Applying family systems concepts to the intrapsychic realm, the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model proposes that individuals' subpersonalities interact and change in many of the same ways as do families and other human groups. Seasoned practitioner Richard C. Schwartz illuminates how parts of a person can form paralyzing inner alliances resembling the destructive coalitions found in dysfunctional families, and provides straightforward guidelines for incorporating the IFS model into treatment. A valuable text and clinical resource, the book demonstrates in step-by-step detail how therapists can help individuals, couples, and families tap core resources, bring balance and harmony to their subpersonalities, and feel more integrated, confident, and alive.
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.
INTRODUCTION: JOURNEY TOWARD A NEW MODEL 1. The Basic Concepts: Multiplicity and Systems 2. Viewing Individuals as Systems 3. Changing the Internal System 4. Methods of Inner Work: In-Sight and Direct Access 5. Case Example 6. The Model's View of Families 7. Working with Families 8. Applying the Model at the Cultural and Societal Levels 9. Final Questions and Recommendations Appendices: A. Summary Outline for Working with Individuals. B. Glossary of Concepts. C. Bibliography of Models of Multiplicity