Treating Complex Trauma with Internal Family Systems (IFS) 

Revolutionize your clinical approach and help your clients heal with Internal Family Systems therapy model.  

 In this short video Frank outlines the versatility of the IFS model


Most modes of psychotherapy believe to have “parts” is pathological. NOT in Internal Family Systems (IFS). In IFS, the idea of multiplicity of the mind is normal. Every part has a good intention, and every part has value, including the challenging and seemingly 'stuck' parts of 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.

In this four-part webinar, you will have the opportunity to learn the IFS method for working with complex trauma step-by-step from highly acclaimed clinician, author and trainer, Dr. Frank Anderson. 

Training outline - Total 12 hours PD

Part 1      Date: 5 March   Time: 9.00am - 12.00pm AEDT   

Treating the Various Types of Trauma

Internal Family Systems (IFS): Permanent Healing of Emotional Wounds

Managing Common Co-Morbidities

Part 2      Date: 6 March    Time: 9.00am - 12.00pm AEDT 

Differentiating Therapeutic Issues from Biological Conditions

The IFS Technique

Step 1: Identifying the Target Symptom

Step 2: Gain Access to Internal Strengths & Resources for Healing

Part 3     Date: 26 March    Time: 9.00am - 12.00pm AEDT 

Step 3: Finding the Fear and Function of the Symptom

Attachment Disorders and Relational Trauma

The Neurobiology of Trauma

Dealing with the Extreme Reactions of Trauma

Part 4   Date:  27 March    Time: 9.00am - 12.00pm AEDT 

How Neuroscience Informs Therapeutic Decisions

Step 4: Permanent Healing of Traumatic Wounds

Integrate IFS into Your Treatment Approach


Learning objectives


1. Present the IFS Model and design ways to integrate IFS into your clinical practice.

2. Specify and work with your client’s parts as defined by developer Richard Schwartz, PhD.

3. Model how to work with clinician’s own parts.

4. Critique an alternate view of symptoms and psychopathology, reasoning that these are ways your clients are trying to protect themselves from emotional pain and psychological wounding.

5. Communicate how IFS increases the therapist’s curious and compassionate self when working with difficult and challenging clients.

6. Evaluate the neuroscience behind the healing process in IFS therapy