Self-Energy & Self-Like Parts

February 23-25, 2024

Cost: $600 | Payment due 1/23/24

Lodging will be available through the Mount Madonna Center

Calling all IFS Level 1+ Trained Enthusiasts! Join us for a weekend course with Pam Krause in the beautiful Mount Madonna Retreat Center, with Redwood trees, hiking trails, hot tub, massage / bodywork and healthy vegetarian food (with vegan / gluten free options) that is lovingly prepared by the caring staff.

Pamela Krause, MSW, LCSW, is a Certified IFS Therapist and Senior Lead Trainer for the Internal Family Systems Institute teaching Level 1, 2, and 3 trainings. She has also created and run two Leadership Training Programs for the Institute. Her expertise in IFS includes a sub-specialty inadapting the IFS model for use in adolescents and younger children and in partnership with Carmen Jimenez-Pride developed a Level 2 training program on the topic.

Pam has also developed online training programs including: the IFS Online Circle in partnership with Toni Herbine-Blank; an IFS Continuity Program addressing the use of IFS with Children and Adolescents; an Introduction to IFS for CoreWellness Continuing Education; and a training for Life Architect entitled Self-energy and Self-like parts: A Relationship not a Polarization.

Workshop Description & Educational Goals

The Self is an essential component of the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model of therapy. Parts heal by unblending and then developing a relationship with the Self. It is essential that an IFS practitioner be able to differentiate between parts and Self in both clients and themselves.While it is relatively easy to distinguish many parts from the Self, the differentiation process can be complicated by parts that mimic Self-energy, self-like parts (SLPs), which can be confusing and/or frustrating. 

This workshop will focus on how to distinguish between Self-energy and SLPs, in both practitioner and clients. As participants refine their discernment about Self-energy, we will explore ways to form relationships between the Self and SLPs to create a more Self-led system.We will also dig deeper into what it means to be Self-led. While Self-leadership is the goal of IFS therapy it can be a confusing concept - are we trying to be ‘in Self’ or Self-led? The workshop will bring clarity to this aspect of the model. 

Finally, the workshop will address the importance of courage, one of the most frequently overlooked qualities of the Self. We will explore the importance of courage in a Self-led system and how it impacts the ability to speak for, not from, our parts.

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Friday, February 23 

3:00-5:15pm: Check-in* 

5:15-6:15pm: Dinner * 

6:30-8:30pm: Welcome & Introductions

Saturday, February 24 

9 - 10:00am: Overview of Self-Energy and Self-Like Parts (SLP) 

10-11:00am: Brunch* 

11a-1:00pm: Exercise, debrief, Q & A 

1 - 2:00pm: Lunch* 

2 - 5:00pm: Therapist / caretaking parts 

  • Discussion 
  • 15 min Break * 
  • Demos Video Experiential

Sunday, February 25 

8:30-9:30am: Breakfast* 

9:30-12pm: What does it mean to be Self-led Unblending exercise 

12-1:00pm: Lunch* 

1-3:45pm: Speaking for parts The courage of the Self 

3:45-4pm: Break* 

4-5:00pm: Closing

Note: Activities marked with Asterisk* not included in CEU’s.

Learning Objectives

1. Participants will be able to identify more clearly what it  feels like when they embody their own Self-energy.

2. Participants will experience and differentiate at least one self-like part.

3. Participants will learn ways to distinguish between Self-energy and self-like parts.

4. Participants will gain skill in speaking ‘for’ not ‘from’  parts.

5. Participants will learn to speak courageously for parts.

6. Participants will learn when/when not to speak for their parts with clients.

Target Audience

This course is designed for therapists and practitioners who have completed an IFS Level 1 training through the IFS-Institute.


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Course Completion certificates will be awarded at the end of the course in exchange for a completed evaluation form.

Mindful Child & Family Therapy (Provider #1032770) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFT’s, LCSW’s & LPCC’s. MCAFT maintains responsibility for the program and all its content.

PLEASE NOTE: Any and all deposits and/or payments for our retreats / courses are non-refundable and non-transferable. Please note that there will be no refunds for any reason, including illness. Thank you for your understanding.