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Digital Seminar

Broken Trust: Treating Betrayal Trauma in Couples

Frank Anderson, MD
2 Hours
Audio and Video
Mar 18, 2023
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Beyond affairs, violations in intimate relationships are often the result of more common and seemingly small and innocuous betrayals. And when one or both members of the couple have a trauma history, it can significantly impact their ability to work through betrayals of all kinds. This session will explore how to apply complex PTSD interventions in couples' treatment to help partners work through the initial shock of a betrayal, minimize blame and shame, heal the root trauma, and regain trust in the relationship. In this session, you’ll learn:

  • How to prevent couples from re-injuring partners in sessions
  • Strategies for creating corrective emotional experiences to regain trust
  • How to work with “parts” that get activated and triggered when working with betrayal
  • How to integrate the stages of couples’ treatment with IFS informed trauma techniques


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 2.0 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



Frank Anderson, MD's Profile

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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.

His memoir, To Be Loved, is set to be released on May 7, 2024.

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.


  1. Execute three steps required for forgiveness to be achieved by someone who has been relationally violated.
  2. Catalogue the core components of healing relational wounds.
  3. Assess the qualities of resilience that are necessary for clients to overcome complex PTSD.


  • How understanding the impact of betrayal can guide us clinically in therapy
  • Why re-injury can occur in therapy and how to prevent it
  • Implementing IFS-based strategies for treating betrayal trauma
  • Limitations and Risks of using IFS for betrayal trauma

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners 
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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