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“What is going on INSIDE you?”
One simple question. That’s all it took to change my life’s work, my practice, and outcomes of my clients.
Early in my career, I was struggling to successfully treat adolescents and their families, especially my clients with traumatic wounds, eating disorders, anxiety or depression. I wanted to prove that systems thinking and family therapy was the solution, but it wasn’t working.
When I finally asked my clients what was going on inside of them, they began talking about different “parts” of them that made them do or feel things they hated. When these parts felt safe, they were less disruptive. In developing Internal Family System (IFS) therapy, I recognized that parts take on characteristic roles that help define the inner world of the client.
Over the past 33 years I’ve devoted my career to this approach to safely navigate and transform my traumatized clients’ inner worlds. In the process, clients access and lead their lives from what I call their Self-- a calm, compassionate, courageous inner essence that their parts come to trust.
This approach, hailed by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, will transform your clients’ lives as they learn to heal themselves. No more therapist directives or insights, rather IFS will provide a connection with your client that creates lasting healing.
Please join me for this special day-long training – I want to give you the skills you need to use IFS, so you can improve what you’re doing in the therapy room – and see transformation in your clients’ lives.
Richard Schwartz, PhD
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Richard Schwartz began his career as a family therapist and an academic at the University of Illinois at Chicago. There he discovered that family therapy alone did not achieve full symptom relief and in asking patients why, he learned that they were plagued by what they called "parts." These patients became his teachers as they described how their parts formed networks of inner relationship that resembled the families he had been working with. He also found that as they focused on and, thereby, separated from their parts, they would shift into a state characterized by qualities like curiosity, calm, confidence and compassion. He called that inner essence the Self and was amazed to find it even in severely diagnosed and traumatized patients. From these explorations, the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model was born in the early 1980s.
IFS is now evidence-based and has become a widely-used form of psychotherapy, particularly with trauma. It provides a non-pathologizing, optimistic, and empowering perspective and a practical and effective set of techniques for working with individuals, couples, families, and more recently, corporations and classrooms.
In 2013, Schwartz left the Chicago area and now lives in Brookline, MA where he is on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
Financial: Dr. Richard Schwartz is the Founder and President of the IFS Institute (formerly the Center for Self Leadership). He maintains a private practice and has employment relationships with Harvard Medical School and Northwestern University. Dr. Schwartz is a published author and receives royalties. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Richard Schwartz is a member of the American Family Therapy Academy and the American Association for Marital and Family Therapy.
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