Internal Family Systems Therapy

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Guilford Publications, Sep 18, 2013 - Psychology - 248 pages
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Applying family systems concepts to the intrapsychic realm, the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model proposes that individuals' subpersonalities interact and change in many of the same ways as do families and other human groups. Seasoned practitioner Richard C. Schwartz illuminates how parts of a person can form paralyzing inner alliances resembling the destructive coalitions found in dysfunctional families, and provides straightforward guidelines for incorporating the IFS model into treatment. A valuable text and clinical resource, the book demonstrates in step-by-step detail how therapists can help individuals, couples, and families tap core resources, bring balance and harmony to their subpersonalities, and feel more integrated, confident, and alive.
 

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Richard C. Schwartz, PhD, began his career as a family therapist and an academic, at the University of Illinois and at Northwestern University. In the early 1980s he developed the Internal Family Systems model (IFS) in response to clients’ descriptions of various parts within themselves, finding that their relationships resembled the families he had worked with. In 2000, he founded the Center for Self Leadership, which offers three levels of trainings in IFS in the United States and abroad. Since 2012, Dr. Schwartz has lived in Brookline, Massachusetts, and is on the faculty at Harvard Medical School. A featured speaker for national professional organizations, Dr. Schwartz has published five books and over 50 articles about IFS.

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