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Working with Complex Trauma Clients: Putting the Pieces Together with Janina Fisher, PhD and Frank Anderson, MD

Successful treatment of complex trauma requires being able to work with all parts of your clients—the parts that clients identify with as “me” and the disowned parts they have despised, disowned or dissociated.

Without giving voice to all parts and resolving the conflicts between them, your treatment efforts can fall short, leaving clients to continue their daily struggle with suicidality, self-harm, addiction and other self-destructive behaviors.

Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment (TIST) are two of the most effective evidence-based tools available to clinicians today for safely and effectively working with clients’ trauma-related parts.

And this 2-Day online workshop is your chance to train with two of the biggest names in the trauma field as they share the demonstrations, case studies and tips you need to bring the power of these clinical approaches into your own practice!

Watch Frank Anderson, MD, IFS Institute lead trainer and program consultant and Janina Fisher Ph.D., international trauma expert and creator of Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment as they show you how you can use these contrasting yet complementary approaches to:

  • Understand complex and unstable clients as systems of fragmented parts
  • Overcome roadblocks to working with extreme symptoms of trauma
  • Re-interpret self-destructive behavior as the actions of protector parts
  • Repair the injuries of traumatized child parts
  • Bring curiosity and compassion to habitual states of hopelessness, shame and self-blame
  • Heal wounds caused by repeated relational violations.

Don’t miss the opportunity to join not one, but two legendary trauma clinicians and trainers.

Purchase today and feel more confident than ever before in working with all your trauma clients’ parts!

Program Information


  1. Assess clients for signs and symptoms indicative of parts and/or their internal conflicts.
  2. Stabilize at-risk clients with the Trauma Informed Stabilization Treatment Model.
  3. Articulate the Internal Family Systems model for working with parts in therapy.
  4. Assess the pros and cons of psychoeducation for client understanding of parts.
  5. Formulate parts structure as they manifest in thoughts, emotions, body sensations and actions.
  6. Evaluate parts that sabotage self-compassion or self-acceptance.
  7. Implement mindfulness-based techniques to increase internal awareness.
  8. Overcome the disruptive influence of extreme protective parts.
  9. Implement techniques for increasing ‘self-energy’.
  10. Utilize interventions that create an increased sense of connection to disowned parts.
  11. Manage the common roadblocks and pitfalls that interfere with the effective healing of early attachment wounds.
  12. Demonstrate techniques IFS and TIST techniques that may facilitate ‘self-healing for trauma clients.



Workshop Overview: Frank Anderson and Janina Fisher

Trauma and Dissociation [Fisher]

  • Dissociation and fragmentation as normal responses to trauma
  • How fragmentation aids survival and adaptation
  • Repeated re-activation of trauma responses and traumatized parts in the context of safety
Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment (TIST) [Fisher]
  • Applying a parts model to personality disorders and complex PTSD
  • The Structural Dissociation Model
  • Re-interpreting client symptoms as manifestations of parts
  • Mindfulness-based techniques for working with parts
  • Stabilization of symptoms and impulses
  • State of the evidence, risk and limitations of the model & application in clinical practice
Internal Family Systems [Anderson]
  • IFS Model
  • Parts and psychopathology
  • The 6 F’s, working with protective parts
  • State of the evidence, risk and limitations of the model & application in clinical practice
Trauma and Dissociation, cont. [Anderson]
  • The Neurobiology of PTSD and Dissociation
  • Overcoming roadblocks, working with extreme symptoms of trauma
  • Overcoming roadblocks, working with extreme symptoms of trauma
  • Beyond the 6 F’s in IFS

Self-Leadership in IFS [Anderson]
  • Therapist parts
  • The dimensions of Self-Energy
  • Differentiating empathy from compassion
Healing from Within [Anderson]
  • The healing process in IFS
  • Unloading family of origin and cultural burdens
  • Rewiring implicit emotional memory
Repairing the Injuries of Traumatized Child Parts [Fisher]
  • Developing internal communication
  • Concept of ‘missing experiences’
  • Developing client ability to offer reparative experiences to parts
  • Welcoming the parts home now
Contrasting Approaches to working with Parts [Fisher, Anderson]
  • Sharing reactions to video excerpts
  • Discussion of strengths and limitations of each approach
  • Participant Q&A

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

Copyright : 02/01/2021

Rethinking Borderline Personality Disorder: A Traumatic Attachment Disorder

Regardless of how it might seem, clients aren’t really at war with their therapists; they’re caught up in a trauma-related internal battle, asking themselves questions about whether to trust or not trust, live or die, and love or hate. A trauma perspective opens up new ways of working with clients with BPD, helping us understand their challenging behaviors as consequences of being traumatized and fragmented. It transforms the therapeutic relationship and the treatment. In this recording, you’ll explore the value of reinterpreting borderline personality as an attachment disorder and learn how to help clients with BPD focus on their internal battles, positioning yourself as an ally. You’ll explore how to:

  • To strengthen alliances with clients with BPD and navigate their fears of closeness and distance
  • Understand how fragmentation or “splitting” creates internal conflicts and fuels crisis
  • Help BPD clients resolve internal struggles with easily implemented body-centered and parts-centered interventions

Program Information


  1. Determine the common effects of traumatic attachment.
  2. Distinguish Borderline Personality Disorder symptoms characteristic of disorganize or unresolved attachment.
  3. Investigate the effects of disorganized attachment in adult interpersonal relationships.
  4. Demonstrate use of right brain-to-right brain techniques to help BPD clients tolerate and benefit from psychotherapy.
  5. Apply three body-centered, mindfulness-based interventions to increase affect tolerance and decrease impulsive behavior.


  • The effects of trauma on attachment formation in children
    • When parents are ‘frightened and frightening’
    • Trauma-related internal conflicts between closeness and distance
    • Disorganized attachment status in adulthood
  • Understanding BPD as a trauma-related disorder
    • Differentiating personality disorder symptoms from trauma responses
    • Using psychoeducation to make sense of the symptoms
  • Re-interpreting BPD as ‘Traumatic Attachment Disorder:  how does it change the treatment?
    • Transforming the focus from behavior change to trauma resolution
    • Understanding splitting as dissociative, not manipulative
    • Transference and countertransference implications
  • Stabilization of unsafe behavior
    • “Waking up” the prefrontal cortex
    • Increasing client ability to be mindful rather than reactive
    • Re-interpreting impulsive behavior as fight/flight responses
    • Helping clients dis-identify from suicidal beliefs and impulses
  • Addressing issues of clinging, separation anxiety and anger
    • Working from a trauma-based parts perspective
    • Facilitating internal attachment relationships
  • A “right brain to right brain” approach to healing attachment wounding
    • Facilitating internal compassion
    • Helping clients ‘repair’ the past rather than remember it
    • Creating internal secure attachment

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Art Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Behavioral Health Professionals

Copyright : 03/13/2022

Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Attachment: Repairing the Internal Attachment

Join IFS expert, author, prominent clinician & psychiatrist Frank Anderson, MD, to learn how to help clients heal from the inside out. 

Explore the application of the IFS Model of therapy and trauma and attachment theory to apply in your work with children, families and couples to effectively heal emotional wounds:

  • Address the fears/concerns of protective parts
  • Establish a trusting relationship with proactive and reactive parts

Don’t miss out on this must-see session to make IFS therapy one of your go-to treatment tools!

Note: This product is not affiliated with the IFS Institute and does not qualify toward IFS Institute credits or IFS Institute certification.

Program Information


  1. Evaluate the steps of working with clients' “protective parts” to improve treatment outcomes as proposed by the IFS model.
  2. Propose how to address the “protector” fears as they arise for the client during the therapy session.
  3. Apply the core concepts of IFS intervention to repair the internal disconnections created by trauma.


  • 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

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Other Professionals Who Work within the Mental Health Fields

Copyright : 05/07/2021