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Richard C. Schwartz

Ph.D., Owner

The Center for Self Leadership


Richard Schwartz, Ph.D., earned his Ph.D. in marriage and family therapy from Purdue University, after which he began a long association with the Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and more recently at The Family Institute at Northwestern University, attaining the status of associate professor at both institutions. He is co-author, with Michael Nichols, of Family Therapy: Concepts and Methods, the most widely used family therapy text in the United States.

Dr. Schwartz developed Internal Family Systems in response to clients’ descriptions of experiencing various parts – many extreme – within themselves. He noticed that when these parts felt safe and had their concerns addressed, they were less disruptive and would accede to the wise leadership of what Dr. Schwartz came to call the “Self.” In developing IFS, he recognized that, as in systemic family theory, parts take on characteristic roles that help define the inner world of the clients. The coordinating Self, which embodies qualities of confidence, openness, and compassion, acts as a center around which the various parts constellate. Because IFS locates the source of healing within the client, the therapist is freed to focus on guiding the client’s access to his or her true Self and supporting the client in harnessing its wisdom. This approach makes IFS a non-pathologizing, hopeful framework within which to practice psychotherapy. It provides an alternative understanding of psychic functioning and healing that allows for innovative techniques in relieving clients symptoms and suffering.

In 2000, Richard Schwartz founded The Center for Self Leadership in Oak Park, Illinois. Dr. Schwartz is a featured speaker for many national psychotherapy organizations and a fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and he serves on the editorial boards of four professional journals. He has published four books and over 50 articles about IFS. His books include Internal Family Systems Therapy, Introduction to the Internal Family Systems Model, and The Mosaic Mind (with Regina Goulding), as well as Metaframeworks (with Doug Breunlin and Betty Karrer). Dr. Schwartz lives and practices in Brookline, MA and is on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard School of Medicine.

Speaker Disclosure:

Financial: Richard Schwartz is the Founder of The Center for Self Leadership. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Richard Schwartz is a Fellow and member of the American Association for Marital and Family Therapy.

Digital Seminar

Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS): A Revolutionary & Transformative Treatment of PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Substance Abuse - and More!


Faculty :
Richard C. Schwartz
Duration:
Full Day
Format:
Audio and Video
Copyright:
Oct 07, 2016
Product Code:
POS046425
Media Type:
Digital Seminar
Access:
Never expires.
Price:
$199.99

Digital Seminar

The Internal Family System Model: Treating the Long-Term Effects of Trauma


Faculty :
Michael Mithoefer |  Richard C. Schwartz
Duration:
Full Day
Format:
Audio and Video
Copyright:
Jun 01, 2017
Product Code:
POS052990
Media Type:
Digital Seminar
Access:
Never expires.
Price:
$199.99

Digital Seminar

Psychological Trauma: Attachment, Stabilization, Identity and Self-Awareness


Faculty :
Ed Tronick |  Lou Bergholz |  Michael Mithoefer |  Richard C. Schwartz
Duration:
Full Day
Format:
Audio and Video
Copyright:
Jun 03, 2017
Product Code:
POS053000
Media Type:
Digital Seminar
Access:
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Price:
$199.99

Digital Seminar

Using IFS to Advance Trauma Therapy with Couples and Families: Coming Full Circle


Faculty :
Richard C. Schwartz
Duration:
4 Hours 33 Minutes
Format:
Audio and Video
Copyright:
Jul 21, 2017
Product Code:
POS053185
Media Type:
Digital Seminar
Access:
Never expires.
Price:
$129.99

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