|Manual - Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) (0.99 MB)||46 Pages||Available after Purchase|
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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1. Investigate Internal Family Systems (IFS) concepts, steps and techniques to broaden treatment intervention options.
2. Appraise how IFS brings a non-pathological perspective of mental health disorders by translating common comorbidities into parts language.
3. Analyze the IFS view that client’s symptoms and psychopathology are attempts to solve an emotional problem.
4. Inspect a clinical session to deepen one’s understanding of IFS treatment strategies.
5. Practice clinical interventions to enhance effectiveness in sessions.
6. Appraise the benefits of applying IFS to one’s current clinical practice.
Internal Family Systems (IFS)
Origins of IFS – the work of Richard Schwartz, PhD
A non-pathologizing, accelerated approach rooted in neuroscience
Apply inner resources and self-compassion for healing
How to heal implicit memory wounds
Harness neuroscience for techniques that cure traumatic wounds
Study limitations: small sample size, no control group
Clinical considerations for clients experiencing abuse
The IFS Technique
Step 1: Identifying the Diagnoses & Symptoms
Assess the diagnoses: PTSD, anxiety, depression, substance abuse and eating disorders
Apply meditation practices
Finding the symptom
Focusing on its fear
Separating the person (self) from the symptom
Becoming curious about it
Find the real story behind the symptom
Step 2: Gain Access to Internal Strengths & Resources for Healing
Moving from defensiveness to curiosity
Access compassion to open the pathways toward healing
Foster “internal attachment” work
The “Self” of the therapist-countertransference redefined
Step 3: Heal the Traumatic Wound
Three phases to healing the wound:
Witness the pain
Remove the wounded part out of the past
Go of the feelings, thoughts and beliefs
Memory reconsolidation & neuroscience
Integrate IFS into Your Treatment Approach
EMDR, DBT, Sensorimotor and other methods
Transformation vs adaptation or rehabilitation
Going beyond the cognitive
Integrate IFS with your current clinical approach
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