Internal Family Systems

Resources & References

An Online Course:
Internal Family Systems: A Non-Coercive, Integrative Therapy Model for Individual and Couples Work

Training and Workshops

People interested in obtaining IFS training or attending workshops can visit the IFS website.

CDs, DVDs, Videos, Podcasts

Fitos, Michel (2017). (Podcast). From shame to compassion: Internal Family Systems and ADHD.

Schwartz, Richard (n.d.). Internal Family Systems.

The following materials are available on the IFS website store.

Schwartz, Richard (n.d.). (CD). “Meditations for Self”.

Schwartz, Richard (n.d.) (video). “Beneath the Anger: Healing the Bullied Boy”- commentary track, plus a short classroom version.

Schwartz, Richard (n.d.). (dvd) “Trauma Behind Rage,”

Schwartz, Richard (2015) (video). “Recovering from Depression: All Parts are Welcome”


Schwartz, R & Falconer, R.R. (n.d.) You Are The One You’ve Been Waiting For, Bringing Courageous Love To Intimate Relationships. Oak Park, IL: Center for Self Leadership.

Schwartz,,Richard (n.d.). Introduction to the Internal Family Systems Model. Oak Park, IL: Center for Self Leadership


Schwartz, Richard & Baird, David (n.d.). Introduction to the internal family systems model, together with Dr. Schwartz’s Meditations for Self

Critique of IFS

The main critique of IFS is that there is no empirical data comparing IFS to other proven methods, and that there have been no follow-up studies to investigate the long-term success rate of IFS. Following is a resource that provides critique of IFS.


Earley, Jay (2013). Freedom from your inner critic: A self-therapy approach. Louisville, CO: Sounds True.

Earley, Ph.D., Jay. Negotiating for Self-Leadership in IFS
This professional booklet describes a method of helping an IFS protector to let go of its role that doesn’t depend on first healing the exile it is protecting. You negotiate with the protector to allow the client to lead from Self in an upcoming life situation. “In this booklet Jay focuses on ways to improve the relationship between a client’s Self and protective parts and to help those parts trust Self to lead in the outside world.” — Richard Schwartz, Ph.D.

Haddock, S. A., Weiler, L. M., Trump, L. J. and Henry, K. L. (2017). The efficacy of internal family systems therapy in the treatment of depression among female college students: A pilot study. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 43, 131–144. doi: 10.1111/jmft.12184

Hsieh, Alexander (2015). Internal family systems: a parts party intervention, Journal of Family Psychotherapy Vol. 26 (1).

Lester, J (2017). Self-governance, psychotherapy, and the subject of managed care: internal family systems therapy and the multiple self in a U.S. eating disorders treatment center, American Ethnologist, 44 (1), 23-35

Lucero, R., Jones, A.C. & Hunsaker, J.C. (2017). Contemporary Family Therapy. Retrieved from

McVicker, Suzan A. M. (2014). Internal family systems (IFS) in Indian country: perspectives and practice on harmony and balance, Journal of Indigenous Research: Vol. 3 (1)Available at:

Mojta, C., Falconier, M. K., & Huebner, A. J. (2014). Fostering self-awareness in novice therapists using internal family systems therapy. The American Journal of Family Therapy, 42(1), 67-78.

Mones, A. (2014). Transforming troubled children, teens, and their families: An internal family systems model for healing. New York, NY: Routledge.

Pais, S. (2009). A systematic approach to the treatment of dissociative identity disorder. Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 20(1), 72-88.

Riskin, Ted (2011). A part of me didn’t want to write this article, The Inner Door Vol. 23 (1). Retrieved from

Schwartz, RC (2001). Introduction to the Internal Family Systems Model. Oak Park: Trailheads Publications.

Schwartz, RC (2008). You Are The One You’ve Been Waiting For, Bringing Courageous Love To Intimate Relationships

Schwartz, R. C. (2011). Is mindfulness enough? Going beyond acceptance to healing. Psychotherapy Networker, 35.

Schwartz, R. C. (2013). Depathologizing the borderline client. Psychotherapy Networker, 37.

Schwartz, R. C. (2013). Moving from acceptance toward transformation with internal family systems therapy (IFS). Journal of Clinical Psychology, 69(8), 805-816.

Schwartz, R. C. (2015) Facing our dark side. Psychotherapy Networker, Sept/Oct.

Shadick, NA, Sowell, NF, Frits, ML, Hoffman, SM, Hartz, SA, Booth, FD, Sweezy, M, Rogers, PR, Dubin, RL, Atkinson, JC, Friedman, AL, Augusto, F, Iannaccone, CK, Fossel, AH, Quinn, G, Cui, J, Losina, E & Schwartz, RC (2013). A randomized controlled trial of an internal family systems-based psychotherapeutic intervention on outcomes in rheumatoid arthritis: a proof-of-concept study, The Journal of Rheumatology 40 (11) 1831-1841; DOI:

Spiegel, Lisa (2013). Internal family systems with children. Oak Park, IL: Center for Self Leadership.

Sweezy, M. (2011). The teenager’s confession: Regulating shame in internal family systems therapy. American Journal of Psychotherapy, 65(2), 179-188.

Sweezy, M. (2011). Treating trauma after dialectical behavioral therapy. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 21(1), 90-102.

Sweezy, M., & Ziskind, E. (Eds.). (2013). Internal family systems therapy: New dimensions. New York, NY: Routledge.

Wark, L, Thomas, M & Peterson, S (2001). Internal family systems therapy for children in family therapy, Journal of Marital & Family Therapy, 27 (2), 189-200

Winokuer, H & Harris, D (2012). Grief and the Internal Family System. In Principles and Practice of Grief Counseling. New York: Springer.

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