Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

Living Edition
| Editors: Jay Lebow, Anthony Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Schwartz, Richard C.

Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_927-1


Richard Carroll Schwartz, Ph.D., has spent the better part of the past three decades developing and disseminating the Internal Family Systems Model of psychotherapy (IFS). He brought family therapy theory and technique to the intrapsychic worlds of clients and, in so doing, discovered ways of working with individuals, couples, and families that is unique and evidence-based. IFS has become not only a school of family therapy but also a major form of psychotherapy in general, with a vast literature and training institutes throughout the world. He has written or cowritten 5 books and over 50 articles and book chapters about IFS. For 20 years, he also coauthored with Michael Nichols family therapy’s most widely used textbook, Family Therapy: Concepts and Methods.


Richard Schwartz earned his Ph.D. in marriage and family therapy from Purdue University in 1980, after which he began a long association with the Family System Program, a training unit of the Institute for...


Family Systems Program Internal Family Systems Model Family Therapy Training Clinical Externship Breunlin 
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Key Citations

  1. For a full bibliography on IFS see selfleadership.org.Google Scholar
  2. Schwartz, R. C. (1987). Our multiple selves. Family Therapy Networker, 11. 24–31 & 80–83.Google Scholar
  3. Schwartz, R. C. (1988). Working with internal and external family systems. Family Relations.Google Scholar
  4. Schwartz, R. C. (1989). The internal family systems model: an expansion of systems thinking into the level of internal process. Family Therapy Case Studies, 3, 61–66.Google Scholar
  5. Schwartz, R. C. (1992). Rescuing the exiles. Family Therapy Networker, 16.Google Scholar
  6. Schwartz, R. C. (1995). Internal family systems therapy. New York: Guilford Publications. (Published in paperback in 1997).Google Scholar
  7. Schwartz, R. C. (2001a). Introduction to the internal family systems model. Oak Park, IL: Trailheads Publications.Google Scholar
  8. Schwartz, R. C. (2001b). Dealing with racism: To exorcise or embrace inner bigots. Voices: The Art and Science of Psychotherapy, 37(3), 55–64.Google Scholar
  9. Schwartz, R. C. (2004). The larger self. Psychotherapy Networker, 28, 36–43.Google Scholar
  10. Schwartz, R. C. (2008). You are the one you’ve been waiting for: Bringing courageous love to intimate relationships. Oak Park, IL: Trailheads Publications.Google Scholar
  11. Schwartz, R. C. (2011). Is mindfulness enough? Going beyond acceptance to healing. Psychotherapy Networker, 35.Google Scholar
  12. Schwartz, R. C. (2013a). Depathologizing the borderline client. Psychotherapy Networker, 37.Google Scholar
  13. Schwartz, R. C. (2013b). Moving from acceptance toward transformation with internal family systems therapy (IFS). Journal of Clinical Psychology, 69(8), 805–816.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  14. Schwartz, R. C. (2015). Facing our dark side. Psychotherapy Networker, 2714.Google Scholar

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Family InstituteEvanstonUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Douglas C. Breunlin
    • 1
  1. 1.Northwestern UniversityChicagoUSA