Foundations of Internal Family Systems

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Led by Frank Anderson, MD

Live Broadcast Dates:
Thursday, May 20, and Thursday, May 27, 2021
Live Broadcast Time: 12:00 pm – 4:15 pm ET
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Follow-Up Q&A:
Live Follow-Up Q & A Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Broadcast Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET

Can’t Attend Live? This webinar and Follow-up Q&A will be recorded and archived. All registrants will be given unlimited access to the recording for a full year after the Live Broadcast date.

Internal Family Systems (IFS) is one of the most popular and effective evidence-based treatment techniques in use today. This 8-hour training with a follow-up Q and A will provide an opportunity for therapists hoping to learn or improve IFS knowledge and skills with Frank Anderson, one of the most respected,  dynamic (and enjoyed) IFS presenters. 

Most modes of psychotherapy believe that 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, PhD, realized that clients were describing experiences with various parts within themselves. When these parts felt safe and clients felt they had their concerns addressed, they were less disruptive. In developing IFS, Schwartz recognized that in Systemic family theory, parts take on characteristic roles that help define the inner world of the client. 

Today, IFS has established a legacy of effectiveness in successfully treating many mental health issues and is being heralded as the treatment that all clinicians should know in order to treat clients effectively. 

Outline: The IFS Technique 

Step 1: Identifying the Diagnoses and Symptoms

  • Assessing the diagnoses: PTSD, Anxiety, depression, substance abuse and eating disorders, applying meditation practices
  • Finding the symptom
  • Focusing on its fear
  • Separating the person (Self) from the symptom
  • Becoming curious about it
  • Finding the real story behind the symptom 

Step 2: Gaining Access to Internal Strengths and Resources for Healing 

  • Moving from defensiveness to curiosity
  • Accessing compassion to open the pathways toward healing 
  • Fostering “internal attachment” work
  • The “Self” of the therapist:  counter-transference redefined

Step 3: Permanent Healing of the Traumatic Wound

  • Three phases to healing the wound: Witnessing the pain
  • Removing the wounded part out of the past
  • Letting go of the feelings, thoughts and beliefs
  • Memory reconsolidation and neuroscience
  • Integrating IFS into Your Treatment Approach
  • EMDR, DBT, Sensorimotor and other methods
  • Transformation vs. adaptation or rehabilitation
  • Going beyond the cognitive
  • Integrating IFS with your current clinical approach

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

  • Describe the IFS Model and ways to integrate IFS into their clinical practice
  • Identify and work with their client’s parts
  • Identify and demonstrate how to work with the clinician’s own parts
  • Summarize an alternate view of symptoms and psychopathology, understanding that these are ways our clients are trying to protect themselves from emotional pain and psychological wounding
  • Explain how IFS increases the therapist’s curious and compassionate self when working with difficult and challenging clients
  • Learn the neuroscience behind the healing process in IFS therapy

Frank Anderson, MD, completed his residency and was a clinical instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Both a psychiatrist and psychotherapist, Dr. Anderson 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 in Connecting Neuroscience, Psychopharmacology and Internal Family Systems for Trauma. He co-authored a chapter on What IFS Offers to Trauma Treatment in Innovations and Elaborations in Internal Family Systems Therapy and recently co-authored the Internal Family Systems Skills Training Manual.

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

Follow-Up Q & A Session with Frank Anderson

Join Frank for a Follow-Up Q & A session to:

  • Ask questions that have arisen in the week after the webinar
  • Share unexpected insights, experiences and challenges that you have encountered as you put some of what you learnt into practice

Live Follow-Up Q & A Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Broadcast Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, ET

The Follow-Up Q & A Sessions are designed to help webinar participants further integrate and deepen their understanding and implementation of webinar material. After having had a chance to absorb and reflect on what you learnt in the webinar, you are invited to join the speaker in an hour-long Q & A session to ask questions, share your experiences in implementing some of the ideas explored in the webinar and discuss challenges and unexpected insights that may have arisen.

Non-subscribers may add the Follow-Up Q & A session to your registration upon checking out.

Follow-Up Q & A Fee for Guests and Community Learners at time of registration: CAD$16

Follow-Up Q & A Fee for Guests and Community Learners AFTER: CAD$30

Subscribers of the Leading Edge Seminars Advantage Network are automatically registered at no charge.

Please note: CEs are available for the 3-hour webinar only.

Time Topic Covered
1st hour
  • Introduction/review of the IFS model, with examples of how cultural burdens disconnect parts from the Self
2nd hour
  • Describe how IFS is used to heal food and body concerns by establishing relationships with parts that hold extreme beliefs about food and the body.
  • Discuss the importance of working with polarizations and getting permission from protectors to heal vulnerable parts of the system.
15 Minute Break
3rd hour
  • Case example illustrating the IFS healing steps

This training offers 8 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.

For Live Broadcast Attendees

Webinar attendance by participants is automatically tracked, documented and archived for future reference. Upon confirming you have attended 100% of the webinar and upon completion of a course evaluation, you will be issued a certificate of participation (see below).

For Attendees of On Demand/Recorded Version

If you cannot verify 100% attendance of the Live Broadcast or if you are watching the On Demand/recorded version of this webinar, you will need to complete a Post-Webinar Quiz with a pass of at least 80% in order to verify your attendance.

For US Participants

Instructions on how to obtain your Certificate of Attendance showing the hours completed will be distributed either following the Live Broadcast or with On-Demand registration (On-Demand participants must pass a post-webinar attendance quiz).  A CE package will be available which includes the full webinar description and details, the speaker’s CV and references.

For Canadian and International participants

Upon fulfillment of the above requirements, Canadian and international participants will be issued a Certificate of Participation which features:

  • 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

Please check carefully with your regulating body/organization that this certificate is sufficient proof for you to claim CEUs.

For general information about Continuing Education for Canadians and International participants, please click here.  

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
Webinar Rate CAD$335.00 (USD$267)
Webinar + Q&A Rate CAD$351.00 (USD$280)
Dedicated Learner Rate CAD$284.75 (USD$227)
Whole Enchilada Rate Included

*Dedicated Learners pay $10/month and automatically save 15% PLUS have access to all Q&A sessions free. To become a Dedicated Learner, click here.

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May 20, 2021 12:00 pm
May 27, 2021 4:15 pm