Richard C. Schwartz, Ph.D. - The Founder of Internal Family Systems

Richard Schwartz began his career as a systemic family therapist and an academic. Grounded in systems thinking, Dr. Schwartz developed Internal Family Systems (IFS) in response to clients’ descriptions of various parts within themselves. He focused on the relationships among these parts and noticed that there were systemic patterns to the way they were organized across clients. He also found that when the clients’ parts felt safe and were allowed to relax, the clients would experience spontaneously the qualities of confidence, openness, and compassion that Dr. Schwartz came to call the Self. He found that when in that state of Self, clients would know how to heal their parts.

A featured speaker for national professional organizations, Dr. Schwartz has published many books and over fifty articles about IFS.

 

Richard Schwartz Appearances

Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS): 2-Day Experiential Workshop

Presenter

Richard C.Schwartz, PhD.

Location

HOLIDAY INN HOTEL & SUITES OAKLAND
77 Hegenberger Road
Oakland, CA 94621

Schedule

February 27th and 28th, 2020

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Description

As a young therapist, I often struggled to get results. I avoided my client’s internal emotions and instead tried to control the difficult symptoms I was seeing – which led to heated arguments and frustration rather than progress. 

When I started listening closely to my clients, I finally discovered the answer to healing and transformation … 

As clients would talk about their different parts (and how the parts felt pain and emotions), I realized that was the key – we have to free each part from the trauma, abuse, attachment injuries and suffering that they feel. 

Since I began developing Internal Family Systems (IFS) 30 years ago, it has been scientifically tested to be effective at helping a wide variety of mental health conditions – such as trauma, addiction, anxiety and depression – which is why it is one of the fastest growing approaches in therapy. 

Hailed by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, IFS 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 rare 2-day 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. 

Fees

$499 Single Registration 

$439 Single Registration: (Advance Price End 2/7/2020)

$439 2+ Group Rate: per person 

Contact

To register and learn more, click HERE

Negotiating Relationships with IFS: Self-Leadership for Healing

Presenter

Richard C.Schwartz, PhD. & Sarah Stewart, PsyD

Location

Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health 

57 Interlaken Road

Stockbridge, MA 01262

Schedule

March 8 - 13, 2020

Sunday 7:30–9:30 pm
Monday 8:30–11:30 am, 1:45–3:45 pm
Tuesday 8:30–11:30 am, 1:45–3:45 pm, 7:30–9:30 pm 
Wednesday 8:30–11:30 am, 1:45–3:45 pm
Thursday 8:30–11:30 am, 1:45–3:45 pm
Friday 9:00–11:00 am

Description

For everyone, including therapists, non-therapists, and seasoned IFS practitioners.

Internal Family Systems (IFS) is a highly effective way of guiding people to a sense of Self, a state of inner clarity and compassion from which they can see their reactivity to others as based in their own history. From the Self, one can calm and transform troubling inner voices and feelings of vulnerability, inadequacy, and overwhelm.

By utilizing IFS, therapists and lay people can hold this Self state of loving-kindness—allowing you to work with your own experience and thus maintain a center from which to engage with others and help them heal. Learn how to remain steady, centered, and openhearted in the face of your own and other’s reactivity in this program that offers

  • An introduction to the IFS model of psychotherapy
  • Tools to apply IFS to relationships
  • New ways to work with counter-transference with clients.

For therapists, Self-leadership in the face of a client’s extreme emotions or predicaments is central to therapeutic effectiveness. Return home ready to work with your side of the dynamic and hold space for others to do the same.

Recommended reading/listening/viewing Richard C. Schwartz, You Are the One You’ve Been Waiting For (Internal Family Systems); Internal Family Systems Therapy; The Mosaic Mind: Empowering the Tormented Selves of Child Abuse Survivors; and Introduction to the Internal Family Systems Model

Note Social Worker CE credits are pending for this program. Contact the CE Coordinator for more information at cec@kripalu.org

Fees

$540 per person, plus room & meals. 

Contact

To learn more and register, click HERE

Introduction to the IFS Model: A Workshop for Divorce and Family Professionals

Presenter

Richard C. Schwartz, PhD.

Location

Boston Law Collaborative, LLC

101 Arch Street
Boston, MA 

Schedule

Friday, March 27th, 2020
9 am - 5 pm 

Description

When embattled parties come to the mediation or negotiation table, they are often awash in emotions and impulses that make for difficult interactions and impasses. The Internal Family Systems (IFS) model provides a language and framework for helping each party identify and speak for the fearful, enraged, or wounded parts of themselves that are driving the conflict, and feel witnessed by the other. Once these behind‐the‐scenes feelings are revealed, the atmosphere in the room often shifts and the parties are more willing to de‐escalate their conflict and discuss their issues from a calmer, more mindful place. In addition, IFS offers mediators, lawyers, and other professionals clear, practical ways to work with their own emotions. This program is led by IFS Founding Developer Dick Schwartz and BLC Founder David Hoffman. 

No prior IFS training required. 

Fees

Fees: $250

Contact

To register, click HERE

The Treatment of Trauma in the Internal Family Systems Model

Presenter

Richard C.Schwartz, PhD.

Location

New York Open Center

22 E 30th Street

New York, NY 10016

Schedule

April 25th, 2020 

10:00 am - 5:30 pm

Description

Internal Family Systems (IFS) is one of the fastest growing and most innovative approaches to psychotherapy. IFS offers a way to understand and work with clients that helps them quickly access their Self—a core of valuable leadership qualities, such as compassion, to face life challenges—and harmonize their internal family of “parts,” or sub-personalities. 

In this workshop—focusing on IFS’s approach to treating trauma—we will be introduced to the basic theory and principles of IFS therapy, and learn how to:

·Help clients access their “Self”

·Deal with client resistance, transference, and counter transference more effectively

·Repair attachment injuries from past relationships

·Identify the effects of trauma and utilize the IFS model in treating trauma

·Gain an awareness of our own sub-personalities and how they impact our therapeutic work

Fees

Members $140

Non-Members $175

Contact

To learn more and register, click here.

Exploring the Inner Addict: Addiction, Spirituality & IFS

Presenter

Richard C. Schwartz, PhD.

Location

UJA-Federation of New York

130 East 59th Street

New York, NY 10022

Schedule

Fri, April 24, 2020

8:30 AM – 4:00 PM EDT

Description

The Psychotherapy and Spirituality Institute is pleased to announce our upcoming annual conference exploring the intersection between addiction, spirituality, recovery and Internal Family Systems.

Addiction has classically been defined as a disease and a compulsive behavior that interferes with daily living. Thus “addicts” must remain hyper-vigilant against the ever-present enemy of addiction. But what if we reframed addiction as sacred protection from deeper pain that could be healed and transformed with curiosity and compassion? What if loving our inner addicted parts was the key to liberating them?

Richard Schwartz is the founder of Internal Family Systems (IFS), a therapeutic school that combines systems thinking with the view that the mind is composed of discrete yet intertwined sub-personalities or “parts” with their own viewpoint and purpose. Schwartz will present in the morning, followed by PSI staff-led experiential exercises and discussion in the afternoon.

5.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available to LMFTs, LMHCs, LCSWs, LMSWs, and CASACs.

PSI is proud to partner with the Interfaith Center of New York and Trinity Church Wall Street.

A Retreat Integrating Internal Family Systems with Practices from Tibetan Buddhism

Presenter

Richard C. Schwartz, PhD and Lama John Makransky

Location

Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

253 Philbrick Hill Road

Springfield, NH 03748

Schedule

May 1st - 3rd, 2020

May 1st at 3:00 pm - May 3rd at noon

Description

Have you noticed that, even after years of dedicated and sincere spiritual practice, whole areas of our personalities and lives can remain untouched by the compassion and wisdom described in the spiritual teachings? There is a paradigm shift taking place in both psychology and spiritual practice. It hinges on recognizing that we have not just one personality, but many inner sub-personalities, or parts, whose burdens obscure our access to the qualities and energy of our fuller awareness–our true Self. When we notice these parts of ourselves and how our minds have identified with them, we can learn how to welcome and integrate them into our spiritual life.

In this weekend retreat, Richard Schwartz, developer of the Internal Family Systems Model (IFS), and Lama John Makransky, developer of the Innate Compassion Training Model (ICT, adapted from Tibetan Buddhism), explore how principles and practices of IFS and ICT can help us uncover our true Self, which can hold all parts of ourselves and others in the healing and liberating powers of unconditional compassion and wisdom.

Fees


For information on fees and registration, contact: retreats@wonderwellrefuge.org

Contact

For information on fees and registration, contact: retreats@wonderwellrefuge.org

Internal Family Systems Workshop

Presenter

Richard C.Schwartz, PhD.

Location

Cape Code Institute

Schedule

July 13-17, 2020

Description

The Internal Family Systems Model is a method of therapy which fosters transformation, gently, quickly, and effectively. It views multiplicity of mind as our natural state and our “parts” as sub personalities that may be healed and transformed by bringing the Self into its rightful role as leader of the internal system. The Self, a core of valuable leadership qualities, is our true nature–compassionate and loving. Although IFS has been most widely used as a treatment for trauma, it is a flexible model that provides abundant opportunities for application. IFS advances treatment in several areas: First, by showing respect and appreciation for the client’s protective parts, it reduces resistance and backlash. Second, it helps clients fully unburden the extreme beliefs and emotions they accrued from their traumas. Third, affect is regulated in a simple and effective way so that clients are not overwhelmed during sessions. Fourth, because it is the client’s Self that is leading in the healing, transference is reduced and clients do much of the work on their own, between sessions. Fifth, IFS gives therapists practical ways to understand and work with their countertransference so they can remain in the open-hearted state of Self leadership with clients. Sixth, it frees therapists from the role of trying to police clients' symptoms like suicide, eating disorders, addictions, and self-mutilation. Seventh, therapists are free to be themselves, without having to be clever or controlling, and come to enjoy partnering in the fascinating and sacred process that naturally unfolds as clients heal themselves.

This workshop is designed for therapists with little exposure to IFS as well as those who know the basics of IFS, but have trouble when clients resist, have particularly difficult parts, or when it comes to using the model with couples or larger systems. We will begin with an overview of IFS and then move on to the deeper exploration of issues that arise during treatment. This course will also provide the opportunity to participants to identify and work with the parts of themselves that interfere in their relationships with clients. The workshop will be a balance of lectures, demonstration, and experiential exercises.

Trauma & The Internal Family Systems Model: Releasing Personal & Legacy Burdens

Presenter

Richard C.Schwartz, PhD.

Location

Hosted by Therapy Training Boston 

The Walker Center in Auburndale

Newton, MA 

Schedule

Monday, July 27th, 2020

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Tuesday, July 28th, 2020

9:00 am - 4:45 pm

Description

This presentation will provide a brief review of the basics of the IFS model by Richard Schwartz, PhD, who developed the model, then will focus in detail on its use with attachment and trauma. IFS is a non-pathologizing, hopeful framework within which to practice psychotherapy now certified as an evidence-based practice by SAMHSA. IFS offers both a conceptual umbrella under which a variety of practices and different approaches can be grounded and guided, and a set of original techniques for creating safety and fostering Self-to-Self connection in individuals, couples and families.

The first day of the workshop will focus on helping clients release personal burdens related to traumatic experiences in their lives. An overview of the clinical applications of IFS in trauma work will be presented. You will learn through didactic teaching, interactive dialogue, demonstration and live interviews. 

During the second day, the focus will be on understanding and releasing legacy burdens. Legacy burdens are powerful organizers of our minds and behaviors. You will be become more aware of the beliefs and emotions we and our clients absorb from family, peers, ethnic groups and cultural contexts regarding ourselves and/or groups with whom we identify, as well as groups we consider “other.”  We will explore the sources of those burdens and the fears of releasing them. This work is critically important to create more peace and less divisiveness in our often fractured world.

New to this workshop, Dr. Schwartz will spend time focusing on how to support Self led activism. Dr. Schwartz will lay the foundation for and demonstrate how to work with personal and legacy burdens that get triggered in the context of political conflict and unrest. We will learn to work with what gets in the way of everyone's innate abilities to be an effective advocate, ally and activist. This will support our work as clinicians and citizens.

Grounded in systems thinking, Dr. Schwartz developed Internal Family Systems SM, in response to clients’ descriptions of various parts within themselves.  He focused on the systemic relationships patterns among these parts that were similarly organized across clients.  He found that when clients’ parts felt safe and were allowed to relax, they would experience spontaneously the qualities of confidence, openness, and compassion that Dr. Schwartz came to call the Self.  He will show us how to support clients in that state of Self, to facilitate their healing of their own parts. 

Fees

Individual Registration: Early rate by 6/11/19: $350, Regular rate:$370.

Group Registration: Early group rate $330 by 6/11/19: Regular rate: $350 per person for groups of two or more.

Groups must register and pay together to receive the discount.

PLEASE NOTE: Price of the event includes morning coffee/tea & breakfast snacks as well as lunch.
Clinicians United members may access a discounted rate of $33o.
Black Therapists Rock and NEAFAST members as well as and people working in Caring Together programs may access a discounted rate of $280

Contact

To register and learn more about this workshop, please click HERE