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CHOICES Healing Center

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Important Announcement About Internal Family Systems: A model of Therapy Used at CHOICES

NREPP is the National Registry for Evidence-based Programs and Practices, a national repository that is maintained by the U.S. government's Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Interventions listed in NREPP, now including IFS, have been subject to independent, rigorous scrutiny and are deemed to show significant impact on individual outcomes relating to mental health.       

BASIS FOR INCLUSION. A comprehensive application requesting the inclusion of IFS on NREPP was submitted in April 2014. It was based on a proof-of-concept study by Nancy Shadick, MD, MPH; Nancy Sowell, MSW, LICSW; a number of researchers and IFS therapists. The longitudinal randomized clinical study, which involved 70-some patients in an IFS treatment during 36 weeks with periodic follow-ups including 12 months post-intervention, published in August 2013 in the peer-reviewed Journal of Rheumatology.

SAMHSA's independent scientific review of the study and NREPP application affirmed the following findings, which are now listed, as of November 23, 2015, on the federal NREPP website:  

As a clinical treatment, IFS has been rated EFFECTIVE for improving general functioning and well-being. In addition, it has been rated PROMISING for each of: improving phobia, panic, and generalized anxiety disorders and symptoms; physical health conditions and symptoms; personal resilience/self-concept; and depression and depressive symptoms.