IFS Classes and Groups

I offer a variety of classes and groups based on IFS (Internal Family Systems Therapy), which are summarized below.

The groups and classes meet by videoconference, so we all can see each other, which enhances the group connection. They meet twice a month, and members of the groups meet with me for an individual consultation on the group every 3 months. Each meeting is recorded, so if you miss one, you can watch the recording.

Advanced IFS Classes

In my Advanced IFS Classes, you learn intermediate and advanced techniques and understandings that go beyond what I teach in the Basic and Exiles Courses. I lead demonstration IFS sessions with volunteers from the class, and you practice with each other in pairs for homework. In addition, the whole group works together on important psychological issues such as procrastination, the inner critic, depression, eating issues, and more. There are separate classes for therapists/coaches, which include advanced training and consultation on IFS.

If you are new to IFS, you can take my recorded Basic IFS Class (make sure to do the homework, preferably with a partner) and then join one of these classes.

There are three different classes, each of which is $50/session, $100/month.

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)

Click here for detailed information, topics covered, and how to join.

Interactive/IFS Groups 

An Interactive/IFS Group can help you . . .

  • Develop your capacity for intimacy and learn how to make a love relationship work
  • Become more assertive
  • Become more outgoing and socially comfortable
  • Learn what you may be doing to keep your relationships from being satisfying
  • Understand and trust people of the opposite sex . . . or of the same sex
  • Learn how to deal with anger and conflict constructively
  • Become part of a loving community of people
  • Raise your self-esteem
  • Get in touch with your personal power

You can learn these relationship skills:

  • Being in touch with your feelings and expressing them
  • Speaking for your parts, not acting them out
  • Reaching out to others confidently
  • Saying ”No” firmly
  • Allowing yourself to be open and vulnerable
  • Expressing yourself forcefully and spontaneously
  • Being comfortable relating to a group of people
  • Asking for what you really want
  • Having the courage to bring up difficult issues
  • Empathizing with others 

What Happens

  • You work directly on how you are relating to the other group members . . . in the moment. Instead of just talking about how you relate in your life, you practice interacting with others right in the group and get help as you do.
  • You get direct and honest feedback on how people are reacting to you.
  • The group provides a safe place for you to try out new, healthy ways of relating to people.
  • You learn how to feel your emotional responses and identify the parts that are activated while interacting with people
  • You learn how communicate openly, clearly, and assertively.
  • You learn how to access and work with the parts of you that get triggered in interactions with people, using IFS.
  • You see other people struggling with problems similar to yours, and through this you learn about yourself and others.
  • There is a strong sense of support for each person and a warm feeling of community in the group.

There are two different groups, each of which is $60/meeting, $120/month, including consultations.

Group 1:
For anyone
First and third Tuesdays of each month
4:30-6:30 pm pacific time (7:30-9:30 pm eastern)

Group 2:
For therapists and coaches
Second and fourth Wednesdays of each month
10am- 12 noon pacific time (1-3 pm eastern, 6-8 pm UK)

Click here for more information.

Email me at earley.jay@gmail.com for a free pre-group interview

 

IFS Exiles Course – Starts February 6

The IFS Exiles Course is the second of my IFS Courses.IFS Exiles Course

You learn how to:

  • safely access young wounded parts (exiles),
  • how to stay in Self,
  • how to develop a healing relationship with your exiles, and
  • how to unburden the pain and negative beliefs of exiles so they are transformed.

This enables you to do a complete IFS session with yourself or a partner. You learn how to facilitate a partner who is working on themselves.

Prerequisite: IFS Basic Course or equivalent. Contact me if you aren’t sure whether you qualify.

Mondays 4:30-6:30 pacific time (7:30-9:30 eastern)
Feb. 6 – March 13 (6 weeks)
$280 ($250 if paid by Jan. 30)
Click here to enroll

Class Enrollment

New IFS Group – Starts January 26

IFS GroupA new IFS Group starts January 26.

  • Are you looking for an affordable way to get IFS therapy?
  • Would you like to learn to use IFS to work on yourself?
  • Would you like to connect with others who are learning IFS and working on themselves?

In the IFS group, you will be able to…

  • Work with me individually in front of the group
  • Learn from other people’s IFS work
  •  Get your parts stimulated by other people’s work so you can dive right in
  • Pair up with other group members for IFS homework when you are ready
  • Engage in group IFS exercises
  • Learn the basics of IFS
  • Share your struggles and learnings with the group and feel supported
  • Participate in a warm feeling of community in the group.

Format

The group is limited to 8 people.
This is an ongoing group, so once you join, you are expected to attend all sessions (if possible) until you choose to leave.
The group meets by videoconference, so we can all see each other.

Schedule

4:30-6:30 pm pacific time (7:30-9:30 pm eastern)
Every other Thursday
Starts January 26
$50/session

Getting Started

  • You meet with me for a free pre-group interview to see if the group is a good fit for you.
  • Then you can try out the group for a month and then decide whether to continue.
  • For more information or a free pre-group interview, email me at earley.jay@gmail.com.

New Advanced IFS Class for Therapists & Coaches – Starts Jan 24

Advanced IFS ClassesIn my ongoing Advanced IFS Classes, you learn intermediate and advanced techniques and understandings that go beyond what I teach in the Basic and Exiles Courses.

I lead demonstration IFS sessions with volunteers from the class, and you practice with ea Advanced Ongoing IFS Classes, you learn intermediate and advanced techniques and understandings that go beyond what I teach in the Basic and Exiles Courses.ch other in pairs for homework. In addition, the whole group works together on important psychological issues such as procrastination, the inner critic, depression, eating issues, and more.

There are separate classes for therapists and coaches, which include advanced training and consultation on IFS.

Typical Topics Covered

  • 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
  • Working with Inner Critics
  • Resolving Eating Issues
  • Working with Anger in IFS
  • Working with pain or medical conditions using IFS

 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
  • Direct access
  • Introducing IFS to new clients
  • Working with clients who resist IFS
  • Working with Dissociative Identity Disorder
  • What to do when therapeutic change doesn’t happen

There are 3 classes, including a new one for therapists and coaches.

New Advanced IFS Class For Therapists and Coaches

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)
Starts Jan. 24, 2017

Click here for detailed information, topics covered, schedule of all classes, and how to join.

 

Self-Revealing and Acceptance in an Interactive Group

InteractiveGroupAcceptance is the number one issue for most people in the early stages of an Interactive Group.

You want to reveal yourself, but only if you are going to be accepted by the group. You also want to be able to be yourself. You want to show your anger and your insecurity, your tears and your fears, your strength and your neediness. But it is critical that you be accepted as you are. It is also helpful for you to accept other group members as they are.

It is useful to share things about yourself that you have strong feelings about. Perhaps you need to talk about how you were abused as a child. Perhaps you are gay, or you are going through a painful divorce, or you are having anxiety attacks. Even though sharing these things is not officially “interactive work,” it is important to do, especially in the beginning of group.

It is especially important to share parts of yourself that you feel ashamed of. These are the hardest to reveal, because you expect to be judged and rejected. But they are also the most valuable because you really need to be accepted with these parts of you. You will discover that when you reveal these parts of yourself in an open way, not only are you accepted by the group, but people actually appreciate you more, because of your courage and vulnerability.

This is one of the magic things that happens in an Interactive Group. There is actually something beautiful about a person when they are being open and vulnerable, whether they are showing deep pain or insecurity or being caring toward others. We all have a great need to show these vulnerable parts of ourselves and be accepted, and in fact the group atmosphere makes it easy for this to happen.

People want to be able to love each other if only they are in the right environment to bring this out. Group members find it natural to be loving and compassionate toward someone who reveals pain or weakness. The pain is experienced as something precious and beautiful, and people welcome this kind of sharing. It makes them feel closer to you. It’s one of those poignant, special moments in group that everyone cherishes.

Webinar November 4: Introduction to Advanced IFS Classes

Webinar: Introduction to Advanced IFS ClassesWebinar Presentation

Wednesday, November 4
10-11 am pacific time (1-2 pm eastern, 6-7 pm UK)
Click here to register for free
Register even if you can’t attend. You will receive a replay afterward.

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.

There are 4 classes.

Click here for detailed information about the classes, schedules, and how to join.

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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

 

Webinar: Introduction to Advanced IFS Classes
Jay Earley, PhD
Wednesday, Nov. 4
10-11 am pacific time (1-2 pm eastern, 6-7 pm UK)
Click here to register for free

Register even if you can’t attend. You will receive a replay afterward.

 

Advanced IFS Classes Approved for IFS Continuing Education

IFS Continuing Education CreditIn 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.

These classes are approved for IFS CE credit.

There are 4 classes. Click here for detailed information about the classes, schedules, and how to join.


Webinar: Introduction to Advanced IFS Classes
Jay Earley, PhD
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 11 am – 12 noon pacific time (2-3 pm eastern, 7-8 pm UK)
Click here to register for free

The Power of Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS)
A Webinar for Therapists and Coaches
Jay Earley, PhD
Thursday, Oct. 22, 10-11:30 am pacific time (1-2:30 pm eastern, 6-7:30 pm UK)
Click here to enroll for free

Register even if you can’t attend either webinar. You will receive a replay afterward.

New Format: Online Basic IFS Course

We have had a hard time this fall finding enough people who could meet at the scheduled time for the regular IFS Basic Course. So I decided to offer the Basic IFS Course in this new format.

The Basic IFS Course teaches you how to access Self and work with protectors. It is the most basic course on IFS. It teaches you how to work on yourself using IFS and how to do peer IFS counseling with other people in the class. Therapists and coaches also take the class to learn about IFS, though it is not professional training in IFS.

The course is experiential; it includes practicing IFS sessions for homework in pairs. The text for the course is Self-Therapy.

IFS-Basic-CourseFormat

This is a six-week course that uses the recorded IFS Course from our online store. You work together with a group of people who are working through the recorded course and pairing with each other for the homework practices.

There will be an online forum for you to communicate with the other members of the class and with me. I will be available through the forum, or by phone, to answer any questions that come up.

This format is ideal for people who can’t make the time that is scheduled for the regular Basic IFS Course or who want to take it when there isn’t a regular Basic Course scheduled.

Dates: Week of Oct. 26 – week of Nov. 30
Cost: $15 plus the recorded course, which is $75.

Email me at earley.jay@gmail.com if you would like to take this course.

Click here for a fuller description of the Basic IFS Course.

 

 

 

New Advanced Ongoing IFS Class – New Time

Good Time for Europeans, Israelis, and Americans who Work in the Evening

I am starting a new Advanced IFS Class that is in the morning in California, which makes it a good time for people in Europe or Israel, and for Americans who need to work in the late afternoon or evening.

First and third Tuesdays of each month
Time: 10 am-12 noon pacific time (1-3 pm eastern, 6pm UK)
Starts: Oct. 6

Cost: $50/session, $100/month
Contact me at 415-924-5256 or earley.jay@gmail.com if you have questions.

Prerequisite
In order to qualify for the class, you must have taken my Basic IFS Course or equivalent.

Enrollment
Click here to enroll. Go right to step 3 where you can pay by check, PayPal, or credit card.

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.

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.

Click here for detailed information about this class and the other Advanced Classes. 

Attend a free webinar to learn more about the Advanced IFS Class.
Tuesday, 9/29/15, 10 am pacific (1 pm eastern)
Tuesday, 10/6/15, at 10:00 am pacific (1 pm eastern)
Click here to enroll for free

Basic IFS Course Starts September 22

 

What is IFSWhat is IFS?

Click here to watch an interview of Jay Earley about IFS by Tami Simon of Sounds True. Scroll down under What is IFS to see the video. Many people have told me how much this interview helped them to understand IFS.

Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) is a powerful form of individual therapy developed by Richard Schwartz, PhD, which has been spreading rapidly around the U.S. and the world. It is user-friendly, spiritually-oriented, and very effective in working with a wide variety of psychological issues.

IFS sees the mind as made up of sub-personalities, called parts, which are related to each other in an inner system.  Parts often get into conflicts with each other and act in dysfunctional ways in an attempt to protect us from pain. All of this happens largely outside our awareness, and when we do see what is happening, we frequently try to banish the parts that are causing the difficulties. Yet this is hardly ever solves the problem. IFS, on the other hand, teaches us to relate to our parts with openness, curiosity, and compassion, not judgment, which allows each part to reveal its hidden agenda and the pain it defends against.  This paves the way for healing and transformation, which can be accomplished by following the procedure taught in this course.

This course teaches you how to access Self and work with protectors. You learn how to work on yourself using IFS and how to do peer IFS counseling with other people in the class. Therapists and coaches also take the class to learn about IFS. The course is experiential; it includes practicing IFS sessions for homework in pairs, group exercises, and demonstration IFS sessions with volunteers from the class.

The course will be taught by videoconference, so we can see each other, which enhances the group connection, making it safe for you to be open and vulnerable in class. Click here for more information about the course.

Tuesdays, 9/22/15–10/29/15
4:30 pm pacific time (7:30 eastern time)
Cost: $300
Click here to register

What people are saying

I have taken tons of teleclasses and Jay’s was organized really well. Some classes are healing, but you don’t take it with you. Jay’s had both deep transformation and learning that made it easy to keep going afterward. It was an excellent course, I really loved it.
Linda McLyman, M.S., leadership consultant, Syracuse, NY