Internal Family Systems Therapy

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 ...
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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.

Describes viewing individuals as systems/the therapist- client relationship/working w/families/taxonomy of families.

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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."--American Journal of Psychotherapy
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."--Journal of Family Psychotherapy
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898622737
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2004
  • Series: Family Therapy Series
  • Pages: 260
  • Sales rank: 717,058
  • 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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Table of Contents

Introduction. Journey toward a New Model 1
Ch. 1 The Basic Concepts: Multiplicity and Systems 8
Ch. 2 Viewing Individuals as Systems 27
Ch. 3 Case Example 61
Ch. 4 Changing the Internal System 84
Ch. 5 Methods of Inner Work: In-Sight and Direct Access 112
Ch. 6 The Model's Views of Families 133
Ch. 7 Working with Families 157
Ch. 8 Applying the Model at the Cultural and Societal Levels 187
Ch. 9 Final Questions and Recommendations 214
Appendix A. Summary Outline 225
Appendix B. Glossary of Concepts 231
Appendix C. Bibliography of Models of Multiplicity 233
References 236
Index 243
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