Exploring the Inner Addict in the Time of COVID


Richard C. Schwartz, PhD



September 25, 2020

10:00am - 5:30pm ET

Exploring the Inner Addict in the Time of COVID: Addiction, Spirituality, and Internal Family Systems (IFS) with Richard Schwartz

Addiction has classically been defined as a disease and compulsive behavior that interferes with daily living. Thus “addicts” must remain hyper-vigilant against the ever-present enemy of addiction. But what if we framed 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? And how might we employ these new understandings for ourselves and our clients during the current global health crisis, as addicted parts get increasingly activated by overwhelming stress?

Such is the scope of the Psychotherapy and Spirituality Institute's (PSI) 2020 Annual Conference, featuring Richard Schwartz, PhD. Dr. 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.

Dr. Schwartz will present his keynote address in the morning, followed by a moderated Q&A. In the afternoon, PSI staff will offer two consecutive, parts-related writing and art exercises with time for reflection and discussion.


3 CE Credits toward IFS certification

5.5 Continuing Education Credits and/or Units (CEUs) are available to LMFTs, LMHCs, LCSWs, LMSWs, and LCATs.


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