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CC11 Workshop 17 - The Power of Witnessing: Working Internally with One Partner While the Other Watches - Richard Schwartz, PhD

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Couples Conference |  Couples Conference 2011
Richard Schwartz, PhD
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Original Program Date:
Apr 03, 2011
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Internal Family Systems therapy synthesizes two paradigms:  systems thinking and the multiplicity of the mind—and brings concepts and methods from many schools of family therapy to the world of sub-personalities. In addition to learning how to help clients access their Self, participants will learn the dif-ferent kinds of parts they will encounter in clients (managers, firefighters, and exiles) and how to help those parts transform. The workshop will provide tools to help therapists stay centered and open-hearted, as well as provide a user-friendly language for therapy that encourages disclosure and empathy.

Educational Objectives:

  1. Identify the basic theory and principles of Internal Family Systems therapy.
  2. Explore the dynamics of the three group system, which are the three categories of sub-personalities that most often present in therapy: Manager parts, Firefighter parts, Exiled parts.

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Richard Schwartz, PhD, began his career as a systemic family therapist and an academic, at the University of Illinois and at Northwestern University. Grounded in systems thinking, Dr . Schwartz developed the Internal Family Systems model (IFS) in response to clients’ descriptions of various parts within themselves. In 2000, he founded the Center for Self Leadership (, which offers three levels of trainings and workshops in IFS for professionals and the general public, both in this country and abroad. A featured speaker for national and international professional organizations, Dr. Schwartz has published five books and over fifty articles about IFS.