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Transcending Trauma with IFS: Mending the Wounds We Carry

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Frank Anderson, MD
4 Hours 01 Minutes
Mar 11, 2022
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Hopeless, anxious, isolated. For many clients with complex PTSD, life can be a draining march of negative feelings and rejection. And for the therapists who treat them, it’s often difficult to cultivate hope while addressing trauma-related volatility and vulnerability. Fortunately, incorporating Internal Family Systems techniques into treatment has been shown to reduce relational trauma and early attachment wounds, allowing therapists to create that elusive, hopeful path forward. In this session, you’ll discover how to:

  • Unload distorted thoughts and beliefs; discharge troubling physical sensations; and release feelings of unworthiness, loneliness, and unlovability
  • Address protective client parts in a trauma-specific manner, and gain their permission to access hidden vulnerabilities
  • Clarify which cognitive, body-centred, and emotional tools release deeply engrained pain
  • Apply neuroscientific understanding to therapeutic decisions about extreme symptoms, and address common adaptations of relational trauma, like neglect, shame, and substance use



This online program is worth 4.25 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.

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  1. Differentiate types of traumatic stress including those from early attachment ruptures.
  2. Distinguish the ways IFS is different from traditional phase-oriented treatments for traumatic stress.
  3. Demonstrate how IFS works with protective inner parts to access traumatic ruptures.
  4. Integrate IFS principles with other psychotherapeutic models of treatment.
  5. Evaluate common clinical setbacks to recovery from traumatic stress.


  • Comparison of IFS with other models and phase-oriented treatments for trauma
  • Understand risks and limitations of the approach
  • Demonstrate how to identify and address clients’ protective parts
  • How to gain permission from protective parts to access hidden vulnerabilities
  • Differentiate between compassion and empathy and why both are important to trauma recovery
  • The 6 F’s of trauma recovery in IFS and moving beyond the 6 F’s
  • Addressing early attachment wounds, separation, and preverbal trauma
  • Addressing dissociative and perpetrator parts
  • Two subtypes of PTSD and how to address them differently
  • Order of trauma recovery
  • Common roadblocks to trauma recovery in clinical work

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Art Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Behavioral Health Professionals



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