IN THIS ISSUE:
From the Board
From the Editor
IFS Gallery 35
Inward & Outward
Beyond Psychotherapy & Counseling
Stories of Transformation
About the Foundation
From the Foundation Board to the IFS Community
“WHO CARES FOR THE CAREGIVERS?”
That is a question we deliberated at our September Board meeting. We were
thinking specifically about who provides support, encouragement, and resources to
you, members of the IFS community. You no doubt spend your days helping people
of all ages, backgrounds, and circumstances find resilience and peace in a world where
little of either is on display. We are hoping that, as you ponder such a question for
yourself, you keep in mind that the Foundation’s core intention is to be there for you.
The IFS Model rests on a fundamental idea that
harnessing resilience to deal with the exigencies
of life starts with an internal mission of search and
discovery. Peaceful parts, peaceful world.
As a Board, we tap into the power of the IFS Model
each time we gather. We begin our monthly meeting
with a time of sharing about where we are as
individuals. The act of letting our parts have their say,
rather than pretending that all is well with us even if
it isn’t, inevitably leads us to a more Self-led meeting.
We listen to one another, without judgment, then we
go inward for a few minutes of silent reflection.
This simple process, consistent with our promise
to embody through our work a Self-led organization,
puts us in a frame of mind to better serve each of
you who are IFS practitioners, whether you have
taken on the IFS practice as a vocation, as an
avocation, or as a parent, a partner, or a friend.
Our deep desire is that the Foundation’s work will
have direct, positive impacts on your ability to make
your contribution of bringing hope to a world in
All of us in the IFS community are being called upon
to be on the “front line” in our efforts to offer to
others this profound understanding of the innate
human capacity to be led by Self even in the worst
Think of the child who now attends tele-school and
has little interaction with friends; the protesters in
the streets powerfully proclaiming their anger and
frustration at societal inequity and callousness that
cost Black lives; the COVID-19 ICU patients and their
families who are separated from one another as they
walk through the valley of the shadow of death; the
politicians and social media participants who launch
offensives against caring for their neighbors by
wearing masks—all are in need of an awareness
that they could have ready access to Self leadership,
providing calm in the midst of chaos, compassion
that restrains aggression, and creativity that
As your Foundation, we are supporting your
front-line efforts by advocating for the IFS
Model to be applied in many areas of life, from
school classrooms to courtrooms to board rooms.
We are advancing research that builds the credibility
of the Model and extends its reach. We are endeavoring
to take IFS into under-served communities,
including veterans and marginalized groups. And
we are deeply focused on creating connection by
engaging with you, the IFS community. In OUTLOOK
and on the Foundation website, we are telling your
stories and sharing your wisdom. We are also doing
what we can to provide you with access to webinars
that we hope will nurture your well-being and
“fill your cup” as you do work that only you can do.
What we most need is for you to give us feedback.
What can we start doing or do better that will
care for the caregivers who are at the heart of
As we move through this extraordinary time in world
history together, we look forward to connecting with
you. We will hold one another up and encourage one
another on the important work at hand.
Vicki McCoy, MA, Chair; Toufic Hakim, PhD, Executive Director; and Board Members Requina Barnes, LICSW; Les Fagen, MA, JD; Pam Krause, MSW, LCSW; and Mark Milton
To contact a board member, please email FirstName@FoundationIFS.org (example: Toufic@FoundationIFS.org).
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From the Editor
Opportunities to grow and heal through
challenges remain a constant throughout
our lives. The year 2020 brought with
it unexpected radical shifts in all of our lives.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced us to interface
with life in ways many of us could not have
imagined. The wearing of masks, physical
distancing, and diligent handwashing and
sanitizers have, by now, become a way
of life. The message: “Go inside.”
Not long thereafter, spotlights on the unjust
deaths of our brothers and sisters of color and
the consequences of systemic racism illuminated
(if one was not already aware) that some of us are
safer than others. The necessity of reparations
became much more tangible. Until then, one
could take the message: “It’s only safe inside.”
Months later, much of the west coast of the United
States was ablaze with extreme forest fires which
threatened and consumed homes and towns—and
while they burned produced extremely hazardous
air quality for weeks driving people indoors.
The existential threat of climate change presented
itself to us once again, much like the fires in Australia
in 2019. One could take the message: “Stay inside.”
Those messages, taken literally fall short in what is
genuinely being asked of each of us: To sincerely “go
inside,” into our own inner landscapes, to be with the
various parts of us—to witness both current and past
traumas, release burdens, and retrieve them—so that
we may step forward each day with more and more
Self leadership with ourselves and one another.
Rather than being propelled into isolation and
apathy, the IFS Model affords us with the ability
to make conscious decisions and take meaningful
Here in these pages of OUTLOOK are examples
of how members of our IFS community have
utilized the Model personally and brought it
themSelves to the world through articles such
as Hope in the Time of COVID, about the
Foundation’s urging us to go inside through
its “innervention” program; Greater Racial
Equity and Justice: Toward an Evolved
Humanity; Uncovering Legacy Burdens of
Racism; and It Takes a Village: Meet Chris
Burris, LPC, LMFT. Sprinkled throughout the
edition, we highlight the written works of our
community in the IFS Gallery 35. We also share
important IFS-Institute Updates, a look at
Foundation Milestones from 2013 – 2020 and
our public statement: We Stand with Equity
& Justice for All, and feature another Story of
Transformation. It is our aspiration that sharing
articles and stories brings you confidence
to both “go inside” and return to the world
bringing forth your unique gifts in making it
a better world for all. __MLG
Do you enjoy reading OUTLOOK? Don’t recycle. Reuse!… Place in your office for clients to enjoy. Similarly, provide a link for OUTLOOK on your website or your resource page and forward to anyone who may benefit.
We do so to commemorate 35 years
since the IFS Model was first publicly
presented, opening a new window
into the human mind.
We do so in recognition of the
thousands of IFS practitioners and
tens of thousands of individuals and
couples who have found deeper healing
and inner well-being by discovering
and harnessing the wisdom and
resources of Self.
We do so to honor Richard Schwartz,
PhD, who uncovered the Model,
a beautiful contribution to human
self-understanding and development,
and has been promoting inner healing
and serenity through IFS as his
We do so in great appreciation for the
dozens of authors whose creative and
applied IFS-oriented works are spreading
notions and constructs of IFS among
readers across ages and professions.
This Gallery is an expression of vigorous applause
and deep gratitude for these authors’ vision,
scholarship, persistence, and determination to
make a positive difference in the world. Through
these works, they are facilitating for our shared
world a state of overall peacefulness, one that must
be anchored in a state of inner peace, equanimity,
As you wander through the pages of this issue of
OUTLOOK, not unlike a deliberate, eye-opening stroll
through an art gallery, you will meet a sampling of
these works. Beyond the expansive listing below and
many published chapters and articles remembered
but not listed, we present a few with the delicate
touch of precious paintings in dignified frames…
And when you meet each of them, we invite you
to spend a moment imagining the journey it took
to bring such a creation to fruition and, even more
significantly, imagine the journey toward self-discovery
and growth experienced by every reader or
listener… and how these works collectively contribute
to the sort of world and future we all desire.
IFS Gallery 35 was assembled and coordinated by Beau
Laviolette, LCSW, LAC; conceived and curated by Toufic
Hakim, PhD; and visually produced by Sylvia Miller of
Amboss Design, OUTLOOK graphic designer.
OUTLOOK thanks the many donors who have made the
production of this gallery possible; we thank them by framing
their works spread across the gallery’s various pages…
PS. There may have been other IFS works, in English or in
other languages, that we might have missed in the listing.
If so, please write us to Outreach@FoundationIFS.org
with relevant information and we’ll endeavor to make the
correction in the online version of OUTLOOK.
The pages below exhibit a listing of
books that focus on IFS or that represent
models and analyses related to, informed
by, or inspired by IFS. Since the first
book on Internal Family Systems as a
stand-alone psychotherapeutic modality
was published in 1995, many have been
produced for therapists, clients, children,
parents and teachers, and practitioners.
There have been guided meditations, poetry,
games, songs, and skits over the years inspired by
the IFS view of human nature and how inner and
relational harmony and healing may be achieved.
This list does not include numerous chapters
written about IFS by many of these authors and
others in various manuscripts. While their names
may not appear below, these authors are also
celebrated here in absentia.
In addition to books, IFS articles appeared across a
diverse range of journals. To browse through some
of these articles, visit the Foundation’s searchable
e-database at: grantuoso.org/IFSsearch/.
Please note that this book listing is presented in the style
of a gallery exhibit rather than a bibliography of formal
citations à la APA- or Chicago-style guide.
Imagine a lit candle by every book entry below, symbolizing
both celebration and acknowledgment of the broadened
sharing and diffusion of knowledge and experience as they
relate to the presence and role of parts of the human mind
and capacity for leadership of Self.
Internal Family Systems Therapy - Richard C.
Schwartz - The Guilford Press, New York, NY
[Second edition published in 2020 (Guilford
Press) by Richard C. Schwartz and Martha
Sweezy] (Translated into many languages)
[Note: IFS was described earlier, in 1992,
as a modality in the family-therapy context
in Metaframeworks: Transcending the Models
of Family Therapy - Douglas C. Breunlin,
Richard C. Schwartz & Betty Mac
Kune-Karrer - Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, CA.]
The Mosaic of the Mind: Empowering the
Tormented Selves of Child Abuse Survivors
- Regina A. Goulding & Richard C.
Schwartz - Norton & Co., New York, NY
(by Trailheads Press, Oak Park, IL, 2002)
Introduction to the Internal Family
Systems Model - Richard C. Schwartz - Trailheads
Publications, The Center for Self Leadership,
Oak Park, IL (Translated into many languages)
Creativity in Psychotherapy: Reaching New
Heights with Individuals, Couples, and Families
- David K. Carson & Kent W. Becker - Haworth
Clinical Practice Press, Binghamton, NY
(IFS is presented in this book as a
Parts Work: An Illustrated Guide to Your
Inner Life - Tom Holmes - Winged Heart
Press, Kalamazoo, MI (Four editions by 2020;
translated into many languages) & Deck of
companion cards: Inner Active Cards for Parts
Work - Sharon Eckstein - published by Back
Woods Press in 2015, 3rd edition in 2018)
The Big Bright Ball Answers the Call:
A Love Story of Inner Proportions Storybook
- David Cantor (also in Spanish and a
2017 edition), along with a YOUniverse
Self-Leadership Tool and Manual - Light
On Publications, West Hartford, CT
Bring Yourself to Love: How Couples
Can Turn Disconnection into Intimacy
- Mona Barbera - Dos Monos Press,
You Are the One You’ve Been Waiting
for: Bringing Courageous Love to
Intimate Relationships - Richard C. Schwartz
- Trailheads Publications, The Center for
Self Leadership, Oak Park, IL
Self-Therapy: A Step-by-Step
Guide to Creating Wholeness and
Healing Your Inner Child Using IFS,
A New, Cutting-edge Psychotherapy
(1st ed.) - Jay Earley - Pattern System
Books, Larkspur, CA (with a second
edition published in 2012 and two
additional volumes; translated
into many languages)
Why Did I Do That? How You
Make Sense and Why There is
Hope - Dorie Cameron - Threshold
Therapeutics Media, Natick, MA
The Spirit-Led Life: Christianity
and the Internal Family System
- Mary K. Steege - CreateSpace
Illustrated Workbook for Self-Therapy for
Your Inner Critic: Transforming Self-Criticism
into Self-Confidence - Bonnie Weiss - Pattern
System Books, Larkspur, CA
Nathan Meets His Monsters - Joseph Kropp
- Day to Day Enterprises, Lake Shore, MD
Negotiating for Self-Leadership in Internal
Family Systems Therapy - Jay Earley - Pattern
System Books, Larkspur, CA
Resolving Inner Conflict: Working
Through Polarization Using Internal Family
Systems Therapy - Jay Earley - Pattern
System Books, Larkspur, CA
Working with Anger in Internal Family
Systems Therapy - Jay Earley - Pattern
System Books, Larkspur, CA
Freedom from Your Inner Critic:
A Self-Therapy Approach - Jay Earley &
Bonnie Weiss - Sounds True, Louisville, CO
Internal Family Systems Therapy: New
Dimensions - Martha Sweezy and Ellen Ziskind
- Routledge, New York, NY (with 11 chapters
authored by IFS practitioners)
Polly & Her Parts - Alison Biggs - Font
and Center Press, Orleans, MA
Self-therapy Workbook: An Exercise Book
for the IFS Process - Bonnie Weiss - Pattern
System Books, B. Larkspur, CA
Surviving and Thriving in Stepfamily
Relationships: What Works and What Doesn’t
- Particia L. Papernow - Routledge, New York,
NY (IFS is presented within as a tool for
There’s a Part of Me… - Jon Schwartz & Bill
Brennan - Trailheads Press, Oak Park, IL
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and
Body in the Healing of Trauma - Bessel A. Van
der Kolk - Viking Press, New York, NY
(One full chapter is dedicated to IFS.)
Froggie’s Mysterious Dream: How I Found Myself
in my Drawings - Kat Taylor - Self-Published
Transforming Troubled Children, Teens,
and Their Families: An Internal Family Systems
Model for Healing - Art Mones - Routledge,
New York, NY
Inner Harmony: Putting Your Self Back
in Charge - Beth Rogerson - Self-Published
Intimacy from the Inside Out: Courage
and Compassion in Couple Therapy - Toni
Herbine-Blank, Donna Kerpelman, and Martha
Sweezy - Routledge, London, UK
Self-Therapy, Volume 2: A Step-by-Step
Guide to Advanced IFS Techniques for Working
with Protectors – Jay Earley – Pattern System
Books, Larkspur, CA
Compassionate Mediation® for
Relationships at a Crossroad: How to
Add Passion to Your Marriage or Compassion
to Your Divorce - Linda Kroll - Compassionate
Organize Your Emotions, Optimize Your
Life - Margaret Moore, Edward Phillips, and
John Hanc - Harper Collins, New York, NY
Relationship Power in Health Care: Science
of Behavior Change, Decision Making, and
Clinician Self-Care - John B. Livingstone and
Joanne Gaffney - Routledge, London, UK
(New applications of IFS theory, strategy,
and tactics are incorporated, as they’re shown
to improve health outcomes outside the realm
of psychotherapy in acute and chronic
conditions and wellness efforts.)
Daily Parts Meditation Practice©: A Journey
of Embodied Integration for Clients and
Therapists - Michelle Glass - CreateSpace
Independent Publishing (Second Edition,
2017 and Spanish translation in 2021)
Self-Therapy, Volume 3: A Step-by-Step Guide
to Using IFS for Eating Issues, Procrastination,
the Inner Critic, Depression, Perfectionism,
Anger, Communication, and More – Jay Earley
– Pattern System Books, Larkspur, CA
A Therapist’s Guide to KidsWorld Inside &
Out Therapeutic Board Game (and actual board
game) - Arthur Mones - Stoelting, Wood Dale, IL
Attachment-Based Yoga & Meditation for Trauma
Recovery: Simple, Safe, and Effective Practices
for Therapy - Deirdre Fay - Norton & Company,
New York, NY
Be the One to Heal Your Self: A Workbook
for People Who Want Results Now - Beth
Rogerson - Moondog Marketing & Media,
Innovations and Elaborations in Internal
Family Systems Therapy - Martha Sweezy and
Ellen Ziskind - Routledge, New York, NY (with
10 chapters authored by IFS practitioners)
Internal Family Systems Skills Training
Manual: Trauma-Informed Treatment for Anxiety,
Depression, PTSD & Substance Abuse - Frank G.
Anderson, Martha Sweezy, and Richard Schwartz
- PESI Publishing, Eau Claire, WI (Translated
into other languages)
Internal Family Systems Therapy with Children
- Lisa Spiegel - Routledge, New York, NY
Living the Deeper YES: Discovering the Finest,
Truest Place Within You - Anna Huckabee Tull
- Balboa Press, Hay House, Bloomington, IN
Many Minds, One Self - Richard Schwartz &
Robert Falconer - Trailheads Press, Oak Park, IL
The Little Book of Self Leadership: Daily Self
Leadership Made Simple - Dave Williams - SLR
Coaching & Consulting, New South Wales, AU
(Second Edition published in 2018)
7 Keys to Connection: How to Move
Beyond the Physical and Emotional Trauma
of a Disconnected Culture - Joy Freeman
- SoundStar Productions, Lake Worth, FL
A Mangle of Monsters - Lia DeLand - Balboa
Press, Hay House, Carlsbad, CA
An Internal Family Systems Guide to
Recovery from Eating Disorders: Healing Part
by Part - Amy Yandel Grabowski - Routledge,
New York, NY
Boundaries for Your Soul: How to Turn Your
Overwhelming Thoughts and Feelings into Your
Greatest Allies - Alison Cook & Kimberly
Miller - Nelson Books, Nashville, TN
In Me We Trust: A Discovery of Self After
Sexual Trauma - Anna Gulden A - Mental Health
Education Press, Seaside, CA
Loving & Leading from the Inside Out:
A Guide to Healing and Inspired Change - Wende
Birtch - Epigraph Books, Rhinebeck, NY
The Inner Curriculum: How to Nourish
Wellbeing, Resilience and Self-Leadership
- Neil & Jane Hawkes - John Catt
Educational Ltd, Woodbridge, UK
The Process: A Technique for Using
Drawing and Journaling to Understand Your
Inner “SELF” - Kat G. Taylor - Self-Published
A Bedside Book About Us: From Attachment to
the Infinite - Laura Bafford Leslie - Self-Published
A Cup of Tea with Sadness - Ron Chelsvig
- BookBaby, Pennsauken, NJ
Living from My Centered Self - An IFS Wisdom
Journal (Volume I: Courage & Creativity) - Elaine
Casquarelli & Karen Lubin - Quantum Leap
Coaching and Consulting, Santa Fe, NM
(Volume II: Curiosity & Clarity published in 2020)
Self-Compassion Day by Day: Daily Reflections
with Internal Family Systems - Karen Locke
The Conscious Road Home: A Revolutionary
Approach to Healing Yourself and Your Love
Relationship - Marvin Allen - Gatekeeper
Press, Columbus, OH
The Elusive Self: Reflections of an Internal
Family Therapist - Marcel A. Duclos - Black
Forest Publishing, Peyton, CO
The IFS Parent Manual: Internal Family Systems
to Build Your Child’s School and Life Success
- Rodger Goddard - Success Skills, South Orange,
NJ (a separate mini-manual published)
The IFS Teacher Manual: A Training Handbook
for Using Internal Family Systems to Improve
Teacher Effectiveness and Student Success
– Rodger Goddard - Success Skills, South Orange,
NJ (a separate mini-manual also published)
We All Have Parts - A Little Book
with Big Ideas About Healing Trauma
- Colleen West - El Cerrito, CA
A Return to Civility and a Path to Get There:
An Exploration of Accountability, Responsibility,
and Compassion - David Medeiros - Stillwater
River Publications, Pawtucket, RI
Altogether YOU: Experiencing Personal
and Spiritual Transformation with Internal Family
Systems Therapy - Jenna Riemersma - Pivotal
Press, Marietta, GA
Internal Family Systems Institute Level
I Training Manual – Mariel Pastor & Jennifer
Gauvain – Trailhead Publications, Oak Park, IL
Restoring Relationship: Transforming
Fear into Love Through Connection
- Molly LaCroix - Self-Published
Somatic Internal Family Systems Therapy:
Awareness, Breath, Resonance, Movement,
and Touch in Practice - Susan McConnell
- North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, CA
Surviving Difficult People: When Your Faith
and Feelings Clash - Audrey Davidheiser - Aim
for Breakthrough, Sherman Oaks, CA
(Includes an IFS exercise)
The Parts Inside of Me - Shelly Johnson
- Archway Publishing, Bloomington, IN
The book that started it all! The story of the origin of IFS…
detailed explanations of its theoretical and conceptual
underpinnings… and illustration of IFS techniques with
case examples in second edition.
First edition published in November 1994 | Translated into
French, German, Turkish, Portuguese, Russian, Polish,
and Spanish | Second edition translated into Chinese,
French, German, Korean, and Polish
“What a long, strange (and wonderful)
trip this has been to birth IFS and I’ve
been lucky to have been accompanied
by so many talented, dedicated,
and Self-led people. This is an
empowering view of human nature
that, if more widely adopted, could
change many things about how
humans relate to themselves, to one
another, and to the planet. We’ve
come a long way and yet there
are miles to go—let’s continue to
patiently persist together!”
—Richard C. Schwartz, PhD,
Developer of IFS and Founder of IFS
Institute (formerly The Center
for Self Leadership)
We are excited to share that the Foundation recently reached its primary goal since inception to approve its largest funded project to date, a two-year, randomized clinical trial with the aim of studying IFS vs. a nature-based reduction program as a treatment for PTSD and opioid use.
The study will be conducted at a Harvard-affiliated Cambridge Health Alliance community mental health center, led by an IFS Level 2-trained addiction psychiatrist, Zev Schuman-Olivier, MD. Dr. Schuman-Olivier, is Director for the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, Medical Director for Addictions at Cambridge Health Alliance, faculty member in Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry and Director of the Clinical Core for NCCIH’s only P01 center grant focused on mind-body mechanisms for chronic pain.
Given the scope of the research study and the quality of its design and research team, the study promises to expand empirical evidence significantly, inspire new studies and researchers, and secure federal funding to support future IFS research which will itself have unspoken positive consequences.
The Foundation has already raised funds to cover two-thirds of the total study cost, and needs your support to get the rest of the way there.
Please consider a generous donation to the Foundation.
As always, keep in mind that we are also here to support clinicians who might want to contribute by sharing case studies of interesting concepts or clients. We look forward to hearing from you at research@FoundationIFS.org about your research plans, achievements, volunteer aspirations, and inquiries and we welcome any introductions to researchers or research funders in your personal and professional networks! —IT
First edition Published in October 2016 Two editions, Spanish translation in 2021
“Written for therapists, practitioners, and clients, this book inspires between session integrative exercises for our busy managers who have relaxed back during sessions. Each of us is invited to create our own unique Daily Parts Meditation Practice to keep regular connection with our inner system and generate creative ways to externalize and commemorate each part. This book (and workshops internationally and online) include six tools to deepen IFS integration between sessions, create coherent narratives, and as a way of intimately knowing systems.”
My internal system whole-heartedly celebrates Dick and these 35 years of IFS history with deep gratitude. It’s only the beginning. I’m honored to be of service to IFS and the community on many fronts.”
—Michelle Glass, Certified IFS Practitioner, Alternative Counselor
Members of the Foundation’s staff
and board of directors extend their
profound gratitude to all caregivers and
first-responders as well as to those
who helped sustain society’s basic
needs all around the world. There is
great sadness in the face of the severe
loss of lives and deep compassion
toward individuals and families affected
by loss, loneliness, or the economic
downturn. For all those who suffered
during these unprecedented times, cared
for others, or showed sensitivity to the
other during these difficult times: you are
heroes in the eyes of this community.
Published in November 2017 | Translated into
German, Spanish, Dutch, Turkish, Chinese,
Japanese, Russian, and Korean
“This manual provides an IFS overview. In it,
we illustrated theory and technique with many case
examples as well as creating exercises and meditations
for therapists to use personally and with clients.
“I’m eternally grateful to Dick Schwartz for his
steadfast, unwavering drive to bring IFS, a life-changing
therapeutic modality to our community and to the
world. I’m honored that our book has been a
welcome addition to this community.”
—Frank Anderson, MD; IFS Certified Therapist, IFS Lead
Trainer & Program Consultant for IFS Institute
“... we have the capacity to
intervene internally to help
create a space for inner safety,
peace, and harmony… and to
emerge resilient and whole
on the other side.”
Whether you are serving on the
front lines or struggling to breathe,
committing special acts of kindness
or helping to keep people safe or
supported, trying hard to cultivate calm
and hope while sheltering at home or
without a home, or adjusting to a new
reality of schooling and work, the
Foundation’s “innervention” program
was designed with you in mind.
During May and June 2020, in the early months of
the Coronavirus pandemic, the Foundation hosted
a series of free workshops for members of the IFS
community, their families, and anyone who cared
to join. The program was dubbed “innervention”
to remind us all that in the midst of crises and
external pressure, we have the capacity to intervene
internally to help create a space for inner safety,
peace, and harmony… and to emerge resilient and
whole on the other side.
This program was designed in partnership with
IFS practitioners who created the content of the
presentations, molded the character of the online
experience, and ran the workshops. Over 1,000
individuals participated across the various sessions.
The Foundation is indebted to practitioners who
took part in this effort, addressing parents,
educators, business owners, entrepreneurs,
first-responders, and caregivers:
Joanna Curry-Sartori, LMFT; leading the
five-session series Connecting to Self While
Nurturing Others (with educators in mind)
Brian Jaudon, Master Coach; leading the
three-session series Navigating Uncharted
Waters (with business owners in mind)
Ray Mount, PhD; producing a series of
messages around healing with nature
(with first-responders in mind)
Seth Kopald, PhD; leading the three-session
series Finding More Ease with Home Learning
(with parents in mind)
Anna Tansi, BS Org Psych; Jacqueline Germain,
MS, ND; and Theresa Velednzas, MS; leading the
two-session series and a large “care package”
(with caregivers in mind).
All sessions were video-recorded. Recordings and
auxiliary materials are made available through the
Foundation’s website and may also be accessed
through the Foundation’s YouTube® channel.
In the pages that follow, “innervention” program
leaders share in their own words observations from
their own experiences navigating this season of
COVID, along with a few tips that could be of value
to OUTLOOK readers…
In challenging times, a common question often is, “What can I do?
How can I help?” There is a beautiful rising up of the human spirit,
a longing to fulfill our unique role, seek solutions, and be of service.
I certainly have felt this longing during the pandemic, as have many
of my clients. With the knowledge and tools of IFS as a resource,
we are equipped to tap into our inner resource (our core Self), perceive
the needs and opportunities of any given moment, and show up in our
full capacity to advance the well-being of others and the world.
As a therapist and consultant to school
districts, each day I encounter the very
real and hard challenges our children,
families, and educators have faced
and are facing, before and during this
pandemic. When I pause to connect to
Self-leadership, I am able to recognize
my role and my gifts to give.
As I then work with my clients, I’ve witnessed them
shift into more Self-leadership and identify what
they want to do and how they can be of service.
So, you can imagine that when I was approached
by the Foundation for Self Leadership and invited
to partner as a part of “innervention,” I was honored
and grateful. During my partnership with schools
throughout the months of the global pandemic,
we endeavored to navigate whole-school social
and emotional wellness. Each Sunday in May,
I hosted an online webinar for educators and was
joined by many amazing IFS colleagues from around
the world. We delved into the simple and specific
ways we can bring the gift of Self-leadership into
our school communities. What I observed is that
a few fundamental keys from IFS appear to resonate
deeply and have the power to transform our experience
as educators interacting with our students.
Here are a few key takeaways discussed in this
series that are inspired by IFS and have the power
to transform our experience as educators and
with our students:
REMEMBER YOUR ESSENTIAL SELF: In the
intensity and constancy of our experience, we may
forget that in addition to the physiology of “fight,
flight, or freeze,” we have the innate capacity to
operate from our whole brain. We can be calm,
regulated, and wise. As we lead from Self, we easily
discover extraordinary ways to care, connect, and
collaborate to bring forth the best in each other.
STEP BACK AND ACKNOWLEDGE: It is powerful
to pause, to step back, and to name and appreciate
our own experience. In this, we can recognize the
myriad parts of us rising up. Just this witnessing
and unblending from the complexity of our reality
can profoundly shift our experience from overwhelm
and frustration to one of confidence and compassion.
Even in brief moments, we can befriend
ourselves on the inside, be kind to ourselves on
the inside, and value our innate, inner self-worth.
LISTEN DEEPLY: From this space of Self, we can be
with each other. Where there is much that appears
out of our control, unexpected, and un-fixable, we do
have the power to listen, witness, acknowledge, and
understand each other’s experience. In this Self-led
listening, there is acceptance, integration, and peace;
we make meaning of this time and know that we are
okay and not alone. From this springs the possibility
for resilience, hope, and the power to envision and
move forward. Moment by moment, one interaction
at a time, if we offer deep listening, we heal, we
grow... and then we are ready to learn anew!
Through my experience this spring offering the
“innervention” webinars, I have witnessed that
when we practice connecting to and acting from
Self together, greater shifts, healing, discoveries,
and unimagined possibilities emerge. As we make
it a daily practice to live from Self together, we can
not only survive this pandemic, but emerge more
compassionate, connected, wise, and resilient,
prepared to care for humanity and our world.
Joanna Curry-Sartori, LMFT, is the founding
executive director of the Self-Leadership
Collaborative, an organization championing the
development and integration of a new social and
emotional learning model for schools inspired by
Internal Family Systems. Joanna has been a leader,
teacher, and program director in the field of wellness,
mindfulness, and yoga for over 20 years and since
2013 has implemented her training as a Marriage
and Family Therapist to support well-being at all
levels in school systems.
First edition published in June 2008
Two editions (second edition in 2016)
“My intent in writing this book is to help couples
move from the dreary routines of Managers and the
counterproductive anger of Firefighters to the fresh,
connected, lively, realness of Self energy. IFS opens up
space for partners to be who they are, together,
connected, and living the love they dreamed of…
Happy 35th IFS! I wish you many more anniversaries
as you continue to bring love and light to this planet.”
—Mona R. Barbera, PhD, Certified IFS Therapist
& Assistant Trainer
Early on, I began calling the COVID pandemic “The
Great Disruption.” Everything was disrupted—our
ways of doing business, our daily routines, how we
relate to each other and much, much more.
The impact on those of us who own
our own businesses has been profound.
Many of us wondered early on
whether we’d even have a business
on the other side of the pandemic.
For some, especially those with core services
that depended on in-person contact such as the
restaurant industry, they had to completely shutter
their businesses—at least for a time. Others have
had to completely reinvent themselves and develop
offerings to meet the moment and the shifting needs
of their clients and customers.
With this as context, the Foundation for Self
Leadership offered a series of three webinars for
small business owners and entrepreneurs to share
their stories and ways they have navigated the
challenges presented by the pandemic. Featured
were businesses in a number of different industries
around the United States, including a restaurant
owner in Michigan, a hair-salon owner in North
Carolina, and a small healthcare organization
What we found in listening to these entrepreneurs
was that the disruption of the pandemic has been
an opportunity for many to rethink not only what
products and services they offered but their mission
and vision in the world as well. In essence, these
business owners were asking anew—how can I be
of most service in the world?
Tommy York, owner of York Ann Arbor—a wine, bar,
and specialty food shop in Michigan—had long been
a fixture in the region’s food and beverage industry.
What Tommy was reminded of during shuttered
days of the pandemic was that his customers were
also his community. He gave out his cell phone
number and had customers calling him for instructions
on how to cook items they purchased in
take-out fashion from his store. Connection, one
of the eight Cs of Self leadership, became a staple
of his business.
Audra Lowray-Upchurch, owner of Meaningful
Manuscripts in Virginia, decided to contact her
clients directly and ask them what they needed
regarding their writing and getting their books
published. What she learned led her to adapt
her business model including taking online a
long-planned, in-person summit for writers
which proved to be hugely successful.
Hearing about the resilience and courage of these
business owners to adapt their offerings was very
inspirational. While I’m sure they, and all of us, have
had parts that have worried about our livelihoods
and the sustainability of our businesses, many have
demonstrated the ability to pause and discern how
they and their services needed to evolve. For some,
this has allowed them not just to survive in the
pandemic but to thrive.
Based on the wisdom shared in the webinar
series, I have the following recommendations
for business owners:
Do an inventory of all the things you assumed
to be true about your business (your services,
your customers, the market, etc.) before the
pandemic and clarify what’s true now.
Conduct a survey (online and/or interviews)
with a healthy sampling of your clients/
customers and ask them what they are
Revisit your business vision, mission, and
high-level strategy (with a business coach
if needed) and evaluate to see what course
corrections may be needed.
Talk to other business owners in your industry
to see what they have learned and how they
have adapted to survive and even thrive during
Pay attention to your own self-care and
development—discover what burdens you may
be carrying that may be hindering your business
success and what is surfacing to be healed
Reflect on what gifts the pandemic has brought
to you personally and professionally—perhaps in
the form of learning new ways of being, relating,
and doing business.
Brian Jaudon is an organizational coach based in
Greenville, South Carolina. A business coach and
alchemist specializing in team development and
creating values-driven organizations, he guides
teams and companies in creating true alignment between
their vision, strategy and values. Brian’s clients
range from small family-owned businesses to large
corporations in multiple industries throughout North
America. He draws on
his extensive training
in the Internal Family
Systems (IFS) Model
and is the co-author
of the IFS-Inspired
delivered in partnership
with IFS Institute.
The last five months have slowed some
things down and revved other things
up. As some of the machinery of
society slowed to a halt, it seems we all
experienced a bit of a break. Yet, we
have no time for anything beyond
surviving. Parents are home, some
working—others tragically not—helping
children with home learning. Holding it
all together is a challenge. My
school-aged child is now sixteen,
and he pretty much was able to
manage himself and engage in the
minimal amount of schoolwork
requested to end the school year. But
here we go again, fall is afoot and now
living with the pandemic is the new
(hopefully temporary) normal.
The Foundation’s website provides videos
to watch about home learning, as well as
many other topics to support people during
this challenging time, see the “innervention”
Tools page. Whether your school is starting
in-person, online, or in a hybrid model, my
hunch is that home learning will continue. I call
what we do now home learning, because we
are not home schooling and students are not
only doing homework. Here are some tips that
may help home learning go more smoothly.
Create an environment that supports
curiosity and dialogue. When you find
a moment, you may pose open-ended
questions to your children, or share your
thoughts on various topics. When children
are used to engaging in dialogue at home,
or discussing current events with parents,
they can write their arguments or dive into
topics in class with more skill.
Remember that stress makes learning more
challenging for students. Notice when you
feel urgency, pressure, or annoyance, and
check which parts of you are activated.
Find enough space to breathe and then talk
to your child from that more grounded
Allow children to help set up their schedules
and drive their own learning as much as
possible. Autonomy is shown to increase
engagement in learning. When you choose
what you want to do, you tend to get
Let teachers guide the learning while you
play a supportive role. If your child is stuck or
confused about the work, you may ask, “What
did your teacher say about this?” or “Can you
ask your teacher, or another student?” You
may also offer ideas for how to find answers
through books or online research.
Don’t correct your children’s work, otherwise
teachers cannot assess what children are and
are not learning.
Protect your children’s concentration.
When they are engaged, do not interrupt or
help. When students are engaged, learning is
happening. You can check in when they
stop or take a break.
Seth Kopald, PhD, is an Insight Coach who
leads individual sessions, couple communication
sessions, and groups, creating a safe space
and guiding people to care for themselves in a
loving and insightful way. Seth became an IFS
practitioner in 2012 and has contributed to the
IFS community by initiating the IFS Self-led
Parenting and the Parts Art Facebook pages.
He has developed IFS-related parenting videos
and podcasts, and written articles on parenting
and couples’ communication. He is also a staff
member for IFS trainings. Most recently, he
coaches principals participating in bringing
IFS to their schools. Seth holds a PhD in Organizational
Management with a Specialization in
Leadership, and holds a Master’s in Education.
Published in February 2020
“When difficult people provoke
us, responding to them
scripturally can be tricky.
This book, featuring an IFS
exercise, is my attempt to
demonstrate how to deal with
challenging interactions without
sacrificing our feelings. I’m
so thankful to Dr. Schwartz for
birthing an elegant Model to
dialogue with all of our parts,
including those who occupy
—Audrey Davidheiser, PhD
Published in September 2009
“Deep appreciation to Dick Schwartz and the
IFS community for 35 years of helping people
harmonize their inner worlds while bringing a
healing paradigm to the broader world. Hope abounds!”
—Dorie Cameron, LICSW, Certified IFS Therapist
Much of what keeps us healthy
and content may seem like
common sense—though it
doesn’t necessarily make it easy
to do. We reflected on that
common sense during these
uncommon times. Here is
what we identified that
helps us maintain and
Book first published in April 2007
Translated into Spanish | Two Editions
“In order to be a light to ourselves and lead,
we need to see our light (first). Through the
YOUniverse Feeling Wheel and the Big Bright,
I hope to provide some guidance for us to see
our light so we can be a light to our feelings
(our parts) and lead. To Dick Schwartz, I extend
my heartfelt gratitude for giving us IFS, the most
inspiring and practical Model of healing
and leadership that I, my clients, and my
family continue to live by. ”
—David Cantor, LMFT
First Volume Published in September 2019
“Our four-volume journal supports clients in staying
connected with their inner system in between therapy
sessions. The theme for each volume focuses on two of
the eight qualities of Self. Our intention is to provide a
supportive therapeutic structure in between sessions
for IFS clients to practice and experience
self-empowerment and healing.
We congratulate Dick Schwartz and all his
colleagues who worked so tirelessly to promote
the healing potential of IFS over the past 35 years,
and we are honored to be a part of that tradition.”
—Elaine Casquarelli, PhD, LPCC; and Karin Lubin, EdD
Keeping up with routines.
The ones that are truly calming
to us. Eating well. Getting outside
to exercise daily, and adhering
to a normal sleep schedule.
Simple, but not easy, yet all
help to normalize this time.
Managing the media diet. Checking in online
with a few trusted sources for information,
while keeping the television off, except
for enriching programs. Avoidance does
not make fear go away, so choose news
carefully and in small doses.
Talking about other things. Whether with
family, clients, friends, or co-workers, inject
a heartfelt story, a recipe, or a book
recommendation to lift the mood.
Creating quiet time during the day. Allowing
these “be here now” moments to interrupt the
stress can provide the calming awareness
to just “be.” Getting lost in something that
captivates you, like gardening or doing a
puzzle or a simple craft. Several gifts of
mindfulness throughout the day contribute
to a sense of safety and peace.
Expressing gratitude. Engaging in activities
which connect you to your body and inspire
your heart. Smiles and appreciation are contagious
and de-stressing. All of these habits and
practices can help create contentment and
“enoughness” amidst this new era.
Caring for Yourself with Kindness is…
Compassionate to your needs
Creative and flexible
Clear about your intentions
Curious to try new things
Connected with others and Self
Confident that you are enough
Courageous to leave unhealthy patterns
Calm knowing you can regulate
your system inside and out
Two editions | First edition published in
September 2009 | Two additional Volumes |
Translated into Korean, German, Spanish,
Polish, and Taiwan Chinese
“The IFS Model has changed my life in so
many ways. It has completely transformed
my therapy work so that I do IFS
—Jay Earley, PhD, Certified IFS Therapist
Anna Tansi, MS Org Psych, began her career as a registered dietitian,
focused on the whole health of human beings. After she got her MS in
Org Psychology, she re-tooled her focus to supporting the health of
human systems as people collaborate to get work done. She provides
facilitation, coaching, and consulting expertise to organizations of all
kinds, as they explore how to care for and optimize the work environment
while also attending to/caring for their own inner systems.
Jaqueline Germain, MS, ND, is a co-founder of The Connecticut Center
for Health and has practiced natural family medicine since 1983. Prior to
medical school, she studied botany, religious studies, and environmental
science. She recently completed Internal Family Systems levels 1 and
2 at Central Connecticut State University and completed a certificate
program in narrative medicine at Columbia University. She is passionate
about overall well-being integrating these modalities with individuals
and groups as well as organizations.
Theresa Velendzas, MS, is the founder of Altraform where she helps
clients with wellness self-advocacy, a core life principle that she
learned from the beloved elderly she worked with in various long-term
care settings. In addition to her studies in psychology and health care
management, Theresa holds certifications in fitness and Internal Family
Systems (IFS). A mom and spouse to an ER physician on the frontlines
of COVID-19, she offers tools for grounding ourselves so that we can
I have been using the IFS Model on
my daily hikes during this horrific
pandemic. It has kept me sane. In April,
my liver shut down from a hepatitis
infection, so I landed in the hospital for a
week, fearful that I was dying. Of course,
no visitors were allowed, though friends
and family frequently called.
What got me through were hours of meditation in
a hospital bed, and then being back in the woods
when I was finally discharged. The meditations
were about holding and loving the “panicked” and
“grieving” parts that believed life was over. We were
actually able to find peace with that belief. Now that
I am back to 100% health, I experience so much
gratitude just to be able to hike in nature—no matter
the weather or what might be weighing on my mind.
Like the virus itself, I believe we can be infected by
strong feelings, like fear of being deathly sick. IFS
calls this “blending,” where the feeling and thoughts
supporting it consume our conscious awareness.
The first step in resolving our situation is to retrieve
enough of our Self energy so its qualities can again
be available to us (the 8Cs that most have come to
recognize: calm, curiosity, confidence, courage,
creativity, compassion, clarity, and connectedness).
As I think back, here is what helped me navigate the
Coronavirus panic. I hope these steps—that you may
want to consider—can help you, too:
Allow the feeling to be recognized as fear
and worry rather than as an annoyance to
be pushed aside.
Focus on the disturbance (feelings and
thoughts around it) as an entity separate from
yourself. This is the critical first step in our
IFS Model called unblending.
Check that other parts which may be trying
to help you are relaxed and trusting you to focus
on “the disturbance.”
Get to know this part of yourself. For me, I often
spend days getting to know this part by taking
hikes together or during meditation sessions.
Befriending this part helps us begin our journey
of healing together by ending the confusion,
fear, and denial that was overtaking us whenever
this part was activated.
Ray Mount, PhD, is a
clinical psychologist and a
certified IFS therapist. He
is practicing as a “guide”
in a new wilderness-based
program. The objective of
this approach is to work
with our “parts” while experiencing
healing power of nature
and Self energy. Dr. Mount
believes that this program is ideally suited for those
who already connect with outdoor activities and
nature while feeling confined or restricted in
an office setting.
The “innervention” Program was led by Executive
Director Toufic Hakim, PhD. All videos in the toolbox
were produced by Jason Malli, MFA, MALS, who also
contributed to the Program by adding calming
original music videos to the toolkit.
First published in 2013 | Translated into Taiwanese and German
“The explosion of the IFS Model in the world
speaks volumes for the efficacy of the work and the
impact that it has made on countless lives and their
capacity to heal and transform. I am ever grateful
for the opportunity to teach and utilize this Model
to deepen this impact.”
—Bonnie Weiss, MA, LCSW
Consistent with the attributes of Self
leadership—which the Foundation
pledges to exemplify through its
organizational values, character, and
actions—the Foundation joined
thousands of individuals and
organizations taking a stand for
justice and equity for all in the
United States and elsewhere.
The recent tragic events that renewed and
energized the movement toward greater racial
justice were a stark affirming reminder that
Black lives do matter and that any human life
is sacred and must be treated with dignity
Beyond establishing adequate laws to ensure justice, we need
love to emerge; it is through love and by seeing the other as
equal in all human aspects that we can establish social equity
Our societies hold unresolved individual and collective
trauma, which gets deepened with new, exacerbating injuries.
Fear and anger weaken our ability to dialogue and work together.
By facing them and following their tracks, we may be able to
transcend and possibly address past wrongs, which need to be
examined head-on. We need to muster the courage to treat and
heal each other’s resulting injuries, whether moral, emotional,
cultural, or economic. And we must hold onto hope, tightly, and
engage in whatever action is possible—no action is too small—to
bring about desired change.
In view of this social reawakening, the Foundation engaged
in the following activities as signs of unwavering support to
its brothers and sisters in the Black community:
Produced and posted a public statement on racial
equity and justice (reproduced below).
Hosted the first of what is hoped to be a series of panel
discussions on “Uncovering Legacy Burdens of Racism,”
as a Phase II effort in its “innervention” program.
Organized the launch of an IFS Leadership Fellows
Program to recruit ten promising leaders from
marginalized communities in which IFS has been
commonly inaccessible, provided them with IFS trainings,
mentored them, and involved them in formal leadership
development experiences (more on this in
as a Phase II effort in its “innervention” program.
as a Phase II effort in its “innervention” program.
future communiqués). —THM
“The arc of the moral
universe is long, but it
bends toward justice.”
__Martin Luther King
Published in November 2018
“Jane and I chose to write this
book to bring the worlds of
education and psychotherapy
together. Our intent has been
to teach people of all ages how
to be in harmonious control of
their internal world of thoughts,
feelings, and emotions. The
outcome is the nurturing of
Self-leadership. We hope, as
Dick Schwartz suggested, that
this book will find its way to
teachers and school leaders and
help “transform education in
the direction needed to address
the massive problems our
planet is facing.” We believe
that IFS and Values-based
Education are great partners
working to transform
—Neil Hawkes, DPhil, FRSA
At the Foundation for Self Leadership, we stand in solidarity with all those across
the United States and the world who are seeking equity and justice for all.
The events of this past week* underscore the reality that our Black sisters and
brothers continue to experience the effects of inequality and acts of injustice
at the hands of individuals, institutions, and governments.
We stand in solidarity with you, fully aware that we can no longer look the other way. We recognize that the pain
of generations has spilled over. We hold you in our hearts, empathize with your struggles, and mourn the many senseless
deaths and the suffering that ensues and lingers. We respect and defend your rights to stand tall, march with purpose,
express your concerns with audacity and nonviolence, and speak truth to power. In so doing, you give voice not only to Black people everywhere but also to every member of a minority community who lives in fear for being who they are.
We stand ever hopeful that you will be fully visible and fully heard, and that we, as a society, will find the Self-led courage to face our individual and institutional racism and our conscious and unconscious biases with humility, honesty, and a commitment to change. We acknowledge that such change means, in the words of social scientist Dolly Chugh, moving from being believers in a just, fair, and welcoming society into being builders of that new world.
We stand recommitted as an organization to our mission of promoting inner harmony to help create a more peaceful,
inclusive world in which differences in gender, ethnicity, culture, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, ability, or any other differentiating characteristic are welcomed and affirmed. Our board members and associates are committed to identifying and addressing our own unconscious biases as we seek to serve our community, and to expanding our board membership to ensure a wide diversity of representation, thought, perspectives, and sensibilities.
We stand with those who understand that it is often through suffering that wholeness and self-actualization may be
achieved. We recognize that we can tap into our deep inner wisdom and harness its qualities of courage and compassion
for self and others that will lead us through our suffering into a space of inner harmony. We know that this inner harmony can then source our contribution to a more just and peaceful world. We acknowledge that anger, fear, insecurity, and outrage are also companions on our human journey. We notice them, we engage with them, and we allow our inner wisdom to lead them and to place their experiences in perspective lest they rob us and the world of the peace, harmony, and connection we so deeply desire.
We stand with our community and with all people everywhere who believe that each of us holds the right, as a breathing human, to think independently, speak freely, and be treated with dignity.
We stand with all those who proactively strive for equity, justice, and peace and who desire to bring hope and be a light in the world that reaches every corner of darkness.
We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters of every color and creed; every background, identity, and experience; who place love above hate and a strong desire to learn and understand before judgment and condemnation. Foundation for Self Leadership | June 6, 2020*
Published in September 2007 | Now in its 4th edition
Translated into five languages
“This book was written to offer clinicians and clients an
easy, non-academic way to understand the IFS Model through
examples from everyday life, illustrations, and clinical
examples. It was born out of a creative collaboration with
artist and psychologist, Sharon Eckstein. By using her art
to illustrate the parts in my lectures, my students’ puzzled
looks turned into excitement and a ready grasp of the IFS
Model. The clear simplicity of the IFS Model comes to
life so well when combined with art.
I thank my wife Lauri for dragging me to Dick’s IFS workshop
in the 80’s and for her editorial skills, clinical insights, and
efforts to keep my professor part’s academic language in check…
I am grateful for Dick’s creativity in bringing this Model
into the world and to all those who have been involved
in developing, teaching, and using the Model to bring
healing to those in need.”
—Tom Holmes, PhD
The Foundation organized and presented an online 90-minute
panel discussion on July 19, 2020 titled Uncovering Legacy Burdens
of Racism. This interactive event, which was very well attended,
sought to meet the following objectives:
Explore ways to be and behave during times of racial tension.
Acknowledge the collective trauma & grief.
Showcase how IFS can be helpful in times like these.
The panel consisted of active members
of the IFS community:
Requina Barnes, LICSW (moderator), specializes
in relationships, attachment, and trauma.
Through her Boston, MA, private practice,
she works primarily with men, women, and
couples of color. Requina is a member of
the Foundation for Self Leadership Board
Chris Burris, LPC, LMFT, is a Senior Lead
Trainer who serves on the Diversity
Committee for IFS Institute. In addition to
having an active clinical practice, Chris’s
focus has been on social engagement,
eldering, and diversity issues—supporting a
dedication to making the IFS Model available
and accessible to diverse populations as well
as supporting more holistic care of the
greater global community.
Fatimah Finney, LMHC, is an IFS therapist
and a yoga instructor. She provides therapy,
workshops, and yoga experiences centered
on holistic wellness. Her private practice is
in Boston, MA, and she is passionate about
helping underserved communities access
mental health services.
Nancy Sowell, MSW, LICSW, is an IFS
Senior Lead Trainer who frequently teaches
in Europe and the United States. She is a
teaching associate at Harvard Medical School,
where she has been a clinical supervisor for
over 20 years.
Deran Young, LCSW, is the Founder of
Black Therapists Rock™, an organization
that includes over 20,000 professionals
committed to reducing intergenerational
trauma in marginalized communities. Earlier
this year, she was personally recruited by
Brené Brown to consult on the inclusiveness
of Brown’s current Belonging Statement
and to inspire other corporate leaders to
operationalize diversity in their organizational
practices and policies.
Executive Director Toufic Hakim, PhD, and
Jason Malli, MFA, MALS produced the event.
The Foundation expresses deep gratitude to
these panelists for their willingness to engage
in this program and share their views and
experiences. A video of the event is available
on the Foundation’s website and its YouTube® channel.
A summary of the panelists’ conversation follows.
The Internal Family Systems Model
can be used as a way of understanding
societal racism and the underlying
causes of the behaviors that
propagate it. Whereas many
discussions of racism are focused
on economics or education or culture,
this panel sought to identify: (1) what
parts of ourselves can contribute to
thoughts or actions that can affect
how we perceive other people around
us; (2) the role of cultural and family
legacy in deriving these thoughts and
actions; and (3) how we can tap into
our inner wisdom and goodness to
reframe them. If we can identify
the obstacles to racial equality and
understanding that exist within all
of us, we can better understand
those around us and contribute
to the struggle for equality.
The moderator posed the question, “What parts
have been most activated in your system today,
given the current events in the societal calls for
greater racial equity and justice?”
One of the panelists brought up that the current
fight for civil rights activated her “self-righteous”
part, before explaining how her kneejerk
reaction is to be annoyed with those who aren’t
concerned for, or fighting for, civil rights the way
she and others are. She explained, “I wanna force
people to see things my way, I want them to
disregard all their parts and just jump into the
wagon that I’m in. Just believe as I believe, see
things as I see them, and the world will be right.”
If we identify this part of ourselves that gets
annoyed with those who don’t think or see as we
think or see, it’s similar to white supremacy culture
in the sense that we perceive our own value to be
greater than that of those around us while seeking to
dictate their beliefs. It is incumbent on us all to honor
everyone’s own individual journey and experiences.
Another panelist referred to a part of herself that
is afraid of the conversation. This part is fearful
of joining the conversation and making a mistake
or offending others. It is important for all of us to
“show up” and have the conversation, keep an open
mind, and not be afraid of being wrong or learning
something new. Racism and inequality cannot be
addressed if people are sitting out conversations due
to fear of their own ignorance or imperfections. In
order to be allies to those fighting for civil rights and
equality, we must be able to learn from others, hear
painful truths, and broaden our own understanding
of how inequality touches all our lives. This fearful
part can also manifest as numbness; out of fear or
feeling sadness or pain or fear, we turn away from it.
We must seek to understand it—otherwise, it cannot
be engaged with or remedied and can act as an
obstacle to growth and understanding.
Knowing the parts of ourselves who can undermine
the pursuit of equality allows us to engage with them
creatively and allows us to sustain our engagement
with the fight for equality and the dismantling of systemic
racism. It is important to know the difference
between working on our own personal racism (the
individual manifestations and influence of broader
systemic discrimination) and the fight against
systemic racism. One panelist expressed concern
that confronting our own personal racism could also
bog down the fight to reform our societal systems.
We must be able to do both without letting our own
insecurities prevent us from confronting these conditions,
as it’s important to not let fear prevent us from
doing our best to grow, evolve, and contribute in a
productive and understanding fashion.
Racism and inequality
cannot be addressed if people
are sitting out conversations
due to fear of their own
ignorance or imperfections.
An important point is that guilt and shame are not
useful tools for change; instead, they help us get
defensive. If we’re feeling guilty about our own parts
or past actions, we need to be able to look at those
parts and understand why we acted or thought the
way we did. Self-compassion is essential in order to
have the broader compassion and empathy that one
can extend to others. The IFS Model encourages us
to understand our own parts and seek to understand
the parts in others, since without that understanding,
it’s too easy for us to get defensive or indifferent and
close ourselves off to our own potential evolution
and growth. Once we gain awareness and
endeavor to overcome the trap of guilt and shame,
we become more curious… which allows for a more
Ultimately racism and inequality, while systemic
in nature, are fundamentally rooted in all of us. Our
own biases, fears, insecurities, guilt, and desires can
all be fuel to this inequality and racism. IFS provides
a useful framework tool to look inward and address
these feelings in a way that allows us to be more
receptive to those around us and better equipped
to join the march of progress that society as a whole
seems to be on. If we turn away from these painful
truths and uncomfortable conversations, we prevent
ourselves from learning or understanding others,
and only by being able to better understand those
around us can we address the parts of us that hold
keys to healing.
Panelists collectively urged everyone to reach
out and get involved, whether through internal
or external work. And they suggested a series of
calls to action for us to consider.
Listen carefully to what is coming up inside each
of us. Why are we activated? What is causing our
discomfort or pain?
Find and connect with people who can help
us and in turn whom we can help so we do not
get isolated and overwhelmed by the task
Stay “courageously engaged” to the extent
we can in the social movements of our time and
not let our own fear or uncertainty prevent us
from taking steps to action.
Make sure to practice our own self-awareness
about our parts and potential invisible spots,
be compassionate with ourselves and others,
and reach out when there is something we do
not understand or something that may
be impeding our growth.
Wake up to our own identities and explore
how these identifies show up in our system—how
each shapes the way we view others and how
others view us. There are plenty of resources
on the Internet, in books, and within the IFS
community that can help with this.
There is tangible value in learning through IFS
about our parts and racism, and then actually going
and doing the work. It is easy to get caught up in the
“how” and “why,” which can lead to inaction, instead
of trusting our own abilities and moving forward.
While inquiry is an essential first step, at some
point all of us must do our part and act, whether
through self-improvement, contributing to the
larger conversation, or any other type of positive
contribution to the IFS community and the larger
struggle for racial equality.
Published in December 2017
An uplifting invitation to discover The Finest, Truest Place Within You
| An award-winning journey into expansive, engaging inner dialogues filled
with wonder and infused with Self energy and a sense of possibility.
"I am deeply grateful to the IFS Model and its developer, Dick Schwartz, for
illuminating the path to Self and inspiring me to write this book—not so much
to describe Self energy, but rather to speak more directly from Self energy,
and in so doing, encourage others to do the same, bringing all of us closer to
a deep, resonant YES!"
—Anna Huckabee Tull, MA, Master Life Coach
and Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter
Published in Fall 2018
“How deeply ingrained are shame and trauma in the
fabric of modern culture? 7 Keys is designed to help
clinicians help their clients, presenting many practices
along with the why’s and how’s of our work. IFS has
been embedded within the 7 Keys and two separate
chapters have been dedicated to IFS considering it has
framed, as I see it, my most potent work ever.
Thank you so much, Dick, for creating this amazing
practice-changing work and congratulations for how
this Model has grown over these past 35 years.”
-Joy Freeman, PhD (candidate)
First edition Published in Fall 2013 | Three editions |
An accessible way to give an image and voice to the
sub-personalities within us called Parts | 75 durable,
full-color cards that illustrate the inner active life of our Parts |
Blank cards for creating personalized images available
“The Inner Active Cards were designed to serve as a visual
access to the Internal System of our “Parts,” as presented in
Tom Holmes’s book, Parts Work: An Illustrated Guide to your
Inner Life. lFS has proven to be powerfully transformative,
recognizing the ego’s multiplicity and the core Wisdom of Self.
My hope is that the cards give form to the many voices in our
heads… Our lauds and deepest gratitude to Dick Schwartz
for his contribution to the healing of our world.”
—Sharon Sargent Eckstein, MFA, MA (Counseling
Psychology), LLP, and LPC (Holistic Health)
A day in the not-so-distant future…
Just like the DREAM WITH US snippets in past
OUTLOOK editions, we share these visions driven
by vivid day-dreams and imaginings, to remind us
we must hold tight onto ideals of a better future
and the hope they represent, promising never to be
tempted by cynicism or callousness, to keep trying
and never surrender—and if we are to surrender,
then only to accepting whatever outcomes emerge
without giving up our responsibility to act and our
desire to leave the world a better place than it was
when it welcomed us in…
The Foundation is doing all in our capacity, with
our little engine that can, however much it can,
to invite others to open a window into their own
Self and embrace all that they’ve experienced
today, generated through life… and believe they
have what it takes to overcome it all.
Through the self-empowering and healing
notions, language, and practice of parts and
Self (which IFS therapists and practitioners have
experienced, individuals exposed to the IFS
paradigm have affirmed thousands of times over,
and empirical evidence is now starting to indicate),
our view of ourselves and the world gets
transformed and with it our relationships with
others, at home, at work, and everywhere
In support of numerous initiatives of an
entrepreneurial IFS community, and in close
collaboration with IFS Institute, the Foundation
will continue to incubate new applications of IFS
in more and more settings… And as individuals
“meet themselves and Self” in various settings
(see the Universe of IFS below), what was
imagined above may one day, for one hour or
one moment, become possible… and all of us
will be better for it.
Imagine the possibilities.
We invite you to take on a sliver of this
universe and engage, where you feel called
to do so, in the cause of IFS advocacy and
advancement… across all settings.
And, if you’re able and willing, support
the Foundation in our effort to keep
(*) See the article Nature is Speaking - Conservation International
Editors’ Note: The Foundation, through OUTLOOK, seeks to keep the IFS community aware of recent IFS Institute (IFSI)
developments. As separate, yet related organizations, it’s
important to highlight and applaud the Institute’s progress.
See what’s new at the Institute. __MLG
Shawn Casselberry, new Director of Staffing
Assistant, as well as Kimberly Plaxton, new
Training Program Admissions and Records
Manager, were recently hired. We extend
a warm welcome to them both.
Ashley Curley has temporarily taken over
the position of International Training Director.
She will most likely return to her role as Annual
Conference Coordinator when it is safe to hold
large in-person gatherings again.
Jon Schwartz, MEd, is stepping down as CEO.
We wish Jon well and thank him for his many
years of service to IFS Institute and support
of the Foundation. The search for his replacement
continues and the position will be filled in the last
quarter of 2020. He will stay on for 90 days
through the transition.
All training programs transitioned into
the online realm in 2020, as a result of the
pandemic. Training programs are filling faster
than ever before. The most recent training
programs filled within 10 minutes. IFSI is
dramatically increasing the number of
trainings available each year.
In the interest of increasing the number
of IFS trainers to meet the demand, while
improving the trainer training experience,
IFSI began its first Leadership Training Program
(LTP) in September, 2020. The 2020 LTP is
completely online and is a one-year training
program led by Senior Solo-Lead Trainers
Pam Krause, MSW, LCSW, and Toni
Herbine-Blank, MS, RN, C-SP, with 15 Assistant
Trainers. Successful completion of the program
will result in promotion to the Co-Lead Trainer.
Also in the interest of increasing the
number of IFS trainers, and in the interest
of increasing a younger and more diverse
leadership in the IFS community, IFSI will begin
its first Accelerated Training Program (ATP) in
January, 2021. The ATP is an online, nine-month
program led by Senior Solo Lead Trainers Toni
Herbine-Blank, MS, RN, C-SP, and Pam Krause,
MSW, LCSW, with as many as 16 participants.
Successful completion of the program will result
in promotion to Assistant Trainer positions.
Published in September 2013
“There’s a Part of Me... was
written to add to the IFS
canon by providing a quick
and easy read about IFS for
the lay audience. Co-author
Bill Brennan and I wanted to
convey the experience of our
parts and internal system
by inviting stories from the
public and reflecting on those
stories, which illustrate how
our parts interact within
us and impact our lives. I’m
always gratified to hear from
IFS therapists who outfit
their offices with copies of
the book for their clients,
and others who found it
enriching and helpful.”
—Jon Schwartz, MEd,
2008-2020 CEO of IFS Institute
(formerly The Center for
Published in December 2018
“I am indescribably grateful
to Dick for this work; I’m a
very different person than
I used to be.”
—Lia DeLand, MS, LCMHC, NCC
Editor’s Note: In the Rain is
a song about Self meeting
a young lost and burdened
part and being able to help
her. In it, there is a sense of
connection to nature, hope
of connection to other
people and to something
greater. “It gave me hope
that there could be something
good in me, and a
sense of timeless existence
in the Universe,” shares
author Kari Viken, MD, a
recent Level 1 graduate.
Out in the heavy rain
I’m watching you girl
the world is dripping wet
all the way through
so are you
don’t seem to mind
the rain on you is kind
like blessings from above
fall on your face
leaving a trace of hope
like tears that rinse the soul
wash out the sand
leaving the gold
you think there is something basically wrong
a darkness inside of you all along
you need a caring hand
crossing the street
I rush to meet you
and take you to the park
swing on the swings
push you so high, so high
a crack in the sky
a sunbeam escape through layers of grey
join in the laugh
join in the play
in the rain
in the rain
there’s light in this world
there are people too
and there’s you
The Foundation for Self Leadership and IFS Institute are engaged in significant efforts, with great common determination and towards a shared vision: to facilitate Self-discovery and promote Self leadership across the world. Yet, they have separate and independent legal, fiscal, and governance systems.
“We get together on the basis of our similarities; we grow on the basis of our differences.”
The Foundation for Self Leadership, creator of OUTLOOK, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to supporting robust research to establish IFS as evidence-based, broadening access to IFS in communities otherwise underserved by IFS, such as schools and veteran groups, and expanding the outreach and advocacy of IFS across the globe. The Foundation was established in 2013.
The IFS Institute is dedicated to ensuring consistency in the education of IFS Model. The Institute, while originally called The Center for Self Leadership (CSL), was established in 2000 and is home to all formal IFS in-person trainings and online programs, hosts the annual conference, and manages a growing store of IFS books and resources.
Published January 2020
“Writing this book, with multiple audiences ranging from teens to adults in mind, was a way of honoring my Parts as well as celebrating the immense gift that IFS has become. My hope is that it illuminates in an accessible way the celestial power of Self and invites each and every one of us to bring healing to our world by healing our own Parts… I want to celebrate you, Dick, and the incredible IFS community for 35 years and many more...”
—Shelly Johnson, MA LMHC
Editor’s Note: For a man with big ideas, Chris Burris LPC, LMFT, eschews the notion of being idealistic and instead oozes a calm pragmatism and no-nonsense approach which is nicely in rhythm with the counseling service he provides in the heart of North Carolina. With a family legacy steeped in the farming, building, and bricklaying work of his forebears, Chris is also known for his work with men’s groups and conscious eldering. He has been a Lead Trainer with IFSI since 2008. Chris has a keen interest in racial equity and has been active with Black Therapists Rock™. In June this year, he participated in Uncovering Legacy Burdens of Racism (see pg 32). In this conversation, Chris shares with us his story of being introduced to IFS and his thoughts about its direction in the future.
Chris first met Dick Schwartz at a family therapy networker conference in 1999 where Dick was conducting a book signing. He had only a working understanding of Internal Family Systems theory but was experiencing the feeling of being ‘therapeutically stuck’ with a complex client and so consulted Dick about the case. This was a turning point for Chris, who noted that, “Dick was so generous and helpful.” Soon after, Chris commenced IFS training and became aware that when observing Dick do his demonstrations, “the client’s authentic Self just seemed to emerge like magic and they were able to come into their fullness.” For Chris, who had previously observed psychotherapy’s tendency to focus on neurosis and dysfunction, the approach of IFS with its emphasis on Self energy and honoring the whole and complete individual was a breath of fresh air. “From that moment, I was hooked,” he said.
“I found that the precise language and concepts of IFS made it easier for folks to negotiate their inner landscape—the language is so much more adaptable and user-friendly,”
Chris has a background as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Licensed Professional Counselor, and has more recently obtained the status of Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor. Feeling that he works best with clients where the process is collaborative, he allows for exploration of the presenting issues from a non-pathological perspective while taking into consideration a multidimensional approach. Before being formally introduced to IFS, some of his influences were Salvador Minuchin, Jay Haley, Milton Erickson, and Marianne Walters—all significant contributors to the development of family therapy in its formative years. “I found that the precise language and concepts of IFS made it easier for folks to negotiate their inner landscape—the language is so much more adaptable and user-friendly,” he comments, observing that psychotherapeutic theory relating to the inner psyche is mysterious and complicated.
Having completed Level 1 in 1999, Chris was then a Program Assistant (PA) for Dick Schwartz, PhD, and Susan McConnell, MA, CHT, for a Level 1 training, working his way through the various levels of training as a PA before becoming an Assistant Trainer and then a Lead Trainer in 2008. He notes with some wryness that he is currently the youngest Senior Lead Trainer in the team; a point which contains some inherent irony considering his interest in conscious eldering specifically, and his interest in men’s groups, rites of passage, and psycho-spiritual transitions in general.
In terms of the links between men’s groups, rites of passage work, and IFS, Chris notes that even though we might go through a transition process using intention and ritual in the outer world, some of our internal parts don’t get the message and therefore stay stuck in that earlier developmental stage. So, Chris uses IFS to build the bridge between our parts’ former state of egocentrism and helps them move toward what he calls a state of ‘ecocentrism.’ In that process, younger parts who have been left out of the loop are acknowledged and assisted to transition into the state of elderhood, too. Chris observes that, “parts get trapped or locked in time through trauma and so they remain in the past. While ceremony is largely about creating intention, all parts need to be updated into the present moment and that’s where IFS comes in.”
Having fun is one of the things Chris enjoys most about being a lead trainer. “If I’m having fun, then I know it’s a good training,” he reflects. Chris also notes that for those therapists who have been working for a long time, providing training allows them the opportunity to know themselves in a new and better way, which of course impacts positively on their clients. Being a lead trainer provides Chris with the opportunity to reach a wider group of people and he gains a great deal of enjoyment from mentoring other trainers and being part of the staff team responsible for the provision of IFS training around the globe.
When asked about where he sees IFS heading in 10 to 20 years’ time, Chris observes that IFS is likely to be ‘infused everywhere,’ noting its potential for creating collaborative conversations—a dynamic he says is much needed in the polarized state of the United States these days. He gives the example of meeting a group of trial lawyers involved in activism to help them better access Self energy and be more authentic in their relationships. “Using IFS in this way can help influence human society and change the world,” he says. It doesn’t get more pragmatic or no-nonsense than that! Chris can be contacted on email@example.com. __SD
Published in September 2020
“In this book, I explore the question, ‘Why do we talk so much about love, but often fail to be loving?’ Dick’s steadfast confidence and the exceptional training I received through the Institute helped me access the courage to write this for Christians and therapists with clients burdened through encounters with the Christian community. I join the many people impacted by 35 years of access to IFS in bringing attention to the importance of loving all parts of us, removing constraints to unconditional love, and facilitating healing and transformation.”
—Molly LaCroix, LMFT, Certified IFS Therapist
Editor’s Note: Each one of us contains many stories of our lives.
Sometimes they record the mundane, and sometimes they represent
the raw experiences we’ve been through. For those who have
experienced the incredible healing potential of IFS, these stories
illustrate this transformative process. To transcend trauma and
difficult circumstances, and through that come closer to our
essential nature, is one of the greatest gifts of life.
OUTLOOK has featured Stories of Transformation in several editions.
We do so with the knowledge that by sharing our experiences, we
touch the lives of others, and in turn encourage them to embark upon
their own inner work. We also believe such stories, much like the concrete
research which is currently being conducted, lend confidence in
the Model and provide an example of how circumstances can change
dramatically. We hope that Dan’s story, below, inspires you. __MLG
Published April 2019
“I offer this book to all readers as a thoughtprovoking
mosaic of topics supporting the eight C’s
of Self, with a gentle introduction to IFS… For his 35
years of exceptional insight, hard work and dedication,
I send my heartfelt gratitude to Dick for supplying
the world with a framework that elucidates Self and
facets of who we are as central to the exploration of
our true nature and incalculable potential. HAPPY 35!”
—Laura Bafford Leslie, LCSW, PhD (Candidate)
After extreme GI discomfort, I had a
much-delayed colonoscopy. I was so fit,
healthy, and physically invincible. How
was it possible, my dismissive, avoidant
part claimed, that results could be
anything but clean? When the doctor
told us that there was a strong
possibility of a malignant tumor,
the earth moved off its axis, and we
were catapulted into an alien world.
There was a part of me that felt invulnerable and
wanted to deny a genetic legacy. My inner critic
was quite angry at this complacent and reckless
part. In shock and feeling overwhelmed, I remember
so clearly my wife Felice holding me and declaring,
“You will not be alone on this journey and we will get
through it together.” The young and vulnerable inner
child within who had been abandoned by a sick,
inconsistent, and neglectful mom, relaxed and folded
into his wife’s arms.
Soon after, the doctors confirmed that I had Stage
III colorectal cancer. I was now forced to cope with
a massive crisis in my life and a three-part treatment
protocol (chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery).
As my grieving parts settled down, effective internal
manager parts asserted themselves and Felice
and I gathered our internal and external resources
to cope with this threat.
The next month was an ordeal that tested my
tolerance for pain and physical and psychological
discomfort. I was dealing with the psychological
stress of the unknown and uncontrollable. I feared
the worst and worked to unblend from the cascade
of catastrophic thinking. Social support, courage,
and self-compassion were required to meet these
challenges and I reached deep inside for
Today, I continue to pursue aggressive treatment
at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston. IFS and
the perspective it provides has helped me cope with
my new reality. My own IFS psychotherapy helped
me traverse the difficulties I encountered in having
to step away from my practice on medical leave and
then resume it. It helped me gain clarity on how
having cancer impacted my psychotherapeutic work.
My therapist manager parts were highly reactive,
anxious, and worried about leaving my practice
and abandoning my patients without any warning.
I couldn’t figure out how to communicate to my
patients that I would return but needed this time to
take care of myself. I was the epitome of the reliable
and consistent therapist, and I was able to unblend
or separate from protectors who had blocked clarity
and confidence that would benefit my patients.
I crafted a letter letting my patients know that I
needed time to deal with an emergent and serious
medical matter and would get back to them when
I was ready to resume. This allowed parts to relax
so that I could fully turn to making my recovery
a full-time job.
After six weeks of medical leave, I felt physically
and psychologically ready to resume work part time.
I sent my patients a letter that described my diagnosis,
prognosis, and treatment demands. They wanted
to be there for me and would not abandon me or
their treatment. In my IFS therapy, I became aware
of a polarization or conflict between workaholic,
compulsive parts and the part that wanted to reduce
my workload and increase self-care. In my practice
of experiential IFS therapy, patients are encouraged
and supported to be vulnerable and trust the
process. If I was to be authentic, could I not go
there myself? My inner struggle around resuming
treatment suggested that I needed therapeutic help.
Serendipitously, I had made a connection with
Richard Schwartz, PhD. In IFS sessions, Dick directed
me to my protectors first: “super-coper,” “critics,”
“perfect therapist,” “driven man,” and “care-taker,”
to name the gang. Hearing from these parts allowed
access to my inner child exile parts. From Self,
I connected with a six-year-old part that had
experienced his mother’s abandonment following
the death of her beloved sister in a tragic accident.
Prior to this trauma, my mother was active,
responsive, and loving. After the trauma, she
withdrew into chronic pain and was in and out of
hospitals. She never played with me again. In the
session, I put my arm around the little scared boy
and we cried over my loss and the loneliness
and emptiness that followed.
The deep dive into the unconscious process of
my exile world allowed other parts to be accessed
and unburdened. I developed an understanding
and respect towards my protectors. I could
appreciate their positive intention, as well as the
harmful long-term effects of having my life driven
by these well-intentioned protectors. Eventually,
the “care-taker” who couldn’t help his mother and
had worked so hard caring for others in his practice,
gave up this role and relaxed. The “perfectionistic
high achieving” parts that worked to garner attention
and validation from neglectful and distracted
parents also learned to accept new roles. This deeply
embedded adaptation, so good at making me
successful, was literally killing me.
This work helped me cope with the personal
challenges imposed by symptoms of cancer and the
existential threat that cancer poses. IFS provided a
methodology towards connecting with Self energy,
the mindfully aware compassionate consciousness,
that is so important when you treat patients.
IFS helped me feel confident in being open and
transparent to patients needing to process what
my cancer diagnosis meant to them.
Returning to work after an unplanned absence
with a diagnosis that could threaten long-term
treatment with patients imposes special demands
and exigencies on the psychotherapist. Body and
mind must be ready to assume the responsibilities
and emotional pressures that the therapeutic relationship
imposes. The therapist must be open
to having their personal ordeal reflected in
patient’s feelings, associations, and parts. For me,
accessing help from a variety of mind/body, eastern/
western treatment modalities was helpful to regain
optimal functioning; this included acupuncture,
yoga, meditation, peer supervision, IFS therapy,
and a massive dose of love and care from my close
relationships. The journey back is long and arduous,
but there is gratitude and grace (“post-traumatic
growth”) to be gained along the way.
Dan F. Pollets, PhD
He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in December 2019
“Readers seeking Self-leadership are given
a variety of daily prompts to listen inside,
reflect from Self, and meet the needs of their
parts. IFS gives us hope that we can indeed
heal inner wounds, leading to a more calm,
compassionate, and Self-led life.
I am eternally grateful for IFS—my life and
the lives of my clients have been amazingly
transformed through this work.”
—Karen Locke, MA, Certified IFS Practitioner
“This book is the culmination of my years
of experience with somatic practices and
psychotherapy. Weaving together scientific
research, universal spiritual traditions,
illustrative case examples, and experiential
practices, my intention is to provide a path for both
professionals and laypersons for witnessing and
healing the body stories of the internal system.
With gratitude for Dick and the entire
IFS community for their devotion to bringing
this transformational Model to the world.”
—Susan McConnell, MA, CHT, IFS Certified
Therapist & Senior Lead Trainer
FOUNDATION’S MILESTONES (2013–2020)
Since the Foundation was activated seven years ago, quite a bit has been accomplished to advance IFS research, development, and advocacy toward promoting emotional healing and well-being. None of it would have been possible without the community’s generous support, the hard work of few staff associates engaged in a labor of love of sorts, a large number of volunteers, and the high creativity of IFS practitioners and researchers who are dedicated to advancing a better world for all. Here is a sample list of what has been achieved to date [and funded amount]...
Formal acknowledgment of IFS as an evidence-based psychotherapy secured The application that led, through an independent and rigorous review, to the recognition of IFS therapy as an evidence-based practice was developed and submitted by the Foundation to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. As a result, IFS is considered effective for (1) improving general function and well-being. It is also deemed promising for enhancing (2) physical conditions and symptoms and (3) personal resilience and self-concept; and for reducing (4) phobia, panic, and generalized anxiety disorders and symptoms and (5) depression and depressive symptoms. (Please click here for more information.) [$5,500 USD]
Development and validation of an IFS adherence/fidelity scale completed With the help of volunteer coordinators and raters, the Foundation facilitated the crafting of IFS psychotherapy protocol and constructs as well as the development and initial statistical validation of an IFS adherence scale. The fidelity scale is an essential tool for researchers. The Foundation is now committed to ensuring that the scale is used and gets validated with every new research project. (Please click here for more information.) [$5,500 USD]
Transparent review process for IFS research grant proposals established In order to maintain research integrity and independence of its funded studies, the Foundation has set in place a review process with clearly articulated merit criteria. An independent review council of researchers has been identified for the purpose of conducting anonymous and objective assessment of the quality and likelihood of carrying out proposed research studies. The council reviews all grant applications submitted to the Foundation requesting IFS-focused research funding. (Please click here for more information.) [$3,500 USD]
Pilot study funded on the effects of IFS treatment on PTSD and complex trauma symptoms This study, led by the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Boston and supported by a group of IFS-certified therapists who are conducting the clinical work, has been completed and submitted for review to the peer-reviewed Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma. It has shown highly positive results. [$45,000 USD]
Study funded on the physiological effects of IFS on client and therapist in a clinical session This pioneering study, co-led by the Trauma Center and the Computational Behavioral Science Lab at Northeastern University, observed the client-therapist process during IFS sessions, measuring through high-tech sensors parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous signals as well as cardiovascular, respiratory, and electrodermal responses. Data collection is complete; the study is in the final stages of analysis. [$75,000 USD]
First phase of an IFS annotation project completed This project involved the review and crafting of editorial commentary on some 70+ publications (journal papers, manuscripts, doctoral theses) that focused on or alluded to IFS. The work was commissioned to a team of academic researchers, among them graduate students, and is now accessible online (see next item). [$7,500 USD] Online searchable database of IFS-related papers and books to support researchers built In an attempt to support researchers, the Foundation published on its website a new Resources page that includes a searchable list of IFS-related publications (books, articles, theses), designed with researchers in mind, to showcase the depth and breadth of IFS development. [$12,500 USD]
Media campaign on self-awareness and emotional connections explored In partnership with Education 4 Peace, a Swiss nonprofit, the Foundation engaged in the planning and design of a global animated video campaign. Its key message, to be conveyed primarily to youth by celebrity athletes, is to inspire positive behavior among sports players through self-awareness and emotional fitness. The partnership signed a licensing agreement with Disney/Pixar in Summer 2018 to use the Inside Out characters as a part of this campaign. The project has been recently tabled due to challenges in securing celebrities and funding as well as changes at Pixar. [$10,000 USD for initial design phase]
First IFS-in-Schools pilot program launched Extending access to notions of Self and parts among school students, a new pilot program was funded and launched at two middle schools in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, serving at-risk student populations. Designed by IFS practitioners with deep connections with the schools, the program engaged 16 teachers in a 10-month intensive IFS-based experience and developed agendas for transferring what they discovered and learned to the classroom. The project, which was completed in September 2018, was independently evaluated; findings were summarized in OUTLOOK’s April 2019 edition and are being prepared for publication. [$45,000 USD]
Second and expansive three-school IFS program funded Building on the success of the Minnesota project (previous item), the Foundation sponsored, in Summer 2019, a two-year Self leadership development program for teachers, staff, and administrators at three schools (a high school, a middle school, and an elementary school) in the Hartford, Connecticut area, USA. The program, currently in its second year, is designed by a IFS marriage and family therapist with experience managing a mindfulness center. It is conducted in partnership with these schools and involves workshops and coaching as well as the exploration of educational resources and ways to bring emotional learning into both the classroom and student-facing policy decisions. An independent outcomes evaluation is also being conducted. (Please click here for more information.) [$80,000 USD]
Large RCT study funded on IFS as a treatment for PTSD and opioid use An extensive research study was launched in Summer 2020 at the Harvard-affiliated Cambridge Health Alliance community mental health center, Massachusetts, USA. This rigorous, randomized clinical trial will examine IFS vs. a nature-based stress reduction program as a treatment for PTSD and opioid use. Building on a previous pilot study of IFS for PTSD treatment (see above), this two-year study will assess the effects of a 16-week IFS protocol on a randomized group from among 60 participants and will also include a feasibility and acceptability single-arm study of an IFS treatment for 12 individuals with PTSD and comorbid substance abuse disorder. [$325,000 USD, 2/3 of the study funded to-date]
Community-facing online program organized during the summer COVID-19 months With the leadership of seven IFS practitioners, a series of free workshops and resources were designed and offered to the IFS community and anyone looking for inner strength, calm, and hope during a time of unprecedented crisis. The online program, dubbed “innervention,” was designed for various groups: school educators, small business owners and executives, parents, and first responders and caregivers. The program’s 40-some videos and tools were produced and posted on the Foundation’s YouTube® channel. (Please click here for more information.) [$6,000 USD]
Comprehensive communication & outreach strategy implemented The Foundation has developed an expansive website and launched a series of social media platforms. In addition, it has created OUTLOOK (now in its 12th issue), OUTLOOK Shorts, and a series of collateral pieces, including two case statements for funding, to share news, showcase IFS-related stories and people, and deepen connections within the IFS community. An online database of friends and constituents has been set up and a digital communication platform established to manage this effort. [$127,500 USD]
Elements of a lean operational infrastructure set up to support organizational development The Foundation continues to implement its programs through a small team of staff associates, who receive relatively modest honoraria, and the dedication of many volunteers. Among them: an executive director and associates focused on research, development, and communications, finance, and web programming. All are engaged in a time-limited capacity and draw their livelihood from other professional involvements. [$134,640 USD or 18% of total expenses]
(Dollar amounts are 2013–2020 cumulative.)
Provides a predictable source of revenue so the Foundation can continue to advance notions of IFS.We have been sufficiently fortunate at the Foundation to be continually supported by committed and creative people. We have a richness of ideas and ambitious plans. We have the know-how and passion to contribute significantly toward helping our world heal. What we need is funding.
We need funding to help achieve our priorities through 2023:
fully funding the current RCT study and sponsoring more rigorous IFS studies for deeper empirical evidence on the treatment of PTSD, depression, and addiction;
supporting IFS programs for agencies that serve military veterans;
bringing IFS to teachers (and students) at more schools (both 2 & 3 combined with evaluation and research);
launching an IFS Leadership Fellows Program to bring the IFS Model to marginalized communities; and
engaging in public advocacy for healing and well-being through IFS.
Help launch us into the next phase of development.
Kelly served as the Foundation’s Senior Development
Advisor and Associate in 2018 and 2019.
She is leading principal with PROMUS+, a development
consulting practice driven by a passion
for the ability of diverse nonprofits to change lives
and the possibility that they can secure funds
for doing so through thoughtful and well-executed
plans. Kelly has operated successfully in the
development space for two decades and directed
development and marketing programs with
“We’re so pleased to have Kelly on board with us,”
says Vicki McCoy, MA, Chair of the Board. “Along
with her long-standing resource-development
expertise, she has a keen sense of what makes
organizations tick and a deep interest in public
advocacy. Even more importantly, she strongly
shares our values of ‘beloved community’ and a
vision of a better world through Self leadership.”
For Kelly, the engagement with the Foundation
is well-aligned with her personal interest of doing
work that has significant social meaning and deep
impact on our world and humanity. When she was
introduced to the Model, she was “immediately
struck by how simple the concept was—to change
the world, we needed to look no further than
ourselves. Little did I know,” she added, “I was
about to begin a journey that has no end, just a
continuous commitment to the health and
well-being of Self.”
To welcome Kelly or reach her directly, please
write her at: Kelly@FoundationIFS.org.
Published in October 2020
“This book was written during divisive times
in our nation and across the world with the hope
and urging that we can, on individual and collective
levels, recommit to a sense of responsibility and get
back on path toward civility. The Internal Family
Systems Model can provide a clear, practical,
and elegant framework that we can apply to
ourselves and our actions and improve the way
we relate to and acknowledge the dignity and
humanity of others… I have found my village
in the IFS community.”
—David Medeiros, LICSW
Published in June 2018
“This book is our attempt to show how a
You-Turn can help us befriend the parts of
ourselves carrying fear, anxiety, anger, sadness,
guilt, and shame by practicing Spirit-led self
leadership. We chose to write about IFS because
we’ve seen firsthand how powerful it is, through
our counseling work and in our own lives,
and we believe it can change your life, too.
We would like to extend our heartfelt
gratitude to Dick Schwartz and the entire
IFS community for all of the insights that
have benefited us beyond measure.”
—Alison Cook, PhD & Kimberly Miller, MTH, LMFT;
Certified IFS Practitioners
Beau Laviolette, LCSW, LAC, serves as our IFS
Gallery 35 Outreach Coordinator. In this edition,
you’ve walked through this gallery, which was a labor
of love and required much of his time and attention.
Beau is a therapist in Baton Rouge, Louisiana specializing
in addictions and PTSD, with special attention
on serving military veterans. He is Level 1 trained,
in addition to being certified in EMDR. He provides
consultation for therapists who want to learn how
to incorporate IFS with EMDR and offers three-day
retreats that incorporate IFS and nature.
“I engaged open-heartedly with my community
outreach with my Foundation endeavors,” Beau
shares enthusiastically. Reaching out to authors of
IFS-related books and assembling the celebratory
gallery was a meaningful activity for him, “ I, too,
honor 35 years of emotional healing through IFS,”
he shares. As a Marine Corps Veteran, he feels
privileged to be working alongside the Foundation
and other IFS-trained therapists toward increasing
access to IFS therapy at military organizations to help
suffering veterans, active-duty personnel, and their
families find relief and feel whole again.
When not engaged with work and volunteer
activities, Beau enjoys making wonderful memories
with his wife and two boys, who all love the outdoors
and being in nature.
Kathleen Johnson, MD, joins us as
our volunteer Data-entry Support
Associate. She worked for over
twenty years as a physician/psychiatrist/
psychoanalyst, then studied
computer science and worked for
several years as a database web
programmer. In 2004, she began
transitioning to online progressive
activism. When her husband became
terminally ill in 2009, she retired.
“I am grateful for this connection with the Foundation,
because I’m eager to see IFS brought to every area of
life,” Kathy shares. She believes hope for the world starts
with interrupting the cycles of familial dysfunction and
abuse, and building healthier schools, communities, and
organizations at every level. “I would like to be more
involved with this effort,” she continues.
Kathy became interested in the new treatments around
childhood trauma, including IFS, and became involved
with ACA (Adult Children of Alcoholic and Dysfunctional
Families). She organized the running of several online
ACA meetings, and worked to incorporate the new
knowledge on healing trauma. She devoured all
the books on IFS, completed the IFS Circle and
Continuity courses, and is excited to begin a Level 1
training in December. She is working with some online
ACA groups introducing the concepts of IFS and hopes
eventually to begin some online ACA IFS therapy groups.
Outside of work and volunteering, Kathy loves ballroom
dancing and pre-pandemic had been studying waltz
seriously with a world champion dancer. She enjoys
reading, hiking, and running. Her son, who is currently
Director of Voter Protection for WI, has currently kept
her busy working on the campaign.
Sylvia Miller has served the Foundation as its Graphic
Designer since 2014. She has produced the visual
elements of OUTLOOK for all twelve editions. Outside
of the magazine’s focus, she designed two case statements
for funding, conference signs, our initial website
look, and thank-you cards, among others. Although she
has not studied IFS, she remarks, “I love the IFS Model
and how many people find harmony and mental balance
because of it.” Of her work on OUTLOOK, she relates,
“I am thankful to be part of the team and work on the
layouts with everyone.”
Sylvia established Amboss Design in 2004, which is
named after the German word, amboss, meaning anvil.
Sylvia grew up in Germany, with her father’s familyowned
blacksmith business creating beautiful iron work
by hand for many generations. This inspired her to keep
the tradition going by incorporating something from
the family’s creative past in her business name. “I think
growing up in East Germany really shaped who I am
today and my design style,” she reflects.
She loves being outside with her two twin girls or taking
her dog for long walks on the beach. “Sometimes, when
looking for a design solution, being outside helps me
clear my head and come up with new ideas,” she shared.
Sylvia can be reached at email@example.com
or via ambossdesign.com.
A cornerstone is the first stone set in a masonry foundation. It is the one
that determines the position of every other stone and the entire structure.
The Annual Fund is the cornerstone of the Foundation for Self Leadership. Gifts to the
fund provide essential support for our work to advance the practice of Self-leadership.
Our most loyal donors ensure that the Annual Fund continues year after year,
and so we recognize these supporters as our Cornerstone Partners.
Become a Cornerstone Partner
Simply set up a recurring gift to the
Annual Fund for a three-year term.
You choose the payment amount.
You choose the payment schedule.
Rest easy knowing your gifts will be
made according to your intentions.
Benefits of Cornerstone Partnerships
Spread out the payments on a meaningful
gift, timed to your budget.
You don’t have to remember to make your
annual contribution and you won’t be asked
for another Annual Fund gift while your
recurring gift schedule is active.
Provides a predictable source of revenue so
the Foundation can continue to notions of IFS.
Go to FoundationIFS.org/support to become a Cornerstone Partner today.
Book published in June 2014(Game: 2015 & Guide to Game: 2017)
“With great appreciation to Dick Schwartz
and IFS for 35 years of bringing courage
and compassion to our clients and to the
world. I am so delighted to have been on
this journey and have had the opportunity
to expand the Model to a comprehensive
approach for working with kids and
their families with two books and
psychotherapeutic board game,
KidsWorld! May the healing
—Art Mones, PhD, Certified IFS Therapist
Plan your long-term gift to the Foundation!
Leave a good legacy for a better future. Please remember the Foundation for Self Leadership in your will or estate planning.
Help sustain its global mission of research, service, and advocacy into the next generation. All it takes is a quick phone call to your attorney to add a charitable gift to your will.
To leave a gift in your will, simply share this sentence with your attorney or financial planner:
“I bequeath $ ________________ or ________________ % of my estate or ________________ shares of ________________ equity stock or ________________ (valuable physical property) to the Foundation for Self Leadership, c/o David Bea, Esq.; Bea & VandenBerk Attorneys at Law; 225 West Washington, Suite #1010; Chicago, Illinois 60606, USA (+1.312.442.9076)
I have included the Foundation for Self Leadership in my will.
Better yet, engage the Foundation in a conversation early on to identify optimal ways to channel your gift to support strategic priorities in alignment with your personal and/or professional interests.
Write us at Outreach@FoundationIFS.org
Published in September 2016
“In this Harvard Health book, my co-authors,
a Harvard physician and a professional writer,
and I adapted the IFS therapeutic Model to a
strengths-based Model of multiplicity of mind
so that everyone can understand, appreciate,
and access the diverse capacities of the human
mind. We explored nine universal personality parts,
each grounded in the scientific literature.
I am eternally grateful to Dick Schwartz’s
discoveries and leadership. The profound impact
of the IFS Model on my life and work cannot
be overstated. Deep love and appreciation
on the 35th birthday of IFS.”
—Margaret Moore, MBA, aka Coach Meg,Executive Coach
Published in May 2020
“I am honored to lend my voice to the chorus celebrating the IFS Model’s
35th anniversary! Heartfelt thanks to Dick and the entire IFS team for
changing my life with these powerful principles. It is a privilege to be a part
of this incredible community of IFS supporters, and I hope my book will be
one way the Model can reach more readers.
Altogether You is an integration of the IFS Model with spirituality, specifically
for readers of Christian faith, as well as those who have been wounded by
faith communities. While written in a casual and engaging style, this book
endeavors to tackle the tough issues that often keep
adherents of traditional faith perspectives from
embracing IFS… I’m forever grateful to the IFS Model
for showing me a new way to live out my faith.
Happy 35th birthday IFS!”
—Jenna Riemersma, LPC
As an independent not-for-profit partner
to IFS Institute, your Foundation for Self
Leadership is an active member of the
IFS community, working with you
to bring Self-leadership to the world.
This work is possible because of
contributions from IFS practitioners,
researchers, advocates, and clients like
you. Through monthly gifts to the
Annual Fund and multi-year pledges,
your support is broadening access to
IFS in schools, among the military and
across underserved communities; and
expanding rigorous IFS research and the
gathering of empirical evidence.
For all of those who desire to give
others the gift to discover their parts and
lead from a place of Self, thank you.
The Foundation for Self Leadership is your foundation.
The Foundation exists to further the mission of
the IFS community. The Foundation supports and is
supported by the IFS community.
This twelfth edition of our semi-annual OUTLOOK
magazine is the perfect example. It serves to keep
our community connected to the work of the Foundation
and one another.
We are celebrating more than three decades of the
scholarship by and for the IFS community, beginning
with Dick Schwartz’s seminal work. And we
were able to publish this issue because of generous
community members who stepped up to provide
funding during this critical time.
This issue features timely programs that were
incubated this year by the Foundation in partnership
with the IFS community: from the “innervention”
series for educators, healthcare workers, business
owners and caregivers coping with the pandemic
to Uncovering Legacy Burdens of Racism.
Let’s continue working together to foster peace of
mind for a more peaceful world.
Join us today, click here.
Thanks to the CARES Act in the U.S., your charitable
gift in 2020 to the Foundation for Self Leadership
qualifies as a deduction on your federal income.
Why do you donate
to the Foundation?
“I donate to the Foundation for Self Leadership
each year because its mission and priorities
address issues that are important to me:
expanding access to IFS training, especially
in underserved communities; and supporting
research that provides empirical evidence of
IFS’s contribution to psychological and medical
well-being. These priorities make my
donations meaningful and satisfying.
Beyond this, I am deeply aware of the way
that IFS has enhanced my life personally and
professionally. I utilize IFS daily in my work as
a trauma therapist and am grateful for the way
it facilitates profound connections with clients
in a way that enhances their Self energy,
reduces the pain and burdens carried by their
parts, and potentiates healing.
IFS is an ever-present gift to my clients
and to me. I am thankful that through my
Foundation for Self Leadership donations,
I have an opportunity to give back.”
N.B., New York City
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Published in April 2017
“To Dick: your genius has lessened
suffering and multiplied compassion in
this complicated world. Your vision was
the foundation of my book, which I hope
builds upon what you have begun.”
—Lisa Spiegel, MA, LMHC,
Certified IFS Therapist
OUTLOOK is a semi-annual magazine that the Foundation for Self Leadership publishes to share news relevant to IFS, the IFS community, and developments relating to the Foundation. It is not intended to appear solely and passively in the conventional print mode; rather, it is designed to interface with the Foundation’s social media and online platforms. Nor is it a venue for sending information out; it is envisioned more as an attempt to generate discussions within the community around issues and ideas of general interest and great impact.
The ultimate purpose of OUTLOOK is to support the Foundation’s mission of promoting the notion and agency of Self leadership. By naming it OUTLOOK, we hope it stands as a reminder that IFS is at once an external as much as an internal peace-seeking model, while holding a far-reaching view of the future.
The Foundation is grateful to Advisor and Publisher Toufic
Hakim, PhD; Editor Michelle Glass, BA; and Assistant Editor Shaun
Dempsey, PhD, who play key roles in its production; Sylvia Miller for
layout and graphics design; Joshua Lisojo, MS, for online content;
and Kira Freed, MA, BCC, LPC (ret.); Brenda Hollingsworth, MSW,
LCSW; Karen Locke, MA; and Laura Taylor, JD, for proofreading.
Do you know of any IFS-related news our community would like to know? Do you know of a client eager to share their personal Story of Transformation? Please share with us such developments or happenings within one of these categories: IFS research, IFS within psychotherapy or programming, and IFS applications beyond psychotherapy. Please complete the form or send general information in a short email to Michelle Glass at OUTLOOK@FoundationIFS. org. We will reach out to you for additional details or specific guidelines. Thank you for your submissions and helping keep our community apprised of IFS-related endeavors.
Editors of OUTLOOK reserve the right to make final decisions regarding content of OUTLOOK.
Published in October 2019
“I see this little illustrated book
as a bridge between the effects of
severe early trauma and the IFS
inner world of parts. My desire
was for the wider world of trauma
treatment to understand the immense
healing potential of
For me, IFS has been the
answer to a 30-year search for
how to treat the buried trauma
that exceeded the reach of other
therapies, both personally and
professionally. Thank you,
Dick, for your boundless love
and commitment to this work.
I will carry the torch.”
—Colleen West, LMFT,
Certified IFS Therapist
New Dimensions Published in September 2013;
Innovations in September 2017
“Authors in these two edited chapter books
discussed how IFS is used with a variety of
populations and topics, including transference
and countertransference, shame, child and
couple therapy, dissociative disorders, somatics,
chronic illness, psychopharmacology, health
coaching, pornography addiction, and sexuality
(New Dimensions) as well as therapeutic impasses,
addiction, eating disorders, parenting, grieving,
perpetrator parts, racism, trauma, unburdening
methods, and legacy burdens.”
—Martha Sweezy, PhD (co-author on a
number of other IFS books)
First edition published in
November 2017 | Two editions
(Second published June 2018)
“I see this book as a companion for
daily life, a comforting voice with
practical reminders of how to heal
and grow our Self-leadership with
our families, work colleagues, and
communities. In a world of
inconsistencies, IFS explains our
world and ourselves with such
clarity and kindness that I felt
compelled to write about IFS and
contribute to making a difference…
Like the man, the IFS Model is humble,
yet explains so much so elegantly.
Thirty-five years ago, there were many
more critics, yet Dick persisted. Today,
Self-leadership is source of hope for
the world. Congratulations, Dick.”
—Dave Williams, Registered
Psychologist, Certified IFS Therapist
Founded in the early 1980’s by family therapist and author Richard Schwartz, PhD, Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy suggests that the “inner self” is not a single persona but rather a complex system of distinct parts (thoughts, feelings, and beliefs), each with its own viewpoints, desires and agendas. The main agenda of these parts is to protect us from inner pain generated through developmental and life traumas. The Model rejects psychopathology and posits that there is an undamaged Self with healing attributes that is at the core of each individual, even in the presence of extreme behavior.
The Model continues to generate growing interest among psychotherapists and practitioners outside the realm of psychotherapy, where it promises a myriad of applications simply as a thought process. Thousands of practitioners have been trained in IFS through a rigorous training program, administered by IFS Institute; and tens of thousands of therapy clients and workshop attendees have experienced personal transformations through the IFS paradigm. Read more about IFS here.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Requina Barnes, LICSW; Practicing Therapist, USA (2022)
Lester Fagen, MA, JD; Partner in Business Office of Cooley, LLP, USA (2020)
Kelly Gaule, CAP, Leading Principal, Promus+ Consulting (2023)
Toufic Hakim, PhD; (Executive Director) Senior Managing Principal, Group i&i Consultancy, USA; Executive Advisor and Publisher of OUTLOOK (2022)
Pamela Krause, LCSW, Lead IFS Trainer, in Private Practice, USA (2020)
Vicki McCoy, MA, (Chair) President, McCoy Communications and Training, USA (2022)
Mark Milton; Founder and Executive Director, Education 4 Peace, Switzerland (2020)
About The Foundation
The Foundation for Self Leadership is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization registered in Illinois, U.S.A. Its mission is to advance IFS research, promote the IFS Model far and wide within and beyond psychotherapy, and increase access to IFS trainings through scholarships, especially among groups with limited financial ability.
The board and the Foundation’s executive function are supported by a number of associates and volunteers. All staff and volunteer associates serve in a part-time capacity; their time and effort on behalf of the Foundation amount to a 1.47 full-time equivalent.
Shaun Dempsey, PhD, Assistant Editor of OUTLOOK; Anne Eberhardt, Dipl-Psych, Operational Associate (Volunteer); Daniel Fermin, Financial Controller; Audrey Fernandez-Fraser, LCSW, MDiv, Social Media Coordinator (Volunteer); Michelle Glass, BA, CIFSP, Editor of OUTLOOK; Marilyn Hunt, MS, LMFT, Donor Steward Associate; Kathleen Johnson, MD, Data-entry Support Associate (Volunteer); Joshua Lisojo, MS, Website Programmer and Developer; Beau Laviolette, LCSW, LAC, IFS Gallery 35 Outreach Coordinator (Volunteer); Jason Malli, MFA, MALS, Video Production Associate; Ilpa Patel, MPA, Administrative Support; Barbara Perkins, MA, Senior Associate Director for Development & Communications; Amy Shaefer, MA, Social-Media Support Associate (Volunteer); and Ilanit Tal, PhD, Associate Director for Research.
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