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Face-to-Face Training

WORKING WITH INNER CRITICS IN INTERNAL FAMILY SYSTEMS (IFS) - Supporting the development of mindful self-awareness and self-compassion. (Melbourne)

Jennifer (Jen) Nield
One full day
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Face-to-Face Training
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Melbourne, VIC
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Inner Critics are some of the most common entrenched and daunting parts clients and therapists meet in psychotherapy. Inner Critics trigger feelings of shame, guilt, loss of confidence, self-doubt, helplessness, and hopelessness. They criticise, negatively evaluate, choices, feelings and behaviours, minimise successes and tell clients what they should and shouldn’t do.

Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy, one of the fastest-growing approaches to psychotherapy, has a specific protocol for working with Inner Critics that is empowering, effective, and non-pathologizing. IFS holds that Inner Critics are parts trying to protect our client from emotional and psychological pain using maladaptive and outdated strategies from their past. Also that the critics believe that they are protecting the client from an even worse pain. Holding this in mind therapists and clients can approach the critic with an open and curious mind creating space for new strategies, inner forgiveness and hope for change.

IFS is a powerful model of therapy that enhances mindful awareness and self-compassion through getting to know our Parts in a methodical yet intimate way. IFS also provides a framework for restoring a sense of worthiness and self-trust.  Clients learn to listen inside themselves with self-compassion and curiosity (Self), and, in the process release beliefs, emotions, sensations, patterns and urges that have constrained their lives.

The Benefits of IFS for therapists:

  1. IFS offers a consistent way to respectfully enter and respond to a clients’ inner ecology without a need to interpret, pathologize or diagnose.
  2. IFS supports symptom reduction leading to improved functioning for clients through releasing, rather than overriding, maladaptive beliefs and behaviours.
  3. IFS supports client self-healing, re-establishing the Self to Part relationship developing the skills of self-awareness and self-compassion.

IFS advances treatment by:

  1. Working with parts rather than trying override them.
  2. Supporting the development of mindful self-awareness and self-compassion.
  3. Encouraging clients to attend to their Parts between sessions improving affect regulation and self-efficacy.



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Jen Nield is a family therapist working both in the community sector and in private practice. She is an experienced group facilitator and has written multiple group programs that are now being used widely throughout Victoria. Jen has worked extensively in the family violence sector providing individual, couple and family therapy to both people who have used violence and those who have been violated. Jen is now working in the Alcohol and Other Drug sector and providing IFS training to AOD workers. Jen has a history of working with adolescents both in psychiatric inpatient settings and in the broader community sector. Prior to becoming a therapist Jen worked in community theatre and won numerous awards for her work with young people who had experienced multiple adverse childhood experiences.

Registration Details

Face-to-Face registration
Fee:  $249
         $19 to purchase and keep the recording of this event. 

  • Tea and coffee are included. Food may be purchased on the ground floor or from the many surrounding cafes.
  • You will need to sign in on arrival to be eligible for an Attendance Certificate. 
  • Your attendance certificate for 7 hours of face-to-face, active training can be retrieved on completion of your evaluation via your login account.
  • A hard copy of notes and resources will be available to you on arrival at this event.
  • If for whatever reason, you are unable to attend this live event on the day,  your registration will be transferred into the live interactive webcast of this event with three month's access to the recording. 
  • N.B. Face to face participants are required to comply with COVID safety measures as outlined by the venue and PDP
    Details of the measures current at the time and in line with public health orders will be advised in your pre-event reminder/information emails.
    The venue and PDP reserve the right to deny entry to any participant who chooses not to follow COVID safety plans. 


Learning objectives of this training:

  1. Review key principles and concepts underpinning IFS as a therapeutic modality.
  2. Find protector Parts via a client’s story, presenting issue &/or body awareness.
  3. Identify different types of Inner Critics.
  4. Discover that how the Inner Critic is attempting to protect the client from ‘even worse’ emotional and psychological pain.
  5. Learn how to keep the criticised/shamed Parts safe while working with Inner Critics.
  6. Learn how to negotiate with Inner Critics for transformation.

“All parts are welcome.” - when we look within ourselves, putting those words into practice, we open the way to deep inner transformation as ‘Parts’ come to realise they are not stuck in their roles and can choose to support us in a different ways. IFS unlocks that ability.”     Leona Dawson   ​

How will you benefit from attending this training?

  • Review of key IFS principles and protocol
  • Recognise and work with a variety of Inner Critics
  • Support Inner Critics to transform their role.



Morning Session (includes a short break)

  • Review IFS principles and the 6 key steps in the IFS protocol
  • Review roles of protector parts including the Inner Critic
  • Explore key therapeutic steps when working with an Inner Critic
  • Guided Experiential Activity: Meeting your own Inner Critic finding its positive intent

Afternoon Session (includes a short break)

  • Demo & debrief working with an inner critic
  • Triad practice groups & debrief

Evaluation and quiz - your payment includes a quiz which when completed with a minimum of 80% correct answers, will enable you to download your Attendance Certificate.
To complete the quiz, please log into your account at and click the orange "Certificate" button under the program's title. 

For live webcasts, post-tests must be completed within one month of viewing the program.

Target Audience

This seminar has been designed to extend the clinical knowledge and applied skill of Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Coaches, Psychologists, Hypnotherapists, Social Workers, Community Workers, Mental Health Nurses and Psychiatrists.

Webcast Schedule

Morning Session
  9:00am - 12:45pm
  Includes a 15 minutes break at 10:45am

Lunch Break
  12:45pm - 1:45pm

Afternoon Session
  1:45pm - 5:00pm
  Includes a 15 minutes break at 3:15pm


Venue information

This Accor hotel has a fully implemented plan attending to the health and safety of all venue attendees.
You will be required to abide by the safety  measures current at the time and in line with public health orders. These will be advised in your pre-event reminder/information emails.
In the interest of everone's safety, the venue and PDP reserve the right to deny entry to any participant who chooses not to follow the current COVID safety plans. 

This venue offers wheelchair access from the street level. 

Conveniently located right by several bus routes and a 7-minute walk to Parliament Station.

Links to reasonable early-bird parking close to the venue:

All day tea, coffee and water are provided.
If you have pre-purchased lunch, hotel staff will have you selection ready for you.
The venue has a restaurant and is surrounded by cafes and restaurants should you choose to eat out.
Please note that lunch bought from outside providers cannot be eaten in the hotel.


The seminar venue is the Mantra on Russell Hotel which offers a discount on accommodation for the PDP community. Please quote the code RUSSELL2021

Quest on Lonsdale is a 6 minute walk from the venue.
Hotel Grand Chancellor is a 2 minute walk from the venue.




222 Russell Street, 222 Russell Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000, Australia
+61 1300 092 872

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