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IFS Therapy-informed Relationship Counselling: The Intimate Relationship as a Container for Healing

Susi Fox, MBBS (Hons)/BA, FRACGP (GradDipRural), DRANZCOG (Adv), MClinFamTher, FECSM
59 Minutes
Audio and Video
Nov 29, 2023
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Relationships are vital for our wellbeing and yet most humans struggle at times with various aspects of relationships, including emotional or physical intimacy, conflict and recovering from betrayal. IFS is a unique and powerful tool for assisting relationships – both internal and external – to heal and thrive. This presentation will describe the use of IFS in Relationship Counselling as described by Richard Schwartz in You Are the One You’ve Been Waiting For, as well as by Toni Herbine-Blank in Intimacy from the Inside Out (IFIO), a model that utilises the intimate relationship as a container for the growth and healing of both individuals and the relationship. IFIO methods for working with couples including Tracking the Sequence, the U-turn, Unblending and Courageous Communication, as well as the differences between individual and Relational IFS, will be illustrated such that participants – either current Relationship Therapists or those with an interest in Relationship Therapy for clients or themselves – will develop greater insight into the use of relational IFS. Participants will also gain skills that they can take into their daily life in order to enhance their relational connections in both personal and professional relationships.

This product is not endorsed by, sponsored by, or affiliated with the IFS Institute and does not qualify for IFS Institute credits or certification.   



PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 1.0 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Dr. Susi Fox is a mental health GP, sex and relationship therapist and author based in regional Victoria. She uses Internal Family Systems Therapy to assist her clients towards loving all parts of themselves, and endeavours to practice self-leadership in her daily life.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Susan Fox maintains a private practice and receives royalties as a published author. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Susan Fox has no relevant non-financial relationships.



  1. Develop an understanding of the use of IFS in Relationship Counselling 
  2. Determine the difference between ‘individual’ and ‘relational’ IFS 
  3. Recognise IFIO techniques including Courageous Communication as tools to enhance relational connection 


  • Tracking the interactional sequence 
  • The U-turn 
  • Courageous Communication 
  • Individual work in a relational space

Target Audience

  • Counselors 
  • Social Workers 
  • Psychologists 
  • Marriage & Family Therapists 
  • Addiction Counselors 
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Physicians 
  • Physician Assistants 
  • Nurses 
  • Nurse Practitioners  
  • Other Mental Health Professionals 

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