Internal Family Systems Training

Internal Family Systems Model - 2 day Introductory Workshop - Auckland (10hrs CE)

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

Saturday, 31 August 2019 at 9:00 am - Sunday, 1 September 2019 at 5:00 pm (NZST)


In this workshop you will immerse yourself in the Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) model of psychotherapy. Individual and family therapist Simon d'Orsogna MA will offer an Introductory IFS weekend workshop ahead of the further intermediate workshops and upcoming Level 1 & 2 Trainings in later 2019-20.

Participants in the Introductory Workshop will learn the basics of the IFS approach from the ground up. Suitable to professionals (therapists, psychologists, counsellors, certified coaches and social workers) as well as those interested in self-development. The Enriching 2 day workshops will be a natural next step to those who have completed the Introductory workshop, or are familiar with the Internal Family Systems model of psychotherapy. The focus of formal CSL Trainings for IFS Level 1 & 2 is going deeper into the IFS skills and techniques, and enhancing personal capacity within a supported learning environment.

This two day Introductory Workshop is an opportunity for an overview presentation, live demonstrations, experiential learning by doing, and provides a safe space to develop a comfortable facility with the powerful attitudes and techniques that make IFS so effective. The sessions here provide deeper learning and an opportunity to work in small groups with maximum in-the-seat learning in a supportive atmosphere.

See the online flyer HERE for more general information on upcoming Certification trainings.

Testimonials from attendees of Simon's recent Introductory IFS workshops in Australia and the region -

"Great learning, profound and well-organized.

... a great introduction, but as well good for the well prepared.

Very interesting and more emotionally charged than many trainings.

It clarified my own confusion / incongruence about how to apply various theories to a more holistic approach. 

Enlightening! Great to have the support of experienced others to implement theory into practice, warmly so!

Life changing in the way I work with clients.

Fantastic and full of great people. Actually very energizing instead of draining which can often happen even in interesting workshops

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. 

Note - these workshops may qualify for equivalent hours of specialised training that may be counted towards Continuing Professional Development according to requirements set down by your accrediting body. Registered health professionals have a responsibility to ensure that they continue to maintain, enhance and extend their knowledge and skills throughout their working lives. 

The Australian Psychological Society advise that APS Members may accrue Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours by participating in activities that they determine to be relevant to their specific professional approaches, and professional development goals. CPD activities do not need to be endorsed by the APS - please check your accreditation agency or professional association for recognition of PD learning. 

A certificate of attendance will be made available for each participant. 

Workshop size

The size of this Introductory workshop is limited to 30. Early registration is encouraged. Previous workshops have sold out early and the certification trainings have been waitlisted.

This workshop will promote beginner-level skill building through active participatory learning. Come along prepared to learn by doing. 



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 2018-20 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

The organizer is planning to run a certified Center for Self Leadership (CSL) Level 1 training in Melbourne in mid 2019 as well as 2020. 

See this page for more workshops and to join the e-list for updates on IFS in Australia. These online and in-person workshops will be useful preparation for a formal certification program.



This lecture and workshop will both be run at

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

Please note that lunch and simple snacks for tea breaks and hot drinks will be provided. Those with complex dietary requirements require own provision to ensure best arrangements.


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

There is car parking at the centre for Friday evening and Saturday but not the Sunday. The venue is in central Auckland.

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.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

So you can be given the correct name tag, we recommend this.

What is the refund policy?

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.

Have questions about Internal Family Systems Model - 2 day Introductory Workshop - Auckland (10hrs CE)? Contact Simon d'Orsogna, Center of Self Leadership's Australian International Partner
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A two day workshop on 31st August and 1st September 2019 - 9am - 5pm
Saint Lukes - Remuera Newmarket, 130 Remuera Road, Remuera Auckland, 1050 New Zealand
Phone number: 
0418 321 254 / +61 418 321 254
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