Introducing an ALL NEW Online Course

Intimacy from the Inside Out

Join us for a 6-month online program exploring how Internal Family Systems (IFS) can be applied to relationships.

Course overview

Intimacy from the Inside Out (IFIO) is an experiential model combining intra-psychic work with interpersonal exploration. IFIO uses intimate relationships as a vehicle for growth and healing of both the individual and the couple.

Developed and presented by Senior IFS Trainer, Toni Herbine-Blank and Certified IFS Therapist and Senior IFIO Trainer, John Palmer, this program is designed for those who currently have a basic understanding of core IFS principles and want to expand their knowledge about how to apply IFS relationally.

Beginning in February, each month you will get access to about an hour of on-demand video within the IFS Learning Hub and live Q&A events.

Here’s what we’ll be covering each month.


Introduction to the IFIO Model

Explore the fundamental concepts of IFIO therapy including:

The three phases of IFIO therapy.

Identifying the five basic protocols.

Defining Self-Leadership as it applies to relationship work.

Identifying the arc of therapy while working with people to deepen intimate connection.

Addressing therapist’s parts.

Connect Live February 29 at 1 p.m. ET


Getting Started with a Couple

Learn essential techniques to initiate work with couples such as:

Assessment questions.

IFIO contracts for therapy.

Exploring unblending as it pertains to inner differentiation.


Connect Live March 21 at 1 p.m. ET


Tracking Sequences

Dive into the second basic IFS Protocol, tracking sequences of the conflict

Exploring conflictual sequence.

Understanding the importance of tracking sequences.

Identifying the purpose of the “invitation”.

Connect Live April 18 at 12 p.m. ET


Individual Work in the Presence of a Witnessing Other

Connect Live May 16th at 12 p.m. ET

Understand the importance of nervous system regulation and witness individual work.

Applying IFS insight work in relationship therapy 


Courageous Communication

Master the art of effective communication in therapy through:

Defining courageous communication.

Exploring the process of creating safety to speak and listen.

Working with the iceberg effect of communication

Connect Live June 13 at 12 p.m. ET


Anger and Needs

Explore the cycle of anger, unmet needs, and their impact on relationships including:

Connect Live July 11 at 12 p.m. ET

Exploring activated frustrated protector parts.

Describing the concept of expressing and meeting emotional needs.

Reviewing a protocol called A Choice in Every Moment.

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Here’s a Summary of Everything You’ll Get in this Program…

About one hour of on-demand teaching instruction per month

Monthly live Q&A events with your instructors–events are recorded for those unable to attend live.

Transcripts of all learning sessions.

Connect with a global learning community within our IFS Learning Hub

Certificate of Completion

IFS CE Credit

(for those that qualify for IFS Certification)



I envision a world where relationships are transformed through Self-Leadership. It is in the practice of Self-compassion that it becomes possible to love freely and courageously, thriving in intimate connection with others and ourselves.”

About Your Instructors

Toni Herbine Blank, MS, RN, (she/her) is a Senior trainer for The IFS Institute. Her expertise is the use of IFS with couples and is the sole developer of IFIO Basic and Advanced Trainings offered globally. She is an experienced group leader with a reputation for being compassionate, respectful and empowering. Toni has co-authored 2 books on IFS couple therapy: Intimacy from the Inside Out courage compassion in couple therapy and the new IFS therapy manual, both available in the IFSI bookstore and on Amazon.
John Palmer, LCSW, (he/him) has over 25 years of experience working with couples and individuals. Certified in Internal Family Systems Therapy and an IFIO Lead Trainer, he is passionate about helping clinicians deepen their IFS/IFIO skills. John brings to his work a deep understanding of neuroscience with a strong focus on the autonomic nervous system as applied to couple relationships and the therapeutic process. He maintains a private practice in Austin, Texas.


Do I need to be a therapist or mental health professional to benefit from this program?

While many of the people who participate in IFS and IFIO learning are both novice and experienced practitioners – this course is open to everyone. Anyone who wants to gain a better understanding of themselves in the context of an intimate relationship.

What if I can’t make it to the live events?

We’d love for you to join live and connect with our global community of learners, and we understand that isn’t always possible. We record all live events and add them to the IFS Learning Hub within 2 days, so you can watch them at your leisure.

Are professional Continuing Education Credits (CEs) available?

Up to 14 Professional Continuing Education (CE) credits will be available to purchase for $47 at the completion of the program through our partner AMEDCO. 14 IFS credits are available for those eligible for IFS Certification/recertification

Are there discounts available for this course?

IFS Institute commits to learning and growing to become an organization that does its part to reduce harm and redistribute resources. As we actively work to expand the communities we reach, we are offering an invitational discount rate to People of Global Majority, LGBTQ+, and those who are under more limited economic resources.
If a reduced registration rate encourages your participation or supports your overall financial well-being please complete this form.

What is the refund policy for this course?

We’re confident this program will be a valuable investment in your education, personal growth, or therapeutic practics. If for any reason you decide to withdraw, simply contact our Customer Success team by March, 7th 2024 at

Satisfaction Guarantee

Try this program risk free. We’re confident this will be a valuable investment in your education, personal growth, or therapeutic practice. If, for any reason, you don’t feel it meets your needs, you may cancel your participation within 7 days of the first live event (by Thursday March 7, 2024) and request a full refund. No refunds will be granted after that time.

Let’s get started. Enroll Today!