Internal Family Systems (IFS) is rapidly becoming a recognized evidence-based psychotherapy that effectively and efficiently helps clients reduce struggles with their symptoms and become more self-aware in a wide range of clinical settings.
In this 3-hour recording, join Dr. Frank Anderson as he talks to IFS Founder, Dick Schwartz as they go in-depth discussing how the model developed, research for IFS, why it’s so powerful, and how it has evolved since its inception.
Also joining the conversation will be Senior IFS Trainer, Paul Ginter, Ed.D, one of the most popular and effective IFS teachers, who lead us through an overview of the model.
If you are new to IFS, you won't want to miss this session. And if you are already familiar with IFS, don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear/learn more about IFS from two of the leaders at the IFS Institute.
IFS Model Development
IFS Model Application
Attachment wounds have a powerful impact on life decisions like who we pick for a partner, our job and the relationship with our environments.
That’s why it's crucial to understand that when trauma is experienced alone, no one to process it with, no trusting relationship, it will get locked into a client's system without the ability to move forward.
In this interview, join Dr. Frank Anderson and Senior IFS Trainer, Chris Burris as they go in-depth on how to apply IFS to attachment wounds and the body. When a client experiences trauma, their parts will split from the Self to survive. One part will serve the role of protection while the other will remain hidden causing an internal attachment wound.
Join Chris and Frank as they dive into the breakthrough of IFS and attachment - when parts work together, they heal together.
3 Keys to Attachment
Essential to the therapeutic relationship
Attachment Theory & IFS Model
Differences and contribution of models
How IFS views attachment
Parts can have different attachment patterns
Parts can have different attachment wounds
From trauma, parts must split from self in order to survive
Self to part relationship
When attachment is threatened
Responses from exile parts
Heal attachment wounds
Befriending the Body
Attachment injuries cause dissociation and disconnect in the body
Reintegrate the body & reintegrate the senses to heal wounds
How to open up the internal channel for communication
Work with the Inner Critic
Relational impact of the critic
Why to work the critic first and why
Use rational, respectful, non-shaming techniques
Trauma blocks love and self-connection.
IFS is a transformational model in which allows clients to release these blocks from pain and heal.
Join IFS senior trainer and trauma expert Frank Anderson, MD as he explains how IFS uniquely helps survivors heal from the pain and betrayal of traumatic wounding. In just one hour, he masterfully cover how IFS can:
If you’re working with trauma survivors, don’t get overwhelmed and learn how IFS can change your practice!
All Traumas Are Not the Same
Developmental Trauma Disorder (AKA Developmental Complex PTSD)
DID/extreme dissociative trauma
Self as the corrective experience
Why Treating Complex Trauma is So Complicated
Extreme circumstance & responses
Working with trauma survivors triggers therapist’s traumas
Boundary issues are inevitable
What is Unique About IFS Trauma Treatment
Positive intention of all parts
Not a phase oriented model
Empathy & compassion
Internal attachment work
Beyond the 6 F’s for Protectors
Updating an apology
Offer the invitation of hope
IFS & Attachment Trauma
Impacts on decisions/relationships
How attachment wounds develop
Critic, Neglect, & Shame Cycles
Shame is a powerful potent wound
Shame rooted from a critic
Shame rooted from neglect
IFS & Dissociative Disorders
The importance of saying in self
Range of healing of wounds
Join Dr. Frank Anderson and Senior IFS Trainer Cece Sykes, LCSW for this compelling, in-depth discussion that conceptualizes addictive processes within the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model. In just one hour, they masterfully cover:
If you work with clients who are struggling to overcome addictive behavior, you don’t want to miss this session!
The IFS-Informed Perspective of Addiction
It’s a system, not a symptom – every part is involved!
Polarization among parts when addiction is present
Finding the positive intention of negative behavior
How to heal underlying wounds and restore balance to the system
Codependence and early attachment wounds
Countertransference is inevitable but manageable when addressed
Almost every client you see holds shame about their weight, size, or health – whether they talk about it or not. The Internal Family Systems (IFS) model of treatment provides a way to release that shame to discover an inner wisdom that guides clients to heal their relationship with food and their bodies.
Join Dr. Frank Anderson for this engaging discussion with disordered eating expert and Vice Chair of the IFS Institute, Jeanne Catanzaro as they explore disordered eating and body image through the lens of IFS, including:
You don’t want to miss this compelling conversation!
Disordered Eating Through the Lens of IFS
How clients get disconnected from their core wisdom, the self
Cultural and legacy burdens’ impact on self-acceptance
Discovering the positive intention of extreme parts
The intersection of trauma and disordered eating
Making the Shift From Parts-Driven to Self-Led
The eating part is never alone!
Unburdening extreme parts from their role
Exploring other parts’ relationship with food and the body
What is intuitive eating and how does it help?
Shame is the fuel which drives all of the problems therapists treat. And IFS views anxiety and depression as strategies adopted by our protective systems to cope with shame.
Join Dr. Frank Anderson for this engaging discussion with IFS Pioneer and Senior Trainer, Michael Elkin, LMFT as they explore the ability to be curious and compassion to these protectors caught in a trap, and help ease them out of their extreme roles, including:
Don’t miss this in-depth exploration through the lens of the IFS model!
Anxiety, Depression, & Shame
Anxious parts that feel they’re “bad”
Anesthetizing anxiety leads to depression
Anxiety & depression as ways to cope with the “badness”
Anxiety & Depression as Protective Manifestations
Anxious and depressive parts express themselves through sensations
Anxious and depressive parts as protectors
Negotiate with protective parts
Approach anxious & depressive parts using IFS
Approach with compassion & curiosity
IFS & phobias
Using Parts to Find/See Other Parts
Can a part look at your Self through the Self’s eyes
Intersectionality Between Biology & Parts
Physiology as a tool for parts to express themselves
Following the affect
Join Dr. Frank Anderson and Senior IFS trainer Toni Herbine-Blank, MSN, RN, for this compelling, in-depth discussion that conceptualizes an exciting use of the IFS model for couples, Intimacy from the Inside Out (IFIO). You’ll learn principles and interventions in addressing common struggles faced in working with couples. In just one hour, they masterfully cover:
Learn first-hand how the IFS approach altered Toni’s understanding of how human beings grow and have the capacity to transform, both internally and in relationships. Don’t miss this session and change the way you work with couples today!
Unique Couple’s Struggles & IFIO
Couple’s level of differentiation
Shame/blame and polarizations
Teaching Couples the Art of Skillful Communication
Change the conversation
Speaking for parts, listening from self
Working with the listener
U-turn to re-turn
Teaching communication skills
Unique Aspects of the IFIO Model
Systemic approach to heal, improve, and provide relationship help
Experiential & process oriented
Working with shame, repair, & neuroscience
Using IFIO with sexuality, affairs, betrayal, and repair
In this compelling session, Dr. Frank Anderson and senior IFS trainer Pam Krause discuss the ins and outs of using IFS with children and adolescents, including:
If you’re working with children and adolescents, you don’t want to miss this session!
IFS with Kids and Adolescents
An Innovative Framework for Reaching Young People
Play therapy meets IFS
Using both direct access and in sight with a younger population
Externalizing techniques for facilitating in-sight
How polarizations impact therapy
Helping families identify and understand their parts
Working with LGBTQ2IA+ clients requires therapists to focus compassionately on our clients’ internal worlds as well as our own. IFS offers a deep, transformational healing to clients AND it allows clinicians the ability to connect with ANY client.
Join Dr. Frank Anderson for this engaging discussion with IFS Assistant Trainer, Jim Andralis, LCAT, as they explore working with LGBTQ2IA+ clients through the lens of IFS, including:
Don’t miss this session, and learn how to offer your clients a safe place for therapy!
How IFS Applies to the LGBTQ2IA+ Population
Welcoming a person’s full humanity
The healing agent of self-energy
Youth coming out in today’s culture
Being gay/queer as a trauma experience
Phases of gender transitioning
Differences & similarities when working with lesbians vs. gay men
Honoring the differences and what you don’t know
Recognizing that orientation & gender are different
Pronouns as possible triggers
LGBTQ2IA+ Providers Providing Clinical Treatment
Assumptions of Shared Experience with clients
The role of self-disclosure
Heterosexual cisgender client’s reacting to gay therapists & heterosexual projection
Recognizing therapist’s parts
Orientation & power dynamics
Creating a space where parts can speak up
Creating space for the perpetrator parts
The recent protests against racial injustice and police brutality have left many therapists wondering what they can do to be active forces for change in the therapy room and beyond.
Join Dr. Frank Anderson for this timely discussion about racial trauma with Founder of Black Therapists Rock & IFS Institute Online Ambassador, Deran Young, LCSW as they explore how clinicians can create a safe space in therapy for clients of color.
Using the framework of Internal Family Systems (IFS), this session offers practical skills to help heal the traumatic wounds of oppression. You’ll discover how to:
You don’t want to miss this warranted conversation!
Intersectional Mental Health
Look at race, gender, class
Look at the person & context of where they come from
How IFS Helps A Therapist
Individualism vs system thinking
Collective Legacy Burdens
Help clients navigate their own paths
Having a deep compassionate relationship with clients
Frank Anderson will lead a rare conversation with IFS Founder, Richard Schwartz, Ph.D. He will share where he dreams of IFS to expand to both with mental health professionals and the general public.
Future Goals of IFS
Change the way clinicians view and work with extreme symptoms
Limitations of the Model
Working Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
Bring IFS to the World & Change the Paradigm
Educational Systems, both teachers and students
Medicine & physician burn-out
Prisons & law
We all know what it is to feel conflicting emotions – “a part of me wants to .. and then there’s a part of me that doesn’t .. “ as we grapple with our internal self, desires, and behaviors.
Think about the family of emotions from Pixar’s movie Inside Out - how family of emotions, Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger all interacted inside Riley Anderson’s mind to form her reactions and memories.
Now you are thinking along the lines of IFS – Internal Family Systems Therapy.
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 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.
IFS has been heralded as the treatment that all clinicians should know in order to treat clients effectively (van der Kolk 2015).
Join IFS and trauma expert Frank Anderson, MD, colleague of Dr. Bessel van der Kolk and Dr. Richard Schwartz, in this transformational training day and learn of all that IFS therapy can do for you and your clients!
Like Dr. Anderson, after integrating IFS into your work, you will transform your practice. Clients will leave your office feeling healed, with skills to use outside the therapy room to help them master their emotions.
This special days’ training will include experiential exercise, meditation and video demonstration. You will leave transformed!
Internal Family Systems (IFS)
Let’s face it – treating trauma is hard work and it’s not always clear what needs to be done. Dysregulated nervous systems, co-morbidities, and a myriad of psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacological options often make it difficult to reach the desired goals for your clients.
Even though you may not be a prescriber of medications, it’s essential that you have a thorough understanding of the effects medication has in treating trauma.
Watch world renowned trauma expert Frank Guastella Anderson, MD, in this recording as he guides you through the essentials of Psychopharmacology related to the treatment of Trauma and Dissociation.
Dr. Anderson will teach you how to:
Improve your outcomes through the understanding and application of the interplay between medications, psychotherapy and trauma.