IFS is an “Evidence-Based” Practice

I am very excited to announce that IFS is now posted on NREPP as an evidence-based practice.

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.

A comprehensive application requesting the inclusion of IFS on NREPP was based on a proof-of-concept study by Nancy Shadick, MD, MPH and Nancy Sowell, MSW, LICSW. 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:

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.

These scientific findings and the ensuing listing of IFS on NREPP affirm the vast potential of IFS Therapy for advancing emotional healing and mental well-being. In particular, they indicate promising effects on mind (depression, anxiety), body (physical health conditions), and spirit (personal resilience and self-concept).