An Introduction to Internal Family Systems with a Christian Perspective

An Introduction to Internal Family Systems with a Christian Perspective

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Date(s) - 11/03/2018
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Calvary Church Los Gatos

About the Course

Christian Counseling Centers presents “An Introduction to Internal Family Systems (IFS) with a Christian Perspective” taught by Marilyn Hunt, M.S., LMFT and Mary Steege, M.Div., LMFT, held on Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Calvary Church Los Gatos.

Internal Family Systems (IFS) is a non-pathologizing, evidence-based approach to healing based on the power of spiritual presence and the potential for transformation that comes the through experiences of God’s unconditional love and grace.  As a clinical approach, IFS does not identify with a particular religious tradition but Christians readily resonate with key concepts in the model that are congruent with the teachings of Jesus.  As a methodology, IFS offers a practical framework in which every part of us can experience the kind of healing that restores healthy relationship — with ourselves, with others and with God.  As we disarm and lay our burdens down, we can experience the kind of community and harmony known as hallmarks of God’s Kingdom come.

In this workshop, participants will learn the basics of the Internal Family Systems model, including the five theoretical underpinnings. You will learn the paradigm of multiplicity. You will understand the IFS concept of Self from a Christian perspective. Participants will also learn the eight C’s of Self as a means of spiritual discernment within the therapeutic process.   Attendees will be able to identify protective parts, both proactive and reactive.  You will be able to identify exiled parts and understand the kinds of burdens they carry.  Participants will learn the six F’s that guide the healing process and the five P’s of a spirit-led therapist. You will learn the unburdening process that is central in the IFS healing of trauma and includes retrieval, do-overs and release of burdens.  Participants will be encouraged to consider points of congruence between their own Christian perspective and the IFS model, as we seek to be Christ’s agents for redemption, reconciliation and renewal.

The workshop will include didactic presentation, experiential exercises and a demonstration of the model.

Course meets the qualifcations for 6 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Christian Counseling Centers is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs (#64926). Christian Counseling Centers maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

About the Presenters

Marilyn Hunt is a licensed marriage and family therapist and a certified IFS therapist. A graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary, she loves how beautifully IFS integrates faith into psychotherapy. Marilyn has enjoyed teaching others the model, both in workshop settings and in serving as a Program Assistant at official trainings through the Center For Self-Leadership.

Mary K. Steege is a licensed marriage and family therapist, a certified IFS therapist, and an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church, USA. She has a passion for the integration of IFS with the Christian tradition and, along with Richard Schwartz, is co-author of “The Spirit-Led Life: A Christian Encounter with Internal Family Systems.” Mary is a frequent presenter at the IFS conference and offers workshops on this topic.

Course Schedule

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Check-in
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Session #1 Intro of the Model
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Session #2 Parts
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Session #3 Methodology
2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Break
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Session #4 Demonstration of the Model

Time spent on breaks (including meal breaks) are not offered for continuing education credit. Course completion certificates will be awarded when participants sign-in/sign-out sheet, course evaluation and self-evaluation forms are submitted at the end of the course.

Fees & Payment

The course fee can be paid by check only. Make the check out to Christian Counseling Centers, and mail it to:

CE Program Administrator
1510 Fashion Island Blvd., #110
San Mateo, CA 94404.

Please send payment the day you register.Refunds are only granted if a written cancellation notice is received by the program administrator at least 2 weeks prior to the date of the course.

Special Needs

All requests for accommodations for special needs can be submitted in writing to the program administrator. Upon receiving the written request, the program administrator will make every effort to accommodate the request. A written response from the program administrator will be sent within 2 weeks of receiving the request.


All complaints or grievances can be submitted in writing to the program administrator, and/or to the CEPA Program Coordinator. The program administrator will respond in writing to the complaint or grievance within one week of receiving the submission.



Registration is closed for this event.