Frank Anderson


3:00pm – 5:00pm PT
Transcending Relational, Transgenerational, Institutional & Cultural

501 - C-PTSD & Systemic Trauma from an Internal Family Systems (IFS) Perspective

In this workshop, we will discuss the similarities and differences between singular and global trauma. By applying IFS techniques and concepts, we will explore the ways individual therapy helps inform and expand treatment options available to those who suffer from the pervasive and often hidden effects of cultural or institutional oppression. We will also discuss how helping a group of people who struggle with collective trauma is different from treating an individual who suffers from complex PTSD and how comparing different types of violation is counter-productive to healing. 

  1.  Define and differentiate between cultural, institutional, transgenerational, and relational trauma, identifying their unique aspects and points of intersectionality to inform case conceptualization. 
  2. Evaluate the similarities and differences in treatment approaches for individuals affected by cultural, institutional, transgenerational, and relational trauma from an Internal Family Systems (IFS) perspective. 
  3. Explore treatment options in context with a focus on which interventions are appropriate, and which interventions can be counterproductive. 

Lead Trainer at the IFS Institute

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.