Introduction to Internal Family Systems

New! Filmed Spring 2020

Presented by Frank Anderson, MD.

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6 Hours  |  Pending CEU Approval

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This is an On Demand course. Participants can watch, pause, and re-watch the sessions at their convenience.

Most modes of psychotherapy believe to have “parts” is pathological. NOT in IFS. In IFS the idea of multiplicity of the mind is normal. Every part has a good intention, and every part has value. All clients have the ability to heal themselves if they listen to their parts. IFS is a very powerful tool for clinicians. Once you see it in action, you’ll be hooked! And you’ll want to immediately incorporate it into your practice.

In developing IFS 30 years ago, creator Richard Schwartz, Ph.D., realized that clients were describing experiences with various parts, many extreme, within themselves.

When these parts felt safe and had their concerns addressed, they were less disruptive. In developing IFS, he recognized that, as in systemic family theory, parts take on characteristic roles that help define the inner world of the client.

Today, IFS has established a legacy of effectiveness in successfully treating many mental health issues and is being heralded as the treatment that all clinicians should know in order to treat clients effectively.

Step 1: Identifying the Diagnoses & Symptoms
Assess the diagnoses: PTSD, Anxiety, depression, substance abuse and eating disorders Apply Meditation practices
Finding the symptom
Focusing on its fear
Separating the person (Self) from the symptom Becoming curious about it
Finding the real story behind the symptom

Step 2: Gaining Access to Internal Strengths & Resources for Healing

Moving from defensiveness to curiosity.
Accessing compassion to open the pathways toward healing Fostering “internal attachment” work
The “Self” of the therapist-countertransference redefined.

Step 3: Permanent Healing of the Traumatic Wound

Three phases to healing the wound: Witnessing the pain
Removing the wounded part out of the past
Letting go of the feelings, thoughts and beliefs Memory reconsolidation & neuroscience
Integrating IFS into Your Treatment Approach
EMDR, DBT, Sensorimotor and other methods Transformation vs adaptation or rehabilitation Going beyond the cognitive
Integrating IFS with your current clinical approach

  1. Describe the IFS Model and ways to integrate IFS into your clinical practice.
  2. Identify and work with your client’s parts.
  3. Identify and demonstrate how to work with the clinician’s own parts
  4. Summarize an alternate view of symptoms and psychopathology, understanding that these are ways our clients are trying to protect themself from emotional pain and psychological wounding.
  5. Explain how IFS increases the therapist’s curious and compassionate self when working with difficult and challenging clients.
  6. Learn the neuroscience behind the healing process in IFS therapy.

Clinical Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, School Counsellors, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Addiction Specialists, Marital & Family Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

Frank G. Anderson, MD, completed his residency and was a clinical instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is both a psychiatrist and psychotherapist. He specializes in the treatment of trauma and dissociation and is passionate about teaching brain-based psychotherapy and integrating current neuroscience knowledge with the IFS model of therapy.

Dr. Anderson is the vice chair and research director of the Foundation for Self Leadership. He is a lead trainer at the Center for Self Leadership and maintains a long affiliation with, and trains for, Bessel van der Kolk’s Trauma Center in Brookline MA.

Dr. Anderson has lectured extensively on the Neurobiology of PTSD and Dissociation and wrote the chapter “Who’s Taking What” Connecting Neuroscience, Psychopharmacology and Internal Family Systems for Trauma in Internal Family Systems Therapy-New Dimensions. He co-authored a chapter on “What IFS Brings to Trauma Treatment in Innovations and Elaborations in Internal Family Systems Therapy” and recently co-authored the book “Internal Family Systems Skills Training Manual.”

Dr. Anderson maintains a private practice in Concord, MA, and serves as an Advisor to the International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP).

Speaker Disclosures: Financial: Frank Anderson maintains a private practice. He receives a consulting fee from the Center for Self Leadership. Dr. Anderson receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. Non-financial: Frank Anderson is the President of the Foundation for Self Leadership.

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