Full Course Description
2-Day Advanced Workshop: Clinical Applications of Internal Family Systems (IFS) with Frank Anderson MD
- Summarize the steps of working with clients' “protective parts” to improve treatment outcomes as proposed by the IFS model.
- Differentiate between empathy and compassion as it relates to the IFS approach and improving the therapeutic process.
- Evaluate the evidence that supports meditation as beneficial to clinical outcomes when used in the IFS process of therapy.
- Explore and diagnose wounds connected to grief and loss; and describe two effective IFS interventions.
- Recommend how to address the “protector” fears as they arise for the client during the therapy session.
- Apply IFS methods to help trauma clients manage their overwhelming feelings.
- Describe how to explain to clients the neuroscience of hyperarousal in their “extreme parts.”
- Demonstrate how the role of criticism and neglect from caregivers causes shame cycles in your clients and how parts-work breaks the cycle.
- Apply the “triggering agreement” intervention when working with clients around resolving parenting issues that arise for them.
- Demonstrate what “tracking the sequence” means as it applies to couples’ treatment.
- Analyze the necessity–and create modifications–when using IFS in an inpatient setting.
- Within the internal system, determine the parts of self that are associated with substance use disorders.
- Assess countertransference, including recognition of potential activation of therapist’s own reactive parts.
Internal Family Systems (IFS)
Evolution of the Model
- Comprehensive, compassionate, non-pathologizing treatment approach
- Paradigm-shifting perspective on “psychopathology”
- Easily integrated into other therapeutic modalities
- Teach clients to access inner wisdom and self-compassion to heal traumatic wounds
The Neuroscience of IFS
- Development of the IFS model by Richard C. Schwartz, Ph.D.
- IFS as an empirically validated treatment: Summary of research support
- Goals of IFS therapy
- Starting an IFS session and the flow of the model
- The mind and the brain
- Neurons-networks and parts
- Meditation and self energy
- Understanding the fear response
Step 1: Using Meditative Processes to Identify and Connect with a Target Part
Step 2: Working with Protective Parts
- Differentiate the person from the symptom
- Access a state of compassion and curiosity essential for healing
- Establish a relationship with the target part
- Learn the history and benevolent intention behind the symptom
Step 3: Healing the Wound
- Facilitate internal attachment work
- Learn to address the fears/concerns of protective parts
- Establish a trusting relationship with proactive and reactive parts
- Resolve internal conflicts
- Gain permission to proceed with healing
- Connect with the wounded part
- Witness the pain rather than relive it
- Retrieve the wounded part
- Release/unburden thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations
- Life without the wound, the post-healing process
- Countertransference redefined
- Identifying parts that get in the way
- The Science of extreme reactions in therapists and clients
CLINICAL APPLICATIONS OF IFS
Trauma and Attachment
Depression and Anxiety
- Roadblocks to healing trauma
- Neurobiology of PTSD and Dissociation
- Dealing with the extreme symptoms and staying in Self
- Healing attachment wounds: What IFS offers
Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder
- Differentiating feelings from symptoms
- Address the biology and process the wound
- Protection or genetics
Substances and Addictions
- Addressing psychotic parts
- Differentiating psychosis from trauma dysregulation
- Treating biological issues while addressing emotional pain
- Befriending addictive parts
- Healing wounds or stopping use?
- Addressing the biology and the behavior after healing
Shame and Grief
- When food “abstinence” is not an option
- Multiple eating parts
- Self-led eating
IFS With Specific Client Populations
- The shamer and the shamed
- Critical and neglect shame cycles
- Loss, letting go, and healing
- Children and adolescents
- Groups and inpatient settings
- Spirituality and culture
Part 2: The Steps of the Model
Part 3: Healing the Wound
Part 4: Applying IFS to Practice
BONUS | Bessel van der Kolk Trauma Interview Series: Richard Schwartz, Ph.D., Developer and Founder of Internal Family Systems (IFS)
In this interview, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk talks with Richard Schwartz, Ph.D., developer and founder of Internal Family Systems (IFS) - hailed by Dr. van der Kolk as “the treatment method that all clinicians should know to treat clients effectively”.
Listen to Dr. Schwartz’s discovery of IFS through his work with families and the roles that individuals play in a family system. Within an individual, these same roles exist as parts - all of which serve important and purposeful functions. Drs. van der Kolk and Schwartz identify each part and the role they play, illustrate the relationships between them, and stress the importance of honoring and welcoming all parts in helping clients.
Through role play, observe how Dr. Schwartz uses IFS in therapy. Find tips, tricks, and resources that you can use to begin your journey using this treatment modality for your traumatized clients or gain additional insight for the seasoned IFS practitioner.
- Present the IFS Model and design ways to integrate IFS into your clinical practice.
- Model how to work with clinician’s own parts.
- Internal Family Systems Therapy
- The roles in IFS
- The Self
- How the Therapist Shows Their Parts
- Working with Passive Clients
- IFS Role-Play
- The IFS Roles