Dr. Richard Schwartz, PhD, began his career as a systemic family therapist and an academic. Grounded in systems thinking, Richard developed Internal Family Systems (IFS) in response to clients’ descriptions of various parts within themselves. He has spent years focusing on the relationships among these parts.
It was while working with clients that Richard noticed there were systemic patterns to the way the various “parts” organized across clients. He also found that when the clients’ parts felt safe and were allowed to relax, clients would spontaneously feel confident, open, and compassionate. This is what Dr. Schwartz came to call the Self. He discovered that when in that state of Self, clients would know how to heal their parts.
A featured speaker for national professional organizations, Dr. Schwartz has published many books and over 50 articles about IFS. In this workshop, he delves into the relationship between IFS and psychopharmacology and whether psychedelic drugs can help heal our various parts.