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Potentia Therapy Presents: Treating Complex Trauma with Internal Family Systems with Frank Anderson, MD

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January 31, 2019
Live-person location:  San Diego, CA
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM 

Therapists often get shaken and lose confidence in their approach when treating clients who suffer from complex trauma. It’s common to encounter multiple co-morbidities such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse and eating disorders as well as early attachments that that frequently cause unsolvable relational dilemmas within the therapeutic relationship. Extreme responses also show up including rage, panic, shame or suicidal desperation, which activate parts in the therapist, causing them to be too rigid or at times cross the therapeutic line. This workshop provides an essential road map for treating relational trauma with the Internal Family Systems Model (IFS) of therapy, an evidence-based non-pathological approach which believes that all “parts” have good intentions and that when clients access their inner resource called “Self energy,” they can intuitively heal traumatic wounds. We will explore the neuroscience basis of PTSD and Dissociation and show how it can actually inform therapeutic decision-making, especially when working with extreme symptoms commonly associated with complex trauma.

Presenter Bio:
Frank G. 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 the vice chair and research director of the Foundation for Self Leadership. He is a lead trainer at the Center for Self Leadership and maintains a long affiliation with, and trains for, Bessel van der Kolk’s Trauma Center in Brookline MA.
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 the book “Internal Family Systems Skills Training Manual.”
Dr. Anderson maintains a private practice in Concord, MA, and serves as an Advisor to the International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP).

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify the difference between a manager and a firefighter.
  • Apply the theory of memory reconsolidation to the unburdening process.
  • Describe 3 qualities of Self energy.
  • Identify parts of them that get triggered when clients are activated.
  • Identify parts of them that get triggered when clients are withdrawn or numb.
  • Rename common mental health diagnoses in relation to parts of the self.


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