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Working with Complex Trauma Clients: Putting the Pieces Together with Janina Fisher, PhD and Frank Anderson, MD

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Janina Fisher, PhD |  Frank Anderson, MD
12 Hours 57 Minutes
Feb 01, 2021
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Successful treatment of complex trauma requires being able to work with all parts of your clients—the parts that clients identify with as “me” and the disowned parts they have despised, disowned or dissociated.

Without giving voice to all parts and resolving the conflicts between them, your treatment efforts can fall short, leaving clients to continue their daily struggle with suicidality, self-harm, addiction and other self-destructive behaviours.

Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment (TIST) are two of the most effective evidence-based tools available to clinicians today for safely and effectively working with clients’ trauma-related parts.

And this 2-Day online workshop is your chance to train with two of the biggest names in the trauma field as they share the demonstrations, case studies and tips you need to bring the power of these clinical approaches into your own practice!

Watch Frank Anderson, MD, IFS Institute lead trainer and program consultant and Janina Fisher Ph.D., international trauma expert and creator of Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment as they show you how you can use these contrasting yet complementary approaches to:

  • Understand complex and unstable clients as systems of fragmented parts
  • Overcome roadblocks to working with extreme symptoms of trauma
  • Re-interpret self-destructive behaviour as the actions of protector parts
  • Repair the injuries of traumatized child parts
  • Bring curiosity and compassion to habitual states of hopelessness, shame and self-blame
  • Heal wounds caused by repeated relational violations.

Don’t miss the opportunity to join not one, but two legendary trauma clinicians and trainers.

Purchase today and feel more confident than ever before in working with all your trauma clients’ parts!



This online program is worth 13 hours CPD.



Janina Fisher, PhD's Profile

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Janina Fisher, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and former instructor at The Trauma Center, a research and treatment center founded by Bessel van der Kolk. Known as an expert on the treatment of trauma, Dr. Fisher has also been treating individuals, couples and families since 1980.

She is past president of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation, an EMDR International Association Credit Provider, Assistant Educational Director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, and a former Instructor, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Fisher lectures and teaches nationally and internationally on topics related to the integration of the neurobiological research and newer trauma treatment paradigms into traditional therapeutic modalities.

She is co-author with Pat Ogden of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Attachment and Trauma (2015) and author of Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Internal Self-Alienation (2017) and the forthcoming book, Working with the Neurobiological Legacy of Trauma (in press).


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Janina Fisher has an employment relationship with the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. She is a consultant for Khiron House Clinics and the Massachusetts Department of MH Restraint and Seclusion Initiative. Dr. Fisher receives royalties as a published author. She receives a speaking honorarium, recording royalties and book royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. Dr. Fisher has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Janina Fisher is on the advisory board for the Trauma Research Foundation.


Frank Anderson, MD's Profile

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Frank 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 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.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Frank Anderson maintains a private practice. He is the executive director of the Foundation for Self Leadership and has employment relationships with The Trauma Center and The Center for Self Leadership. Dr. Anderson receives royalties as a published author. He receives a speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Frank Anderson is a member of the New England Society Studying Trauma and Dissociation and the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.


  1. Assess clients for signs and symptoms indicative of parts and/or their internal conflicts.
  2. Stabilize at-risk clients with the Trauma Informed Stabilization Treatment Model.
  3. Articulate the Internal Family Systems model for working with parts in therapy.
  4. Assess the pros and cons of psychoeducation for client understanding of parts.
  5. Formulate parts structure as they manifest in thoughts, emotions, body sensations and actions.
  6. Evaluate parts that sabotage self-compassion or self-acceptance.
  7. Implement mindfulness-based techniques to increase internal awareness.
  8. Overcome the disruptive influence of extreme protective parts.
  9. Implement techniques for increasing ‘self-energy’.
  10. Utilize interventions that create an increased sense of connection to disowned parts.
  11. Manage the common roadblocks and pitfalls that interfere with the effective healing of early attachment wounds.
  12. Demonstrate techniques IFS and TIST techniques that may facilitate ‘self-healing for trauma clients.



Workshop Overview: Frank Anderson and Janina Fisher

Trauma and Dissociation [Fisher]

  • Dissociation and fragmentation as normal responses to trauma
  • How fragmentation aids survival and adaptation
  • Repeated re-activation of trauma responses and traumatized parts in the context of safety
Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment (TIST) [Fisher]
  • Applying a parts model to personality disorders and complex PTSD
  • The Structural Dissociation Model
  • Re-interpreting client symptoms as manifestations of parts
  • Mindfulness-based techniques for working with parts
  • Stabilization of symptoms and impulses
  • State of the evidence, risk and limitations of the model & application in clinical practice
Internal Family Systems [Anderson]
  • IFS Model
  • Parts and psychopathology
  • The 6 F’s, working with protective parts
  • State of the evidence, risk and limitations of the model & application in clinical practice
Trauma and Dissociation, cont. [Anderson]
  • The Neurobiology of PTSD and Dissociation
  • Overcoming roadblocks, working with extreme symptoms of trauma
  • Overcoming roadblocks, working with extreme symptoms of trauma
  • Beyond the 6 F’s in IFS

Self-Leadership in IFS [Anderson]
  • Therapist parts
  • The dimensions of Self-Energy
  • Differentiating empathy from compassion
Healing from Within [Anderson]
  • The healing process in IFS
  • Unloading family of origin and cultural burdens
  • Rewiring implicit emotional memory
Repairing the Injuries of Traumatized Child Parts [Fisher]
  • Developing internal communication
  • Concept of ‘missing experiences’
  • Developing client ability to offer reparative experiences to parts
  • Welcoming the parts home now
Contrasting Approaches to working with Parts [Fisher, Anderson]
  • Sharing reactions to video excerpts
  • Discussion of strengths and limitations of each approach
  • Participant Q&A

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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