Long associated with the Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois-Chicago and more recently with The Family Institute at Northwestern University, Richard Schwartz has dedicated more than 25 years of service to troubled families and individuals. As one of the leading figures in the study of human systems, he founded and developed the Internal Family Systems Model of Psychotherapy (IFS), which is being applied not only to individuals, but to families, groups, and larger organizations. In 2000, Schwartz founded The Center for Self Leadership in Oak Park, Illinois, where the IFS model will be further developed to address issues of violence, racism, abuse, and other forms of oppression at the social level.
Schwartz is author of the books Introduction to the Internal Family Systems Model and Internal Family Systems Therapy, and co-author of the books The Mosaic Mind: Empowering the Tormented Selves of Child Abuse Survivors, Family Therapy: Concepts and Methods, and Metaframeworks: Transcending the Models of Family Therapy. Schwartz treats individuals, couples, and families, and his clinical interests include eating disorders and childhood sexual abuse. As a teacher, he is known for his warmth, sensitivity, clarity, and talent for creating safe and empowering learning environments.
Schwartz earned his PhD in marriage and family therapy from Purdue University. He has written more than 40 articles on various psychotherapy-related topics. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist, fellow of the AAMFT, and a member of the editorial board of four professional journals.