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17th annual Julie Claire Gutterman Memorial Lecture

Founder of Center for Self Leadership, Dr. Richard Schwartz to give keynote address

Mark your calendars for JFS’ 17th annual Julie Claire Gutterman Memorial Lecture

Dr. Richard C. Schwartz, who founded the Center for Self Leadership, is the keynote speaker at Jewish Family Service of Rhode Island’s 17th annual Julie Claire Gutterman Memorial Lecture, which is designed for mental health professionals. This one-day workshop will be held on Friday, June 24, at Ledgemont Country Club, in Seekonk, Mass.

In response to hearing clients describe experiencing varying parts within themselves, Schwartz developed a concept that he calls “Internal Family Systems Model,” which helps a client access his or her true self. That coordinating self, which Schwartz describes as embodying qualities of confidence, openness and compassion, acts as a center around which various parts gather. With the help of a professional trained in the Internal Family Systems – which identifies the client as the source of healing – the client can harness his or her true self’s wisdom.

Schwartz describes the Internal Family Systems Model as a hopeful and positive approach that offers innovative techniques to relieve clients’ painful and disruptive behaviors. In the workshop, he will introduce the Internal Family Systems Model’s principles and techniques and illustrate their use through engaging and experiential exercises and videos.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Schwartz, whose Internal Family Systems Model offers mental health professionals a useful tool in treating even their most challenging clients,” said JFS’ CEO Erin Minior. “By introducing clinicians working in the field to this new therapeutic approach, Schwartz epitomizes the legacy that our dear Julie Gutterman left with us – one of lifelong learning.  

Before her death in 1999, Gutterman played key roles in the Jewish community and at JFS, where she served as director of professional services for six years. Wise and warm, Gutterman was a strong champion of JFS’ mission and a loving and capable mentor to her professional colleagues in the social work field. As Gutterman was a firm believer in the need to continuously learn and study current developments in her chosen field of social work, JFS’ board, staff and friends chose to honor her memory by hosting an annual memorial lecture.

A frequent speaker for many national psychotherapy organizations, Schwartz is a fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. In addition to serving on the editorial boards of four professional journals, Schwartz has published four books and more than 50 articles on the Internal Family Systems Model.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and events conclude at 4:30 p.m.; the fee is $125 for a continental breakfast, a dairy or vegetarian lunch, afternoon snacks and six CEUs for social workers, psychologists, marriage and family therapists and licensed mental health counselors.

Early registration is strongly encouraged, as space is limited. Click here for online registration. For more information or to register by phone, call 401.331.1244 or email info@jfsri.org.

By Nancy Kirsch

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