IFS Advanced Workshop: Working with Extreme Parts
with Frank Anderson, M.D.


Friday, November 20, 2020 , 9:00 am - 4:00 pm ET*

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​​​​​​​Workshop Description

Many clinicians have been introduced to the core concepts of Internal Family Systems (IFS), a scientifically validated approach that has been gaining traction rapidly as more and more therapists attest to its’ transformative and lasting effects. In this advanced workshop led by Dr. Frank Anderson, one of the most respected and world renowned IFS trainers, participants will further their skills in IFS to develop more sophisticated and targeted interventions for working with “extreme parts” of their clients including:

  • Suicidal parts
  • Substance Abusing parts
  • Self-Harming parts
  • Shame-based parts
  • Dissociative parts

These extreme parts - often found in clients with complex trauma, attachment trauma and/or relational trauma - were originally developed to protect the client from emotional pain.  Unfortunately, they can also serve as roadblocks to therapy and present some of the biggest challenges that clinicians face.

When encountering these extreme reactions, it’s common for clinicians to become overwhelmed or frustrated, lose confidence, and at times even find some of their own “parts” becoming activated.  As a result, therapy can get stuck and clients can begin to feel unsafe, causing a vicious cycle that can be hard to get out of.

In this workshop, Dr. Anderson will provide a clear roadmap for how to quickly get to the root of your client's extreme reactions and determine which neuroscience-informed and attachment-informed IFS interventions will best help your client get beyond these reactions — leading to faster, long-lasting healing outcomes. 

The workshop will combine didactic and interactive elements including meditation, didactic lecture, experiential exercises and video demonstrations.**Please note that this advanced workshop assumes prior training in IFS; it is not designed to introduce the clinical method itself.  

Topics Covered: 

  1. The neuroscience behind extreme parts – and how to explain this to your clients
  2. How to determine if extreme reactions are rooted in sympathetic activation or parasympathetic withdrawal to help inform the treatment process
  3. IFS specific therapeutic techniques that shift arousal and withdrawal, allowing quicker access to clients’ traumatic vulnerabilities
  4. When to take over and “be the auxiliary brain” for your client
  5. When to speak up and be bigger than the strongest symptom
  6. When to slow it down, hand over control and trust your client
  7. When to access the cognitive or work with the body
  8. Therapist parts – How to stay clear and calm while working with clients in extreme states
  9. A range of different IFS treatment interventions that include attachment informed and neuroscience informed interventions
  10. How neuroscience can inform why, how and what IFS techniques should be used to maximize your clinical outcomes ​

Who Should Attend?

Helping professionals who have had prior training in IFS and who wish to further their skills. If you have not yet completed introductory training, please note that we are also offering an "Introduction to IFS" workshop on October 29, 2020.  For more details or to register,
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You will receive: 

  • Login details and instructions emailed in advance of the workshop
  • Downloadable handouts
  • Certificate of attendance upon successful completion of a brief online quiz (if desired)
  • Access to a recording of the workshop for a limited period of time after the workshop -  so if you can’t join live, need to take a break or simply want to re-watch your favourite parts, we’ve got you covered!​

**Please note that an Eventbrite fee is added when registering online and paying by credit/debit/paypal.  To avoid this fee, register using the below option                                                      


Instructor: Frank Anderson, M.D.​
Location: Online Live Stream Event
Early Bird Cost: $175 CAD + 13% HST (=$197.75) by Oct 19, 2020
Regular Cost: $200 CAD + 13% HST (=$226.00) after Oct 19, 2020

​**All prices are in CAD$. American Patrons - your dollar goes further! $1 CAD = $0.75 USD (as of July 26, 2020 - check online for current exchange rate) 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Nov 18, 2020 at 12 noon ET

​**Note: deadline has been extended to Nov 19, 2020 at 8:00pm ET for ONLINE/EVENTBRITE REGISTRATIONS ONLY

* For information about Group Rates and Discounts 
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1) To pay with CREDIT CARD or PAYPAL: 
click here **to register online via Eventbrite for this option (see highlighted note below)

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 psychotherapist and specializes in the treatment of trauma and dissociation. He 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.

** Please note: Due to COVID-19 we are not accepting cheque registrations at this time in order to protect our staff, as our mailbox is off-site.

For more information about Dr. Anderson and his work, visit www.FrankAndersonMD.com

2) To pay with EMAIL MONEY TRANSFER (CAD bank accounts only):

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CEU's and Certificates of Attendance

​For those requiring a Certificate of Attendance, certificates will be issued upon successful completion of a post-training quiz with a minimum score of 75% (multiple attempts allowed). Certificates will indicate the number of education hours (5.5). Certificates may be used to qualify for eligibility for Continuing Education Credits from licensing boards and professional colleges; it is recommended that you contact your college or association to confirm its requirements and the workshop's eligibility for CEU's.​ This workshop has been pre-approved for 5.5 continuing education hours by CACCF. 

Cancellation Policy

​​An administrative fee of $50 will be charged for all cancellations.  Cancellation 14 or more days prior to the workshop date – receive a refund, less $50 administration fee. Cancellation less than 14 days prior to the workshop date – receive a credit, less $50 administration fee, to be applied to a future workshop. No credit or refund will be issued if you do not notify us in advance of the workshop date. You may transfer your registration to another individual at no extra cost. In this case, please notify Mission: Empowerment of the name of the alternate person. The organizers reserve the right to cancel the event due to instructor illness, extreme weather, under-enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a workshop is cancelled, any registration payment will be returned in full. Liability is limited to a refund of workshop/live-stream fees only.