Tax Documentation Requests

Purchasing a product (i.e. IFS Consultation Group) from Laura does not meet the IRS qualifications to receive a 1099 or to send you a W9. Laura is not providing services to your business so is not a vendor. She is offering training and experience to you, the customer. Providing your Registration invoice to your tax preparer may be written off as a business expense in most cases. If you need a copy of your invoice (you received one when you registered) or have additional questions, please reach out to support@pausewithlaura.com.

Review the Certification Policy by the IFS Institute asap, as your requirements depend on when you applied for your Certification Packet. 

Consultation Hours for IFS Certification

Keep careful track of all consultation hours (with me and other consultants).

Dates, Type (Group or Individual), # of students in group and Hours met per meeting.

Your Certification Video Review

Your Certification Video is reviewed by a Lead Trainer, not by Laura.  Trainers who can review videos for certification may be found   here.


Recordings of missed meetings do NOT count towards certification hours (per the IFS Institute).

IF YOU APPLIED FOR CERTIFICATION BEFORE MAY 2023 and intend to submit your completed application before May 1, 2024:

1. Your video session for submission must be done with a client from your professional practice. It cannot be done with an IFS therapist or a colleague.

2. Designate an IFS colleague (other than Laura) to sign off on your 200 IFS client hours. This person needs to be familiar with the extent and length of your IFS practice.  They do not need to be IFS certified, but must be trained in IFS. Laura cannot do this. 

3. Submit the following to Laura at least 1 MONTH PRIOR TO SUBMITTING YOUR COMPLETED CERTIFICATION APPLICATION to IFSI. This ensures Laura is available to submit her forms at the appropriate time.

Please DO NOT SUBMIT THESE to Laura until your video has been submitted for approval!

  • Click here to complete and submit  THIS REQUEST FOR DOCUMENTATION FORM to Laura   This form asks: which group you participated in, dates, meeting time, length of each meeting you attended LIVE (recordings don’t count) and total number of group and/or individual hours of consultation with Laura. Laura will confirm her records match yours.
  • Individual Drop in Groups with Laura DO NOT count towards Certification
  • Complete your portion of Form 7G and send to Laura to complete and sign.


4. Laura will submit her completed Form 7G to IFSI once you submit your Certification Application. IFSI wants them to arrive as close together as possible.

Congratulations! You’re almost there!

MAY 2023:

Please refer to the Approved Clinical Consultant Toolkit for what role I play in your Certification Application.

2.  Please complete and submit this Certification documentation request form to Laura at least 2 months prior to submitting your completed application to IFSI.

Please DO NOT submit this form until you’ve designated an Approved Reviewer and your video is ready for their review.

3. 2 months prior to needing Laura’s approval for Certification,  schedule a one hour appointment with her to review your approved video so that she can comment on your IFS competency and fluency for certification.

For applicants for IFS-I Approved Clinical Consultant:

Applications are currently being reviewed on a Quarterly basis. The new review process will take place at the end of September.

Information on becoming an IFS-I Approved Clinical Consultant can be found here: https://ifs-institute.com/node/299