The Greenane Centre, Greenane. Tipperary Town, E34 CX13

Diploma IFS Informed Clinical Practice


Delivered Online via Zoom


Commencing on 21st March 2024

Course Fee: €1,750

€550 deposit on registration

€400 monthly for 3 months

developmental trauma diploma

Internal Family Systems

Internal Family Systems (IFS) also known as “Parts Work” developed by Dr. Richard Schwartz seamlessly blends systems thinking and family systems theory. IFS is a non-pathologising evidence-based, dynamic, holistic, transformative and compassionate model of psychotherapy which offers a powerful way to work with the psyche by identifying its different parts. IFS seeks to differentiate the Self from these other parts most notably managers, firefighters, and exiles and unburden wounded parts facilitating the establishment of a healthy and harmonious internal system that is co-ordinated by the Self.
IFS sets forth the notion that our Vulnerable Parts hold painful emotional states and/or negative beliefs about ourselves due to past wounding experiences. Our Protective Parts seeks to protect our Vulnerable Parts from being activated, thus protect us from being flooded by the pain that our Vulnerable Parts hold, these parts are often in conflict causing clients to feel dis-ease. IFS aims to create internal harmony between all parts of the psyche, enabling and facilitating clients to heal deep-seated emotional wounds. This is achieved by engaging in dialogue with all parts, seeking to understand their functions, points of view, with the aim of facilitating all parts to work together thus creating harmony and wellbeing for one’s whole system.


Diploma IFS Informed Clinical Practice

Our Diploma in IFS Informed Clinical Practice is IACP CPD Approved & Recognised awarded 60 IACP CPD points. It is delivered by Terry Shevlin & Paula Hanson (click on name to see their profile), both Level 3 IFS Certified Internal Family Systems Therapists and IFS Approved Clinical Consultants.

Please note this programme is not accredited by the USA IFS Institute.

This Diploma is designed to provide counsellors and psychotherapists with a practical and theoretical working knowledge of Internal Family Systems enabling participants to integrate IFS within their existing therapeutic framework. The training will be delivered live online through Zoom. Training will encompass a balanced mix of theory, experiential learning, meditations, reflective practice, tutor demonstrations, skill development and group discussions.

Programme Modules & Timetable

Thursday, March 21st 2024.

7:30pm – 9:30pm

  • Introduction to course philosophy, principals and assessments.
  • Student Portal, support & expectations.

Facilitator: Liz Quish, Programme Director.

Saturday 23rd March 2024.

10am – 4:30pm

  • Introductions & Course Contracting
  • Overview of the assumptions and goals of an IFS Informed Clinical Practice
  • Neuroscience and IFS
  • Exploration of the IFS concept of Extreme Burdens
  • Investigation of the IFS Principle of Constraint and Release
  • Examination of the concept of The Self and Self-Led Energy
  • Exploration of IFS Protector Parts – Managers, Firefighters, and Exiles

Sunday 24th March 2024.

10am – 4:30pm

  • IFS Informed Compassionate Meditation
  • IFS Informed Framework and Session Structure
  • Parts Mapping and Insight Shift
  • Protector Parts and Roles
  • Processing and Un-blending from a Part
  • Demonstration and Small Group Practice

Tuesday 9th April 2024 (Group 1),
Wednesday 10th April 2024 (Group 2).

6:45pm – 9:15pm

  • Skills Development & Practice

Saturday 27th April 2024.

10am – 4:30pm

  • IFS Informed Parts Work Meditation
  • Use of ‘Parts’ in Journaling, Charts, Maps and Drawings
  • Common ‘fears’ of Protector Parts
  • Reactive Parts and Polarisations
  • Demonstration and Small Group Practice

Saturday 28th April 2024.

10am – 4:30pm

  • IFS Informed Meditation
  • Therapist relating directly/explicitly to the client’s system
  • Therapist relating indirectly/implicitly to the client’s system
  • Getting to know the ‘Parts’, exploration of IFS Informed Concept of ‘Self Like’

Tuesday 7th May 2024 (Group 1),
Thursday 9th May 2024 (Group 2).

6:45pm – 9:15pm

  • Supervision, Skills Development & Practice

Wednesday 15th May 2024 (Group 1)
Thursday 16th May 2024 (Group 2)

Participants are expected to attend one online tutorial.

You will be assigned to either Group 1 or Group 2 after Orientation.

7:30pm – 9:30pm

Facilitator: Liz Quish.

Saturday 25th May 2024.

10am – 4:30pm

  • IFS Informed Meditation
  • Didactics on the ‘Parts’ Holding Wounds
  • Framework for Transformation and Healing Phase 1 – Inner Child States
  • Exploration of The Exile Part
  • Demonstration and Small Group Practice

Sunday 26th May 2024.

10am – 4:30pm

  • IFS Informed Meditation
  • Somatic and the Re-Sourcing Traumatised Systems
  • Window of Tolerance and IFS Informed Polyvagal Ladder
  • Safe Space Imagery – Container Imagery for Titration in Complex Cases
  • Demonstration and Small Group Practice – Safe Spaces and Containers.

Tuesday 4th June 2024 (Group 1),
Thursday 6th June 2024 (Group 2).

6:45pm – 9:15pm

  • Skills Development – Working with Wounded Parts

Saturday 29th June 2024.

10am – 4:30pm

  • IFS Informed Meditation
  • Working with Wounded Parts – Phase 2
  • Inviting Wounded Parts to Let Go – Imaginal and Somatic Healing Steps
  • Demonstration and Small Group Practice.

Sunday 30th June 2024.

10am – 4:30pm

  • IFS Informed Meditation
  • Didactics on ‘Legacy’ – Wounds that Belong to Others
  • IFS Informed Strategies – Releasing Legacy
  • Case Consultations – When Therapy gets Stuck
  • Demonstration and Small Group Practice on Legacy

Sunday 1st September 2024.

10am – 4:30pm

  • IFS Informed Meditation
  • Existential Aspects of an IFS Informed Practice
  • Group Process
  • Programme Review
  • Closing Circle

Thursday, 5th September 2024.
7:30 – 9:30pm

Group Process, Exploration of Knowledge and Implications for Professional Practice.

Facilitator: Liz Quish.

Entry Requirement

Our IACP CPD Approved and Recognised Diploma is open to qualified and in-training Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Art and Play Therapists.


Video Recording – Each student will be paired with a fellow student to undertake a 30 Minute Micro Skills Demonstration at an agreed time during the month of August over Zoom.

Key Focus:

  • Demonstration of IFS Framework
  • Detecting and Reflecting of Parts
  • Uncovering a Protector Part
  • Un- blending Skills.

Reflective Learning Journal – 2000 words

Book Review – 1500 words

Teaching Methods

This Programme will be facilitated online via Zoom.

Programme Fee & Payment Schedule

Full Fee: €1,750

  • €550 Deposit on registration
  • €400 monthly for 3 months