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Sat, Sep 07


Rakit Club

Internal Family Systems (IFS): A Psychedelic Practice

Explore the profound synergy between psychedelics and Internal Family Systems (IFS), a model of the mind and therapeutic modality that offers practices for developing and maintaining relationships with parts of ourselves.

 Internal Family Systems (IFS): A Psychedelic Practice
 Internal Family Systems (IFS): A Psychedelic Practice

Time & Location

Sep 07, 2024, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Rakit Club, l, 6409, 338 Moffat St, Brooklyn, NY 11237, USA


About the event

Internal Family Systems (IFS) has come to prominence as an invaluable compliment to psychedelics therapy. It is one of the main modalities informing MAPS’ approach to MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD.

But the benefit of IFS is not limited to clinical contexts. For anyone preparing for psychedelic journeys, entering ceremonial containers, or even just wondering if psychedelics are right for them, IFS offers a tool for discernment and deeper inquiry into the intricacies of the self. It can open space for the sacred without magical thinking by helping you find a “sweet spot” between spiritual bypass and cynical skepticism.

Join us as Bill Gallagher, an IFS therapist with experience working with altered states, along with his wife Jessica Shapley, Clinical Social Worker and IFS therapist, demonstrate how to integrate IFS techniques with psychedelic work to foster inner healing, self-discovery, and personal growth.

We will explore:

  • The Foundations of IFS: Gain insight into how this therapeutic modality views the mind as a complex system of interacting parts, and the concept of Self and its 8 C's and 5 P's.
  • A Parts Map: Explore the concept of "parts" within your psyche and learn how to identify and understand the different aspects of your internal world.
  • Integration Techniques: Uncover practical and effective ways to integrate IFS techniques into your psychedelic practices.
  • Navigating Inner Conflicts: Gain tools to address and resolve inner conflicts that may arise during psychedelic experiences, promoting a more cohesive, internally consensual, and transformative journey.
  • Self-Compassion: Learn techniques to nurture a compassionate relationship with every part of your internal system.

Over the course of the evening, there will be time for Q+A and perhaps even an opportunity to participate in or witness a live IFS session! There will also be a chance to engage in discussions with like-minded individuals, sharing experiences, insights, and collective wisdom in a supportive and open-minded community.

Join us and discover the transformative potential that lies at the intersection of Internal Family Systems and psychedelics!


This event is part of BPS’ series, “Psychedelic Practices.” The series is designed to support skills and activities that have a complementary relationship with psychedelic journeys. Each class offers experiential learnings and "consciousness skills" with the aim of making psychedelic journeys safer, deeper, and more rewarding.


Bill Gallagher is an Internal Family Systems Therapist, Physical Therapist, Tai Chi & Baguazhang teacher and Yoga Therapist. He has a 40-year-long relationship with psychedelics and has been serving people with physical and mental trauma, chronic pain syndromes, sexual concerns and at end of life for 30 years. He loves to share his passion for and understanding of IFS because he has found it to be such a key to transformation.

Jessica Shapley earned her Bachelors in Psychology from Boston University and her Master’s Degree in Social Work  from Columbia University.  She is an Internal Family Systems (IFS) Level 2 practitioner.  She works with Groups, Families, Couples and individuals. Jessica is a program assistant for Level 1 trainees through the Internal Family Systems Institute (IFSI). She  also works with individuals and groups in the psychedelic space. She is KAP trained through the Ketamine Training Center and has trained directly with Dick Schwartz (IFS founder) 4 times.  Jessica teaches introduction to IFS and co-facilitates talks on the Psychedelic and IFS synergy.  Jessica is founder of and lives with her partner in Upper Manhattan.

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