Meadows Senior Fellow Dr. Richard Schwartz Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Richard Schwartz announcement

Originator of the Internal Family Systems model and founder of the IFS Institute celebrated at the 46th Annual Psychotherapy Networker Symposium

Wickenburg, ArizonaApril 3, 2023 — Meadows Behavioral Healthcare (MBH) congratulates Meadows Senior Fellow Dr. Richard Schwartz on receiving The Psychotherapy Networker Lifetime Achievement Award for a career that includes originating the Internal Family Systems therapy model and founding what would become the IFS Institute in 2000.

The honor was bestowed during the 46th Annual Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, held March 16-19, 2023, in Washington, DC. Billed as “the most celebrated annual gathering for psychotherapists in the world,” Dr. Schwartz was also a featured speaker at the symposium, sharing the stage with multi-platinum singer-songwriter and mental health/recovery advocate Alanis Morisssette and another Meadows Senior Fellow, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, clinician, researcher, and author of the New York Times bestseller The Body Keeps the Score. Other key speakers included New York Times bestselling authors Nedra Glover Tawwab, Eve Rodsky, and Lori Gottlieb, among others.

“Sometimes, in the field of psychotherapy, one person’s courageous departure from tradition can evolve into work that inspires millions of other practitioners, influences other therapeutic modalities, and transforms the lives of countless clients for the better,” The Psychotherapy Networker explains of the award. “This kind of effect unfolds over time—usually over the course of an entire career.”

The Psychotherapy Networker Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to those whose vision, creativity, passion, and commitment have fueled extraordinary contributions to psychotherapy. Individuals honored by this award have dedicated themselves to furthering the scientific, philosophical, and practical foundations of psychotherapy. They’ve broadened our understanding of the human experience and promoted awareness of and access to psychotherapy. Past recipients include Meadows Senior Fellow Dr. Peter Levine, Susan Johnson, John and Julie Gottman, and Mary Pipher.

Meadows Senior Fellows are some of the nation’s top addiction and recovery experts, and they provide ongoing direction, consultation, and training for staff as well as interacting with patients. They work together to ensure that The Meadows Model is the most clinically comprehensive and nurturing program available today. Meadows Behavioral Healthcare’s network of specialized behavioral healthcare programs provide evidence-based treatment for those struggling with emotional trauma, drug and alcohol addiction, sex addiction, eating disorders, psychiatric disorders, and co-occurring conditions.

About Meadows Behavioral Healthcare

Meadows Behavioral Healthcare (MBH) is a network of specialized behavioral healthcare programs, individualized addiction recovery centers, and acute psychiatric care centers located throughout the United States. An industry leader, MBH provides evidence-based treatment for people struggling with trauma, drug and alcohol addiction, sex addiction, eating disorders, mental health issues, and co-occurring conditions. Their full continuum of programs and services deliver personalized treatment plans to people from all walks of life, meeting them at their point of need to help achieve long-term recovery. This treatment approach rooted in decades of clinical experience treating childhood and relational trauma, addiction, eating disorders, and mental health issues has established a strong foundation of trust among patients, referring healthcare partners and the local communities served. For more information on all of Meadows Behavioral Healthcare’s treatment services, visit, or call 800-244-4949.

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Carrie Steffensen
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