Derek Scott (RSW) is a certified IFS (Internal Family Systems) therapist and consultant. He is the founder of IFSCA, an organization dedicated to teaching the IFS model to mental health professionals in Canada and beyond. He has taken the highest level of IFS training (level three) 3 times.
Derek has worked in the field of counselling/therapy for over 40 years, including 20 working exclusively as an IFS therapist. He has presented at numerous national and international conferences. As a young counsellor his work of 18 years in the AIDS field afforded him much learning from, and a greater understanding of, individuals from the LGBTQI2 and First Nation communities as well as street-involved, drug-using and other marginalized individuals such as sex-trade workers. It was here he began to understand the pervasive nature of internalized shame.
Incorporating methodologies from his background and training in gestalt therapy, psychodrama and sociometry, Derek brings a wealth of expertise in teaching the IFS model. He is known for his combination of compassion, insight and humour as well as his ability to facilitate engagement with the group process.