The Internal Family Systems Model Developed By Dr. Richard Schwartz

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Introduction Family Therapy is a diverse field, so I have decided to highlight The Internal Family Systems Model developed by Dr. Richard Schwartz, who began formulating his theory when he was working as a family systems social worker. Former UW Whitewater professor, Don Norman is certified IFS therapist. Professor Norman and Dr. Schwartz ran a series of certification courses over the span of 18 months at UW Whitewater in the early 2000’s. My rational for my interest in this type of counseling is based on the success my family has had with this theory. IFS draws some of it’s techniques from Freud 's id, ego, and superego, and expands upon Jung’s understanding of the complexity of the psyche. What is shared is the general understanding that…show more content…
41) Key Concepts & Applications Self: is described as an individuals internal system, and should be the leader. The overall goal is to achieve harmony and balance inside our internal system. When balance is achieved we feel competent, self-confident, harmonious and are able to respond and listen to feedback. (www.selfleadership.org) Exiles: These are the parts that have been traumatized, most often during childhood and will attempt to protect the self from feelings of fear, pain, etc. Managers: They are responsible for the daily life of an individual and try to remain in control to keep the self from feeling anything from the exiles. Firefighters: Their job is to react when exhales are activated in an effort to control and extinguish their feelings. This is accomplished any numbers of way through alcohol or drug use, gambling, shopping, binge eating. We believe the firefighters are keeping us safe somehow however they are actuality obscuring our heart within us. Therapeutic Process: Goals, Techniques and Procedures Internal balance is the overall goal of this therapy. Therapists meet with clients and examine the parts that make them. Most people have five to fifteen other “parts” they can clearly identify. There are no bad parts, with the goal being to accept and love all the parts of us, and freeing ourselves of our limited beliefs. Once free, the client is no longer triggered, or can at least identify the triggers before
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