What is the theory behind this Internal family systems therapy worksheet?
This worksheet is based on Richard Schwartz’s, Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy model according to which our psyche is divided into many sub parts and their interactions dictate our thoughts and behaviors in different ways. These parts have their own distinct roles and one must understand and love them all to achieve happiness.
At the center of it all lies the Self, the spiritual core that can harmonize all the different parts and help them heal. Hence the goal is to bring a balance to the internal system by activating the Self and letting it take its intended leadership role.
How will the worksheet help?
In this worksheet clients will create a mind map and work through some questions that can help them identify acknowledge understand and differentiate between the various parts within themselves.
How to use the worksheet?
This worksheet can be used in session or as homework. Instruct the client to choose a topic such as a current issue or experience and then proceed with the worksheet so that the mapping can have some direction. It can be used multiple times throughout therapy to see client’s progress in relation to their understanding of the parts within them.
Internal family systems therapy worksheet
Schwartz, R. C. (2021). No bad parts: Healing trauma and restoring wholeness with the internal family systems model. Sounds True.
You can download this worksheet here.