Full Course Description

Frank Anderson's Internal Family Systems Trauma Treatment

International trauma expert and IFS-senior lead trainer, Frank Anderson presents a step-by-step guide to trauma healing using the transformative IFS therapy model. Through in-depth experiential training sessions, real in-session videos, and ample skill demonstrations, you'll develop the skills and confidence you need to help your clients overcome even the most complex traumas. PLUS, you’ll have exclusive access to 5 Live Consultation Calls with Frank where you will have even more learning opportunities including more demos, live practice, and Q+A. You will end this intensive online course prepared to integrate the Internal Family Systems trauma model with your current clinical models — so you can help your clients find hope, growth, resilience, and recovery.

Program Information

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


4 Modules, 2 Live Consultation Video Calls

Week 1: The Basics of IFS: What You Need to Know to Get Started

  • What IFS therapy looks like from start to finish
  • The theory that guides IFS – An emerging treatment model
  • What are the goals of IFS treatment?
  • Comparing IFS to other evidence-based approaches to trauma
  • The crucial differences between IFS and other trauma therapies
  • Risks, limitations, and benefits of IFS as an emerging approach to trauma
  • Demonstration: An IFS Trauma Therapy Session in Action

Week 2: The IFS Model Step 1: Getting to Know Your Client and Their Parts

  • How to start an IFS session 
  • Mapping your client’s parts
  • How to know which parts to work with in each session
  • Six steps for working with protector parts
  • Demonstration: Identifying parts

WEEK 3: Live Consultation Call with Frank Anderson

  • Skills practice: Mapping out parts
  • Q&A
  • LIVE Demonstration: Starting an IFS session

Week 4: The IFS Model, Steps 2 and 3: Working with Protectors and Accessing Self-Energy

  • Demonstration: Working with protective parts
  • The Self and accessing Self-energy
  • Working with protector parts: More on the 6 F’s
  • What happens to the Self when it is traumatized
  • Demonstration: Working with Self-energy
  • Demonstration: Resourcing empathy and compassion

Week 5: The IFS Model, Steps 4 and 5: Internal Attachment Work and Gaining Permission

  • Working with protector parts: More on the 6 F’s
  • How to build a strong relationship with your client’s parts
  • The most common fears of protector parts
  • The key to success in trauma healing
  • Demonstration: Working through the 6 F’s

WEEK 6: Live Consultation Call with Frank Anderson

  • Skills Practice: Accessing Self-Energy and Addressing Protector Fears
  • Demonstration: The Unburdening Process

4 Modules, 2 Live Consultation Video Calls

Week 7 : The Science Behind Trauma and Parts Work

  • How the brain works: Neuroplasticity, neurogenesis and
  • The 7 basic emotion systems and the impact of trauma
  • The 7 types of trauma
  • The Fear Response and the impact of trauma
  • What symptoms are telling us and how to focus treatment based on them
  • How trauma treatment with IFS differs from other phase-oriented treatments

Week 8: The Neurobiology of PTSD and Dissociation

  • A top-down and bottom-up look at the mind-body response to trauma
  • Extreme reactions and the Autonomic Nervous System
  • The role of hormones and neurotransmitters
  • The fear circuitry of PTSD
  • Demonstration: Working with dissociation

WEEK 9: Live Consultation Call with Frank Anderson

  • Demonstration: Working with extreme parts
  • Experiential Practice: Working with therapist parts
  • Q+A

Week 10: Beyond the 6F’s: Direct Access, Updating Parts and More

  • What comes after the 6 F’s
  • Demonstration: Direct Access
  • Helping parts get to know the Self
  • Accessing the wound: Ways to safely gain permission
  • What to do when a part gets overwhelmed

Week 11: Working with Polarizations, Extreme Parts and Therapist Parts

  • The most common parts in relational trauma
  • Working with Dissociation
  • Embracing Suicidal Parts
  • Addressing Addictions (substances and food)
  • How to resolve polarizations
  • Therapist parts: What to do when your parts are activated
  • Demonstration: The Fire Drill

WEEK 12: Live Call with Frank Anderson (30 min Q+A, Demo of Direct Access)

  • Demonstration: Direct Access
  • Skills Practice: Direct Access, Dealing with Overwhelm and the Invitations
  • Q+A PART 3: FOUNDATIONS OF TRAUMA HEALING with IFS 3 Modules, 1 Live Consultation Video Call

Week 13: How Wounds Develop

  • What makes us vulnerable to wounds
  • How to prioritize the order of healing
  • Recognizing and addressing shame
  • The role of attachment in trauma
  • Healing attachment and relational trauma with IFS
  • Parts and loss

Week 14: Healing Wounds with IFS

  • The Arc of Healing
  • The Steps of the Unburdening Process
  • Neuroscience of unburdening
  • Demonstration: The full IFS process
  • Roadblocks to healing and the post-unburdening process
  • Integration and repair

WEEK 15: Spiritual Dimensions of Healing and Forgiveness

  • Working with legacy and cultural burdens
  • Understanding the generational transmission of PTSD
  • Identifying and releasing legacy and cultural burdens
  • The spiritual dimensions of trauma healing
  • The critical and controversial role of forgiveness in healing

WEEK 16: Live Call with Frank Anderson

  • Demonstration: Case Presentation
  • Summary
  • Q+A


  1. Articulate the IFS model’s view of symptomology, demonstrating an understanding of how this destigmatizing perspective can increase self-awareness and self-compassion.
  2. Explain the theoretical model of IFS and the concept of parts, with an emphasis on how the concept of parts can be used to conceptualize a client’s response to trauma.
  3. Perform an IFS-informed clinical assessment, with an emphasis on identifying the relationship between traumatic experience and current symptoms.
  4. Create an IFS-informed map of your client’s internal response to trauma using the concept of parts to describe specific components to be targeted in treatment.
  5. Summarize each of the “6 F’s” discussed in the IFS model, including how each can facilitate trauma healing.
  6. Utilize the “find,” focus,” and “flesh-out” steps of the IFS model to identify targets for trauma treatment.
  7. Describe the IFS concept of “unblending,” summarizing how the IFS model can be used to facilitate an unblending process.
  8. Articulate the IFS concept of Self, demonstrating an awareness of the unique qualities of self that are associated with improved mental health.
  9. Identify the three primary types of parts included in the IFS model, articulating the specific role of each.
  10. Identify the specific brain structures whose functions have influenced a deeper understanding of the IFS model’s concept of Self.
  11. Utilize knowledge of brain functioning to educate clients on how the traumatized brain can change over time.
  12. Describe the seven types of trauma, demonstrating an awareness of at least two key features of each type.
  13. Define interoceptive attention, demonstrating an awareness of how this concept relates to the IFS treatment model.
  14. Describe the role of the sympathetic nervous system in trauma responses, including a description of common physical manifestations of sympathetic arousal.
  15. Articulate the IFS model’s view of countertransference, including how therapists can use this perspective to reduce interference throughout the therapeutic process.
  16. Recognize the risks and limitations of using IFS in trauma treatment.
  17. Differentiate between implicit and explicit memories, including examples of how each may manifest in traumatize clients.
  18. Describe at least two top-down strategies and two bottom-up strategies, demonstrating an awareness of how each may benefit trauma treatment.
  19. Describe the IFS method of Direct Access, articulating the role therapists can play to access clients in confronting their fears while facilitating emotional processing.
  20. Describe how attachment theory informs the development of self-blame in attachment trauma and hypothesize how IFS concepts can be used to increase self-trust and self-acceptance.
  21. Articulate the concept of “getting permission” in the IFS method, demonstrating an awareness of how the process may help increase hopefulness for traumatized clients.
  22. Summarize the IFS conceptualization of addiction, demonstrating awareness of how parts-language is utilized to help clients understand the role of their use.

Copyright : 10/15/2023

EMDR & Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy: Integration Techniques to Resolve Inner Conflicts for Enhanced Trauma Processing

EMDR is one of today’s go-to trauma therapies for clinicians across the globe.

But when you work with complex trauma, you so often see clients getting stuck as their internal conflicts, (like feeling partly responsible, but partly helpless) get in the way of their ability to fully process the trauma.

Fortunately, IFS therapy is the perfect complement to EMDR, giving you tools to work with these conflicting parts and giving your clients an accessible framework to develop a deeper understanding of themselves and their experiences.

Now in this one-day training you’ll join trauma expert Daphne Fatter, PhD, certified in both EMDR and IFS therapy, as she shares a how-to guide on integrating EMDR and the IFS model in treatment so you can more effectively work with the emotional, cognitive and physical aspects of trauma to reduce your clients’ symptoms, individualize their treatment, and create the sense of coherence and wholeness they need to heal and grow.

Dr. Fatter will give you a step-by-step guide to using non-pathologizing relational interventions from IFS therapy at each phase of EMDR, so you can provide trauma treatment that meets clients where they’re at and skillfully attends to the unique needs of each client’s internal parts.

Join Dr. Fatter so you can:

  • Identify and resolve inner conflicts hindering your clients’ healing processes
  • Understand how EMDR and the IFS model facilitate the process of memory reconsolidation
  • Explore clients’ internal parts that may be contributing to their current challenges
  • Develop a greater sense of self-awareness and self-compassion in clients
  • Provide a foundation for internal relational repair within the client
  • Decrease the risk of client decompensation
  • Use self-tapping to promote emotional regulation
  • And much more

Don’t miss this chance to learn how you can combine these powerful treatments so you can more skillfully work with a wide range of clinically challenging clients including clients with complex trauma.

Register now!

This event is not endorsed by, sponsored by, or affiliated with the IFS Institute and does not qualify for IFS Institute credits or certification.

Program Information


  1. Identify the key concepts and intersecting theoretical principles of both the EMDR and IFS models.
  2. Explain the role of EMDR and IFS in processing and resolving traumatic memories.
  3. Assess and identify appropriate clients for an integrated EMDR and IFS approach.
  4. Use EMDR and IFS techniques to help clients identify and resolve inner conflicts that may be hindering their healing process.
  5. Develop a treatment plan that incorporates trauma targets identified by the client and/or therapist and utilize EMDR and IFS techniques to effectively process these targets.
  6. Guide clients through the EMDR and IFS process to promote a greater understanding of how their past experiences have influenced their current beliefs and behaviors.
  7. Demonstrate how to teach and guide clients in using self-tapping as a form of selfregulation and coping skill both during and outside of therapy sessions.


EMDR and IFS: Shared Principles and Why Memory Consolidation is Key

  • EMDR & IFS: Shared Principles & the Differing Lenses of Trauma
  • Why the Memory Reconsolidation Process is Important to Both Models
  • Risks & Limitations of EMDR and IFS as Single-Model Approaches
  • Determining Factors to Integrate EMDR & IFS
  • Appropriate Client Candidates for Integrating EMDR & IFS

Setting Up Effective IFS-Informed EMDR

  • Benefits & Risk of Integrating IFS into EMDR’s 8 Phase Protocol
  • Applying an IFS Paradigm Shift into EMDR
  • Phase 1: History Taking, Treatment Planning, & Consent for Treatment Plan
  • Phase 2: Preparation & Resource Development
  • Introducing Self Tapping for Attachment Readiness and Repair

Inviting Self Presence into EMDR: Enhanced Assessment and More Comprehensive Trauma Processing

  • Finding Targets for Trauma Processing: EMDR vs IFS methods
  • Internal Relational Repair for Healthier Relationships with Themselves and Others
  • Phase 3: Assessment – Using IFS to Help Identify Targets
  • Phase 4: Desensitization – IFS Techniques for More Comprehensive Traumatic Material Processing

Practical IFS-Informed Interventions to Support Integration

  • Phase 5: Installing Positive Qualities – Using IFS to Counterbalance Negative Beliefs or Emotions
  • Phase 6: Body Scan & Future Template – IFS for Enhancing Sense of Safety and Trust in their Bodies
  • Phase 7: Closure – How Understanding Parts Helps Clients Reflect on Progress
  • Phase 8: Reevaluation

Integrating EMDR into the IFS Steps

  • Benefits & Risk of Integrating EMDR into the IFS Steps
  • How to Integrate Bilateral Stimulation into Steps of the IFS Model
  • The 2 Choice Points Within the IFS Steps to Integrate EMDR

Target Audience

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

Copyright : 10/20/2023

IFS Therapy Approaches to Shame, Anxiety, and Depression

Shame is the fuel which drives all of the problems therapists treat.  And IFS views anxiety and depression as strategies adopted by our protective systems to cope with shame.  

Join Dr. Frank Anderson for this engaging discussion with IFS Pioneer and Senior Trainer, Michael Elkin, LMFT as they explore the ability to be curious and compassion to these protectors caught in a trap, and help ease them out of their extreme roles, including:  

  • How IFS compares and contrasts with other models of treatment for depression, anxiety and shame 
  • How a relational and systemic approach can uncover and heal deep shame where other methods might get stuck 
  • The impact of shame as an organizing principle in our internal systems 
  • IFS interventions to unblend and promote healing of shame, anxiety, and depression 

Don’t miss this in-depth exploration through the lens of the IFS model!  

Program Information


  1. Appraise and analyze the roles of depression and anxiety as parts designed to protect from feelings of shame. 
  2. Investigate the process of using IFS interventions to unblend and promote healing of shame, anxiety, and depression. 


Anxiety, Depression, & Shame 
Anxious parts that feel they’re “bad” 
Anesthetizing anxiety leads to depression 
Anxiety & depression as ways to cope with the “badness” 

Anxiety & Depression as Protective Manifestations 
Anxious and depressive parts express themselves through sensations 
Anxious and depressive parts as protectors 
Negotiate with protective parts 
Approach anxious & depressive parts using IFS 
Approach with compassion & curiosity 
IFS & phobias 

Using Parts to Find/See Other Parts 
Can a part look at your Self through the Self’s eyes 

Intersectionality Between Biology & Parts 
Physiology as a tool for parts to express themselves 
Following the affect 

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Nurses
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

Copyright : 07/31/2020

Healing Racial Trauma with IFS Therapy

The recent protests against racial injustice and police brutality have left many therapists wondering what they can do to be active forces for change in the therapy room and beyond. 

Join Dr. Frank Anderson for this timely discussion about racial trauma with Founder of Black Therapists Rock & IFS Institute Online Ambassador, Deran Young, LCSW as they explore how clinicians can create a safe space in therapy for clients of color. 

Using the framework of Internal Family Systems (IFS), this session offers practical skills to help heal the traumatic wounds of oppression. You’ll discover how to: 

  • Apply the IFS model to help heal trauma, and acknowledge and own the parts of ourselves that become reactive when discussing issues of diversity 
  • Increase your ability to avoid microaggressions and help clients explore emotional wounds with culturally sensitive techniques  
  • Explore the ways in which Intersectionality affects therapy in order to better improve treatment outcomes for clients with diverse backgrounds. 
  • And more! 

You don’t want to miss this warranted conversation! 

Program Information


  1. Assess culture and IFS parts to deepen the understanding of how they interact. 
  2. Investigates and elaborates on the 4 main legacy burdens of America: individualism, racism, patriarchy, and materialism. 
  3. Analyze the ways in which Intersectionality affects therapy in order to better improve treatment outcomes for clients with diverse backgrounds. 


Intersectional Mental Health 
Look at race, gender, class 
Look at the person & context of where they come from 

How IFS Helps A Therapist  
Deconstruct power 
Individualism vs system thinking 

Collective Legacy Burdens  

  1. Racism 
  2. Patriarchy  
  3. Materialism  
  4. Individualism  

Help clients navigate their own paths  
Having a deep compassionate relationship with clients  

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Nurses
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

Copyright : 07/31/2020

IFS Therapy & Addictive Processes: Healing Wounds and Restoring Balance to the System of Parts

Join Dr. Frank Anderson and Senior IFS Trainer Cece Sykes, LCSW for this compelling, in-depth discussion that conceptualizes addictive processes within the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model. In just one hour, they masterfully cover: 

  • IFS’s view of addictive processes as system-focused, not symptom-focused 
  • How polarization of parts impacts the clinical process 
  • Healing the underlying wound by restoring balance to the system 
  • Ways to manage inevitable countertransference within your own parts 
  • And more! 

If you work with clients who are struggling to overcome addictive behavior, you don’t want to miss this session! 

Program Information


  1. Utilize an IFS-informed approach to case conceptualization with clients who present with addiction.  
  2. Differentiate between the manager, firefighter, and exiled parts in the IFS model.   
  3. Assess for common countertransference issues that may interfere with treatment.   


The IFS-Informed Perspective of Addiction 
It’s a system, not a symptom – every part is involved! 
Polarization among parts when addiction is present 
Finding the positive intention of negative behavior 
How to heal underlying wounds and restore balance to the system 
Codependence and early attachment wounds 
Countertransference is inevitable but manageable when addressed 

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Nurses
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

Copyright : 07/31/2020

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.