IFS MODEL - Introduction and Deepening 2+2 Day Workshop, Melbourne

IFS MODEL - Introduction and Deepening 2+2 Day Workshop, Melbourne
15 March 2024 09:00
Abbotsford Convent


Each day will run from 930AM to 5PM AEDT, excepting Day 1 which we will begin from 9am

DAY 1 - INTRODUCTION WORKSHOP - Friday 17th November 2023

(arrive from 9AM Day 1)

DAY 2 - INTRODUCTION WORKSHOP - Saturday 18th November 2023

DAY 3 - DEEPENING WORKSHOP - Sunday 19th November 2023

DAY 4 - DEEPENING WORKSHOP - Monday 20th November 2023


Register here with a deposit of $150 (plus ticketing fees) to reserve your place, and the remaining workshop fee will be invoiced to you separately.


INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP - $440 AU (plus ticketing fee)

DEEPENING WORKSHOP - $475 AU (plus ticketing fee)

INTRO & DEEPENING - $850 AU (plus ticketing fee)



1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford

VIC 3067 Australia


Limited to 25 persons (plus the training team).

In this workshop series you will immerse yourself in the Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) model of psychotherapy. IFS Institute's International Partner Simon d'Orsogna MA will offer a 2 Day Introductory IFS workshop, followed by a 2 Day Deepening IFS workshop. Attendees of previous Introductory IFS workshops can apply for tickets in the Deepening, with preference going to the current participants.


Participants in the Introductory Workshop will learn the basics of the IFS approach from the ground up. No previous knowledge of the model is assumed. Suitable to mental health professionals including therapists, psychologists, counsellors, psychiatrists, expressive and therapeutic arts practitioners, and social workers. The focus in the Deepening days is on further understanding the IFS approach, model and techniques through a series of exercises, demos and discussion. To attend the Deepening, attendees muct have completed the Introduction to IFS workshop or equivalent (6 hours minimum). Priority will be given to current enrollees in this Introductory workshop to enhance group cohesion and safety.

Participants will be supported in the experiential work with experienced trained therapists and practitioners as your assistants - each have completed the official IFS Institutes Training Level 1 or better.


This workshop provides an opportunity for didactic presentation, watching both live and demonstration sessions with commentary and discussion, and experiential exercises where we learn-by-doing. You will develop a familiarity with the powerful attitudes and techniques that make IFS so effective. The sessions here aim to provide an opportunity for adult learning in a process-oriented group approach. We aim to foster professional development in a supportive collegial atmosphere.

Anyone attending the live training/workshop is recommended to have a vaccination against COVID-19. We recommend all participants take best precautions (masks, distancing, hand-washing) in order to take care of others and themselves during the pandemic and flu seasons. Despite loss of media attention, the Australian infection rates and hospital numbers are still significant, and we hope to take care of those around us by taking good care in gathering together. Long Covid is a reality.


Testimonials from attendees of Simon's recent IFS workshops ...

"The workshop inspired me to become more committed to using the model and developed my confidence. Group discussions, demonstrations and small group work created a positive and open learning atmosphere. Simon was living the values of IFS through openly embracing all the parts in the room. I had the opportunity to work with my own parts in a supportive atmosphere.

Fun, informative, experiential, respectful, and inspiring.

Useful, effective, grounding, and gave me more confidence in using IFS"

Really enjoyed Simons's presence, authenticity, compassion, and expertise in the field. It made for an engaging and fun workshop and I came away inspired by IFS.

An absolute must to attend if you are wanting to explore the use of IFS in your practice.

I really appreciate Simon’s process oriented style and his embodiment and refined understanding of IFS he lives and breaths it."


Who is this for?

Participation is for therapists and counsellors, mental health clinicians, or students in accredited graduate training programs. Practitioners working experientially and wholistically will find this approach broadens and makes more effective their existing work through using the steps of the IFS model of 'Self and parts' . No assumption of knowledge of the model is required, although some pre-reading/pre-viewing of freely available online material is recommended. Recommended materials can be accessed at the IFS Institute website, under Resources.

See Guidelines on continuing professional development (CPD) from the Australian Psychological Society and Guidelines on continuing professional development (CPD) set down by the Psychology Registration Board of Australia. 

 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. A certificate of attendance will be available to participants who attend. 

An attendance certificate will be provided to those who attend all days.


Workshop fees

INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP - $440 AU plus ticketing fee

DEEPENING WORKSHOP - $475 AU plus ticketing fee

INTRO & DEEPENING - $850 AU plus ticketing fee

BYO or go local to purchase lunch catering - tea, coffee, snacks and fruit will be provided for morning & afternoon teas.


Workshop size 

The size of this workshop is limited to 25 participants. Participants will be supported in the experiential work with assistants who have completed at least Level 1 IFS Training.

Early registration is encouraged as previous workshops have sold out directly in the last series.

These intensive workshops will promote beginner and intermediate-level skill building through active participatory learning and live demonstrations. Come along prepared to optional learning by doing, through some individual and group exercises, invitations for self reflection - and open discussion.






Simon d’Orsogna is a psychotherapist, clinical trainer/facilitator, and systems-oriented coach based in Melbourne, with individual and couples clients across Australia and the globe. He provides psychotherapy, process consultancy and adult developmental coaching.

Based in Melbourne, Simon is a Certified Level 3 IFS therapist, process consultant and integrative therapist, Kegan-Lahey Immunity to Change coach, and an Associate Instructor with the US Coherence Psychology Institute. Simon facilitates experiential learning workshops in Australia, including through 2016-18 offered a training series introducing Internal Family Systems to Australia, and since 2017 brought the first IFS official trainings from Dr Richard Schwartz's US-based IFS Institute. He is IFSI's International Partner in Australia and New Zealand, and is a Level 3 IFS practitioner with training specializations working with couples and working with survivors of trauma. Simon has facilitated and arranged more than 380 days of Internal Family Systems trainings and workshops since 2015. He has organised and led trainings of Coherence Therapy, Dreamwork in Groups, Systemic Family and Group Constellations, Person Centred Experiential Therapies, and Polyvagal informed Clinical Practice in the region. Pre-Covid he has presented at the US annual IFS Conference as well as in Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and across Australia and New Zealand. Simon runs an online practice, offering supervision and training for individuals and organisations.




Internal Family Systems (IFS) is the signature work of Dr Richard Schwartz PhD, more at www.IFS-Institute.com

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 read here. 

Further Internal Family Systems Institute (IFSI) certified Level 1 trainings in Australia and NZ are planned to run in 2023 and 2024. This Introductory IFS workshop will be useful preparation for a formal certification program and ongoing online learning. 

Other options for furthering skills include online Demos Series, Enriching Workshops, Small Groups, IFS Online Circle, and Level 1 Training will be a natural next step to those who have completed the Introductory workshop.




What should I bring to the workshop?


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, it's probably yours".


Where can I contact the organiser with any questions? 

See the link at the bottom of the brief bio to the right .


Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Tickets are transferable to suitably experienced colleagues. Please advise if you do exchange tickets so we can update details.


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. 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 at our discretion. Workshop fees will be reimbursed in full should cancellation be necessary.


Price AUD 159.22
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