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Internal Family Systems Therapy 2nd Edition PDF

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Internal Family Systems Therapy 2nd Edition PDF: Now significantly revised with over 70% new material, this is the authoritative presentation of Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy, which is taught and practiced around the world. IFS reveals how the subpersonalities or “parts” of each individual’s psyche relate to each other like members of a family, and how–just as in a family–polarization among parts can lead to emotional suffering. IFS originator Richard Schwartz and master clinician Martha Sweezy explain core concepts and provide practical guidelines for implementing IFS with clients who are struggling with trauma, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addiction, and other behavioral problems. They also address strategies for treating families and couples. IFS therapy is listed in SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices.

Features of Internal Family Systems Therapy 2nd Edition PDF

*Extensively revised to reflect 25 years of conceptual refinement, expansion of IFS techniques, and a growing evidence base.
*Chapters on the Self, the body and physical illness, the role of the therapist, specific clinical strategies, and couple therapy.
*Enhanced clinical utility, with significantly more “how-to” details, case examples, and sample dialogues.
*Quick-reference boxes summarizing key points, and end-of-chapter summaries.

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“We are indeed the sum of our parts, and, for over 25 years, Schwartz has been acquainting us with the exiles, managers, and firefighters battling within our psyches. In the second edition of this seminal book, Schwartz and Sweezy provide a more extensive overview of IFS therapy. New chapters address individual and systemic work with each component of the internal family system, as well as research attesting to the model’s effectiveness. This is an invaluable resource for both beginning and experienced practitioners who seek self-integration for their clients–and themselves.”–Michael C. LaSala, PhD, LCSW, School of Social Work, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

“Since this book was originally published, the thoroughly innovative principles and practices of IFS therapy have been studied, applied, and advanced by thousands of psychotherapists. The second edition is extensively revised and updated–effective clinical strategies are illustrated with engaging therapist–client dialogues; cutting-edge research reveals the promise of IFS for conditions such as posttraumatic stress disorder; and IFS concepts are applied at and between multiple levels, from the individual to the whole society. Psychotherapists at any stage of their careers will find stimulating concepts and carefully designed tools that will enrich their thinking and improve their practices.”–Richard Chasin, MD, former president, American Family Therapy Academy

“The outstanding second edition of this classic book presents the preeminent research-supported, integrative family systems approach to working with individuals as well as their couple and family relationships in their larger cultural contexts. The book is beautifully written, the theory is sophisticated and nuanced, and the clinical vignettes demonstrate the details of putting IFS into practice. IFS therapy dovetails wonderfully with the emerging emphasis on body-based psychotherapies, mindfulness practices, and the role of spirituality in mental health and well-being. This book should be read by all therapists–not just those who align with family systems–and should be a core text for graduate programs in all forms of psychotherapy. I will use it in my graduate courses!”–Peter Fraenkel, PhD, Department of Psychology, The City College of the City University of New York

“In this updated second edition, Schwartz candidly shares how his work with clients has helped him expand his original thoughts regarding IFS and embrace a more client-led process. Schwartz and Sweezy define the concepts of IFS well, and the book is easy to read. I appreciate the addition of updated IFS research and the way the authors promote healing beyond the individual and family by extending IFS concepts to communities. Master’s- and doctoral-level students may further their ability to address self-of-the-therapist issues by reflecting on how their ‘parts’ interact with the ‘parts’ of clients, thus promoting better therapy outcomes.”–Jenene Case Pease, PhD, LMFT, Department of Human Development and Family Science, Virginia Tech; Clinical Director, The Family Therapy Center of Virginia Tech

“This book illustrates how the parts who populate our clients’ inner worlds are trying to manage an underlying threat that others may not see. The only credible offer of help is one that can resolve this threat. IFS guides us to offer deep understanding and meaningful assistance to clients who long to transform but are stuck in extreme, destructive roles.”–Leslie S. Greenberg, PhD, Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology, York University, Canada

The Authors

Internal Family Systems Therapy 2nd Edition PDF

Richard C. Schwartz, PhD, the developer of the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model, is on the adjunct faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He has devoted his career to evolving and disseminating IFS, which now is being taught all over the world. Dr. Schwartz founded the Center for Self Leadership in Oak Park, Illinois, which coordinates IFS trainings in the United States and internationally. He is a featured speaker at many national conferences and has published more than 50 articles and books about IFS and other psychotherapy topics. His website is

Martha Sweezy, PhD, is Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School, part-time; Program Consultant and Supervisor at Cambridge Health Alliance; and former Assistant Director and Director of Training for the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program at Cambridge Health Alliance. She has a therapy and consultation practice in Northampton, Massachusetts, and has a particular interest in how shame and guilt affect human behavior. Dr. Sweezy has published several articles and books on Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy.

Dimensions and Characters of Internal Family Systems Therapy 2nd Edition PDF

    • Publisher ‏ : ‎ The Guilford Press; Second edition (September 20, 2019)
    • Language ‏ : ‎ English
    • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
    • International Standard Book Number-10 ‏ : ‎ 1462541461
    • International Standard Book Number-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1462541461
    • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.24 pounds
    • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 1 x 9 inches
    • Best Sellers Rank: #9,281 in Books

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Joseph Augustine

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 14, 2020

Maybe to a typical Westerner approaching the subject of mind, the psycho concept of multiplicity of parts behind IFS might be considered somewhat strange in comparison to say thousands of years of Shamanistic healing practices. Modern forerunners spring to mind like Jung’s active imagination (along with complexes and archetypes), i.e. “the technique wherein the contents of one’s subconscious are translated into images, narrative or personified as separate entities” (Wiki); and, Psychosynthesis’ subp’s (Assagioli, Ferrucci) likely to have been Dick’s background learning – along with Hakomi body centred therapy (Kurtz). What these therapies’ further share in common is a validation of the importance of the spiritual level of human existence (Self-energy).

However, unlike most multi-part therapies, the make-up of a ‘part’ in IFS does not constitute an unidimensional emotional energetic force, nor is it locked into one specific role, or the result of an introjected childhood script (internalisation); further it is not only a diagnosis of a pathology, such as frozen traumatic phenomena. Instead, IFS considers all these characteristics and more to be features of a rounded, living identity, either born wholly manifest or remaining latent until triggered; and with each part capable of inhabiting a range of qualities, including its untainted ‘naturally valuable state’.

There is more than a passing nod to Shamanic practices of the past such as ‘soul retrieval’ with IFS’s ‘witnessing’ and the removal of emotional blockages (‘unburdening’). Nevertheless, an original aspect which makes IFS’s provenance all the more ‘curious’ (one of the eight markers of Self) is how having previously trained in external family systems (EFS?) therapy and initially discounting intrapsychic phenomena as bunkum, Dick stumbled across the concept of Parts, despite: “the idea we are collections of inner people do not fit well with Western scientific traditions.” In tracking the inner dynamics of his clients, he came to realise the parts resembled the dysfunctional ones he had learnt about in external family systems; eg. lost child, hero, scapegoat, parentised child, etc., which exhibited an underlying dynamic of being forced into an extreme role because of misattunement to an adverse environment, ie. from scarring or wounding.

In IFS theory, these once naturally valuable parts (aspects of the real Self) become imprisoned by a series of jailors and are pushed into the shadow as Exile parts. Jailors acting as Protectors either operate based on minimising the risks of danger to the Exiles (Manager with a future-orientated planning function) or in reducing the harmful feelings the Exiles can bring to the system (present moment Firefighters with a somewhat reckless attitude). To add further conflagration to the system the Protectors also can have exiles who are wounded (to a lesser or greater degree) and need to be approached first in building trust and a relationship, termed ‘be-friending’.

IFS therapy involves getting the client to unload the burdens (extreme emotions and beliefs) carried by the parts and traps them in their roles, transforming these into liberated energetic elements in the psyche once again. It does so by entrusting the Self to be involved in this process establishing a relationship between the client and their own Self as an internal axis of reflective ‘Insight’, or with the assistance of the Self of the therapist/practitioner using loving presence to talk to the client in a technique called ‘Direct Access’. IFS does not require tactile sensory input from the practitioner and the session can be carried out in secret without any disclosure. Due to its client-centred approach the primary healer-client dyad is reversed inside as the client’s newly brought out Self-energy becomes the internalised good figure (rather than the therapist as attachment figure).

IFS’s emphasis on collaboration has obvious applications in the study of Leadership since it promotes the Self much more as an active leader of a system (whereas Jung talked about the passive witness, for example); and in its Center for Self Leadership, promoting IFS’s organising principles and insight-busting model for handling conflicts, the world might have every reason to dare to hope.

Finally, IFS’s openness to giving access to training to those without a clinical therapeutic background is a welcome sea change IMHO and with its ready adaption to the virtual world of the Internet and facility at providing a spine to many multi-modal approaches, there is every reason to believe mainstream take-off is not futile. Either by chance or cosmic opportunity IFS seems ready-made for this decade’s grand revolution in the wellness space…


Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 8, 2019

I am not a therapist but, instead, I have been doing this therapy on myself for the last few years. It has improved my life immeasurably and, in particular, has had a massive impact on the quality of my relationships with others. It’s difficult to explain it to people so sometimes I say, “You know the film/movie Inside Out? It’s a bit like that!”. A couple of years ago, I bought the original IFS Therapy book which was written in the 90’s but this is so much better with new insights, up to date findings and how it fits in with the world we live in now. It’s aimed at therapists so not all of it was relevant to me. However, it is easy to read and clearly written even for a non-therapist such as myself to understand. It is a fantastic book about a fantastic therapy.
Fiona C

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 9, 2019

This is a really excellent book, which is an update of the original Internal Family Systems book (published in 1997). It covers both the theory and practice of Internal Family Systems. I have found it to be a very transformational method of working with the psyche. There is a wonderful chapter on the Self, which is central to IFS. I also liked the chapters on IFS and the body; the role of the Therapist in IFS; and Treating couples with IFS. Part two has 7 chapters which bring you through the entire method.

The book is written mainly for therapists but clients of IFS would also benefit from reading it and it’s very accessible with very little jargon. I highly recommend it.


Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 26, 2020

Fantastic explanation of IFS. I found some of the language quite academic, but still easy to read. Highly recommend for anyone interested in IFS.
Eoli Kalian

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 18, 2021

Very well written, concise, easy to follow. Sample cases consolidate the application of the theoretical model.

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