Flexible selfing and parts work

Activating psychological flexibility

6 hours (6 CE credits)
Intermediate level skills workshop
Recording available for 6 months
All mental health professionals including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, nurse practitioners, coaches, therapists, counsellors, GPs, and OTs.

Course Description

Increasingly, therapists, practitioners and researchers are recognising that working with the different parts of ourselves is as an effective way to improve how we relate to our Self. Approaches such as internal family systems (IFS) have emphasised the importance of ‘parts work’. When parts are more clearly differentiated, we can learn to integrate the sometimes conflicting and sometimes harmonious interests, desires and yearnings they reflect to become more psychologically flexible.

‘Flexible selfing’ is a non-pathologising approach to helping clients increase well-being and performance that takes a “no bad parts” stance. By exploring the functional nature of parts in context, clients learn to integrate aspects of themselves with awareness and compassion. This differentiation and integration lead to increased ‘choicefulness’, paving the way for clients to relate to themselves in more contextually-sensitive ways. Flexible selfing allows people to develop both the integration and transcendence of experience, which is the goal of any psychological flexibility process work.

If you’re interested in learning powerful therapeutic interventions based on the IFS model within an ACT framework, this online workshop is for you.

About this workshop

Integrating a contextual behavioural view of the self (ACT) with parts work (IFS), this 2-session workshop with psychologist, coach, and trainer Dr. Aprilia West will teach you to how to help clients increase their psychological flexibility. By exploring different aspects and levels of Self in a non-reactive, compassionate way, clients learn to accept and decode emotions, thoughts and sensations, hold multiple and complex perspectives, and commit to values-based action. Clients can learn to:

  • See their self as multi-levelled, multi-perspective and integrated
  • Understand the values-based function of parts in context
  • Identify how parts sometimes lead them away from what matters
  • Normalise and override common urges to avoid, protect or prevent discomfort and distress
  • Increase willingness to move towards what matters in a moment of choice

This workshop will include didactic, experiential practice, live demos and Q&A.

What you will get out of this workshop

In this 6-hour workshop you’ll learn to:

  • Define psychological flexibility
  • Define 3 levels of selfing
  • Describe the relationship between selfing and psychological flexibility
  • List consequences of inflexible selfing
  • Describe the function of parts and behaviour in context
  • Identify and name parts and their function in context using method acting techniques
  • Utilise experiential exercises to integrate experience and mobilise values-based action

This course is experiential and you’ll have an opportunity to practice identifying and fleshing out parts of yourself and to practice exploring parts with another participant.

You’ll also leave with ‘flexible selfing ‘materials to use with your clients.

Who will benefit from this workshop?

This course is designed for professional coaches, mental health professionals (or students under supervision) and behaviour analysts with a beginners level understanding of psychological flexibility and parts work.

After this workshop you will be able to:

  • Define Psychological Flexibility
  • Recite the 3 levels of Selfing
  • Describe the relationship between Selfing and psychological flexibility
  • List consequences of inflexible Selfing
  • Describe the values-based function of parts and behaviour in context
  • Identify and name parts and their function in context using method acting techniques
  • Utilise experiential exercises to integrate experience and mobilise values-based action


This program is sponsored by Contextual Consulting and is approved for 6 CE credits for psychologists. To find out more, including attendance requirements and how to access your certificate, go to our continuing education information page.

If you have disability and require adjustments or accommodation, please email us at to discuss your needs and we will do our best to help you.

Booking cancellation 

The registration fee will be refunded minus a administration charge if cancellations are received at least two weeks before the workshop date.

Cancellations within two weeks of the event date are charged the full registration fee, other than in exceptional circumstances that can be verified.

Event cancellation 
In the event of cancellation of the course outside of our control we will not be held accountable for travel and/or accommodation costs incurred. However, the workshop fees will be refunded.

All workshops will be subject to minimum delegate numbers being met; in the event that a workshop should be cancelled delegates will be given no less than 2 months’ notice.

Replacing delegates

If a delegate is unable to attend and a replacement is nominated there may be a charge depending on the individual circumstances, this will be advised at the time. Please contact the us to request a replacement of delegates at least a week before the workshop date.

Contextual Consulting is committed to the identification and resolution of potential conflicts of interest in the planning, promotion, delivery, and evaluation of continuing education. Potential conflicts of interest occur when an individual assumes a professional role in the planning, promotion, delivery, or evaluation of continuing education where personal, professional, legal, financial, or other interests could reasonably be expected to impair their objectivity, competence, or effectiveness.

There was no commercial support for this event. None of the planners or presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Flexible selfing and parts work
2 sessions: 23rd - 30th Apr 2025
Starts: 23rd Apr 2025: 12:00 PM (New York time)
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$144.00 (+ VAT if applicable). Early-bird rate valid until 6th Dec 2024 and then the normal price of US$180.00 + VAT will apply.
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To find out more, including attendance requirements and how to access your certificate, go to our continuing education information page.

To access this workshop you will need a stable internet connection and a set of smart phone ear buds with built in microphone. Your internet speed should be a minimum of 1.5mbs  DOWNLOAD & UPLOAD. You can check that here at www.speedtest.net

We will have dedicated technicians on hand throughout the entire duration of the workshop. They will be there to help you manage any issues that may come up and get you back in to the workshop again. Also, if you think there may be a problem, be it with your work access or anything else, you can log in early to check if things are working for you, and be prepared. There may of course be technical issues that come up on your end, which will be your responsibility to look after. But these are rare and we have an extra handy troubleshooting guide that comes with tips and tricks to deal with any problems.

Yes! As long as you have access to a web browser and you’re connected to the internet, you will be able to attend. It’s that simple – all you need to do is go to the webpage link, login and you’re set to go. You can join the workshop on any device including your home computer or iPad. You can even join in using your smart phone.

Yes, we have a special portal in the system to allow you to connect with other participants joining via the workshop.

You just need a computer (PC or Mac), laptop or tablet that can access the internet. You need a good broadband speed that would allow you to comfortably stream a movie (such as a video on YouTube).

Yes, a video of the presentation will be available to you for up to 6 months after the workshop is finished.  You’ll be able to go back over any part of the workshop to review or check anything that you missed. You also don’t actually have to attend the live workshop – if you’re not able to make it on the actual date, you can still login afterwards and watch the recorded version.

Yes, you will receive a CPD certificate.

Absolutely. You will be able to ask the presenter questions, just as you would in any workshop. You’ll also have the extra benefit of being able to interact with other colleagues who have also joined the workshop.

It’s super simple. All you need to do is follow a link that you will be provided prior to the course, along with instructions.

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