1. Summary of IFS
2. How it Works
3. Benefits of this approach
4. IFS designated evidence-base practice
5. IFS Links

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Internal Family Systems Designated Evidence Based Treatment

Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy is posted on the National Registry for Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) as an evidence-based practice.

NREPP is the national repository of behavioral health interventions which have been subject to independent, rigorous scrutiny and determined to show significant impact on individual outcomes relating to mental health. It is maintained by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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

The NREPP findings were based on an independent scientific review of a longitudinal randomized clinical study published in August 2013 in the peer-reviewed Journal of Rheumatology. The clinical study involved more than 70 patients in IFS treatment for 36 weeks with periodic follow-ups including 12 months post-intervention.

SAMHSA’s independent scientific review and findings are posted on their website

Additional empirical outcome-based research studies are underway to further demonstrate the efficacy of IFS in anticipation of NREPP’s next review in 2020.

For questions regarding the NREPP IFS posting, please contact
Jenn Matheson, PhD, LMFT, Senior Coordinator for Research at the Foundation for Self Leadership at