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5-Day Retreat: Healing Complex Trauma with IFS: Immersion Retreat on Treating Complex Trauma with Internal Family Systems (IFS)
5-Day Retreat: Healing Complex Trauma with IFS: Immersion Retreat on Treating Complex Trauma with Internal Family Systems (IFS)

Where:   SEDONA, AZ

When:  Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - Sunday, April 5, 2020

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Single Occupancy

$1,799.00 By January 31, 2020
$1,999.00 After January 31, 2020

Double Occupancy

$1,599.00 By January 31, 2020
$1,799.00 After January 31, 2020

*** All prices are shown in US Dollars ***
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SEDONA, AZ 86336
Phone:  800-875-2256
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Course Description:

IFS is not only a healing modality for trauma, but it’s also a paradigm for improving your overall therapeutic skills. To be able to know yourself from the inside out, to be connected to and take responsibility for your own parts as well as be open and compassionate toward clients, will remarkably transform your clinical practice.

Since 1992, I’ve been working in the field of trauma. I was fortunate to have been taught by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, a world-renowned trauma expert. After becoming a psychiatrist at the Trauma Center, under the direction of Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, I was exposed to many severely traumatized people and quickly learned traditional therapy was not effective. One decade later, I met Dr. Richard Schwartz, the founder of Internal Family Systems (IFS). That’s when I quickly discovered that IFS is one of the most popular, new, and effective evidence-based treatment techniques to heal emotional wounds – the wounds that prevent clients from moving forward in therapy.

Through IFS, I have healed my own trauma, helped my clients overcome their painful life experiences and taught countless therapists how to do the same. Over 5-days, I will immerse you in my proven techniques on how to:
  • apply IFS into your clinical practice step-by-step
  • maximize your clinical outcomes with trauma-informed IFS techniques rooted from neuroscience
  • successfully overcome even the most complex traumas and its common co-morbidities, including anxiety, depression, panic, insomnia, obsessive-compulsive behavior and more
Please come join me at the beautiful Sedona Mago Retreat Center. There will be additional time set aside to rest, rejuvenate, heal, connect with nature and get to know yourself and your parts better, so you can help your clients heal from the inside out.

I’m looking forward to seeing you in Sedona!

Frank A. Anderson
RETREAT SCHEDULE – Wednesday, April 1 – Sunday, April 5, 2020

Wednesday, April 1, 2020
    4:00 pm – Check-in
    4:30 – 5:30 pm – Property Tour (approx. 2 miles walk)
    5:30 – 7:00 pm - Dinner
    7:15 – 8:15 pm – Educational Program & Experiential Activity*

Thursday-Saturday, April 2-4, 2020
    6:15 – 7:15 am – Yoga Experiential (optional)
    7:00 – 8:30 am - Breakfast
    9:00 – 11:15 am – Educational Program*
    11:30 am – 1:00 pm – Lunch/Free Time
    1:30 – 3:30 pm – Educational Program*
    3:30 – 5:30 pm – Break/Free Time
    5:30 – 7:00 pm – Dinner
    7:15 – 8:15 pm – Educational Program & Experiential Activity*

Sunday, April 5, 2020
    6:15 – 7:15 am– Yoga Experiential (optional)
    7:00 – 8:30 am - Breakfast
    9:00 – 11:15 am - Educational Program*
    11:30 – 1:00 pm – Lunch & Check-out

* CE is awarded during these specified times

Yoga classes are optional to join. They will be led by the assistant instructor, Wayne Baker, MA, LPC, RYT-500
Sleeping Accommodations:

If you would like to be paired up with another potential, unknown attendee to take advantage of the double occupancy rate, please call and let us know. We will aim to pair you up if somebody else registers who also would like to share.

In the meantime, please register at the single occupancy rate. If we are able to pair people, the $200 will be credited.

If you’re looking for a place to unwind and re-connect with what’s important, what better environment than one of the most beautiful deserts on the planet?

The Sedona Mago Retreat Center is located in Sedona, Arizona, an area long known for natural healing and spiritual awakening. Surrounded by red monoliths, Native American ruins and majestic mountains. Experience the beauty, feel the energy, and awaken your spirit.

  • Secluded retreat, offering 173 acres
  • Private or shared casitas with private bathrooms, supplied with towels and soap, shampoo & conditioner
  • Nourishing three meals a day
  • Glistening outdoor pool & jacuzzi
  • Beautiful lake surrounded by trees, flowers, aromatic herbs, and many wild birds
  • Covered patios, meditation areas & labyrinth
  • Healing vortexes, experience healing and deep awakening
  • Peaceful trails to enjoy nature
  • Awe inspiring sunrises, sunset and stargazing
  • Direst shuttles service available from Phoenix Sky Harbor (additional fees)


Frequently Asked Questions


Map and Driving Directions
Sedona Mago Retreat is located 40 miles southwest of downtown Sedona and 2.5 hours north of Phoenix. If this is your first trip driving to Sedona Mago Retreat, arrange your driving schedule so you can arrive during daylight hours because it goes through the National Forest and road signs and lighting are limited.

Shuttle Service
AZ Shuttle provides shuttle service from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport directly to Sedona Mago Retreat Center.

Cancellation Policy: Prior to 45 days before the event start date, you will be charged a $100 cancel fee. For cancellations received after that, you will receive a gift certificate for your purchase amount to attend any future live PESI sponsored seminar.

Please contact PESI customer service for information on non-CE seeking to register as a guest for pricing and other details.

  1. Investigate Internal Family Systems (IFS) concepts, steps and techniques to broaden treatment intervention options.
  2. Discover how IFS brings a non-pathological perspective of mental health disorders by translating common comorbidities into parts language.
  3. Examine the IFS view that client symptoms and psychopathology are attempts to solve an emotional problem.
  4. View a clinical session to deepen one’s understanding of IFS treatment strategies.
  5. Practice clinical interventions to enhance effectiveness in sessions.
  6. Consider the benefits of applying IFS to one’s current clinical practice.
  7. Integrate the IFS model into your clinical practice and accelerate the healing from complex trauma.
  8. Identify, specify and clarify the protective parts of clients with trauma histories to help with assessment and treatment planning.
  9. Offer an alternative view of symptoms and psychopathology, showing how client’s parts are trying to protect them from emotional pan and psychological pain.
  10. Demonstrate how IFS translates common comorbidities into parts language, showing a non-pathological perspective of mental health disorders.
  11. Communicate how IFS increases the therapist’s curious and compassionate self when working with clients who have trauma histories.
  12. Differentiate a therapeutic issue from a biological condition for better decision making in your clinical practice.
  13. Compare traditional attachment theory perspectives on healing to the IFS view (an internal attachment model) and learn to trust the clients’ internal relationship to heal their traumatic wounds.
  14. Understand how to respond to the extreme symptoms of trauma by determining if they are rooted in sympathetic activation or parasympathetic withdrawal.
  15. Demonstrate IFS specific therapeutic techniques that shift arousal and withdrawal, allowing quicker access to clients’ traumatic vulnerabilities.
  16. Develop a deep understanding of how neuroscience informs therapeutic decisions in IFS therapy.
  17. Explain the neuroscience behind extreme parts of your clients that are hyper-aroused or blunted.
  18. Integrate IFS with your current treatment approaches including EMDR, DBT, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.
  19. Compare IFS to traditional phase-oriented treatment and learn accelerated ways of accessing and healing traumatic wounds.

Treating the Various Types of Trauma
  • Acute trauma
  • PTSD
  • Complex or relational trauma
  • Developmental and attachment traumas
  • Extreme or dissociative trauma
The Neurobiology of Trauma
  • Fear circuitry and the development of PTSD
  • Extreme reactions and Autonomic Nervous System
  • Rage to suicide and dissociation to shame
How Neuroscience Informs Therapeutic Decisions
  • Top-down and bottom-up strategies rooted in neuroscience
  • When it’s necessary to take over and “be the auxiliary brain” for your client
  • When it’s best to slow things down, hand over control and work with the body
  • Sensing vs. making sense of things
Differentiate Therapeutic Issues from Biological Conditions
  • Intersection of biology and situation (“Real Mind-Body Medicine”)
  • Therapist’s role in biology – When to refer and when to work it through
  • Psychotherapy of psychopharmacology
Internal Family Systems (IFS) Model
  • The origins, goals & assumptions
  • A non-pathologizing, accelerated approach, rooted in neuroscience
  • How IFS differs from phase-oriented treatment
    • The importance of our protective responses
    • Dealing with emotional overwhelm head-on
  • Multiplicity of the mind – we all have parts
  • Study limitations: small sample size, no control group
  • Clinical considerations for clients experiencing abuse
The IFS Technique
  • Step 1: Identify the target symptom
  • Step 2: Gain access to internal strengths & resources for healing
  • Step 3: Find the fear and function of the symptom
  • Step 4: Healing of traumatic wounds
Attachment Disorders and Relational Trauma
  • IFS as internal attachment work
  • Attachment styles as parts of self
  • Attachment trauma – the role of the therapist
  • Heal relational wounds of childhood
  • Client’s “Self” as the corrective object
  • Work with preverbal trauma
Dealing with the Extreme Reactions of Trauma
  • Talking directly to the symptom
  • Introducing the part to the “Self”
  • Dealing with the overwhelm – no need for building resources
  • How to stay clear and calm while working with clients in extreme states
Manage Common Co-Morbidities
  • Depression, panic attacks, substance abuse, eating disorders, ADD and OCD
  • Comorbidities as protective responses to trauma
  • Symptoms of “parts of the self”
Integrate IFS into Your Treatment Approach
  • EMDR, DBT, Sensorimotor/SE and other methods
  • Transformation vs adaptation or rehabilitation
  • Going beyond the cognitive (experiential therapies)
Experiential Activities
  • Live demonstrations
  • Meditations
  • Practice breakouts
  • Video examples
Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Professionals Who Work within the Mental Health Fields


Frank Guastella 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 director of the Foundation for Self Leadership. He is a trainer at the Center for Self Leadership with Richard Schwartz, PhD, and maintains a long affiliation with, and trains for, Bessel van der Kolk’s Trauma Center at Justice Resource Center in Boston, 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. (Routledge, 2013). He co-authored a chapter on “What IFS Brings to Trauma Treatment" in Innovations and Elaborations in Internal Family Systems Therapy (Routledge, 2016) and co-authored Internal Family Systems Skills Training Manual (PESI, 2017).

Dr. Anderson maintains a private practice in Concord, MA, and serves as an Advisor to the International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP).

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.
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