Seminar Detail

Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) with Richard Schwartz, PhD: A Revolutionary & Transformative Treatment for Permanent Healing of PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Substance Abuse - and more!

Where:
DEDHAM, MA
When:
Friday, October 7, 2016 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

“What’s 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
Objectives:
  1. Describe the IFS Model and ways to integrate IFS into your clinical practice.
  2. Identify and work with your client’s parts.
  3. Identify and demonstrate how to work with the clinician’s own parts.
  4. Summarize an alternate way of symptoms and psychopathology, understanding that these are ways your clients are trying to protect themselves from emotional pain and psychological wounding.
  5. Explain how IFS increases the therapist’s curious and compassionate self when working with difficult and challenging clients.
  6. Demonstrate IFS-specific grounding techniques for healing, anxiety, substance abuse and trauma.

RICHARD C. SCHWARTZ, PHD

Richard Schwartz, Ph.D., earned his Ph.D. 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 Skills Training Manual (with Frank Anderson, M.D. and Martha Sweezy, Ph.D.) (PESI, 2017), Internal Family Systems Therapy (Guilford Press, 1997), Introduction to the Internal Family Systems Model (Tarcher, 2001), and The Mosaic Mind (with Regina Goulding) (Trailheads, 2003), as well as Metaframeworks (with Doug Breunlin and Betty Karrer) (Jossey-Bass, 1997). Dr. Schwartz lives and practices in Brookline, MA and is on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard School of Medicine.



Speaker Disclosures:

Speaker Disclosures: Speaker Disclosure 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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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

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