IFS® is a transformative tool that conceives of every human being as a system of protective and wounded inner parts led by a core Self. We believe the mind is naturally multiple and that is a good thing. Just like members of a family, inner parts are forced from their valuable states into extreme roles within us.
I am not yet Certified in IFS® as I am still waiting to get into the lottery system (for years now). I have, however, completed The IFS Circle and the Continuity and Legacy Burden programs and am very confident in my use of the protocol.
Although IFS® claims to be inherently safe without the need to front load phase I trauma work (ie. stabilization, regulation and capacity building) I ALWAYS begin my patient journey with phase I work, and only move to phase II trauma reprocessing once the client has developed the skills required to keep themselves fully self-regulated.