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IFS & The Treatment of Addictions: Biology, Healing and Habits

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Frank Anderson, MD
2 Hours 59 Minutes
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Oct 08, 2022
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Beneath addiction and traumatic stress lies important neurobiological processes that are altered. We will discuss, through the lens of Internal Family Systems Therapy and neurobiology, how to address behaviours and biological conditions commonly associated with many addictive behaviours and to help clients ultimately heal from the wounds beneath their addictions.

Note: This product is not affiliated with the IFS Institute and does not qualify toward IFS Institute credits or IFS Institute certification.


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All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


This online program is worth 1.75 hours CPD.



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Frank 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 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” 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 Internal Family Systems Skills Training Manual.

His most recent book, entitled Transcending Trauma: Healing Complex PTSD with Internal Family Systems was released on May 19, 2021.

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


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Frank Anderson maintains a private practice. He is the Executive Director of the Foundation for Self Leadership and has employment relationships with The Trauma Center and The Center for Self Leadership. Dr. Anderson receives royalties as a published author. He receives a speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Frank Anderson is a member of the New England Society Studying Trauma and Dissociation and the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.


  1. Organize the types of behavioural and substance-based addictions and the addictive cycle.
  2. Assess the neurobiological correlates that are altered in traumatic stress and addictions and a person’s sense of self.
  3. Theorize on the impact of trauma and addictions on a person’s sense of self.
  4. Propose three primary targets of psychotherapy for addictions based on neurobiological research.


  • Common types and patterns of addiction
  • The important neurobiology behind the addictive process and how it guides therapy
  • What many addiction treatments miss: working with the client’s sense of self
  • Addressing “double trauma”
  • Current research into psychedelics and addictions
  • How addictions are healed through the lens of neurobiology

Target Audience

  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Other Mental Health Professions


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