Training: New South Wales

Internal Family Systems Therapy


Deeply being with experience - IFS skills workshop


"All Parts Are Welcome". This is the corner stone of the IFS model. So as therapists, how do we find spaces of truly embodying this for our own parts and for the parts of our clients.

In this two day training we explore how we might bring all of our selves as both client and therapist into 'the work' and from this richness find permission for all experiences to be present.

Being deeply with experience - IFS skills workshop is a 2 day workshop focused on understanding the IFS model as more than a simple 'tool' but as a way of 'being with' our clients - and indeed our own experience.

While this workshop is focused on offering therapists the skills to start working in the model, it recognises that there is no differentiating between the inner work of the client and the inner work of the therapist and for that reason it is open to people who are on their own journeys and seeking to deepen into their own practice of getting to know all that lies within.

Goals of the workshop:

  • Learn the basics of the IFS model, including a good understanding of Parts and Self

  • Learn basic skills in working with protectors and practice in groups - working on your own protectors (effective use of this model is only possible when we work with our own parts so please come prepared to go inward and hear from your own internal system)

  • Gain a thorough overview of the IFS therapeutic process including the Unburdening the Exiles

  • Understand how IFS is used with trauma, addictions, eating disorders etc

  • Witness a demonstration of the model

Who Is this workshop appropriate for?

  • Therapists, Psychologists, Counsellors, Social Workers, Peer workers as well as people who use services and carers. 

Please call Stephanie on 0412447245 if you have any questions.

Dates: 27th & 28th February 2020

Cost: $550

Venue: Centre for Existential Practice - Paddington

‘ReAwaken not Reform’ is a one day event that builds on the huge success of ReAwaken Australia conference in 2019.

The addition of Lucy Johnstone introducing the Power Threat Meaning Framework via video link places ReAwaken at the forefront of positive change in mental health, addiction and trauma.

We are offering single day ReAwaken events around Australia, focused on themes of Compassion, Connection and Meaningful Action. To this end our goal for the day is focused on how we come together in community to support each other in the mutuality of growth and social action towards tangible change. 

ReAwaken 2020 will feature local, national and international speakers along with spaces to contribute to the ReAwaken Art project "Meaning Manual" and the book "Turning Point". Home groups are an important space for connection, mutual growth and plans for the future. 

What attendees can expect:

  • A community art project: re-writing the DSM 

  • A presentation by Lucy Johnstone on the Power Threat Meaning Framework with Q&A.

  • Key note presentations:

    • Matt Ball - 'Dissociachotic'​

    • Stephanie Mitchell - 'Compassion for Borderline'

    • Matt Ball & Stephanie Mitchell - 'Do it Anyway'

  • Experiential Home Groups focused on community and mutual support

  • Guest speakers

  • ReAwaken Manifesto presentation

  • ED Alternative - eCPR presentation

  • Film screening of 'Healing Voices'.


$150 Waged

$75 Unwaged/low income (limited spaces available on application)

Date: June 5th 2020

Emotional CPR (eCPR) is an educational program designed to teach people to assist others through an emotional crisis by three simple steps: Connecting, Empowering and Revitalising.


eCPR is based on the principles found to be shared by a number of support approaches: Trauma-Informed Care, Counselling after disasters, Peer Support, Emotional Intelligence, Suicide Prevention, and Cultural attunement. It was developed with input from individuals who have learned how to recover and grow from emotional crises. They have the wisdom to inform this process by the grace of first-hand experience.


Participants will learn how to:


• Reframe crisis as opportunity

• Learn the importance of taking care of themselves so that they can support others

• Facilitate the other person’s access to inner wisdom

• Encourage the people they serve to take steps in the direction of their dreams

• Inspire motivation and change

• Help others tap into their courage and power

Experiences of Voice hearing, paranoia, hallucinations and other extra- ordinary perceptions can hold significant meaning and importance for a person on their journey.

Literature demonstrates that as a person comes to understand and make sense of their experience they become skilful in coping well and working with voices, not as an aberrant symptom of illness, but as a potentially meaningful response to life experiences. Making sense of voices is an invaluable part of a personal recovery journey for many individuals.

Approaches demonstrated to be supportive on the journey of hearing voices
Includes accepting and making sense of the experience. This 4 day exploration of working with voices and other unusual experiences offers an experiential opportunity to develop skills to work with your own voices or support other voice hearers in a human to human relational approach.

The Workshop will cover:
Links between trauma and voices and psychosis and meaning
Consideration of cultural and spiritual meaning towards culturally safe practices with first nation and other culturally diverse groups
Developing skills in ‘being with’ not ‘doing to’ in supporting a person to make sense of their experience

Dissociachotic: an explanatory model to understanding psychosis as a dissociative response to human relational threat

Hearing Voices approaches to working with individuals and groups including:

  • Facilitating the Maastricht Interview and developing constructs to understand voices

  • Exploring Voice Dialogue/ engaging with voices

  • Other strategies and approaches when working with voices and ‘psychosis’

  • Hearing voices group facilitation

Post training Group Supervision will be offered
to enhance skills development and ongoing implementation of learnings. The supervision will focus on improved clinical and non-clinical practice approaches to further the learning the training.
(costs tbc)

Who is the workshop for?
Voice hearers
Peer workers

What are the intended outcomes?
The workshop is intended to prepare attendees to facilitate hearing voices groups and hearing voices interview as a supporter of personal recovery.

Date: June 2020 (TBC)