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Internal Family Systems (IFS): Development, Application and Transformational Model to Effectively Help Clients Improve Well-Being

Internal Family Systems (IFS) is rapidly becoming a recognized evidence-based psychotherapy that effectively and efficiently helps clients reduce struggles with their symptoms and become more self-aware in a wide range of clinical settings.

In this 3-hour recording, join Dr. Frank Anderson as he talks to IFS Founder, Dick Schwartz as they go in-depth discussing how the model developed, research for IFS, why it’s so powerful, and how it has evolved since its inception.

Also joining the conversation will be Senior IFS Trainer, Paul Ginter, Ed.D, one of the most popular and effective IFS teachers, who lead us through an overview of the model.

If you are new to IFS, you won't want to miss this session. And if you are already familiar with IFS, don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear/learn more about IFS from two of the leaders at the IFS Institute.

Copyright : 21/10/2020

Attachment & IFS: Healing Trauma and Attachment Wounds that Befriend the Body

Attachment wounds have a powerful impact on life decisions like who we pick for a partner, our job and the relationship with our environments. 

That’s why it's crucial to understand that when trauma is experienced alone, no one to process it with, no trusting relationship, it will get locked into a client's system without the ability to move forward.  

In this interview, join Dr. Frank Anderson and Senior IFS Trainer, Chris Burris as they go in-depth on how to apply IFS to attachment wounds and the body. When a client experiences trauma, their parts will split from the Self to survive. One part will serve the role of protection while the other will remain hidden causing an internal attachment wound. 

Join Chris and Frank as they dive into the breakthrough of IFS and attachment - when parts work together, they heal together.

Copyright : 31/07/2020

Treating Complex PTSD with IFS

Trauma blocks love and self-connection.   

IFS is a transformational model in which allows clients to release these blocks from pain and heal.  

Join IFS senior trainer and trauma expert Frank Anderson, MD as he explains how IFS uniquely helps survivors heal from the pain and betrayal of traumatic wounding. In just one hour, he masterfully cover how IFS can:  

  • View trauma as a relational violation 
  • Repair the internal relationship when trauma is endured 
  • Empower your clients to overcome even the most complex traumas 
  • And more! 

If you’re working with trauma survivors, don’t get overwhelmed and learn how IFS can change your practice!  

Copyright : 31/07/2020

IFS & Addictive Processes: Healing Wounds and Restoring Balance to the System of Parts

Join Dr. Frank Anderson and Senior IFS Trainer Cece Sykes, LCSW for this compelling, in-depth discussion that conceptualizes addictive processes within the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model. In just one hour, they masterfully cover: 

  • IFS’s view of addictive processes as system-focused, not symptom-focused 
  • How polarization of parts impacts the clinical process 
  • Healing the underlying wound by restoring balance to the system 
  • Ways to manage inevitable countertransference within your own parts 
  • And more! 

If you work with clients who are struggling to overcome addictive behavior, you don’t want to miss this session! 

Copyright : 31/07/2020

IFS & Disordered Eating: Heal the Relationship Between Food and Body

Almost every client you see holds shame about their weight, size, or health – whether they talk about it or not.  The Internal Family Systems (IFS) model of treatment provides a way to release that shame to discover an inner wisdom that guides clients to heal their relationship with food and their bodies.     

Join Dr. Frank Anderson for this engaging discussion with disordered eating expert and Vice Chair of the IFS Institute, Jeanne Catanzaro as they explore disordered eating and body image through the lens of IFS, including: 

  • How parts work can help clients overcome the extremes of eating and compensatory behaviors 
  • Uncovering the ubiquitous nature of disordered eating, often framed as “clean” or “healthy” 
  • Insight and concepts for working with clients to release control rather than seek it 
  • Disparities in perception and treatment among race, gender, ability, and sexual orientation 

You don’t want to miss this compelling conversation! 

Copyright : 31/07/2020

IFS Approaches to Shame, Anxiety, and Depression

Shame is the fuel which drives all of the problems therapists treat.  And IFS views anxiety and depression as strategies adopted by our protective systems to cope with shame.  

Join Dr. Frank Anderson for this engaging discussion with IFS Pioneer and Senior Trainer, Michael Elkin, LMFT as they explore the ability to be curious and compassion to these protectors caught in a trap, and help ease them out of their extreme roles, including:  

  • How IFS compares and contrasts with other models of treatment for depression, anxiety and shame 
  • How a relational and systemic approach can uncover and heal deep shame where other methods might get stuck 
  • The impact of shame as an organizing principle in our internal systems 
  • IFS interventions to unblend and promote healing of shame, anxiety, and depression 

Don’t miss this in-depth exploration through the lens of the IFS model!  

Copyright : 31/07/2020

IFS & Couples Therapy: Using Intimacy from the Inside Out (IFCO) to Heal, Improve, and Provide Relationship Help

Join Dr. Frank Anderson and Senior IFS trainer Toni Herbine-Blank, MSN, RN, for this compelling, in-depth discussion that conceptualizes an exciting use of the IFS model for couples, Intimacy from the Inside Out (IFIO).  You’ll learn principles and interventions in addressing common struggles faced in working with couples. In just one hour, they masterfully cover: 

  • The cascade of changes you experience using IFS with couples 
  • How to teach couples the skill of heartfelt communication 
  • Unique Aspects of the IFIO Model 
  • Using IFIO with sexuality, affairs, betrayal & repair 

Learn first-hand how the IFS approach altered Toni’s understanding of how human beings grow and have the capacity to transform, both internally and in relationships. Don’t miss this session and change the way you work with couples today!  

Copyright : 31/07/2020

IFS with Children & Adolescents: Using Parts Work to Help Young People Heal

In this compelling session, Dr. Frank Anderson and senior IFS trainer Pam Krause discuss the ins and outs of using IFS with children and adolescents, including: 

  • Conceptualizing the IFS model within the context of play therapy 
  • The unique way parts work reduces shame and blame within families 
  • Differentiating between implicit and explicit direct access, including which one to use (and when) 
  • And more! 

If you’re working with children and adolescents, you don’t want to miss this session! 

Copyright : 31/07/2020

IFS Approaches with LGBTQ2IA+ Clients

Working with LGBTQ2IA+ clients requires therapists to focus compassionately on our clients’ internal worlds as well as our own. IFS offers a deep, transformational healing to clients AND it allows clinicians the ability to connect with ANY client. 

Join Dr. Frank Anderson for this engaging discussion with IFS Assistant Trainer, Jim Andralis, LCAT, as they explore working with LGBTQ2IA+ clients through the lens of IFS, including: 

  • How IFS helps therapists engage in parts that carry biases and stay open to each client’s unique experience  
  • Support the healing agent of self-energy to promote healing and positive clinical outcomes 
  • Differentiate the clinical needs and challenges facing LGBTQ2IA+ populations and  subgroups, including youth coming out in today’s culture  

Don’t miss this session, and learn how to offer your clients a safe place for therapy! 

Copyright : 31/07/2020

Healing Racial Trauma with IFS

The recent protests against racial injustice and police brutality have left many therapists wondering what they can do to be active forces for change in the therapy room and beyond. 

Join Dr. Frank Anderson for this timely discussion about racial trauma with Founder of Black Therapists Rock & IFS Institute Online Ambassador, Deran Young, LCSW as they explore how clinicians can create a safe space in therapy for clients of color. 

Using the framework of Internal Family Systems (IFS), this session offers practical skills to help heal the traumatic wounds of oppression. You’ll discover how to: 

  • Apply the IFS model to help heal trauma, and acknowledge and own the parts of ourselves that become reactive when discussing issues of diversity 
  • Increase your ability to avoid microaggressions and help clients explore emotional wounds with culturally sensitive techniques  
  • Explore the ways in which Intersectionality affects therapy in order to better improve treatment outcomes for clients with diverse backgrounds. 
  • And more! 

You don’t want to miss this warranted conversation! 

Copyright : 31/07/2020

The Future of IFS

Frank Anderson will lead a rare conversation with IFS Founder, Richard Schwartz, Ph.D.  He will share where he dreams of IFS to expand to both with mental health professionals and the general public. 

Copyright : 31/07/2020

Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS)

We all know what it is to feel conflicting emotions – “a part of me wants to .. and then there’s a part of me that doesn’t .. “ as we grapple with our internal self, desires, and behaviors.

Think about the family of emotions from Pixar’s movie Inside Out - how family of emotions, Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger all interacted inside Riley Anderson’s mind to form her reactions and memories.

Now you are thinking along the lines of IFS – Internal Family Systems Therapy.

Most modes of psychotherapy believe 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 want to immediately incorporate it into your practice.

In developing IFS 30 years ago, creator Richard Schwartz, Ph.D., realized that clients were describing experiences with various parts, many extreme, within themselves. When these parts felt safe and had their concerns addressed, they were less disruptive. In developing IFS, he recognized that, as in systemic family theory, parts take on characteristic roles that help define the inner world of the client.

IFS has been heralded as the treatment that all clinicians should know in order to treat clients effectively (van der Kolk 2015).

Join IFS and trauma expert Frank Anderson, MD, colleague of Dr. Bessel van der Kolk and Dr. Richard Schwartz, in this transformational training day and learn of all that IFS therapy can do for you and your clients!

Like Dr. Anderson, after integrating IFS into your work, you will transform your practice. Clients will leave your office feeling healed, with skills to use outside the therapy room to help them master their emotions.

This special days’ training will include experiential exercise, meditation and video demonstration. You will leave transformed!

Copyright : 26/06/2020

A Therapist’s Guide to the Psychopharmacology of Trauma and Dissociation

Let’s face it – treating trauma is hard work and it’s not always clear what needs to be done. Dysregulated nervous systems, co-morbidities, and a myriad of psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacological options often make it difficult to reach the desired goals for your clients.

Even though you may not be a prescriber of medications, it’s essential that you have a thorough understanding of the effects medication has in treating trauma.

Watch world renowned trauma expert Frank Guastella Anderson, MD, in this recording as he guides you through the essentials of Psychopharmacology related to the treatment of Trauma and Dissociation.

Dr. Anderson will teach you how to:

  • Integrate psychopharmacological and psychotherapeutic approaches
  • Identify positive and negative effects of medication
  • Prepare clients for adding medication to their treatments
  • Understand the effects of trauma on neurobiological processes
  • Assess clients for appropriate medication referrals

Improve your outcomes through the understanding and application of the interplay between medications, psychotherapy and trauma.

Copyright : 11/09/2019