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IFS Intro Course

A 48 hour online introductory course to get you started on your IFS journey. 

Limited to 30 participants. 

                             Registration for January is now open!

Please read all information and carefully check all dates below before applying.

Ready to Begin? 

Meet your Teachers

Risa Adams and Marina Hazan have been teaching introductory workshops together since 2019. They are both Level 3 trained, Certified and Approved Consultants with IFS-I (you can read more about them here). As the IFS Institute works to bring more Level 1 trainings to Canada they have decided to step up and help fill the gap for those who are ready to get started. Scheduled over two and a half months this 48 hour course includes didactic teaching, experiential exercises, skill building practices, demonstrations, and 15+ hours of triad practice guided by Level 1 or 100 hour+ trained facilitators. 

The Plan

We will begin and end our journey with immersive 2 day sessions with a consistent pattern of guided triad practice sessions, case consult & demo groups and full day workshops in between. 

IFS Basics

Jan 17 & 18  9-4pm ES

An experiential and didactic overview of the IFS philosophy & approach including parts, Self, burdens and unblending. Emphasis will be on the 6Fs as the essential practices of IFS.

Guided Triad Practice

Jan 24   2-5pm

Case Consult & Demo Group

Jan 31   2-4pm

Feb 8  9-4 EST (Thursday)

We will deepen our understanding of parts by learning to recognize and work with the dynamics of polarized parts.

Guided Triad Practice 

Feb 14   2-5pm

Case Consult Group

Feb 21  2-4pm

Feb 28  9-4 EST

We will learn more about exiles, introduce the healing steps, and emphasize the importance of working with protectors first and foremost.

Guided Triad Practice

March 6   2-5pm EST

Case Consult Group 

March 20   2-4pm EDT (*Note daylight savings starts in Canada on March 10, may be different internationally)

Therapist Parts & Ending
March 27 & 28  9-4 and 9-3 EDT

At its heart IFS is about parts and Self, and the therapist is an equal part of the healing field. Having met our therapist parts along the way we will bring the team together to reflect on the journey and appreciate the learnings and growth.

If these dates don't work for you we recommend checking out the Thinking Heart course and you can see various other options here. Our next cohort will begin in September 2024.


$2200 CAD (approx $1600 USD)  

Early Bird rate until Oct.31

Regular Rate $2400 (approx $1750 USD)

You will leave with the ability to begin practicing IFS in your professional role. As an IFS informed therapist or practitioner you will be able to tell your clients that you have taken a high quality learning course with experienced IFS facilitators. You will have significant practice working with protectors and your own parts, and be familiar with the healing steps. With continued learning and consultation you will be well on your way to competence and confidence using the IFS model, and if you go on to take Level 1 you will be set to benefit even more deeply.


It is important to note that your application of the the model to your practice will be at your own discretion and confidence level, and it will be your responsibility to know your growing edges and take good ethical care of yourself and your clients. 


A certificate of completion will be provided which may be eligible for CEUs depending on your professional jurisdiction. No formal USA CEU credits are available.

*Refundable less $150 admin fee until Dec.1. Inquire for payment plan or scholarships. Priority will be given to Canadian residents and people facing increased economic and cultural burdens and those working in agencies. 

"I learned so much about myself, IFS and others! I enjoyed getting to know everyone's parts and Self energies!"

"Concise yet thorough introduction to IFS"

"Both were excellent teachers, and observing their therapeutic presence was invaluable"


What is the class size?

The course will run with 18-30 participants. The 3:1 guided practice sessions are the bedrock of the learning and ensure opportunities for connection and getting all of your questions answered.

Are non-therapists able to participate?

Yes. We welcome anyone who is actively engaged in 'holding space' in a professional capacity be that in a group or individual format. 

How do I decide whether to take your course or

Level 1 or another option?

This is a purely personal decision based on your own priorities. See more discussion and guidance on this topic on this page and what the IFS Institute has to say here. We recommend the Level 1 if you can wait or can only afford one learning opportunity. It is also essential if you wish to pursue Levels 2 & 3 or certification. We understand there will be three Level 1s for Canadian residents offered in 2024 by IFS-I.

Will this course cover everything a Level 1 covers?

No. A Level 1 is over 80 hours and includes more time and depth than any shorter course can offer.

Will these hours count towards IFS-I certification?

No. Only an IFS Institute Level 1 will count towards IFS-I certification. You will receive a certificate of completion for this course if you attend >80% and 4/5 practice triads.

Are CEUs available?

Canadian learners will be able to use their certificate of attendance towards CEU requirements and provincial eligibility for the IFS Ontario Network and BC Listserv and directories. Specific CEUs for American and other international learners will not be provided. Note that only live attendance hours will count towards your certificate.

What are the leaders' cultural identities?

We are both white, cis/het and middle to upper middle economic privilege. Risa is a fourth generation Canadian with agricultural settler-colonizing Ukrainian and English lineages. Marina is of Russian Jewish ancestry having been born and raised in Azerbaijan, and immigrated to Israel, Canada, and back to Israel as an adult. We are both parents and able-bodied.

Will other staff be more representative of learners?

As we assemble our assistant team we aim to expand the richness of experiences and identities available. If you would like to be placed with someone you identify with or in an affinity group of learners please indicate this on your application form and we will do our best to meet your request.

Will sessions be recorded?

Sessions will be recorded on Zoom with the exception of practice groups, and available for all participants for the duration of the course and 3 months afterward. 

Do you have a Code of Conduct or other guidelines?

Yes. Our guidelines can be found here, and we follow the IFS Institute's Code of Conduct found at the bottom of this page (note: the IFS Institute is a distinct entity and not affiliated with this course).

What if I have a problem during the course?

You can contact either one of the leaders if you have a problem during the course. A benefit of being co-facilitated is that we can hold each other accountable and support any repair process as needed. 

I still have a question, what do I do?

Please contact either of us at or and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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