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Digital Seminar

2-Day Conference: Building Positive Parent-to-Child Relationships with Internal Family Systems (IFS) - CANCELLED

Frank Anderson, MD
Approx. 12 Hours
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May 14, 2020
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In our work, we are often presented with the frustrated parent as well as the therapy client – and if we stay in the “parent-coaching” perspective, we miss the opportunity to help parents get to the real root of their parenting challenges.

Even when parents are at the top of their game, the most routine curveballs – quarreling siblings, a child’s meltdown, or a phone call from a teacher – can trigger unresolved shame, guilt, anger or disconnection in parents.

Through exploring both attachment and parenting styles as well as IFS interventions that work, you can help parents avoid triggered responses to their children.

The Internal Family Systems (IFS) approach can help parents more fully:

  • Understand and heal their own wounds that their children inevitably evoke
  • Allow the parent to better set healthy, non-controlling limits
  • Create a more nurturing family environment
  • Talk to their children about difficult subjects by using “part of me language”
  • Explore their reactive moments compassionately
  • Co-parent in a way that’s supportive and collaborative that leads to greater maturity
  • Recover from the inevitable moments when they “lose it”
  • Take the necessary steps to repair with the child

Join me, Frank Anderson, in this recording to explore Internal Family Systems Therapy and how to apply the techniques in your practice.

Frank G. Anderson, MD


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Frank Anderson, MD, completed his residency and was a clinical instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is both a psychiatrist and psychotherapist and specializes in the treatment of trauma and dissociation. He is passionate about teaching brain-based psychotherapy and integrating current neuroscience knowledge with the IFS model of therapy.

Dr. Anderson is a lead trainer at the IFS Institute with Richard Schwartz and maintains a long affiliation with, and trains for, Bessel van der Kolk’s Trauma Center. He serves as an advisor to the International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP) and was the former chair and director of the Foundation for Self-Leadership.

Dr. Anderson has lectured extensively on the Neurobiology of PTSD and Dissociation and wrote the chapter “Who’s Taking What” Connecting Neuroscience, Psychopharmacology and Internal Family Systems for Trauma in Internal Family Systems Therapy – New Dimensions. He co-authored a chapter on “What IFS Brings to Trauma Treatment in Innovations and Elaborations in Internal Family Systems Therapy” and recently co-authored Internal Family Systems Skills Training Manual.

Dr. Anderson maintains a private practice in Concord, MA.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Frank Anderson maintains a private practice. He receives a consulting fee from the Center for Self Leadership. Dr. Anderson receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Frank Anderson is the President of the Foundation for Self Leadership.

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  1. Practice how to explain to clients the neuroscience of hyperarousal in their “extreme parts.”
  2. Demonstrate how the role of criticism and neglect from caregivers causes shame cycles in your clients and how parts-work breaks the cycle.
  3. Create ways to engage parents in an exploration of their moments with compassion and empathy instead of guilt and shame.
  4. Determine the difference between Parent Coaching and Parent Healing.
  5. Demonstrate how to help parents lead from a place of power and set limits for their children while still expressing love and support.
  6. Differentiate among the various parenting styles vs. attachment styles and how they influence your client’s parenting approach.
  7. Evaluate what Internal Family Systems model of therapy brings to parenting with the “Parts” concept.
  8. Analyze your parent clients’ “reactive moments,” triggers, and the likely reasons behind them.
  9. Plan how to teach parent clients how to apologize for reactions and find an alternate approach to connect with their children.
  10. Propose an IFS-informed approach to co-parenting that helps promote improved intra-family relationships.
  11. Incorporate “a part of me language” in family conversation to allow for safe ways to have difficult discussions with children.
  12. Apply the “triggering agreement” intervention when working with clients around resolving parenting issues that arise for them.


Starting the Parenting Journey
  • Expectations
  • Family legacy – both the gifts and burdens
  • Cultural and spiritual dimensions
  • Parenting styles
  • Attachment styles
Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • 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


Step 1: Identify and Connect with a Target Part

  • Differentiate the person from the symptom
  • Access a state of compassion and curiosity essential for healing
  • Establish a relationship with the target part
  • Learn intention behind the symptom
Step 2: Working with Protective Parts
  • Facilitate internal attachment work
  • 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
Step 3: Healing the Wound
  • Connect with the wounded part
  • Witness the pain rather than relive it
  • Retrieve the wounded part
Neuroscience and Development
  • How brain development affects parents and children
  • Developmental stages, attachment and parental response
  • Parenting adolescents
What IFS Brings to Parenting
  • Incorporating parts language in the Family
  • Positive intentions of all parts
  • All parts welcome…really
When Parents Are Not at Their Best
  • Reactive moments
  • When kids become your perpetrator
  • The different triggering scenarios
  • When parents overidentify with their children
Correct It, Don’t Perpetuate It
  • How to recover and repair when parents lose it
  • Direct access parenting
  • Getting to the root of the reactivity
Improving the Co-Parenting Experience
  • When parents aren’t aligned
  • Creating a “Triggering Agreement”
From Reactive to Responsive
  • Healing the wound
  • The Parent Self
  • Love and limits
  • Maintaining the connection
Special Circumstances
  • Single parenting
  • Gender/sexuality issues
  • Special needs children
  • Parenting children with mental health issues
  • Parenting adult children

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • School Psychologists
  • Child & Adolescent Counselors
  • School Counselors
  • Child & Adolescent Social Workers
  • School Social Workers
  • Nurses
  • Addiction Counselors


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