Even when parents are at the top of their game, the most routine curveballs—quarrelling siblings, a child’s public meltdown, or a phone call from a teacher—can trigger unresolved shame, guilt, anger or disconnection in parents.
The Internal Family Systems (IFS) approach can help parents more fully:
Understand and heal their own wounds that their children inevitably evoke
Allow the parent to better set healthy, non-controlling limits
Create a more nurturing family environment
Talk to their children about difficult subjects by using “part of me language”
Explore their reactive moments compassionately
Co-parent in a way that’s supportive and collaborative that leads to greater maturity
Recover from the inevitable moments when they “lose it”
Take the necessary steps to repair with the child
Through exploring both attachment and parenting styles, as well as IFS interventions that work, you can help parents avoid triggered responses to their children.
Frank Anderson, MD, completed his residency and was a clinical instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is both a psychiatrist and psychotherapist and 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” 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.
Dr. Anderson maintains a private practice in Concord, MA.
Financial: Frank Anderson maintains a private practice. He receives a consulting fee from the Center for Self Leadership. Dr. Anderson receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Frank Anderson is the President of the Foundation for Self Leadership.
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Evaluate what Internal Family Systems model of therapy brings to parenting with the “Parts” concept.
Create ways to engage parents in an exploration of their moments with compassion and empathy instead of guilt and shame.
Demonstrate how to help parents lead from a place of power and set limits for their children while still expressing love and support.
Differentiate among the various parenting styles vs. attachment styles and how they influence your client’s parenting approach.
Propose an IFS-informed approach to co-parenting that helps promote improved intrafamily relationships.
Apply the “triggering agreement” intervention when working with clients around resolving parenting issues that arise for them.
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