Healing Attachment Trauma with Internal Family Systems

This On Demand Webinar is 3 hours.
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This webinar offers a deep dive into the subtleties and nuances of how to carefully and effectively unpack the positive and protective intentions that underlie even the most extreme behaviours and parts that trauma survivors typically bear. 

Most psychotherapy modalities treat the existence of different “parts” as pathological – but NOT in Internal Family Systems (IFS). In IFS, the idea of multiplicity of the mind is normal. Every part has a good intention, and every part has value – even for trauma survivors who can have parts that manifest in behaviours such as self-harming, suicidal ideation and substance abuse.

In the treatment of trauma, IFS is different from traditional phase-oriented treatments. Instead of starting with building resources in clients before processing traumatic memories, it welcomes extreme symptoms from the onset, learns about their positive protective intentions and gets their permission to access the traumatic wounds. 

You will learn about the different kinds of wounds trauma survivors can bear, and the step-by-step processes in helping your clients unburden these wounds so that they can experience the ways in which their parts are related to and ultimately support the healing resources within.

You will also learn about an important departure IFS makes from traditional attachment-focused therapies. While both value the therapeutic relationship, IFS additionally offers and facilitates the relationship between the client’s “Self” and their part as the primary healing agent. You will learn how helping your clients discover their parts can lead to sustainable and self-empowered healing.

By the end of this training, attendees will be better able to —

  • Discuss an overview of Attachment Theory
  • Explain how IFS deals with Attachment Trauma
  • Identify and assess the 5 typical kinds of wounds commonly seen in trauma treatment
  • Explain and use the 6 steps of the Unburdening Process
  • Identify and assess 4 types of Unburdening

Frank Anderson

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. He co-authored the Internal Family Systems Skills Training Manual. Dr. Anderson maintains a private practice in Concord, MA.

Time Topic Covered
1st hour

An Overview of Attachment Theory

  • Attempting to Right the Wrong: Keeping It Hidden
  • The Unique Ways IFS Deals with Attachment Trauma
2nd Hour

Different Types of Wounds

  • Collective wounds/developmental wounds/parental wound pairings/double trauma/multiple wounds
  • Steps of Healing: The Unburdening Process
15 Minute Break
3rd Hour

Types of Unburdening

  • Summary of Complex Trauma Unburdening and Wounds

This training offers 3 hours of direct contact (not counting breaks or lunch). It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards/regulatory body to verify CE requirements for their license to practice.

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  • Name of Participant
  • Title of Training
  • Name of Presenter plus their credentials
  • Number of hours of training
  • Date of training
  • Confirmation that you have passed a quiz with at least 80% grade to verify your attendance

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This training is aimed at all mental health professionals including:

  • social workers
  • counsellors
  • psychologists
  • psychiatrists
  • medical professionals supporting mental health patients
  • psychotherapists
  • mental health counsellors
  • marriage and family therapists and counsellors
  • occupational therapists
  • vocational rehabilitation therapists
  • addiction counsellors
  • religious counsellors
  • therapists
  • case managers
  • art therapists
  • licensed professional counsellors
  • all other professionals who would like to develop, update or expand their skills and knowledge in mental health practices
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