The Institute for Family Services offers an innovative and proven approach to a wide range of couples, family and child-centered problems and youth violence. Our family and community paradigm is garnering attention throughout the country and around the world.
This model of therapeutic intervention provides specific strategies for making pertinent changes in personal and family issues and resisting harmful forces of domination. In directly confronting broader social pressures, such as the loss of community, civic values, the fracturing of family life, gender norms, religious and community norms and the demands of the workplace, family members make a connection between their personal dilemmas and the negative impacts of societal patterns and cultural values.
Services include the expertise of IFS therapists as well as contributions from a diverse clientele composed of individuals (such as dentists, lawyers, corporate executives, sanitation workers, home-makers, physical therapists, mothers, fathers, grandparents, and teachers) whose social capital brings significant resources to the IFS community and helps to buffer families against isolation.
IFS is one of the few programs, on a state-wide and nation-wide level, that provides comprehensive, safe, and integrated services to entire families, when presented with complex problems of domestic violence, sexual abuse, addictions, adolescent struggles of resistance presented in the form of eating disorders, hair pulling, self-mutilation and other forms of trauma.