra nights at Ghost Ranch (READ ALL)

If you are wanting to come to Ghost Ranch before the morning that the training begins or stay some time after it ends, that’s great! It’s a wonderful place to explore! Beyond the two nights we have book for you on the evening of the 8th and 9th you will need to contact the Ghost Ranch front desk at 505.685.4333 to make those arrangements, it would be also wise to talk with them about any meals you want to have out there on those extra days, so you can include those in your stay. You already have 7 meals booked in when you pay your registration fee. PLEASE check with us around the name of the room we have booked you in BEFORE calling the GR Front Desk to book extra nights so that you can possibly stay in the same room and not have to move!!

Getting to ghost ranch!

If you are coming to Ghost Ranch from out of state you can fly in to either the Albuquerque Airport or the Santa Fe Airport. Albuquerque airport will be a more economical choice. We recommend that you rent a car in either Albuquerque or Santa Fe, as that will be the easiest way for you to get to Ghost Ranch. Both the Santa Fe and Albuquerque airports have rental car access.
Ghost Ranch is located on Highway 84. The address is: 280 Private Drive 1708, Abiquiu, NM, 87510-2001. This address or “Ghost Ranch, NM” can be put into Google Maps and it will take you right there. It is an hour and a half from Santa Fe, NM and two hours and a half from the Albuquerque, NM Sunport Airport.

You Can't take a person further than you have travelled yourself 

"Carl Jung" 

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