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Digital Seminar

Module 8: Treating Complex Trauma with Internal Family Systems (IFS)

Frank Anderson, MD
1 Hour 38 Minutes
Audio and Video
Apr 26, 2018
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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. He specializes in the treatment of trauma and dissociation and 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.

His most recent book, entitled Transcending Trauma: Healing Complex PTSD with Internal Family Systems was released on May 19, 2021.

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


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Frank Anderson maintains a private practice. He is the Executive Director of the Foundation for Self Leadership and has employment relationships with The Trauma Center and The Center for Self Leadership. Dr. Anderson receives royalties as a published author. He receives a speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Frank Anderson is a member of the New England Society Studying Trauma and Dissociation and the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.


  1. Integrate the IFS model into your clinical practice and accelerate the healing from complex trauma.
  2. Analyze the protective parts of clients with trauma histories to help with assessment and treatment planning.
  3. Apply an alternative view of symptoms and psychopathology, showing how client’s parts are actually trying to protect them from emotional pain and psychological pain.
  4. Demonstrate how IFS translates common comorbidities into parts language, showing a non-pathological perspective of mental health disorders.
  5. Communicate how IFS increases the therapist’s curious and compassionate self when working with clients who have trauma histories.
  6. Differentiate a therapeutic issue from a biological condition for better decision making in your clinical practice.
  7. Evaluate traditional attachment theory perspectives on healing to the IFS view (an internal attachment model) and learn to trust the clients’ internal relationship to heal their traumatic wounds.
  8. Determine if trauma symptoms are rooted in sympathetic activation or parasympathetic withdrawal to help inform the treatment process.
  9. Demonstrate IFS specific therapeutic techniques that shift arousal and withdrawal, allowing quicker access to clients’ traumatic vulnerabilities.
  10. Develop a deep understanding of how neuroscience informs therapeutic decisions in IFS therapy.
  11. Integrate IFS with your current treatment approaches including EMDR, DBT, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.
  12. Differentiate IFS to traditional phase-oriented treatment and learn accelerated ways of accessing and healing traumatic wounds.



Overall:      4.9

Total Reviews: 34


Amy V

"Very informative content."

Marion C

"loved this training - Dr. Anderson was excellent!"

Heather D

"What an outstanding training! I took this via digital seminar, which was great so I could re-watch certain parts of interest. Dr. Frank Anderson is a very engaging and intelligent presenter. He certainly knows IFS well, and his training has definitely sparked a desire in me to learn more about IFS. I also really appreciated the focus on the brain and the neurobiology of trauma. "

Gretchen E

"Excellent integration of neurology and IFS. "

Jonathan B

"Excellent content. Excellent teacher."

Kathleen W

"This course was fantastic and inspired me to pursue further training in IFS. "

Megan T

"Dr. Anderson was an excellent presenter. I just happen to disagree with with many of the tenets of IFS (upon completing this many CEUs). "

Karen M

"Challenging course, but well presented."

Allison H

"Great Presenter, very engaging, even while watching online"

Stephanie H

"I loved the brain based information for the technique. I feel like I now need to obtain my level 1 certification. "

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