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Internal Family Systems (IFS): Development, Application and Transformational Model to Effectively Help Clients Improve Well-Being

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.

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Objectives

  1. Evaluate and explain the IFS model’s principles, concepts, and treatment interventions.
  2. Assess how IFS brings a flexible perspective of mental health disorders by translating common comorbidities into parts language.
  3. Analyze and determine the qualities of Self for the purposes of client psychoeducation.
  4. Determine the characteristics and role of firefighters in the system.
  5. Assess the relationship between the role of protectors and exiles.

Outline

IFS Model Development

IFS Model Application

Copyright : 21/10/2020

Attachment & IFS: Healing Trauma and Attachment Wounds that Befriend the Body

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.

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Objectives

  1. Determine how attachment theories inform us about human connection and how IFS views attachment differently to increase healing for clients.
  2. Experiment different ways to help clients open up and befriend their body to heal wounds.

Outline

3 Keys to Attachment 
Essential to the therapeutic relationship 

  1. Seen  
  2. Heard  
  3. Valued 

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

Copyright : 31/07/2020

Treating Complex PTSD with IFS

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!  

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Objectives

  1. Analyze why treating Complex PTSD is complicated by evaluating the different trauma diagnoses, circumstances, and experiences that contribute to trauma disorders. 
  2. Differentiate between IFS treatment and other trauma treatment modalities by evaluating the positive intentions of all parts, highlighting the role of Self-Energy; arguing the importance of both empathy and compassion in work with clients, and identifying advance treatment for protectors beyond the basic 6 “F’s".

Outline

All Traumas Are Not the Same
Complex PTSD/DESNOS 
Developmental Trauma Disorder (AKA Developmental Complex PTSD) 
DID/extreme dissociative trauma 
Vulnerability 
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 
Therapist parts 


What is Unique About IFS Trauma Treatment 
Positive intention of all parts 
Not a phase oriented model 
Self-energy 
Empathy & compassion 
Internal attachment work 


Beyond the 6 F’s for Protectors 
Direct access 
Updating an apology 
Offer the invitation of hope 


IFS & Attachment Trauma 
Attachment wounds 
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 
Cumulative/collective unburdening 

Copyright : 31/07/2020

IFS & Addictive Processes: Healing Wounds and Restoring Balance to the System of Parts

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! 

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Objectives

  1. Utilize an IFS-informed approach to case conceptualization with clients who present with addiction.  
  2. Differentiate between the manager, firefighter, and exiled parts in the IFS model.   
  3. Assess for common countertransference issues that may interfere with treatment.   

Outline

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 behaviour 
How to heal underlying wounds and restore balance to the system 
Codependence and early attachment wounds 
Countertransference is inevitable but manageable when addressed 

Copyright : 31/07/2020

IFS & Disordered Eating: Heal the Relationship Between Food and Body

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! 

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Objectives

  1. Utilize IFS-informed strategies to help clients identify and connect with their parts that hold extreme beliefs about food and body. 
  2. Differentiate between parts-driven and Self-led beliefs and behaviour related to food, body size, and health.   
  3. Assess the impact of cultural and legacy burdens on clients’ acceptance of their body and relationship with food.

Outline

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? 

Copyright : 31/07/2020

IFS Approaches to Shame, Anxiety, and Depression

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!  

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Objectives

  1. Appraise and analyze the roles of depression and anxiety as parts designed to protect from feelings of shame. 
  2. Investigate the process of using IFS interventions to unblend and promote healing of shame, anxiety, and depression. 

Outline

Anxiety, Depression, & Shame 
Anxious parts that feel they’re “bad” 
Anaesthetizing 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 

Copyright : 31/07/2020

IFS & Couples Therapy: Using Intimacy from the Inside Out (IFCO) to Heal, Improve, and Provide Relationship Help

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!  

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Objectives

  1. Analyze Intimacy from the Inside Out (IFIO) principles and interventions in addressing common struggles faced in working with couples. 
  2. Evaluate the importance of assessing differentiation within a couple and promoting, teaching, and modelling active listening to improve relationship outcomes. 

Outline

Unique Couple’s Struggles & IFIO 
Couple’s level of differentiation 
Blended protectors 
Shame/blame and polarizations 


Teaching Couples the Art of Skillful Communication 
Change the conversation 
Speaking for parts, listening from self 
Courageous communication 
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 
Tracking sequences 
Experiential & process oriented 
Working with shame, repair, & neuroscience 
Using IFIO with sexuality, affairs, betrayal, and repair 

Copyright : 31/07/2020

IFS with Children & Adolescents: Using Parts Work to Help Young People Heal

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! 

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Objectives

  1. Apply IFS concepts for use with children & adolescents in therapy. 
  2. Utilize the application of both direct access and in-sight in this population. 
  3. Differentiate between implicit and explicit direct access within the IFS model.  

Outline

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 

Copyright : 31/07/2020

IFS Approaches with LGBTQ2IA+ Clients

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! 

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Objectives

  1. Evaluate the importance of welcoming a person’s full humanity in treating clients in the LGBTQ2IA+ Population and support the healing agent of self-energy to promote healing and positive clinical outcomes. 
  2. Differentiate the clinical needs and challenges facing different LGBTQ2IA+ populations and determine that clinical treatment must be reflective of the needs of individual clients while also being aware of challenges faced by LGBTQ2IA+ subgroups, including LGBT youth, Lesbians, and Trans individuals. 

Outline

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 
Honouring 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 

Copyright : 31/07/2020

Healing Racial Trauma with IFS

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! 

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Objectives

  1. Assess culture and IFS parts to deepen the understanding of how they interact. 
  2. Investigates and elaborates on the 4 main legacy burdens of America: individualism, racism, patriarchy, and materialism. 
  3. Analyze the ways in which Intersectionality affects therapy in order to better improve treatment outcomes for clients with diverse backgrounds. 

Outline

Intersectional Mental Health 
Look at race, gender, class 
Look at the person & context of where they come from 


How IFS Helps A Therapist  
Deconstruct power 
Individualism vs system thinking 


Collective Legacy Burdens  

  1. Racism 
  2. Patriarchy  
  3. Materialism  
  4. Individualism  

Help clients navigate their own paths  
Having a deep compassionate relationship with clients  

Copyright : 31/07/2020

The Future of IFS

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. 

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Outline

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 
Executive coaching  
Educational Systems, both teachers and students 
Psychedelics  
Medicine & physician burn-out 
Prisons & law 
Spirituality  

Copyright : 31/07/2020

Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS)

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 behaviours.

Think about the family of emotions from Pixar’s movie Inside Out - how a 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 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.

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 recording 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 may leave your office feeling healed, with skills to use outside the therapy room to help them master their emotions.

This training will include experiential exercise, meditation, and video demonstration. You will leave transformed!

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Objectives

  1. Investigate Internal Family Systems (IFS) concepts, steps and techniques to broaden treatment intervention options.
  2. Appraise how IFS brings a non-pathological perspective of mental health disorders by translating common comorbidities into parts language.
  3. Analyze the IFS view that client’s symptoms and psychopathology are attempts to solve an emotional problem.
  4. Inspect a clinical session to deepen one’s understanding of IFS treatment strategies.
  5. Practice clinical interventions to enhance effectiveness in sessions.
  6. Appraise the benefits of applying IFS to one’s current clinical practice.

Outline

Internal Family Systems (IFS)

Origins of IFS – the work of Richard Schwartz, PhD

A non-pathologizing, accelerated approach rooted in neuroscience

Apply inner resources and self-compassion for healing

How to heal implicit memory wounds

Harness neuroscience for techniques that cure traumatic wounds

Study limitations: small sample size, no control group

Clinical considerations for clients experiencing abuse

The IFS Technique

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

Find the real story behind the symptom

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

Moving from defensiveness to curiosity

Access compassion to open the pathways toward healing

Foster “internal attachment” work

The “Self” of the therapist-countertransference redefined

Step 3: Heal the Traumatic Wound

Three phases to healing the wound:

Witness the pain

Remove the wounded part out of the past

Go of the feelings, thoughts and beliefs

Memory reconsolidation & neuroscience

Integrate IFS into Your Treatment Approach

EMDR, DBT, Sensorimotor and other methods

Transformation vs adaptation or rehabilitation

Going beyond the cognitive

Integrate IFS with your current clinical approach

Copyright : 26/06/2020

A Therapist’s Guide to the Psychopharmacology of Trauma and Dissociation

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.

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Objectives

  1. Integrate psychopharmacological and psychotherapeutic approaches in the treatment of trauma and dissociation.
  2. Determine the positive and potentially negative effects of psychoactive medication interventions related to trauma treatment.
  3. Prepare clients effectively for the implementation of psychopharmacological adjuncts to psychotherapy.
  4. Analyze the neurobiological effects of trauma to the dysregulation of neurotransmitters and the use of mitigating medications.
  5. Assess therapeutic indications for appropriate medication referrals.

Outline

 

Copyright : 11/09/2019