The Self-Led Helper: Embodying the Healing Wisdom

with Richard C. Schwartz, PhD, Developer of IFS


ONLINE LIVE STREAM EVENT


November 16-17, 2022, 10:00am – 5:30pm ET*
*Convert to your Time Zone 

About the Presenter


Richard C. Schwartz, PhD, began his career as a family therapist and an academic at the University of Illinois at Chicago. There he discovered that family therapy alone did not achieve full symptom relief and in asking patients why, he learned that they were plagued by what they called “parts.” These patients became his teachers as they described how their parts formed networks of inner relationship that resembled the families he had been working with. He also found that as they focused on and, thereby, separated from their parts, they would shift into a state characterized by qualities like curiosity, calm, confidence and compassion. He called that inner essence the Self and was amazed to find it even in severely diagnosed and traumatized patients. From these explorations the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model was born in the early 1980s.  

IFS is now evidence-based and has become a widely-used form of psychotherapy, particularly with trauma. It provides a non-pathologizing, optimistic, and empowering perspective and a practical and effective set of techniques for working with individuals, couples, families, and more recently, corporations and classrooms.  

In 2013 Dr. Schwartz left the Chicago area and now lives in Brookline, MA where he is on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. 

​​Certificates of Attendance / CEU's / CE Information 

For those requiring a Certificate of Attendance, certificates will be issued upon either:

1.   Verification of 100% attendance during the live broadcast OR
2.   Successful completion of a post-training quiz with a minimum score of 75% (multiple attempts allowed). This          option is for those who do not attend the full workshop “live”.

Certificates will indicate the number of direct education hours (12), not including breaks. Certificates may be used to qualify for eligibility for Continuing Education Credits from licensing boards and professional colleges; it is the participant’s responsibility to contact their college or association to confirm its requirements and the workshop's eligibility for CEU's / CE’s. This workshop has been pre-approved for 12 continuing education hours by the CACCF.  


Cancellation Policy


​​An administrative fee of $50 will be charged for all cancellations. Cancellation 14 or more days prior to the workshop date – receive a refund, less $50 administration fee. Cancellation less than 14 days prior to the workshop date – receive a credit, less $50 administration fee, to be applied to a future workshop. No credit or refund will be issued if you do not notify us in advance of the workshop date. You may transfer your registration to another individual at no extra cost. In this case, please notify Mission: Empowerment of the name of the alternate person. The organizers reserve the right to cancel the event due to instructor illness, extreme weather, under-enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a workshop is cancelled, any registration payment will be returned in full. Liability is limited to a refund of workshop/live-stream fees only. 

Refunds will not be issued in cases where a registrant did not receive the workshop login instruction email due to email issues.  It is the registrant’s responsibility to contact us if they don’t receive the required login information at least 24 hours prior to the start time of the workshop.

​​​​​Instructor: Richard C. Schwartz, PhD​
Location: Online Live Stream Event

Early Bird Cost: $379 CAD + GST/HST (if applicable) by Oct. 16, 2022
Regular Cost: $419 CAD + GST/HST (if applicable) after Oct. 16, 2022
​**All prices are in CAD$. American Patrons - your dollar goes further! $1 CAD = $0.77 USD (as of June 16, 2022 - check online for current exchange rate) 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: November 14, 2022 at 12 pm ET

* For information about Group Rates and Discounts
click here.

For more information about Richard and his work: ifs-institute.com

​​​​Workshop Description


​​Many clinicians have been introduced to the core concepts of Internal Family Systems (IFS), a scientifically validated approach that has been gaining traction rapidly as more and more therapists attest to its’ transformative and lasting effects. In this advanced workshop led by the founder of IFS, Dr. Richard Schwartz, participants will learn how to further embody the “Self” in order to maximize therapeutic outcomes as well as to further their own personal growth. 

Dr. Schwartz states: 

“I’ve found that the most important variable in how quickly clients can access their Selves is the degree to which I’m Self-led. When I can be deeply present to my clients from the core of my being, free from anxiety about how I’m doing, or who’s in control of the therapy, or whether the client is following the correct therapeutic agenda, clients respond as if the resonance of my Self were a tuning fork that awakens their own. It’s this deep, true, and faithful presence of the therapist – without portfolio or baggage – that every client yearns to connect with” 


To download the full article (“The Larger Self”) that includes the quote above, click here 


In this 2-day live online workshop, Dr. Schwartz will teach practices for helpers to access the Self, remain in the Self, and come back to the Self when triggered. This, in turn, will maximize therapeutic outcomes and reduce the likelihood of burnout for the helper. **Please note that this advanced workshop assumes prior training in IFS; it is not designed to introduce the clinical method itself.   

Topics Covered: 


  • Increasing awareness of your own internal system 
  • How to differentiate between the Self and “Self-like” parts 
  • 5 Markers to determine if you are in Self 
  • Practices to quickly access Self prior to therapy sessions, during sessions, and outside of the therapy room 
  • Embodying the 8 C’s 
  • How to bring more Self leadership to your everyday life 
  • How to work – in the moment – with your own parts that interfere with therapy/helping 
  • How to let go of investment in a particular outcome for a session 
  • Common obstacles to Self-Leadership and ways to overcome these obstacles 


Who Should Attend? 

Helping professionals who have had prior training in IFS and who wish to further their skills. This includes, but is not limited to, Social Workers, Therapists, Psychologists, Physicians, Nurses, and other Mental Health and Health-Care Professionals. 

You will receive:

  • Login details and instructions emailed in advance of the workshop
  • Downloadable handouts
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Access to a recording of the workshop** for a limited period of time after the workshop - so if you can’t join live, need to take a break or simply want to re-watch your favourite parts, we’ve got you covered!​ (**Note: The workshop recording will not include the videos of clinical sessions that will be shown during the workshop.  These videos comprise about 50 minutes of the workshop in total).