Happy and peaceful holidays to you and yours

The Board of the Foundation for Self Leadership is inviting you to consider giving an end-of-year gift to the Foundation on behalf of advancing IFS research and advocacy within and beyond psychotherapy. We thank you if you have already donated; we’d love for you to consider placing the Foundation as one of your recipients of annual giving.

Your support will help examine and expand empirical evidence for IFS, especially in the treatment of traumatic experience and depression, and will help us bring IFS applications as a model for intrapersonal and interpersonal mindfulness to new realms.

Think of your contribution as an investment in IFS as much as it is a donation.

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Foundation for Self Leadership Launched

An open letter to the community from Founder Dick Schwartz and CSL Executive Director Jon Schwartz August 12, 2013

The Next 30 Years of IFS: Invitation and Announcement

Dear IFS Community, For 30 years, thanks to the significant efforts and contributions of many of you, IFS has broadened its reach within psychotherapy and beyond. For a fast-growing number of practitioners, IFS has become both their modality of choice for counseling clients, and a powerful paradigm for understanding the human psyche and advancing their own personal growth.

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Letter from Board Chair Frank Anderson, MD

Dear IFS Colleagues and Friends,

It is with enormous gratitude that I accept the position of Board Chairperson for the newly formed Foundation for Self Leadership. I am honored to be a part of the continuing effort to bring Self Leadership to the world.

Dick Schwartz originally developed Internal Family Systems (IFS) to help clients with eating disorders. Now, thirty years later, IFS has established a legacy of effectiveness in treating many mental health issues, and has been applied to myriad of professional and lay public endeavors. These include treatment of certain medical conditions, executive and health coaching, mediation law, meditation, parenting, teaching and spirituality. IFS training opportunities have also significantly expanded through efforts of The Center for Self Leadership, now under the exemplary direction of Jon Schwartz, with sites throughout the world benefiting countless individuals.

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IFS Shown to Reduce Pain and Depression, and Improve Physical Function for Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

Results of Randomized Controlled Study Published in the Journal of Rheumatology

August 15, 2013 – The results from a randomized controlled study, published recently in the Journal of Rheumatology, show that an IFS-based intervention had positive effects on patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), reducing pain and depressive symptoms, while improving physical function and self-compassion. The study was the first randomized control trial of its kind conducted to assess the efficacy of IFS on patient outcomes.

Dr. Nancy Shadick, from the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital at Harvard Medical School,

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