An Alternative to the Pathology Model
The dominant paradigm for schizophrenia is that it’s a chronic brain disease with genetic origins, the signs of which are hearing voices and having hallucinations or delusional thought processes. Based on this paradigm, the primary treatment is antipsychotic medication, with the goal of helping clients learn to ignore or eliminate their voices, delusions, or hallucinations. This workshop will offer an alternative view based on the belief that all people contain many different voices within, including psychotic ones, and that all those voices should be accepted rather than intervened against. You’ll explore:
- The clinical implications of changing a clients’ problematic relationship with their voices, rather than viewing the voices as problems themselves
- How to recognize voices as protective parts that become extreme after trauma or during stressful times, and begin to be experienced, not as ordinary voices, but inner entities saying extreme things
- How to get clients to separate from their voices and get into Self by discovering and honoring their voices’ protective intent
- The role of patience, perspective, presence, persistence, and playfulness in the Internal Family Systems (IFS) approach
Richard Schwartz, PhD, director of the Center for Self Leadership and originator of the Internal Family Systems therapy model, is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School.