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Letter from Board Chair Frank Anderson, MD

Dear IFS Colleagues and Friends,

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

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

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

Results of Randomized Controlled Study Published in the Journal of Rheumatology

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

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

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