Internal Family Systems Training

Internal Family Systems Model - Evening Lecture - Auckland

Simon d'Orsogna, Center of Self Leadership's Australian International Partner

Friday, 30 August 2019 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm (NZST)


This 90 minute evening lecture will overview the Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) model of psychotherapy developed by Richard Schwartz PhD.  IFS is increasingly recognised as an effective and useful treatment for trauma informed practice, attachment repair, the high prevalence disorders of anxiety and depression, as well as relationship counselling.It has recently been entered to the US NREPP's register of evidence based practices as effective for treating general functioning and wellbeing.

The Center for Self Leadership's Australian International Partner Simon d'Orsogna MA will also offer an Introductory IFS weekend workshop (31st August & 1st September) ahead of the further intermediate workshops and upcoming Level 1 & 2 Trainings in later 2019-20 in the region. As an individual and family therapist Simon founded these trainings in Australia and brought the first official IFS trainings to the region, including bringing the Trauma and Neuroscience Level 2 to Vietnam in December 2018.

Internal Family Systems

Developed over the past three decades, the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model is an evidence-based therapy that offers both a conceptual umbrella under which a variety of practices and different approaches can be grounded and guided, and a set of original techniques. Developed by Dr. Richard Schwartz, IFS is the most comprehensive model now emerging as the dominant therapeutic modality which regards the personality as a system of subpersonalities. 

Schwartz’s model states that in addition to the many parts that constitute the system, we also all have a Self. The Self is characterized by the presence of the following qualities: calmness, clarity, curiosity, compassion, confidence, courage, creativity and connectedness and has “emergent compassion, lucidity, and wisdom to get to know and care for these inner personalities”. It is the client’s Self that is responsible for healing their own system; this model does not foster dependency on the therapist.

Who is this for?

Participation is for therapists and counsellors, mental health clinicians, certified coaches, expressive arts therapists or students in accredited graduate training programs. Practitioners working experientially and wholistically will find this approach broadens and makes more acute their existing work through using the steps of the IFS 'parts' model, especially suitable for working with trauma, obsessions and intergenerational burdens. 

Lecture audience size

The size of this Introductory workshop is limited to 45. Early registration is encouraged. Previous workshops have sold out early and the certification trainings have been waitlisted.

Ticketing fees from this lecture will be donated to Amnesty International's refugee fund-raising.

CLICK HERE FOR INFO & TICKETING FOR 31st Aug & 1st Sept 2 Day Introductory IFS workshop



Simon d’Orsogna MA is a therapist, facilitator, and systems-oriented coach based in Melbourne, with individual and organizational clients across Australia and the globe. He provides psychotherapy, process consultancy and adult developmental coaching. He is a Level 2 IFS Practitioner (Level 3 candidate), and has led the establishment of IFS in the region with presentations in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Japan in addition to Australia's .

Based in Melbourne, Simon is a systemic family therapist, certified Kegan-Lahey Immunity to Change coach, process consultant and integrative therapist, and an Associate Instructor with the US Coherence Psychology Institute. Simon facilitates experiential learning workshops in Australia, including offering the first training series introducing Internal Family Systems to Australia, and through 2019-20 is bringing further IFS trainings from the US Center of Self-Leadership's senior trainers for further Level 1 and 2 offical CSL trainings.


Internal Family Systems (IFS) is the signature work of Richard Schwartz PhD, more at

As a clinical treatment IFS is rated effective to improve general functioning and well-being by the US National Registry for Evidence-based Programs and Practices as an evidence-based practice. In addition, it has been rated promising for each of: improving phobia, panic, and generalized anxiety disorders and symptoms; physical health conditions and symptoms; personal resilience/self-concept; and depression and depressive symptoms. For more on the published research to-date read here

See this page for more workshops and to join the e-list for updates on IFS in Australia, NZ and the region. 



This lecture and workshop will both be run at

St Lukes Community Hall, Remuera - Newmarket in Auckland, New Zealand


What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

There is car parking at the centre. 

What can/can't I bring to the event?

curiosity, willingness to try things out ("Yes, and..."), a sense of humour, and a heart-oriented openness to the multiplicity of self. Preparedness to do your own work - "if you are feeling it, its yours".

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Tickets are transferable to suitably experienced colleagues. Please advise if you do exchange tickets so we can update certificates of attendance, name tags, and lists.

What is the refund policy for workshops?

Due to the limited size of each course, a refund can only be issued if cancellation notification is received 30 days prior to the workshop - less a $75.00 administration fee per person. Existing registrants will be sent the refund, and should return any materials sent. We cannot reimburse any expenses you may have incurred, but we will reimburse the cost of travel insurance directly related to attending this workshop, on receipt of your insurance receipt. If you cannot attend, a suitably qualified substitute may attend in your place, assuming you forward all materials or information to them. Courses are pre-paid. We do not take money at the door.

We reserve the right to cancel due to insufficient registrations or other reasons beyond our control. Fees will be re-imbursed in full should cancellation be necessary.

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Friday night lecture on 30th August 209 - 7:30pm-9pm
Saint Lukes, Remuera Newmarket - 130 Remuera Road, Remuera Auckland, 1050
Phone number: 
0418 321 254 / +61 418 321 254
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