Mindfulness has become a popular and useful tool in psychotherapy, but therapists too often encourage clients to adopt a passive-observer stance in therapy, as if it’s enough to just observe thoughts and emotions from a place of separation. This workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of how to guide your client move beyond detachment into a more engaged and relational form of self-compassion and self-healing.
This online program is worth 2.0 hours CPD.
Richard Schwartz began his career as a family therapist and an academic at the University of Illinois at Chicago. There he discovered that family therapy alone did not achieve full symptom relief and in asking patients why, he learned that they were plagued by what they called "parts." These patients became his teachers as they described how their parts formed networks of inner relationship that resembled the families he had been working with. He also found that as they focused on and, thereby, separated from their parts, they would shift into a state characterized by qualities like curiosity, calm, confidence and compassion. He called that inner essence the Self and was amazed to find it even in severely diagnosed and traumatized patients. From these explorations, the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model was born in the early 1980s.
IFS is now evidence-based and has become a widely-used form of psychotherapy, particularly with trauma. It provides a non-pathologizing, optimistic, and empowering perspective and a practical and effective set of techniques for working with individuals, couples, families, and more recently, corporations and classrooms.
In 2013, Schwartz left the Chicago area and now lives in Brookline, MA where he is on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
Financial: Dr. Richard Schwartz is the Founder and President of the IFS Institute (formerly the Center for Self Leadership). He maintains a private practice and has employment relationships with Harvard Medical School and Northwestern University. Dr. Schwartz is a published author and receives royalties. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Richard Schwartz is a member of the American Family Therapy Academy and the American Association for Marital and Family Therapy.
Internalized Parts of the Self
Parts Can Be Useful
Extreme Beliefs and Emotions
Injuries Like a Virus
Goal of Therapy
Harmony and Integration
Use the One Mind of Integration
Mindfulness Approaches Allow the Noticing and Awareness of What Happens in Emotional Pain
Can be used to move away from pain without resolving it
Parts Work Results in Healing Legacy Burdens
Map of the Parts Territory
Vulnerable Parts that are hurt by Trauma
Exiles: connect, witness, and retrieval: interact with adult part, and move to present time
Bring Protectors into Realization That They do not Have to Change Now
Can Ask How the Self Feels Toward Different Parts = Parts Detector
Parts Protect the System
Recognizing These Parts
Parts Triggered in Relationship
Curiosity, Confidence, Compassion, Creativity, Courage, Calm
Connectedness and Clarity
Self Heals and Becomes the Absence of Parts with the Ability to Love Parts Under Stress
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