Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS): A Revolutionary & Transformative Treatment for Permanent Healing of PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Substance Abuse and More


Speaker: Frank G. Anderson, M.D.

Topic: Family Supports

Location: Hyannis, MA

Friday, June 8, 2018

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.

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 (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!

Following this training, workshop participants will be able to:

  • Describe the IFS Model and ways to integrate IFS into your clinical practice.
  • Identify and work with your 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 your 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.
  • Explain the neuroscience behind the healing process in IFS therapy.

This workshop will benefit social workers, mental health professionals, clinicians, educators, counselors and paraprofessionals.  This format includes lecture, discussion, case studies, role plays, films and /or testimonials.


Frank Guastella Anderson, MD, completed his residency and was a clinical instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is the chairman of the Foundation for Self-Leadership (the Internal Family Systems Therapy organization) and has served on the research advisory committee and the speaker’s bureau for the Center for Self-Leadership.

He 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 has maintained a long affiliation with Bessel van der Kolk’s Trauma Center at Justice Resource Center in Boston and maintains a private practice in Concord, MA.

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