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Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) and Parenting

Get to the real root of parenting challenges. Even when parents are at the top of their game, the most routine curveballs—quarreling siblings, a child’s pu...
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Faculty:
Frank Anderson
Duration:
6 Hours 14 Minutes
Format:
Audio and Video
Copyright:
Oct 16, 2020

Description

Get to the real root of parenting challenges.

Even when parents are at the top of their game, the most routine curveballs—quarreling siblings, a child’s public meltdown, or a phone call from a teacher—can trigger unresolved shame, guilt, anger or disconnection in parents.

The Internal Family Systems (IFS) approach can help parents more fully:

  • Understand and heal their own wounds that their children inevitably evoke
  • Allow the parent to better set healthy, non-controlling limits
  • Create a more nurturing family environment
  • Talk to their children about difficult subjects by using “part of me language”
  • Explore their reactive moments compassionately
  • Co-parent in a way that’s supportive and collaborative that leads to greater maturity
  • Recover from the inevitable moments when they “lose it”
  • Take the necessary steps to repair with the child

Through exploring both attachment and parenting styles, as well as IFS interventions that work, you can help parents avoid triggered responses to their children. 

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Outline

Internal Family Systems (IFS)

  • Comprehensive, compassionate, non-pathologizing treatment approach
  • Paradigm-shifting perspective on “psychopathology”
  • Easily integrated into other therapeutic modalities
  • Teach clients to access inner wisdom and self compassion

What IFS Brings to Parenting

  • Incorporating parts language in the Family
  • Positive intentions of all parts
  • All parts welcome… really

Starting the Parenting Journey

  • Expectations
  • Family legacy - both the gifts and burdens
  • Cultural and spiritual dimensions
  • Parenting styles
  • Attachment styles

Neuroscience and Development

  • How brain development affects parents and children
  • Developmental stages, attachment and parental response
  • Parenting adolescents

When Parents Are Not at Their Best

  • Reactive moments
  • When kids become your perpetrator
  • The different triggering scenario’s
  • When parents overidentify with their children

Correct It, Don’t Perpetuate It

  • How to recover and repair when parents lose it
  • Direct access parenting
  • Getting to the root of the reactivity

Improving the Co-Parenting Experience

  • When parents aren’t aligned
  • Creating a “Triggering Agreement”

From Reactive to Responsive

  • Healing the wound
  • The Parent Self
  • Love and limits
  • Maintaining the connection

Special Circumstances

  • Single parenting
  • Gender/sexuality issues
  • Special needs children
  • Parenting children with mental health issues
  • Parenting adult children

Faculty

Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) and Parenting

Frank Anderson, MD Related seminars and products: 18


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.

Dr. Anderson maintains a private practice in Concord, MA.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Frank Anderson maintains a private practice. He receives a consulting fee from the Center for Self Leadership. Dr. Anderson receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Frank Anderson is the President of the Foundation for Self Leadership.