Advanced Ongoing IFS Classes

In the Advanced Ongoing IFS Classes you learn advanced techniques and understandings that go beyond what I teach in the Basic and Exiles Courses. In addition, the whole group works together on important psychological issues such as procrastination, the inner critic, depression, eating issues, and many more. Therapists also have a chance for advanced training and consultation on IFS. I taught a class like this that ran for about five years and was very successful.

Format. The classes meet twice a month for two hours by video-conference. Each class includes teaching, lots of sharing and discussion, demonstration IFS sessions where I work with a volunteer from the class, and experiential group exercises. You pair up with each other between classes to practice doing IFS sessions with each other. This is a very important part of the class, and people tell me how much they get from working with each other.

Each class is limited to 8 participants, so we have a small cohesive group (especially since we can see each other by video-conference), where people feel safe to be vulnerable.

The text for the class is my book Self-Therapy, and the rough draft of my new book Self-Therapy, Vol. 2, which I will email to you.

Professionals. Therapists and coaches (and other helping professionals) are welcome in the classes and some classes are all or mostly professionals. For those classes, we will engage in activities aimed primarily at professionals (see below). These classes are approved by the Center for Self-Leadership for IFS CE credit, but they are not a substitute for taking the IFS Level 1 professional training from the Center for Self-Leadership.

What People Are Saying
I am so grateful for this offering from Jay and the opportunity to deepen and expand my understanding of IFS (which I adore).  Jay has structured the class so thoughtfully, resulting in a wonderfully safe and respectful container for learning and processing.  In addition, he presents a deliciously comprehensive curriculum, and best of all, invaluable demonstrations each session.  This is pure gold.  On top of all of this, Jay has assembled a fantastic group of practitioners as participants, whom–thanks to Jay’s video-conferencing wizardry–I can see and interact with in a way that feels intimate and dynamic.
— Carolyn Hinman, JD, CCHT

Doing the Advanced IFS class with Jay Earley and a small group of fellow travelers is a rich learning opportunity. I have benefited from experiencing a world-class teacher and the enthusiasm of committed colleagues, and the live-demonstration IFS sessions have amplified my learning. The whole group gains from the shared experience–enhancing trust and supporting individual growth. Between sessions we pair up for practice and this has maintained our momentum for personal/professional growth and built self-accountability. I recommend this class for its atmosphere of open, informed discussion around a structured curriculum and collective support for our personal growth.
— Simon d’Orsogna, Psychotherapist & Coach, Associate Instructor, Coherence Therapy Institute, Melbourne, Australia

The Advanced IFS class with Jay has become a staple of my continued professional education. The IFS material Jay presents is very relevant and directly applicable to my daily practice in coaching clients. He has an encouraging and embracing teaching style and extensive knowledge and experience, which makes the class not a duty but a joy. I also really enjoy connecting with the group members during session exchanges for homework.
— Michael Schiesser, Coach, Founder of Inner Journey Seminars

 Class Activities

  • Guided meditations
  • Sharing your issues and getting support from the group
  • Lecture and discussion
  • Demonstration IFS sessions with volunteers from the class
  • Group and pair exercises in class
  • Pairing up for practice IFS sessions for homework
  • Supporting each other in making changes in your behavior (especially useful with topics such as procrastination or eating issues).
  • Practicing speaking for your parts as they arise in the group process.
  • Working through interpersonal issues that arise between group members

Each class will be recorded, so if you have to miss, you can listen to the recording.

Class Topics

A. IFS techniques and understandings:

  • Resolving polarization—conflicts between parts
  • Managers and firefighters
  • What to do if a part won’t talk with you
  • Updating protectors about your capacities
  • Negotiating for Self-leadership with protectors
  • Legacy burdens
  • Self-like parts
  • Disowned parts (exiles without burdens)
  • Protector subparts of exiles
  • Somatic awareness in IFS
  • Unattached burdens (malevolent entities)
  • Spiritual guides
  • Types of parts that block the therapy process
  • Embodying and integrating transformed exiles
  • Advanced reparenting techniques

B. Working on Psychological Issues Together (based on the Pattern System)

When the whole group works on the same together, you learn from other people’s work, and your parts get activated by other people’s work, making it easier to access them. You feel deeply supported since everyone is exploring similar psychological dynamics. In the pairing for homework, you can facilitate each other’s work especially well because you are working on similar problems. In addition, you can support each other in making changes in your behavior by checking in after important life situations arise.

  • Working with and transforming Inner Critic parts.
  • Transforming psychological issues, such as procrastination, depression, shyness, anxiety, perfectionism, dissociation, striving, and so on.
  • Working with addictions and eating issues.
  • Working with anger and disowned anger and developing strength.
  • Working through interpersonal patterns such as people-pleasing, passive-aggressive, victim, defensive, controlling, rebel, judgmental, and so on.
  • Healing emotional wounds from childhood (types of exiles) such as shame, abandonment, being judged, guilt, feeling unlovable, feeling worthless, and so on.
  • IFS and physiological or medical conditions.
  • Charting your psyche by assessing your problematic patterns and healthy capacities through the Pattern System.

C. Applying IFS and the Pattern System to Life Situations

  • Sequences of part’s interactions in relationship conflicts.
  • Why you are romantically attracted to the wrong people.
  • Communication in conflict situations.
  • Work issues
  • Social issues
  • Intimate relationships
  • Family relationships and parenting
  • Social activism

D. Developing Healthy Capacities and Spiritual Qualities

  • Developing healthy capacities such as intimacy, assertiveness, self-confidence, vitality, work confidence, clarity/organization, strength, and so on.
  • Developing higher capacities such as love, flow, presence, peace, creativity, surrender, service, and so on.
  • Finding your life purpose, finding your contribution to making a better world.
  • Working through parts that block aspects of spiritual development
  • Learning to sense and unfold qualities of presence such as spaciousness, depth, stillness, joy, preciousness, sacredness, inner support, expansiveness, and so on.

E. Activities Mainly of Interest to Professionals

  • Demonstration IFS sessions where one participant is therapist for another under my guidance in the moment. (This provides excellent learning for the whole group.)
  • Consultations on clients
  • Questions on applying IFS with certain types of clients or issues
  • IFS sessions on parts of yours that get triggered by clients
  • Practicing facilitating IFS sessions in triads in group
  • Demonstration IFS session where I work with one participant role playing a client of theirs.

F. Topics Mainly of Interest to Professionals

  • The therapist-client relationship in IFS therapy
  • Recognizing and dealing with transference patterns in clients
  • Recognizing your countertransference patterns
  • Recognizing when you’re not in Self with a client; staying in Self with difficult parts
  • Working with trauma
  • Using Self-Therapy Journey with clients as an adjunct to IFS therapy
  • Direct access
  • Introducing IFS to new clients
  • Working with clients who resist IFS
  • Working with Dissociative Identity Disorder
  • Understanding the kinds of relationships between parts in the internal system
  • What to do when therapeutic change doesn’t happen
  • Capacities for IFS therapists

Your interests and desires will determine the topics we cover and when we explore them.


Class 1: First and third Wednesdays of each month
For therapists and coaches
4:30-6:30 pm pacific time (7:30-9:30 eastern)

Class 2: Second and fourth Wednesdays of each month
For anyone
4:15-6:15 pm pacific time (7:15-9:15 eastern)

Class 3: Second and fourth Tuesdays of each month
For therapists and coaches
9:30-11:30 am pacific time (12:30-2:30 eastern,  5:30-7:30 UK)

If you are interested in joining a class or have questions, email Jay at for a free interview.
Then you can try a class out for a month before committing to it.

Cost: $50/session, $100/month


In order to qualify for the class, you must have taken my Basic IFS Course or equivalent, and I recommend that you also have taken my IFS Exiles Course or equivalent.
You can take the online version of the Basic Course. Click here for details.
There are recorded versions available in our online store at If you take the recorded version, make sure to do the experiential homework for the course (preferably with a partner).


Once you have talked to me and decided to join a class, you enroll by paying for the first two meetings of the class, which is $100. You can pay in two ways:

1. Venmo is an app that allow you to pay easily. Just send the money to

2. To pay by check, mail a check made out to
Jay Earley
140 Marina Vista Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939