Full Course Description
Part 1: The IFS Framework
Revolutionize your clinical approach and help your clients heal with Internal Family Systems therapy model.
IFS is one of the most popular, new, and effective evidence-based treatment techniques in use today.
Thousands of clinicians already trust IFS as their go-to treatment tool to effectively heal emotional wounds so they can make greater therapeutic progress with clients struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, and other mental health conditions.
This 2-day recording is your opportunity to learn the IFS method step-by-step from Dr. Frank Anderson, one of the biggest names in the field.
Whether you are an experienced IFS therapist, a novice, or someone without any IFS training, this workshop will increase your clinical sophistication and confidence with IFS so you can treat a wide range of clients more effectively than ever before.
In this 2-day workshop, you will learn the IFS method, a non-pathologizing approach to healing that is sweeping the field of mental health and beyond.
Join IFS expert, author, prominent clinician & psychiatrist Frank Anderson, MD, in this recording to learn how to help clients heal from the inside out. Dr. Anderson will teach you the IFS steps that he has learned to hone his clinical work – and that have produced such transformation in his clients. He will clearly present all the tools and techniques in an easy-to-learn fashion.
Explore several different applications of the IFS Model of therapy including; trauma and attachment, depression, anxiety, psychosis, addictions, eating disorders, and shame to name a few. Learn how to apply IFS when working with groups, children, parents, couples, and LGBTQ clients.
This is an experiential training that includes didactic lecture, video examples, practice, live demonstrations, and meditations.
Finish this recording feeling confident to start incorporating IFS into your clinical practice! Don’t miss out on learning from one of Internal Family Systems' internationally known and respected lead trainers.
- Evaluate 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.
- Assess 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.
- Articulate 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 advice, methods, 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.
- Demonstrate ways to integrate IFS into your clinical practice.
- Differentiate IFS parts and their roles.
- 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
Internal Family Systems Skills Training Manual
Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) provides a revolutionary treatment plan for PTSD, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, eating disorders and more.
Using a non-pathologizing, accelerated approach -- rooted in neuroscience -- IFS applies inner resources and self-compassion for healing emotional wounding at its core. This new manual offers straight-forward explanations and illustrates a wide variety of applications. Easy to read and highly practical.
- Step-by-step techniques
- Annotated case examples
- Unique meditations
- Downloadable exercises, worksheets
IFS is Evidence-Based
Thirty years ago, IFS creator Richard Schwartz, PhD, listened to his clients describing the behaviors and fears of their most extreme parts. He found that the inner world of all his clients was characterized by parts who had a positive intent for the client but had taken on extreme roles in an effort to be safe. He also discovered that these extreme parts would become less disruptive and more cooperative once their concerns were addressed and they felt safer.
IFS views psychic multiplicity as the norm: we all have parts. In addition, every part has a good intention for the client, and every part has value. When clients listen to all their parts, they can heal their wounded parts.
Today, IFS, which has established a legacy of efficiency and effectiveness in treating many mental health issues, is being heralded by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk as a treatment that all clinicians should know.