Workshop with Frank Guastella Anderson, M.D. Introduction to Internal Family Systems

Friday, September 30, 2022  10:00AM - 5:00PM (ET) 

This event is approved for 6.0 CE contact hours and has a target audience of any mental health professional working clinically. This content level is appropriate for clinicians at the intermediate level. 


Most modes of psychotherapy believe to have “parts” is pathological. NOT in Internal Family Systemes (IFS). 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 30 years ago, creator Richard Schwartz, Ph.D., realized that clients were describing experiences with various parts, many extreme, within themselves.

When these parts felt safe and had their concerns addressed, they were less disruptive. In developing IFS, he 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.


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, 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. 

Only WMHC members are eligible to receive CE contact hours because they are an included benefit of membership; there is no additional cost to you for CE credits
CE credits for most mental health professions are provided by the organization R. Cassidy. Please click here to confirm if your profession and state are eligible for CEs.

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Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this talk, participants will be able to:

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

** Link to register for CEs this event will become available closer to the date

** You do not need to RSVP for this event; all members will automatically receive a zoom invitation

 There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program. For questions or concerns regarding CEs, email Dr. Heather Perrin-Boyle at