The Treatment of Trauma and The Internal Family Systems Model Presented by Richard C. Schwartz, PhD

Web Conference Description

Developed over the past two decades, the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model is one of the fastest growing approaches to psychotherapy today. IFS offers both a conceptual umbrella under which a variety of practices and different approaches can be grounded and guided, and a set of original techniques for creating safety and fostering Self-to-Self connection in interpersonal relationships.


During this Web Conference, Dr. Richard Schwartz, originator of IFS, will provide an introduction to the basics of the IFS model and its effective use with attachment and trauma.


This Web Conference is designed to help clinicians:


1) Identify the basic theory and principles of Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy;

2) Recognize the IFS model as an internal attachment model;

3) Identify the effects of trauma on parts and Self;

4) Utilize the Internal Family Systems model in treating trauma.


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The Treatment of Trauma and The Internal Family Systems Model


About Richard C. Schwartz, PhD
Richard C. Schwartz, PhD

Richard C. Schwartz, PhD

Dr. Richard Schwartz's career began as a systemic family therapist and an academic. With Michael Nichols, Dr. Schwartz co-authored Family Therapy: Concepts and Methods, which is the most widely utilized family therapy text in the United States. Dr. Schwartz served as an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago's Institute for Juvenile Research, and laterhe worked at The Family Institute at Northwestern University.

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.

This approach to psychotherapy suggested alternative ways of understanding psychic functioning and healing, and lent itself to innovative techniques for relieving clients' suffering and symptoms. IFS is a nonpathologizing, hopeful framework within which to practice psychotherapy.

In 2000, Richard Schwartz founded the Center for Self Leadership (CSL) in Oak Park, Illinois. CSL offers three levels of training in IFS, workshops for professionals and for the general public, an annual national conference, publications, and DVDs of Dr. Schwartz's work through its web site at IFS trainings and workshops are also being held in several European countries.

A featured speaker for national professional organizations, Dr. Schwartz is a fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and serves on editorial boards of four professional journals. He has published five books and over fifty articles about IFS. His books include:

  • You Are The One You've Been Waiting For: Bringing Courageous Love to Intimate Relationships
  • Internal Family Systems Therapy
  • Introduction to the Internal Family Systems Model
  • The Mosaic Mind: Empowering the Tormented Selves of Child Abuse Survivors (with Regina Goulding)
  • Metaframeworks (with Doug Breunlin and Betty Karrer)

If you're interested in any of Dr. Schwartz's books you can purchase them on the Center for Self-Leadership Website: There you can also find more information on regional workshops and over 20 training programs offered across the United States and Canada. Dr. Schwartz maintains a private practice in Oak Park, Illinois.


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Continuing Education (CE) Information

1.5 CE credits will be provided by for attending this web conference in its entirety. is approved as a continuing education provider by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS). Course meets the qualifications for two hours of continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. is also an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements., provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. ASWB Approval Period: March 20, 2015 through March 20, 2016. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive two clinical continuing education clock hours. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. maintains responsibility for this program and its content and is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

How the Web Conference Works

In short, participants will be able to listen to the event by calling in to our teleconference center. Prior to the event, all participants will be sent an email with instructions on how to login to the teleconference center. This event will include lecture, interaction, and question and answer periods.

Registration Information

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