RICHARD C. SCHWARTZ, PHD
Richard Schwartz, Ph.D.,
earned his Ph.D. in marriage and family therapy from Purdue University, after which he began a long association with the Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and more recently at The Family Institute at Northwestern University, attaining the status of associate professor at both institutions. He is co-author, with Michael Nichols, of Family Therapy: Concepts and Methods,
the most widely used family therapy text in the United States.
Dr. Schwartz developed Internal Family Systems in response to clients’ descriptions of experiencing various parts – many extreme – within themselves. He noticed that when these parts felt safe and had their concerns addressed, they were less disruptive and would accede to the wise leadership of what Dr. Schwartz came to call the “Self.” In developing IFS, he recognized that, as in systemic family theory, parts take on characteristic roles that help define the inner world of the clients. The coordinating Self, which embodies qualities of confidence, openness, and compassion, acts as a center around which the various parts constellate. Because IFS locates the source of healing within the client, the therapist is freed to focus on guiding the client’s access to his or her true Self and supporting the client in harnessing its wisdom. This approach makes IFS a non-pathologizing, hopeful framework within which to practice psychotherapy. It provides an alternative understanding of psychic functioning and healing that allows for innovative techniques in relieving clients symptoms and suffering.
In 2000, Richard Schwartz founded The Center for Self Leadership in Oak Park, Illinois. Dr. Schwartz is a featured speaker for many national psychotherapy organizations and a fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and he serves on the editorial boards of four professional journals. He has published four books and over 50 articles about IFS. His books include Internal Family Systems Skills Training Manual
(with Frank Anderson, M.D. and Martha Sweezy, Ph.D.) (PESI, 2017), Internal Family Systems Therapy
(Guilford Press, 1997), Introduction to the Internal Family Systems Model
(Tarcher, 2001), and The Mosaic Mind
(with Regina Goulding) (Trailheads, 2003), as well as Metaframeworks
(with Doug Breunlin and Betty Karrer) (Jossey-Bass, 1997). Dr. Schwartz lives and practices in Brookline, MA and is on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard School of Medicine.
Financial: Richard Schwartz is the Founder of The Center for Self Leadership. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Richard Schwartz is a Fellow and member of the American Association for Marital and Family Therapy.
ED TRONICK, PHD
Ed Tronick, Ph.D., University distinguished professor, University of Massachusetts Boston; Infant-Parent Mental Health Program; Department of Newborn Medicine, Harvard Medical School, author, The Neurobehavioral and Social Emotional Development of Infants and Children.
MARTIN TEICHER, M.D., PH.D.
Martin H. Teicher, MD, Ph.D., Associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School; director of the Developmental Biopsychiatry Research Program and Laboratory of Developmental Psychopharmacology at McLean Hospital. His research studies range from inquiries into the molecular mechanisms of brain development to brain-imaging studies of the effects of childhood maltreatment on brain development.
JULIAN FORD, PH.D.
Julian D. Ford, Ph.D., ABPP, Professor, department of psychiatry and law, University of Connecticut; President International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS); director, Center for the Treatment of Developmental Trauma Disorders and Center for Trauma Recovery and Juvenile Justice; co-author, Treatment of Complex Trauma & Hijacked by Your Brain: How to Free Yourself when Stress Takes Over; author, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: Scientific and Professional Dimensions; co-editor, Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders & Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders in Children and Adolescents.
RUTH LANIUS, M.D., PH.D.
Ruth Lanius, MD, Ph.D., Professor, department of psychiatry, University of Western Ontario; co-editor, the Impact of Early Life Trauma on Health and Disease: The Hidden Epidemic & Healing the Traumatized Self: Consciousness, Neuroscience & Treatment.
CATHY MALCHIODI, PH.D.
Cathy Malchiodi, Ph.D.,
REAT psychologist and expressive arts therapist, founder and director of the Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute. She writes the Arts and Health column for Psychology Today Online, with a following of 4.8 million readers. Author of Handbook of Art Therapy, Expressive Therapies, and Art Therapy Sourcebook.
Stephan Wolfert, MFT, Playwright, performer; executive director, De-Recruit. Founding artistic director of Shakespeare & Veterans and the Veterans Center for the Performing Arts. Company member, Bedlam Theater, NYC. Combining his own personal story of leaving the army with Shakespeare’s writings on war, he created Cry Havoc! which he has performed around the world to critical acclaim.
Ali Smith, Executive director, the Holistic Life Foundation. He has helped develop and pilot yoga and mindfulness programs at public and private schools, drug treatment centers, juvenile detention centers, mental crisis facilities, and retreat centers, mental crisis facilities, and retreat centers, nationally and internationally. Ali has authored a series of children’s books and co-authored several yoga and mindfulness-based curriculum’s as well as developed numerous workshops and trainings.
Atman Smith, Co-founder of the Holistic Life Foundation, and director of development. Since 2001, he has been teaching yoga and mindfulness to a diverse population including underserved and high-risk youth in Baltimore City Public Schools, drug treatment centers, wellness centers, and colleges.
ANDRES GONZALEZ, MBA
Andres Gonzalez, MBA,
Co-founder and marketing director for the Holistic Life Foundation, Inc. in Baltimore, MD since 2001. He has partnered with John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health and the Penn State’s Prevention Research Center on a Stress and Relaxation Study and is a published author in the Journal of Children’s Services