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



Richard C. Schwartz, PhD.


Offered By:

CHA Cambridge Health Alliance

Where: Live Stream Online


Friday, November 5, 2021 - Saturday, November 6, 2021
8:50 AM - 5:05 PM
Eastern Time


Couples therapy is complicated and challenging; the complexity of our socio-political-cultural contexts during this worldwide health crisis has made it more so. The persistent stress of the pandemic has been a strain on couples and therapists alike. Effective couples therapy requires the ability to understand and address many types of intersectional identities, family forms, ethnicities, and relational challenges within the larger cultural context. Increased challenges are pushing therapists to address emerging issues.

This course will center on the latest advances in treatment and research in couples therapy. Dynamics of relationships and patterns of interaction that negatively impact relationships will be discussed, as well as a variety of treatment interventions to demonstrate what works best for various scenarios. Clinicians will gain strategies to help advance their treatment skills and improve their effectiveness.

Speakers will describe several specific therapy models as well as address many challenges unique to couples therapy, including the impact of culture, gender, and intersectionality on couples, as well as the use of meaning making, mindful self-compassion and spirituality in couples therapy. Finally, participants will learn tips and techniques for providing successful telehealth sessions with couples in the expanded virtual world.

The course is intended for mental health and health clinicians as well as others interested in the principles and practices of treating couples.


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