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Internal Family Systems: Treating Relational and Complex Trauma

Frank Anderson
presented by Leading Edge Seminars

Praise for Frank Anderson’s work

“A gifted speaker and a national expert on trauma, Frank Anderson introduces a gentle, effective, mindfulness-based model for treating a wide range of clients—from the worried well to the most challenging of borderline clients.”

— Janina Fisher, PhD, author of Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors

“Frank Anderson is a brilliant and delightful presenter who has a unique ability to integrate the neuroscience and treatment of trauma with IFS.”

— Richard Schwartz, PhD, Developer of Internal Family Systems Therapy

Hailed by trauma-expert Bessel van der Kolk as the treatment method that “all clinicians should know,” Internal Family Systems (IFS) is one of the fastest growing approaches amongst experienced therapists.

Most modes of psychotherapy pathologize activated states or “parts” such as rage, panic, shame and suicidal desperation. IFS does not. In IFS, every part has a positive intention and every part has value, even the extreme parts belonging to a trauma survivor.

In the treatment of trauma, IFS departs from traditional phase-oriented approaches. Instead of starting with building resources in clients before processing traumatic memories, IFS welcomes extreme symptoms from the onset in order to learn about their protective intentions and to obtain permission from the activated states to access the traumatic wounds that they are trying to address. IFS also differs from traditional attachment-focused therapies; while both value the therapeutic relationship IFS, additionally emphasizes and supports the relationship between the client’s “Self” and their parts as the primary healing agent.

Nearly all clients with a trauma history have innate abilities that help them improve their mental health if they listen to their parts. IFS will help you and your clients unpack these inner resources.

Clients will leave your office with skills to use outside the therapy room to help them master their emotions. This experiential training will use video demonstrations and include exercises and meditation techniques to use with your clients.

Long-time IFS presenter Frank Anderson co-wrote the Internal Family Systems Skills Training Manual with IFS developer Richard Schwartz.

Participants of this two-day essential IFS roadmap workshop are welcome to also sign up for a third day — “Beyond the Basics” training with Dr. Anderson — to learn how to overcome the common clinical roadblocks encountered when implementing IFS and to further develop IFS skills and exercises.

This “Beyond the Basics” training will focus on how to overcome the common clinical challenges encountered when implementing IFS and provide more opportunity to practise IFS skills and exercises.

You will learn —

• How to stay clear and calm while working with clients in extreme states
• About the difference between compassionate and empathic response and how each can either benefit or escalate your client
• When it’s necessary to take over, “be the auxiliary brain” for your client and work from the top down
• When it’s best to slow things down, hand over control and work with the body

About the Presenter:

Frank Anderson, MD, completed his residency and was a clinical instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is both a psychiatrist and psychotherapist who specializes in the treatment of trauma and dissociation. Dr. Anderson is the vice-chair and research director of the Foundation for Self Leadership and is a lead trainer at the Center for Self Leadership. He has lectured extensively on the neurobiology of PTSD and dissociation and recently co-authored the Internal Family Systems Skills Training Manual. He maintains a private practice in Concord, MA, and serves as an advisor to the International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP).


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