Today's Indigenous peoples straddle several worlds. This article explores the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model as a healing, psycho-therapeutic modality that offers an accessible language and framework for those whose knowledge is drawn from both Indigenous worldviews and Western worldviews. IFS is viewed through the lens of Indigenous Knowledge Research (IKR). A description of an IFS workshop presented at the Society of Indian Psychologists annual conference in 2012 gives an introduction to the basic concepts of IFS. Although IFS, a bio/psychosocial/spiritual/energy healing model, has gained wide acceptance over the last twenty years as a non-pathologizing way to reduce the impacts of trauma and increase compassionate respect, it is not well known in Indian Country. A distinguishing aspect of the model is the belief that the core self has interconnecting, healing, and leadership qualities that are different from other parts (or sub-personalities of an individual. IFS and IKR hold resonant values, methodologies, and worldviews which invite wider application of IFS healing in Indian Country.
McVicker, Suzan A. M.
"Internal Family Systems (IFS) in Indian Country: Perspectives and Practice on Harmony and Balance,"
Journal of Indigenous Research:
1, Article 6.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/kicjir/vol3/iss1/6