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Treating Complex Trauma with Internal Family Systems

December 7, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Join Frank Anderson for this program on treating complex trauma with IFS.

In the treatment of trauma, IFS differs 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.


  1. Present the IFS Model and design ways to integrate IFS into your clinical practice.
  2. Specify and work with your client’s parts as defined by developer Richard Schwartz, PhD.
  3. Model how to work with the clinician’s own parts.
  4. Critique an alternate view of symptoms and psychopathology, reasoning that these are ways your clients are trying to protect themselves from emotional pain and psychological wounding.
  5. Communicate how IFS increases the therapist’s curious and compassionate self when working with difficult and challenging clients.
  6. Evaluate the neuroscience behind the healing process in IFS therapy


December 7, 2023
10:00 am - 1:00 pm