Hailed by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, author of the New York Times best-selling book The Body Keeps the Score, Internal Family Systems is the go-to treatment method that all clinicians should know.
Using a non-pathologizing, accelerated approach rooted in neuroscience, Internal Family Systems gives you an effective, evidence-based treatment plan to help all of your clients experience deep healing.
One of the most popular and effective treatment techniques used by mental health professionals today, thousands of clinicians already trust Internal Family Systems in their work to help clients struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, and other mental health conditions.
Join your peers and help change your clients’ lives today by signing up today. Upon completion, you will understand how IFS:
- Helps clients find safe ways to connect to early childhood emotions as they feel grounded in their true self
- Aligns the therapist with the innate wisdom of each and every client — cultivating compassion
- Views the multiplicity of the mind as normal; every part has a positive intention and every part has value
- Transforms negative beliefs to help clients achieve lasting change in their lives
- Offers unique, clarifying, and empowering methods to address common clinical concerns
A Step-by-Step Guide Through Clinical Applications of the IFS Model
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“Internal Family Systems has established a legacy of effectiveness in successfully treating many mental health issues and is being heralded as the treatment that all clinicians should know in order to treat clients more effectively.” — Bessel van der Kolk
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Featuring Frank Anderson, MD, lead trainer at the IFS Institute with Richard Schwartz, this step-by-step training makes it easy to start incorporating IFS into your practice right away!
Watch your clients transform as they:
- Gain the skills they need to master emotions outside the therapy room and permanently heal emotional wounds
- Explore the connection between their experiences of shame and the criticism and neglect they received from their caregivers
- Manage their experiences of overwhelm and hyperarousal
- Heal from trauma, depression, anxiety, psychosis, addictions, eating disorders, shame, and more
- Use meditation to support their clinical work particularly when used within the IFS process of therapy
In addition, gain a new framework for assessment and treatment and a new way of viewing client symptoms and psychopathology. PLUS: Learn how to apply IFS with groups, children, parents, couples, LGBTQ clients, and more!
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Roadblocks to healing trauma
- Neurobiology of PTSD and Dissociation
- Dealing with the extreme symptoms and staying in Self
- Healing attachment wounds: What IFS offers
- Differentiating feelings from symptoms
- Address the biology and process the wound
- Protection or genetics
- 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
- When food “abstinence” is not an option
- Multiple eating parts
- Self-led eating
- 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
" Thank you so much. I think IFS is the next big step on my career path and look forward to Level 1 training. I feel re-invigorated in my field. " — Natalie T.
" I love IFS. IFS honestly changed my life. " — Michael M.
With Richard C. Schwartz, PhD, Martha Sweezy, PhD, & Frank G. Anderson, MD
Easy to read and highly practical, this book is co-written by the founder of IFS and other experts in the field — giving you the answers you need to help your clients remove roadblocks and achieve healing and transformation. The 137-page manual offers you straight-forward explanations that will you help you master IFS, including:
- Step-by-step techniques
- Annotated case examples
- Unique meditations
- Downloadable exercises, worksheets
In this interview, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk talks with Richard Schwartz, Ph.D., developer and founder of Internal Family Systems (IFS).
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, you will observe how Dr. Schwartz uses IFS in therapy. Find tips, tricks, and resources that you can use to begin your journey using this treatment modality for your traumatized clients.
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.
Richard Schwartz, Ph.D., earned his Ph.D. in marriage and family therapy from Purdue University, after which he began a long association with the Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and more recently at The Family Institute at Northwestern University, attaining the status of associate professor at both institutions.
Dr. Schwartz developed Internal Family Systems in response to clients’ descriptions of experiencing various parts – many extreme – within themselves. He noticed that when these parts felt safe and had their concerns addressed, they were less disruptive and would accede to the wise leadership of what Dr. Schwartz came to call the “Self.” In developing IFS, he recognized that, as in systemic family theory, parts take on characteristic roles that help define the inner world of the clients. The coordinating Self, which embodies qualities of confidence, openness, and compassion, acts as a center around which the various parts constellate. Because IFS locates the source of healing within the client, the therapist is freed to focus on guiding the client’s access to his or her true Self and supporting the client in harnessing its wisdom. This approach makes IFS a non-pathologizing, hopeful framework within which to practice psychotherapy. It provides an alternative understanding of psychic functioning and healing that allows for innovative techniques in relieving clients symptoms and suffering. Dr. Schwartz lives and practices in Brookline, MA and is on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard School of Medicine.
Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D., is a clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of post-traumatic stress. His work integrates developmental, neurobiological, psychodynamic and interpersonal aspects of the impact of trauma and its treatment.
Dr. van der Kolk and his various collaborators have published extensively on the impact of trauma on development, such as dissociative problems, borderline personality and self-mutilation, cognitive development, memory, and the psychobiology of trauma. He has published over 150 peer reviewed scientific articles on such diverse topics as neuroimaging, self-injury, memory, neurofeedback, Developmental Trauma, yoga, theater, and EMDR.
He is founder of the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts, and President of the Trauma Research Foundation, which promotes clinical, scientific, and educational projects.
His 2014 #1 New York Times best seller, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Treatment of Trauma, transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring – specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neurofeedback, somatically based therapies, EMDR, psychodrama, play, yoga, and other therapies.
Dr. van der Kolk is the past president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and professor of psychiatry at Boston University Medical School. He regularly teaches at conferences, universities, and hospitals around the world.