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

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

IFS and Spirituality

Presenter

Richard C. Schwartz, PhD.

Location

Online

Schedule

2-5 EST

Description

In this 3 hour event Dr. Richard Schwartz, Founder of the IFS Model, will present on The Divine nature of Self, how is it described and accessed in other spiritual traditions and what IFS brings that is unique. He will address the question "Is the ego an enemy?" As well as "What are guides? And what do they have to teach us?"

There will be an extended Q&A session where Dick will be available to answer your questions.

  • Is the “Inner World” of Shamanism the same as IFS
  • Is Self the Soul?
  • Do psychedelics have a role in Spirituality
  • What is a spiritual bypass?
  • How does “Jesus as a spiritual guide” fit with IFS?
  • Is Self an energy versus a personification?
  • How is the Ein Sof of the Kabbalah relevant to IFS?
  • Can Buddha Nature be considered the same as Self?
  • If Self is at everyone’s core, why have so few encountered it?

In the past in order to have access to these teaching it has been necessary to take levels 1 and 2 of the IFS training offered by the IFS Institute. Level 3 has traditionally been when Dr. Schwartz has been available for the above.

He has generously agreed to be available at a time, perhaps where we need to know more than ever how an understanding of our Spiritual natures can inform our lives.

Fees

Learn more and register here (scroll down to May 6th)

Contact

Derek Scott, derek@derekscott.co  

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