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Frank G. Anderson
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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.
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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- Summarize the steps of working with clients' “protective parts” to improve treatment outcomes as proposed by the IFS model.
- Differentiate between empathy and compassion as it relates to the IFS approach and improving the therapeutic process.
- Evaluate the evidence that supports meditation as beneficial to clinical outcomes when used in the IFS process of therapy.
- Explore and diagnose wounds connected to grief and loss; and describe two effective IFS interventions.
- Recommend how to address the “protector” fears as they arise for the client during the therapy session.
- Apply IFS methods to help trauma clients manage their overwhelming feelings.
- Describe how to explain to clients the neuroscience of hyperarousal in their “extreme parts.”
- Demonstrate how the role of criticism and neglect from caregivers causes shame cycles in your clients and how parts-work breaks the cycle.
- Apply the “triggering agreement” intervention when working with clients around resolving parenting issues that arise for them.
- Demonstrate what “tracking the sequence” means as it applies to couples’ treatment.
- Analyze the necessity–and create modifications–when using IFS in an inpatient setting.
- Within the internal system, determine the parts of self that are associated with substance use disorders.
- Assess countertransference, including recognition of potential activation of therapist’s own reactive parts.
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 to heal traumatic wounds
Evolution of the Model
- 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 Neuroscience of IFS
- The mind and the brain
- Neurons-networks and parts
- Meditation and self energy
- Understanding the fear response
Step 1: Using Meditative Processes to 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 the history and benevolent intention behind the symptom
Step 2: Working with Protective Parts
- 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
Step 3: Healing the Wound
- 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
CLINICAL APPLICATIONS OF IFS
Trauma and Attachment
- Roadblocks to healing trauma
- Neurobiology of PTSD and Dissociation
- Dealing with the extreme symptoms and staying in Self
- Healing attachment wounds: What IFS offers
Depression and Anxiety
- Differentiating feelings from symptoms
- Address the biology and process the wound
- Protection or genetics
Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder
- Addressing psychotic parts
- Differentiating psychosis from trauma dysregulation
- Treating biological issues while addressing emotional pain
Substances and Addictions
- Befriending addictive parts
- Healing wounds or stopping use?
- Addressing the biology and the behaviour after healing
- When food “abstinence” is not an option
- Multiple eating parts
- Self-led eating
Shame and Grief
- The shamer and the shamed
- Critical and neglect shame cycles
- Loss, letting go, and healing
IFS With Specific Client Populations
- Children and adolescents
- Groups and inpatient settings
- Spirituality and culture
- Social Workers
- Addiction Counselors
- Marriage and Family Therapists
- Other Professionals Who Work within the Mental Health Fields
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