World-renowned psychotherapist Richard Schwartz, PhD, found himself asking the same question. That's why he developed the revolutionary Internal Family Systems (IFS) model of therapy. Crafted from Dr. Schwartz's 30+ years of working with clients, IFS is an evidence-based approach that enables therapists to awaken the capacity for deep self-healing within even the most troubled client.
At the heart of the scientifically validated IFS process are simple but powerful tools that offer clients a direct and immediate experience of their most deeply troubling conflicts—which is why IFS has been adopted by thousands of respected senior practitioners around the world.
As renowned trauma expert Bessel van der Kolk puts it, "For me, discovering Internal Family Systems therapy was a breakthrough."
In this special Master Class, you get the chance to see IFS in action and determine how it will enhance your own work. You'll observe a dramatic and moving clinical session between IFS-originator Richard Schwartz and Jody, a woman who's been haunted by early childhood trauma her whole life. Watch as Dr. Schwartz guides Jody step-by-step through a journey that enables her to fully embrace her capacity for personal transformation.
Don't miss this opportunity to master IFS and lead your clients to breakthrough healing!
- Learn the IFS model, from initial introduction to positive resolution, through a lively conversation with its creator so you can offer your clients a new way to identify with their Self and help them maximize their internal leadership qualities to gain control over traumatic experiences.
- Watch Dr. Schwartz at work in a clinical session with a client who's been paralyzed by lifelong fear and anxiety
- Gain insight as Dr. Schwartz shares the thinking behind his clinical decisions at critical points in the session through a lively interview with fellow therapist and Networker editor Rich Simon.
- Listen to Dr. Schwartz answer questions on how to best apply the IFS approach to your practice in the Q&A recording.
Richard Schwartz, PhD, earned his PhD in marriage and family therapy from Purdue University, after which he began a long association with the Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and more recently at The Family Institute at Northwestern University, attaining the status of associate professor at both institutions. He is co-author, with Michael Nichols, of Family Therapy: Concepts and Methods, the most widely used family therapy text in the United States.
Dr. Schwartz developed Internal Family Systems in response to clients' descriptions of experiencing various parts – many extreme – within themselves. He noticed that when these parts felt safe and had their concerns addressed, they were less disruptive and would accede to the wise leadership of what Dr. Schwartz came to call the "Self." In developing IFS, he recognized that, as in systemic family theory, parts take on characteristic roles that help define the inner world of the clients. The coordinating Self, which embodies qualities of confidence, openness, and compassion, acts as a center around which the various parts constellate. Because IFS locates the source of healing within the client, the therapist is freed to focus on guiding the client's access to his or her true Self and supporting the client in harnessing its wisdom. This approach makes IFS a non-pathologizing, hopeful framework within which to practice psychotherapy. It provides an alternative understanding of psychic functioning and healing that allows for innovative techniques in relieving clients symptoms and suffering.
In 2000, Richard Schwartz founded The Center for Self Leadership in Oak Park, Illinois. Dr. Schwartz is a featured speaker for many national psychotherapy organizations and a fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and he serves on the editorial boards of four professional journals. He has published four books and over 50 articles about IFS. His books include Internal Family Systems Therapy, Introduction to the Internal Family Systems Model, and The Mosaic Mind (with Regina Goulding), as well as Metaframeworks (with Doug Breunlin and Betty Karrer). Dr. Schwartz lives and practices in Brookline, MA and is on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard School of Medicine.
Financial: Richard Schwartz is the Founder of The Center for Self Leadership. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Richard Schwartz is a Fellow and member of the American Association for Marital and Family Therapy.
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