Internal Family Systems Therapy

Internal Family Systems Therapy

by Richard C. Schwartz
     
 
Richard C. Schwartz applies systems concepts of family therapy to the intrapsychic realm. The result is a new understanding of the nature of people's subpersonalities and how they operate as an inner ecology, as well as a new method for helping people change their inner worlds. Called the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model, this approach is based on the premise that

Overview

Richard C. Schwartz applies systems concepts of family therapy to the intrapsychic realm. The result is a new understanding of the nature of people's subpersonalities and how they operate as an inner ecology, as well as a new method for helping people change their inner worlds. Called the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model, this approach is based on the premise that people's subpersonalities interact and change in many of the same ways that families or other human groups do. The model provides a usable map of this intrapsychic territory and explicates its parallels with family interactions.

Editorial Reviews

American Journal of Psychotherapy
"Offers the clinician a new tool for understanding internal conflicts and methods for working with themes of ambivalence and conflicting desires."
Journal of Family Psychotherapy
"A hallmark of humbleness and thoroughness. Schwartz recognizes that he is not the first theorist to view the mind as a multiplicity-oriented entity....His thoroughness shines as he provides detailed instructions for assessing and working with individuals' internal family systems. In a refreshing stance, he also discusses the common mistakes and pitfalls that new therapists make in practicing this model....This book will be both theoretically enriching and clinically helpful."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780898622737
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
11/04/1994
Series:
Guilford Family Therapy Series
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Meet the Author

Richard C. Schwartz, PhD, is on the faculty of the Family Institute at Northwestern University. Coeditor of Handbook of Family Therapy Training and Supervision, he is coauthor of three books and author of over 40 articles on a variety of topics in psychotherapy. He serves on the editorial boards of five professional journals and is a fellow of the American Association of Marital and Family Therapists.

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