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Digital Seminar

The Myth of the Unitary Self

Gabor Maté, MD |  Richard C. Schwartz, PhD
2 Hours 17 Minutes
Mar 24, 2019
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There’s a growing convergence of opinion from a range of disciplines challenging the traditional idea of the unitary personality in favour of the view that each of us actually contains a multiplicity of selves.

In this session recording, two noted clinical practitioners will focus on how what’s often identified as pathology reflects childhood defensive adaptations of some of these selves.

Together, they’ll demonstrate how the perspective of inner multiplicity can be used to elicit therapeutic healing, self-awareness, and growth.


Gabor Maté, MD's Profile

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Gabor Maté, MD, is a renowned speaker and bestselling author. He is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics including addiction, stress and childhood development.

As an author, Dr. Maté has written several bestselling books including the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction; When the Body Says No; The Cost of Hidden Stress; and Scattered Minds: A New Look at the Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder, and co-authored Hold on to Your Kids.

Dr. Maté is the co-founder of Compassion for Addiction, a new non-profit that focuses on addiction. He is also an advisor of Drugs over Dinner.

An adjunct professor in the Faculty of Simon Fraser University, Dr. Maté has received the Hubert Evans Prize for Literacy Non-Fiction; an Outstanding Alumnus Award from Simon Fraser University, and the 2012 Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award from Mothers Against Teen Violence.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. Gabor Maté receives compensation as a presenter. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Dr. Gabor Maté has no relevant non-financial relationships.

Richard C. Schwartz, PhD's Profile

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The Center for Self Leadership

Richard Schwartz began his career as a family therapist and an academic at the University of Illinois at Chicago. There he discovered that family therapy alone did not achieve full symptom relief and in asking patients why, he learned that they were plagued by what they called "parts." These patients became his teachers as they described how their parts formed networks of inner relationship that resembled the families he had been working with. He also found that as they focused on and, thereby, separated from their parts, they would shift into a state characterized by qualities like curiosity, calm, confidence and compassion. He called that inner essence the Self and was amazed to find it even in severely diagnosed and traumatized patients. From these explorations, the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model was born in the early 1980s.

IFS is now evidence-based and has become a widely-used form of psychotherapy, particularly with trauma. It provides a non-pathologizing, optimistic, and empowering perspective and a practical and effective set of techniques for working with individuals, couples, families, and more recently, corporations and classrooms.

In 2013, Schwartz left the Chicago area and now lives in Brookline, MA where he is on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Richard Schwartz is the Founder and President of the IFS Institute (formerly the Center for Self Leadership). He maintains a private practice and has employment relationships with Harvard Medical School and Northwestern University. Dr. Schwartz is a published author and receives royalties. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Richard Schwartz is a member of the American Family Therapy Academy and the American Association for Marital and Family Therapy.


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  1. Evaluate how to help clients avoid overidentifying with a single part of themselves, and empower them to move beyond diagnostic labels. 
  2. Use the enhanced ability to perceive the workings of one’s mind to achieve greater personal integration. 
  3. Analyze the distinction between the Self and one’s parts and how it can help clients develop a capacity for Self-leadership and self-regulation. 
  4. Analyze the practical similarities and differences between two widely influential models of therapy, IFS, and Compassionate Inquiry. 



  • Bringing Together Internal Family Systems & Compassionate Inquiry
  • The Development of IFS

IFS “Therapy Session” for Gabor Maté

  • Feeling the Jealousy & Resistance
  • Being with the Jealous Part
  • Curiosity
  • Moving from Hurt to a Good Place
  • Letting Go of Old Feelings

Compassionate Inquiry “Therapy Session” for Ricard Schwartz

  • Shyness & Fear of Public Speaking
  • In Touch with Feelings
  • Staying Focused on Feelings

Comparing Approaches

  • “Veronica” Compassionate Inquiry Therapy Demonstration with Gabor Maté
  • “Kita” IFS Therapy Demonstration with Richard Schwartz

Questions from Audience

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Behavioral Health Professionals

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