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Level 1 IFS Training July & September 2019

July 22, 2019 @ 8:00 am - September 15, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

In this Level 1 official training in the Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) model of psychotherapy, CSL Senior Trainer Paul Ginter, will offer the Centre for Self-Leadership’s Level One training over the course of 2 non-residential weeks:

July 22-28th, 2019 in Abbotsford, Melbourne


September 9-15th, 2019 in Crows Nest, Sydney. 

Paul Ginter, EdD is a private practice psychologist in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Paul primarily uses the Internal Family Systems Model in his work with individuals, couples and families. He is particularly interested in incorporating spiritual practices such as meditation into his work with clients.

Paul is a licensed psychologist and co-founder of the Center for Psychotherapy and Wellness. Paul also served as the Organizational Learning Officer at the Fetzer Institute, a private operating foundation in Kalamazoo. Before living in Kalamazoo, Paul was the Program Director for Wellness House, a not-for-profit organization located in Hinsdale, Illinois providing psychosocial support for cancer patients and their families. Prior to living in the Chicago area, Paul was a psychologist at college counseling centers at the University of Georgia and East Tennessee State University.

In his private practice, Paul does psychotherapy with individuals, couples and families. He works with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, grief and relationship issues. Paul is a senior Centre for Self Leadership (CSL) trainer in the Internal Family Systems Model of Psychotherapy.

Watch Paul’s video introductions ahead of the first L1 training in Australia here.

Watch the feedback and reflections from participants of previous Level 1 trainings here.

A maximum of 30 participants will be supported over 13.5 days in a three-to-one ratio, with ten international and Australian program assistants. The structure of the 2 weeks gives space for action learning between attending each training week. Each day combines didactic learning with opportunity for practice exercises, self-work, reflection, and support involving small and large group work.

This course is designed for professionals (therapists, psychologists, counsellors, certified coaches, expressive arts therapists and social workers) as well as those committed to their self-development. Participants will learn the fundamental IFS concepts and techniques in order to apply them to their professional and personal lives. The format of the Training involves didactic learning as well as a wide range of experiential processes designed to help participants deepen their understanding of IFS. Participants will use their own learning edge in role as client, therapist and observer-reflective witness. Large group work and plenary sessions invite participants’ growing capacities to engage as learner, contributor, and community member.

One of the most important experiential aspects of the training involves daily opportunities to practice using IFS skills with each other, supported by more-experienced practitioners in one-to-three ratios. In this way, participants learn by both doing and receiving the work. Learning objectives covered in this retreat style curriculum are overviewed here.

To receive the certificate of attendance you must attend full days of BOTH weeks of training, and both the Saturday mornings teleconferences. For full certification requirements as either an IFS Therapist or an IFS Practitioner see the CSL website.


Details, FAQ click here

Workshop Fees – a non-refundable deposit will secure your place

$5,750 (general tickets)

$4,950 (public funded employees in registered DGR status organisations/ FT students)


Training in Sydney will run at the Crows Nest Community Centre Morning & afternoon tea, and lunch will be provided. Non-residential – please find your own accommodation locally.

Training in Melbourne will run at the Abbottsford Convent. Morning & afternoon tea, and lunch will be provided. Non-residential – please find your own accommodation locally.

You will also attend 2 Teleconferences at dates and times TBC.

Apply HERE 

NB – for certificate of attendance you must attend BOTH weeks of training and BOTH teleconferences.

For recognition as IFS practitioner or therapist see requirements as detailed on the ⁠CSL website⁠.


July 22, 2019 @ 8:00 am
September 15, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
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