Upcoming Workshops


The Internal Family Systems (IFS) model is a scientifically validated therapeutic approach that creates safety, accelerates healing and brings lasting relief. Endorsed by Dr. Gabor Maté, Bessel Van der Kolk, Janina Fisher and many other leaders in the trauma field, this approach is a powerful and restorative framework for all therapists’ working with complex presentations. IFS accesses our inherent self healing capacity, beautifully augments somatic trauma therapy and is particularly helpful when working with dissociation.

IFS uses “parts” language and rather than pathologizing certain symptoms or behaviours it views these as “parts” of ourselves that have good intent and ‘are there for a reason’ (functional and well-intended). Rather than trying to “control” or “conquer” certain behaviours, the IFS approach offers a curious and compassionate inquiry of these parts, and then effectively works with each of them to achieve dramatic results. IFS also posits that we all have a “Self” (highest self/best self) which is a wise, compassionate, curious centre that knows what is best for us and can and should lead the system. This understanding applies as much to mental health professionals as it does to clients.

Through a variety of teaching modalities, including experiential exercises, guided meditations, live demonstrations, and an annotated video of a complete IFS session by founder Richard Schwartz, this workshop will prepare you to introduce IFS into your practice. Various “parts” of the clinician that contribute to our work with vulnerable
populations will also be explored and participants will learn a number of techniques for accessing their own Self – both in and out of the therapy room.

Suitable for professionals (psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, expressive and therapeutic arts practitioners, social workers etc.) as well as those practitioners primarily interested in their own self-care. The focus will be on developing experiential skills and providing a safe space to develop a comfortable facility with the powerful attitudes and techniques that make IFS so effective.

Please contact info@adelaidetraumacentre.com.au for more information.

About Simon D’Orsogna MA

Simon is an individual and family therapist, clinical trainer and facilitator based in Melbourne. He specialises in treating depression and anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, and assisting life transitions.
Simon is a Level 3 IFS practitioner with training specializations in working with couples and survivors of trauma. He has facilitated and arranged more than 280 days of Internal Family Systems trainings and workshops since 2015, along with founding and leading trainings of
Coherence Therapy, Person Centred Experiential Therapies and Polyvagal Informed Clinical Practice in the region. He has presented at the US annual IFS Conference as well as in Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong,
New York and across Australia and New Zealand.

Training Details

Date: Saturday 18th September to Monday 20th September (3 days)
Time: 9 AM to 5 PM on each day
Venue: The Monastery – 15 Cross Rd Urrbrae (parking available)

Please arrive at 8.45 AM to register and get yourself settled before we commence.
Lunch, Morning and Afternoon tea will be provided on each day. Please contact us if you have any dietary requirements or access concerns.

Pre-Training Event

Simon is providing a free community event on Friday 17th September. In this session Simon will provide an introduction to IFS and be available to answer questions. In preparation for the 3 day training we recommend people who have registered attend this event.

Date: Friday 17th September
Time: 6 PM to 8 PM
Venue: SAMESH – Hyde Street Adelaide


Early Bird $850 ends July 30th 2021
Standard $920

Click here to register: www.trybooking.com/BSBNH
Please contact info@adelaidetraumacentre.com.au for more information.

Previous ATC Workshops

Accessing Somantic Intelligence, Kim Sargent-Wishard (November 2018)

Working with Trauma and the Body presented by Dr Andy Harkin (November 2015)

Working with Trauma and the Body presented by Dr Andy Harkin (October 2014)