Internal Family Systems therapy appears to have many of the hallmarks of repressed memory therapy that began the sweeping interest in multiple personality disorder or MPD. MPD in the mid 1980s. Renamed dissociative identity disorder (DID) after the diagnosis and treatment suffered unwanted negative press when psychotherapists and mental health facilities were getting sued by severely injured patients and their families.
Below is a growing list of blogs and websites promoting the practice of Internal Family Systems (IFS) that has patients/clients examine “parts” of their personalities which is what led to the proliferation of multiple personalities in the mid 1980s. Internal Family Systems therapy seems to be repackaged old theories and warrants further examination from the point of view of those who support it.
The deeper I get into researching IFS and/or “parts therapy” the more evidence there is to hypnosis being tied to the therapy. The American Psychiatric Association put out warnings decades ago about the use of hypnosis to address alleged repressed memories – what is currently referred to as finding your “parts” – due to the suggestive nature of hypnosis and the unreliability of information gleaned from it.
Here are the sites – you decide if it is a valid therapeutic intervention for psychiatric distress that will lead to mental health or if it will put patients in harms way.
Advanced NLP Hypnotherapy, Manchester, UK http://www.manchesterhypnotherapy.org.uk/news/parts-therapy-workshop-bahrain
Argosy University, Washington, D.C., USA, Ann Womack, Associate professor http://www.argosy.edu/clinical-psychology/washington-dc-virginia/ann-womack-9625147.aspx?facultydetailid=96251
Hypnotherapy Parts Therapy http://hypnotichealing.co.uk/parts-therapy/
Internal Family Systems: Center for Self Leadership http://www.selfleadership.org/outline-of-the-Internal-family-systems-model.html
Mental Health Survival Guide http://www.mental-health-survival-guide.com/brochures/self-concept.html
Parts Therapy for Inner Conflict Resolution http://www.solutionalternatives.net/Solution_Alternatives/Parts_Therapy.html
Psychology Today: Therapist Directory http://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/
The MethoBlog (Methodist religion)http://methoblog.com/3_0/2012/08/have-a-good-talk-with-yourself-lately/
The Pondering Prophet http://theponderingprophet.com/2012/08/21/have-a-good-talk-with-yourself-lately/
Veralieb4 blog Training video http://veralieb4.blogspot.com/2012/08/hypnosis-training-video-podcast-248.html