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Dick Schwartz’s Internal Family Systems Master Class Experience IFS in Action with Complex Trauma and PTSD

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Dick Schwartz’s Internal Family Systems Master Class Experience IFS in Action with Complex Trauma and PTSD


Discover Internal Family Systems: the therapy approach that’s so effective, you can be confident helping any client that steps into your office…even those who are severely traumatized.


Internal Family Systems (IFS), the field’s most popular parts therapy model, works because it’s flexible enough to meet clients where they are and structured enough to guide them through their pain.

It’s the model Bessel van der Kolk has hailed as “the treatment method that all clinicians should know to treat clients effectively.”

Now, in one of our most anticipated courses ever, you have the rare opportunity to step into the office of Dick Schwartz, one of the true masters of psychotherapy…

…and see, step-by-step, how he approaches some of the most difficult problems you treat: trauma and all of the challenging symptoms that come with it.

In this all-new Master class, join Dick Schwartz in three new and never-before released sessions with clients experiencing extreme and even life-long symptoms of chronic PTSD and abuse.

Whether you’re new to Internal Family Systems or a seasoned professional,
you’ll see the art and science of IFS as you’ve never experienced it before.


Walk, step-by-step, with Dick Schwartz through three full sessions that showcase IFS’ ability to offer quick healing, even when working with raw emotions and unpredictable behaviors.

You’ll experience in action how he patiently guides clients towards healing. And you’ll get access to exclusive interviews with fellow clinician Rich Simon…

…so you can walk away prepared to leverage IFS techniques to offer your clients breakthrough results, even in the very first session.

What’s Included

Through rarely seen client session demonstration videos with full transcripts, you’ll have the unique opportunity to sit alongside Dick Schwartz and see exactly how he leverages the power of parts therapy to patiently guide clients toward incredible, lasting healing outcomes.

Through real sessions and commentary, you’ll learn:

How to quickly find the part of a client that holds the trauma and create safety to start the healing process

How to deal with being “triggered” as a therapist

How to help clients become their own secure attachment figure for their exiled and traumatized parts of self

The common and often misunderstood phenomena of “legacy traumas” where a person is afflicted with trauma that happened in previous generations (see this occur in a real session)

How to help clients unburden from traumatic memories and parts that are stuck in the past in a shockingly powerful and intuitive way

Why he doesn’t believe in the need for extended “grounding” techniques at the start of trauma therapy

Session 1: Introduction to the Course and the IFS Model of Psychotherapy

In this session, Dick Schwartz provides a foundational understanding of the IFS therapy model and offers critical insights into how the approach is being effectively used today.

You’ll also get an introduction to the powerful session videos you’ll experience in the upcoming modules. Schwartz explains how these clips not only showcase how to help the client heal, but they also teach you, as the therapist, what to do when you’re triggered.

Session 2: IFS in Action with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder with a Veteran of War

Meet a client who suffers from PTSD after being a medic in an active war zone. He now deals with suicidal and homicidal thoughts and internal voices, dissociation, and an extreme tic that will become apparent in just the first few minutes of the session. This is the type of client that could easily trigger even the most seasoned of trauma therapists.

Watch Schwartz masterfully and calmly guide this client out of suicidal and homicidal thoughts, moments of extreme dissociation, and an uncontrollable spasm of his arm – all within a single session.

In a follow-up video, the client reports back about his wife’s view of the change: “I was losing hope…She’s happy I’m better. It’s as if I have more capacity to love.”

Session 3: IFS in Action with Trauma from Childhood Abuse and Deep-Seated Anger

We will all, at some point, meet a deeply angry client who takes out their anger on us. Even as we try to help, parts of our client may find it hard to trust us and allow us in.

You will see a client who has an extremely angry part that was developed after an abusive childhood. He’s held that anger so long that he not only projects it toward Dick, but also toward himself in the form of suicidal ideation.

By the end of this session, you’ll see a major breakthrough as the anger dissipates and he experiences hope for the future.

Session 4: IFS in Action with Chronic Sexual Abuse and PTSD

In this powerful session, you’ll meet a woman who’s haunted by years of sexual abuse that have led to other self-destructive behaviors. Watch as this client unburdens from the things she has held for decades.

You’ll experience how IFS works with multiple different parts as they get triggered. You’ll end this session with more awareness and ability to use IFS techniques to stay with the client all the way through their pain.

Meet the Course Experts:

Richard Schwartz, Ph.D., earned his Ph.D. in marriage and family therapy from Purdue University, after which he began a long association with the Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and more recently at The Family Institute at Northwestern University, attaining the status of associate professor at both institutions. He is co-author, with Michael Nichols, of Family Therapy: Concepts and Methods, the most widely used family therapy text in the United States. Dr Schwartz developed Internal Family Systems in response to clients’ descriptions of experiencing various parts – many extreme – within themselves. In 2000, he founded The Center for Self Leadership (now the IFS Institute) to offer in-depth trainings in the IFS model. Dr. Schwartz is a featured speaker for many national psychotherapy organizations and a fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and he serves on the editorial boards of four professional journals. He has published four books and over 50 articles about IFS.

Gabor Maté

Gabor Maté MD, is a renowned speaker, and bestselling author. Dr. Gabor Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics including addiction, stress and childhood development.

As an author, Dr. Maté has written several bestselling books including the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with AddictionWhen the Body Says NoThe Cost of Hidden Stress; and Scattered Minds: A New Look at the Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder, and co-authored Hold on to Your Kids.

Dr. Maté is the co-founder of Compassion for Addiction, a new non-profit that focuses on addiction. He is also an advisor of Drugs over Dinner.