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Thursday, May 20th 2021 - Thursday, May 27th 2021

Introduction to Internal Family Systems

Frank Anderson, MD
presented by Leading Edge Seminars

Live Broadcast Dates: Thursday, May 20, and Thursday, May 27, 2021
Live Broadcast Time: 12:00 pm – 4:15 pm ET

Follow-Up Q&A:
Live Follow-Up Q & A Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Broadcast Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, ET

Can’t Attend Live? This webinar will be recorded and archived. All registrants will be given unlimited access to the recording for a full year after the Live Broadcast date.


Internal Family Systems (IFS) is one of the most popular and effective evidence-based treatment techniques in use today. This 8-hour training with a follow-up Q and A will provide an opportunity for therapists hoping to learn or improve IFS knowledge and skills with Frank Anderson, one of the most respected, dynamic (and enjoyed) IFS presenters.

Most modes of psychotherapy believe that 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, PhD, realized that clients were describing experiences with various parts within themselves. When these parts felt safe and clients felt they had their concerns addressed, they were less disruptive. In developing IFS, Schwartz recognized that 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.

Outline: The IFS Technique

Step 1: Identifying the Diagnoses and Symptoms

Assessing the diagnoses: PTSD, Anxiety, depression, substance abuse and eating disorders, applying 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 and 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: counter-transference 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 and 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

Speaker Bio:

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

Dr. Anderson is a lead trainer at the IFS Institute with Richard Schwartz and maintains a long affiliation with, and trains for, Bessel van der Kolk’s Trauma Center. He serves as an advisor to the International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP) and was the former chair and director of the Foundation for Self Leadership.

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

Dr. Anderson maintains a private practice in Concord, MA.


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