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Treating Complex Trauma with Internal Family Systems
Friday, April 21, 2023, 8:45 AM - 4:15 PM EST
Category: Virtual Continuing Education Event

Treating Complex Trauma with Internal Family Systems, 6.0 CE

Presented by Frank Anderson, MD

Virtually on Zoom Friday, April 21, 2023 from 8:45 AM - 4:15 PM EST

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Most modes of psychotherapy believe to have “parts” is pathological. NOT in Internal Family Systems (IFS). In IFS, the idea of the multiplicity of the mind is normal. Every part has a good intention, and every part has value. Even for trauma survivors. In the treatment of trauma, IFS differs from traditional phase-oriented treatments. Instead of starting with building resources in clients before processing traumatic memories, it welcomes extreme symptoms from the onset, learns about their positive protective intentions and gets their permission to access the traumatic wounds.IFS is the treatment method that all clinicians should know. Nearly all clients with a trauma history have innate abilities that help them improve their mental health if they listen to their parts. IFS does just that. IFS is an evidence-based approach for clinicians working with traumatized clients. Once you see it in action, you’ll want to incorporate it into your practice. Clients will leave your office with skills to use outside the therapy room to help them master their emotions. This experiential training will show video demonstrations and include exercises and meditation techniques to use with your clients. Skill level: Intermediate

Workshop Objectives

Based on the content of this workshop, attendees will be able to...

  • Describe the IFS Model and ways that it can be integrated into my clinical practice.
  • Specify and work with my client’s parts as defined by developer Richard Schwartz, PhD.
  • Model how to work with clinician’s own parts.
  • Critique an alternate view of symptoms and psychopathology, reasoning that these are ways my clients are trying to protect themselves from emotional pain and psychological wounding.
  • Communicate how IFS increases the therapist’s curious and compassionate self when working with difficult and challenging clients.
  • Evaluate the neuroscience behind the healing process in IFS therapy

About the Presenter

Frank Anderson, MD, completed his residency and was a clinical instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is both a psychiatrist and a 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, “Transcending Trauma: Healing Complex PTSD with Internal Family Systems”, was released on May 19, 2021.


This workshop is appropriate for Psychologists, Social Workers, Other Mental Health Professionals

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Event Location
Virtual - via Zoom, attendees will receive the Zoom link and instructions on accessing this webinar after registering. 

It is important to note that APA continuing education rules require that KPA only give credit to those who attend the entire workshop.  An evaluation of the workshop must be completed. Those who sign in more than 15 minutes after the scheduled start time or leave before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credit. Partial credit may not be given.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations received on/before April 20, 2023, will receive a 90% refund. No refunds are available after April 20, 2023. All refund requests must be in writing to KPA, 8004 Lyndon Centre Way, Suite 202, Louisville, KY 40222 or via email to [email protected].

CE Credits/Attendance

This program has been approved for 6.0 CE credits by the Kentucky Psychological Association (KPA). 

KPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. KPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. KPA is also an approved sponsor for the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology. 

Social Workers & Art Therapists:
KPA is an approved sponsor for the Kentucky Board of Social Work, the Kentucky Board of Professional Art Therapists. (Provider #1004)

Pastoral Counselors: 
KPA is approved to offer Continuing Education to Pastoral Counselors as stated in 201 KAR 38:070, Section 3(1)(b) as an approved KBEP provider.