Webinar: Coaching from the Inside Out: How Internal Family Systems Can Deepen Your Work

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March 24, 2021 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

The Internal Family Systems model is an extremely popular form of psychotherapy that is  increasingly being applied to coaching. Using it, coaches help clients quickly access a state called the Self which is characterized by qualities like calm, clarity, curiosity, and compassion. Then, from that state, clients explore and transform their relationships with the parts of them that are blocking their goals or their vision. Finally, they are more able to lead their personal and work lives from the state of Self-leadership which creates more harmony in their relationships.

Presenter: Richard Schwartz

This is a public webinar


Richard Schwartz began his career as a family therapist and an academic at the University of Illinois at Chicago. There he discovered that family therapy alone did not achieve full symptom relief and in asking patients why, he learned that they were plagued by what they called “parts.” These patients became his teachers as they described how their parts formed networks of inner relationship that resembled the families he had been working with. He also found that as they focused on and, thereby, separated from their parts, they would shift into a state characterized by qualities like curiosity, calm, confidence and compassion. He called that inner essence the Self and was amazed to find it even in severely diagnosed and traumatized patients. From these explorations the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model was born in the early 1980s.

IFS is now evidence-based and has become a widely-used form of psychotherapy, particularly with trauma. It provides a non-pathologizing, optimistic, and empowering perspective and a practical and effective set of techniques for working with individuals, couples, families, and more recently, corporations and classrooms.

In 2013 Schwartz left the Chicago area and now lives in Brookline, MA where he is on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.