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This Training is FULL: Common Stuck Points Using the IFS Model: An Intensive, In-Person Training and Consultation

September 13 - September 16

- $2,000.00

Four-Day, In-Person Training Description:

This four-day, in-person training in Asheville, NC is designed as an intensive master class that will experientially go deep with the IFS model and transform your IFS practice. Drawing on Chris’s 30+ years of Parts work, 23+ years of teaching the Internal Family Systems model, training new IFS Lead Trainers, and providing IFS supervision and consultation, this training will explore ways to identify challenging areas, build collaboration with clients, and resolve many common stuck points while using the IFS model. Since 2020, IFS trainings have largely been taught on-line. Although this provides accessibility and convenience for the trainings, this on-line model is limited in its ability to allow participants to fully experience the model during the learning process in the deep and embodied way it was originally designed. 

This training will delve into the “blind spots” in both the participant’s own Self-leadership and as well as their IFS practitioner skills. While this can be a challenging process, it offers one of the greatest potentials for growth and development as an IFS Practitioner. The training is limited to 14 participants in order to allow time for observation, consultation, and opportunities for experiential practice. Participants must have completed the IFSI Level One training and are strongly encouraged to have had or currently be engaged in their own IFS therapy with a trained IFS therapist. This will enhance personal observations and the ability to go deeper in the feedback and the work. Please note that this training is not designed as a replacement for a participant’s own individual therapy. 

Developing as an IFS Practitioner requires both the development of the “Self of the Facilitator” as well as clinical application skills.  Without direct observation and consultation, it is difficult to determine the choice points in the therapeutic process that are leading to compromised outcomes. Simply talking about Parts does not support the possibility for transformation in the system. Transformation of the client’s internal system requires experientially working with the Part(s).

Learning Outcomes for this In-person Training: 

Identify, track, and assess Practitioner Parts’ in the therapeutic process. 

  • Ways to assess your own Self-leadership 
  • Unhealed and Self-like practitioner Parts (Protectors) 
  • How to identify your own blind spots
  • Ways to unblend your own Parts during challenging moments
  • Care for the Self of the Practitioner
    • Learning to not absorb the energy of others 
    • Working with internal triggers 
    • Addressing caregiver Parts
    • Clearing your energetic and emotional space 
    • Healing susceptible exiles

Increase specific technical skill development in the IFS process and explore areas where practitioners get stuck in the core IFS skills. 

  • Developing skills to create clear and workable agreements
  • Working with the client on setting intentions 
  • Recognizing and working systemically with the dynamic of Parts 
  • Befriending what arises within
  • Direct Access with Challenging Protectors and Critics 
  • Healing and releasing burdens
  • Working with the energetic field related to legacy and cultural burdens
  • Working with unattached burdens
  • Supporting You-turns

Awareness of when and how to incorporate other modalities, including energetic and spiritual, into the IFS process. Note that integration of other modalities is meant to enhance the IFS model, not supplement where skill development is lacking.

What to Expect During This Training:

  • Direct feedback
  • Guidance, interruptions, and corrections on technique and skills
  • Feedback on Self of the therapist awareness
  • Encouragement to work in undeveloped areas such as direct access, unburdening, critics, unattached burdens, u-turns, working with intention, and other more advanced skills and Self-leadership. 
  • Awareness of the energy field and ways to clear it
  • Discussion of other healing modalities such as (but not limited to) body therapies, sound healing and energy work, breathwork, EMDR, shamanic practices, psychedelics, and ancestral medicine.
  • Experiential opportunities will include:
    • Live demos
    • Experiential exercises
    • Didactic lecture
    • Role-play challenging scenarios 
    • Practice sessions 


  • This training is offered privately with Chris and is not an IFSI Level II training.
  • Certification hours for this training can be used toward IFSI Certification and continuing education. Twenty-six (26) CE credits are available for this training (additional cost)
  • Must be IFS Institute Level One trained practitioners.
  • Location: Asheville, NC
  • Date: Friday, September 13th to Monday, September 16th, 2024
  • Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm ET
  • Cancelation Policy: Note that if a refund is made, regardless of when it is made, there is a 3% processing fee deducted from the refund amount. Cancellations for a full refund (minus the processing fee) can be made four weeks (28 days) before the first day of the training. Cancellation made three weeks (21 days) before the first day of the training will receive a 50% refund (minus the processing fee). No refunds made within 20 days of the training. Registrations cannot be moved to another training.
  • Once registered, additional information will be sent to the group regarding travel and logistics information.


September 13
September 16
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Chris Burris


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