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Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy: An Introduction to a Leading Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy Modality

Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy: An Introduction to a Leading Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy Modality


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Over 15,000 students taught
Psychedelic Support has enrolled over 15,000 students in our free and paid courses! All proceeds from our paid courses have gone into funding more education and resources for the public around safe and ethical use of psychedelics in therapy and harm reduction.
Course Description

Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) is one of the fastest-growing psychotherapeutic models in the world, offering a clear, non-pathological, and empowering understanding of human cognitive and emotional life. IFS provides a dynamic therapeutic approach that is distinctly synergistic with psychedelic medicines. Participants will learn the IFS theory, principles, techniques, and flow of the model, and also a brief introduction to psychedelic-assisted IFS therapy.

Who is this course for?

This course is for mental health professionals, guides, students, and anyone interested in gaining insight into the human psyche. This introduction is helpful to anyone interested in psychedelic-assisted therapy or in assisting clients with the integration of profound experiences.

Course Curriculum

Internal Family Systems

  • Origins of the Model
  • Theory: Core Principles & Goals
  • Process & Techniques
  • Flow of the Model

Psychedelic-Assisted IFS Therapy

  • Rationale
  • Process & Challenges

Learning Objectives


After this course, you will be able to:

  1. Summarize the origins and development of the IFS model. 
  2. Explain IFS theory, including the basic principles, goals, and assumptions of the model.
  3. Describe the three major components of the psyche as outlined by IFS (parts, burdens, and the Self).
  4. Review the IFS process and techniques that can be implemented in clinical and psychedelic integration work.
Professional Continuing Education

In support of improving patient care, Psychedelic Support offers continuing education for health providers through the the American Psychological Association (APA).

American Psychological Association Education Sponsor
The course was a powerful and positive resource that enabled me to improve and enhance my knowledge of the history and practical applications of the subject. As a result, I feel motivated towards further, deeper exploration of IFS and indeed have already downloaded papers and ordered the book recommendations. I am now looking forward to engaging in more courses you have available - many Thanks!
Chrissie W.
Job well done, folks, this course is very good value. The information is well worth the fee. It is also easy to navigate. Thank you.
Dewey S.
I appreciated a clear description of all parts of this model in such a condensed way.
Abby G., Licensed Professional Counselor
This course gave me better language to express my needs!
Abigail D.
Meet your Course Instructors, Contributors, & Peer Reviewers:
Nicholas Brüss, EdD, LMFT
Nicholas Brüss, EdD, LMFT is an integrative psychotherapist who specializes in helping people with psychedelics-assisted therapies. He is a therapist on the MAPS-sponsored FDA Phase III clinical trial of MDMA-assisted therapy for PTSD, is a MAPS MDMA clinical supervisor, and a Zendo Harm Reduction volunteer. Trained in Internal Family Systems (IFS) since 2013, he is a certified IFS therapist, has presented at the annual conference, assisted a level one training, and supervises clinicians in the IFS model. Also certified in ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, he’s been providing ketamine-assisted IFS therapy in Los Angeles, California since 2017. Nicholas is the Co-founder and Lead Trainer of the Psychedelic Coalition for Health, an organization providing training in psychedelic-assisted therapy and integration for clinicians, and public education programs advocating for the psychedelic medicine health and happiness. He is on the Training Committee for Therapsil, a non-profit dedicated to making psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy available to those suffering from end-of-life distress. Nicholas is also a certified Mindfulness Facilitator through UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. With the Center for Compassion, Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University School of Medicine, he’s a certified teacher of Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT), and also a Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) teacher.
Nicholas Brüss, EdD, LMFT
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Extra Info
  • Online platform access: 1 year.
  • After 1 year, renew your account for an additional year by purchasing any of our on-demand courses. All previously purchased courses will be accessible in your dashboard.
  • 100% student satisfaction or money-back guarantee.
  • For the best experience, we recommend taking the course on a tablet or computer.
  • Course FAQ can be found here.

Self-paced course includes:

  • Course syllabus and reference document
  • Video presentations (65 minutes)
  • Course Materials Booklet (55 pages)
    The booklet includes the course slides, resources including articles, books, links to IFS official training and a suggested reading list.
  • Reading assignments (5 articles)
  • Discussion forum to engage with other learners and instructors
  • Knowledge checks
  • 1 year access to our online learning platform
  • Invite to our monthly speaker series and access to videos from our past events
  • Official Psychedelic Support Certificate of Completion

Choose the Continuing Education (CE) option for:

  • 2 hours of continuing education (C) credits
  • CE Certificate for licensed professionals, including psychologists, therapists, nurses, social workers, etc.
  • See below for more information about continuing education
Certificate Information

Interested in the different certificate options for our courses? Read on to learn more:

Learn more about Completion Certificate

Once you complete the course you will receive a Psychedelic Support Certificate of Completion. Choose this option if you are not a licensed health provider and do not need continuing education credit for your professional degree.

Learn more about CE Credit Certificate

Once you complete the course you will receive a Psychedelic Support CE Certificate. Choose this option if you are a licensed health provider who would like continuing education credit for your professional degree.

  • Be sure to select the CE credit option when purchasing the course.
  • Upon completion of the course, you will receive a Certificate of Attendance for your credits.
  • CE credits for psychologists are provided by Psychedelic Support, an APA-approved CE sponsor.
  • Psychedelic Support is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Psychedelic Support maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.
  • LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFTs, and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.
  • For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, to request special accommodations, or report a grievance contact Psychedelic Support at info@psychedelic.support.