Introduction to Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy



Most modes of psychotherapy believe that it is pathological to have “parts." That is not the case in IFS, Internal Family Systems therapy. In IFS, the idea of multiplicity of the mind is normal. Every part has a good intention, and every part has value. All clients have the ability to heal themselves if they listen to their parts. IFS is a very powerful tool for clinicians. Once you see it in action, you’ll be hooked! And you’ll want to immediately incorporate it into your practice.


In developing IFS thirty years ago, creator Richard Schwartz, PhD, realized that clients were describing experiences with various parts within themselves, many of which were extreme. When these parts felt safe and had their concerns addressed, they were less disruptive. Dr. Schwartz recognized that, as in systemic family theory, parts take on characteristic roles that help define the inner world of the client.

Today, IFS 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 effectively.




  • Describe the IFS model and ways to integrate IFS into your clinical practice.
  • Identify and work with your client’s parts  
  • Identify and demonstrate how to work with the clinician’s own parts  
  • Summarize an alternate view of symptoms and psychopathology, understanding that these are ways a clients tries to protect themself from emotional pain and psychological wounding  
  • Explain how IFS increases the therapist’s curious and compassionate self when working with difficult and challenging clients.  
  • Learn the neuroscience behind the healing process in IFS therapy. 




Registrants who fully attend this event or training will be eligible to receive 4 hours of continuing education (CE) from the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). CE certificates for this training are managed and disseminated by the hosting agency (WAFCA).




Frank Anderson


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.



The Great Lakes MHTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.

Starts: Mar 23, 2023 10:00 am
Ends: Mar 23, 2023 2:30 pm
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