Recorded March 21, 2024

Restoring Wholeness

An Introduction to Internal Family Systems

A live online Community Gathering with Richard Schwartz, PhD

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“The more we can be curious and open-minded towards ourselves, the more we can learn and grow”
– Richard Schwartz

Trauma has a way of separating us from parts of ourselves. Painful experiences cause protective parts to take over, isolating our inner wounds in an effort to help us survive. Yet, avoiding our emotional injuries rarely leads to true healing.

In this conversation, Internal Family System (IFS) founder Richard Schwartz outlined how to transform our relationship with the wounded parts holding our unresolved injuries.

Join us for this recorded conversation and explore how engaging all parts of us can shift traumatic burdens into new possibilities for aliveness, inner peace, and relational well-being.

Themes Explored

  • How does trauma cause protective parts to isolate our wounds? What are some of the consequences?
  • What is the IFS approach to healing fragmentation caused by trauma?
  • How does IFS work to unburden traumatic parts through developing trust, understanding, and compassion?
  • Beyond reducing symptoms, how can integrating our disconnected energies from extreme parts lead to post-traumatic growth?
  • How are our inner wars with wounded parts linked to outer conflicts? Can healing fragmentation inwardly help us build peace outwardly?
  • What are practical steps we can take to transform our inner critic into an inner ally?

A recording of this conversation is available indefinitely to SAND members and for one week to others.


Richard Schwartz

Richard C. Schwartz, PhD, is the creator of Internal Family Systems, a highly effective, evidence-based therapeutic model that de-pathologizes the multi-part personality. His IFS Institute offers training for professionals and the general public. He is currently on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, and has published five books, including No Bad Parts: Healing Trauma and Restoring Wholeness with the Internal Family Systems Model. Dick lives with his wife Jeanne near Chicago, close to his three daughters and his growing number of grandchildren.

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