Richard Schwartz
Bessel Van der Kolk
with Frank Anderson
Internal Family Systems Official Trainings
"IFS is a profound and truly innovative model"
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IFS- Portugal - Upcoming Events 2019
Level 1 - 2nd Edition | Feb & May 2019
with Susan McConnell & Osnat Arbel
grupo janeiro 2018
IFS Trainings - Portugal
With Lead Trainer Cece Sykes
Level 1 (2018) Portuguese Group
IFS Training
Two 5day Retreat

Official L2 Training (#707) Intimacy from the Inside Out 
Portugal, Lisbon

Week 1 -  with Lead Trainer Nancy Wonder, shifted to online:
Please note that given the complexities of the omicron pandemic,  the first module for this training turned to online.
Here new dates and times for this online first Week:

The training will start on friday 22nd, 23rd and 24 April
A break to take place from 25th-29th.
Training resuming on Saturday 30th April, 1st and 2nd May

Starting times:
8:00am EST
1:00pm GMT

Finishing times:
3.30pm EST
8:30pm GMT

Week 2 - 26 to 30 Sept 2022 - in person at Portugal/ Ericeira
Lead Trainer: Toni Herbine-Blank
Assistant Traine: Joanne Gaffney

Starting times:
9am GMT

Finishing times:
5pm GMT (last day included)

Lunch: 90 minutes

This Level 2 course consist of two separate Sessions, offering a total of 72 program hours.
Participants must complete 62 hours in addition to participating in practice groups to receive a certificate of completion. A maximum of 32 participants per training.

Course Description

The basic couples course is an experiential model of couples therapy that draws primarily from the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model of psychotherapy, but includes aspects of psychodynamic therapy, systems thinking, neuroscience and mindfulness practices.

This model was born out of a desire to carry the concepts of IFS into a relational setting and to use the intimate relationship itself as a vehicle for growth and healing of the individual, as well as the couple. This 72-hour clinical training helps therapists enhance their knowledge and skills, facilitating relational work with couples and with individuals.

Learn to work successfully with common difficulties in couples therapy. In this training, IFS therapists become skilled at working with the extreme impulses of protective parts, facilitating interpersonal and intrapsychic work, and assisting couples to communicate well and deepen heartfelt connection.

Instructional Methodology

Lecture, demonstration, audio/visual, experiential practice of techniques, large and small group discussion.

Toni Herbine-Blank, MS, RN, C-SP, is a Clinical Specialist Psychotherapist and Senior Trainer for the Center for Self Leadership.

Toni was trained in Family Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania where she earned both her RN and advanced practice degree in Psychiatric Nursing. She began training students in Internal Family Systems Therapy in 2004 and since has been instrumental in designing programs and writing curricula for Levels 1 and 2 IFS training programs. 

Toni has been in private practice since 1996 specializing in the treatment of couples and individuals. In 2009, after designing a training for IFS therapists to apply the model to couples therapy, Toni offered the first Intimacy from the Inside Out© Training Program in Boston, Massachusetts. Since then the program has been received with great enthusiasm across the United States. 

Toni’s passion is in guiding therapists to become courageous, clear and confident. She has a reputation for being a creative, lively, and fiercely compassionate trainer. Toni currently lives in Durango, Colorado with her husband Jordan. 

They enjoy the magnificent outdoors whenever possible accompanied by their horses and dogs.



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Tuitions | Registration

This Training can be attended by undergraduate students, graduate and registered mental health professionals.

IN-PERSON Retreat mode
Week 1:  25-29 April  2022
week 2:  26-30 Sept 2022

Fully paid Until 11th March 2022: 2100 USD 
After 11th March 2022: 2300 USD 

Portugal Residents
Fully paid Until 11th March 2022:  2000 USD
After  11th March 2022:  2300 USD 

Registrations contact:

WARNING: Given the Pandemic times we all go through, we will wait until a couple of months before the date to see if its possible to keep this training as retreat/ in-person training. If Health authorities mantain the restrictions to travelling and group gathering, we will have to shift to online

ONLINE mode 

Fully paid Until 11th March 2022: 2600 USD 
After 11th March 2022: 2800 USD 

Portugal Residents
Fully paid Until 11th March 2022:  2100 USD 
After 11th March 2022:  2200 USD 

Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of 800€  will secure your place.
In the event of withdrawal from the training once the course has commenced, the full fee is non-refundable.
Final full payment deadline: 31st March 2022

Payment plans: contact construtivistas@sppc.org.pt

Cancellations: cancellations received 15 working days prior the first day of the event will receive a refund of registration fees less an administration charge of 20% of the event fee - only if your space can be filled. 
Cancellations made after are liable for the full registration fee.
This Level 2 course consist of two separate 5 Day Sessions, offering a total of 72 program hours. Participants must complete 62 hours in addition to participating in practice groups to receive a certificate of completion. A maximum of 32 participants per training.

Accommodation and Meals
Please note that accomodation and meals not included in tuition.
Every morning by 11am, a cofre-break with beverages and snacks will be served.


This retreat-style Level 2 training will take place at Ericeira, Hotel Vila Galé, 25 minutes driving from Lisbon.

terraço ericeira

Here a video of the Village
Here a video of the Venue

Accommodation and Meals
Accomodation and meals are not included in the price of tuition.
A list of local cheaper accommodation in the village and around the Hotel will be provided on request.
Rooms at Hotel Vila Galé depending on season goes from 110€/ night up to 170€.  Contacts to Vila Gale Ericeira Hotel here 

Program Assistants

Andrea Pacheco
David Kitchings
Jenny Fieberg
Jenny Silber-butah
Liz Phillips
Paula Biles
Raphaela Carriere
Susan Mason
Ted Leckie




in person