IFS Resources & Links

On this page you will find a selection of links to various resources related to Internal Family Systems (IFS). Please note I do not take responsibility for the content of linked webpages.


Organizations offering workshops, books, podcasts, other information:

IFS Institute (trainings, resources, information, finding a therapist, etc): https://ifs-institute.com/

IFS Foundation (Foundation for Self-leadership, goal is to further research and access to IFS trainings): https://www.foundationifs.org/

Life Architect: https://lifearchitect.com/michael-pasterski/

IFSCA - IFS Counselling Association Canada, Derek Scott: offers many informative videos here and on youtube.


IFS Talks Podcast: https://internalfamilysystems.pt/ifs-talks

IFS Institute Podcasts:  https://ifs-institute.com/resources/podcasts-and-teleconferences


What is IFS?

Three page Model overview (from IFS Institute website): https://www.heartofthemattercounselling.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Internal-Family-Systems-3-pg-Overview.docx

15-page description about what IFS is and suggestions of how to explore your own system by Derek Scott here.

14-page "Introduction to the Steps & Questions of IFS Therapy" by Lucas Forstmeyer: Download here

Dr. Richard Schwartz describes the IFS Model (7:48 min): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdZZ7sTX840&t=72s

Dr. Richard Schwartz – What is Internal Family Systems (talks about the Model, Self-Healing, and Shame, 17:06 min): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ym8o762U7uc

Dr. Richard Schwartz & Soren Gordhamer (Wisdom 2.0) - Becoming Whole: Healing the Exiled & Rejected Parts of Ourselves (32:57 min): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNtussFaYC0

Dr. Richard Schwartz, Live Mini-training: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiCGcVcmzzg


IFS Meditations:

Dr. Richard Schwartz: The Path Meditation (36:56 min): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWEoHSe1zGw

Dr. Richard Schwartz: Guided meditation: getting to know a protective part (10:51 min): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56Px9qaxAkY&list=PLH9_Y1YvU4wF-UY0bSHBdZPUSjtMk7RJF&index=4&t=335s

Heidi Lindemann: Parts Check-in meditation (16:26): Guided meditation for people with IFS knowledge and without: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoBvoQ5jle8&list=PLH9_Y1YvU4wF-UY0bSHBdZPUSjtMk7RJF&index=3

Corey Busch, Elements Counselling (10:50): Guided meditation - getting to know a protector: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ED0dSIVToLw

The Inner Work Hub (14:48): Connecting to a part of your psyche - guided meditation with music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UI09c4P2b8o

Monika Brandstaetter: 5 min Self-to-Part Breathing meditation: https://www.heartofthemattercounselling.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/5-min-Self-to-Part-Breathing.m4a



Facebook groups:

IFS Daily Parts Meditation Practice (public group): https://www.facebook.com/groups/670447663138656

Internal Family Systems (IFS) - Readings and Links (public group): https://www.facebook.com/groups/209465549974073

IFS (Internal Family Systems) Community Group (private group): https://www.facebook.com/groups/77511055358


IFS books (there are many more):

For all audiences:

Richard Schwartz (2021): No bad parts. Healing trauma and restoring wholeness with the Internal Family Systems Model. Available in audio and print

Richard Schwartz (2008): You are the one you've been waiting for. Bringing courageous love to intimate relationships. Print, and various types of free electronic versions available here

Frank Anderson (2021): Transcending Trauma: Healing Complex PTSD with Internal Family Systems

Jay Earley (2012): Self-Therapy: A Step-by-Step Fuide to Creating Wholeness and Healing Your Inner Child Using IFS, A New, Cutting-Edge Psychotherapy 

Bonnie J. Weiss (2013): Self-Therapy Workbook. An Exercise Book for the IFS Process


For therapists specifically: 

Richard Schwartz (2019): Internal Family Systems Therapy, second edition. (I would call this the authoritative main text that both gives a thorough introduction and references everything up to date).

Frank Anderson, Martha Sweezy, Richard Schwartz (2017): Internal Family Systems Skills Training Manual: Trauma-Informed Treatment for Anxiety, Depression, PTSD & Substance Abuse




Webpages of other IFS therapists, practitioners, or coaches with interesting content:


Frances Ferguson, Talk to Fran, Campbell River, BC: talks about IFS here.


Lucas Forstmeyer: Free video series: https://lucasforstmeyer.com/introduction-ifs-video-course/

Six 10 to 20 min videos "IFS Crash course" and seven 10 to 20 min videos "IFS Therapy Introduction"

Alessio Rizzo: Articles and blog posts about IFS here, among others about IFS and OCD.