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A 5-Day Residential Retreat  

A little about Frank……

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.

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

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What to expect from this retreat style workshop with Frank…..

Working with clients who suffer from complex PTSD can often feel like being on a roller coaster. The extreme reactions, multiple comorbidities, difficulty with boundary issues and volatility in relationships make these clients challenging even for the most skilled therapists. Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy has a unique way of addressing and overcoming the complexities of relational trauma. It deals with the cognitive by addressing and unloading distorted thoughts and beliefs, it incorporates the body as it supports the movement and discharge of physical sensations, and it facilitates the release of painful feelings (such as unworthiness, loneliness, and unlovability) by healing the wounds that parts of us carry.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore the different types of trauma and examine the ways IFS is different from traditional phase-oriented treatment.


  • Demonstrate how to incorporate IFS with other models of treatment and address protective parts in a trauma-specific manner so your clients can unlock access to the wounds they protect.


  • Discover the differences between empathy and compassion as it relates to Self-energy.

  • Learn essential strategies to effectively gain permission from protective parts to access hidden vulnerability.

  • Discover the unique way IFS approaches early attachment wounding.

  • Delve into common adaptations of relational trauma such as neglect, vulnerability, shame and substance-use.

  • Review the range of traumatic wounds and discover the various forms of healing associated with complex PTSD and dissociation.

  • Incorporate neuroscience knowledge as it relates to the IFS model and review the neurobiology of PTSD and dissociation.

  • Investigate how neuroscience can inform therapeutic decisions with extreme symptoms and will discover the unique ways in which IFS addresses attachment trauma.

  • Review common roadblocks to healing and discuss ways to successfully overcome them so your clients can effectively release the pain they carry.


This retreat style workshop will include case examples, personal experiences, and clinical exercises to enhance your learning as well.

Recommended Reading:

His most recent book, entitled “Transcending Trauma: Healing Complex PTSD with Internal Family Systems” was released on May 19, 2021.  


Reading the book prior to the retreat will support getting the most out of your experience but it is not essential and there is no obligation to do so.

You can purchase the book by clicking the attached link.

We are also thrilled to share the upcoming release of Dr Anderson's Memoir titled,

"To Be Loved: A story of Truth,Trauma and Transformation" scheduled for release on May 7th, 2024. This book promises to be a a captivating and enriching read. If you're interested, you can pre-order your copy now to ensure you receive it as soon as it's available. Here's the pre-order link for your convenience.

For more information about Frank, please visit his website at

Please note that this retreat style workshop is only open to participants who are IFS informed as an in-depth understanding of IFS therapy is essential to get the most from this retreat.

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Retreat Particulars

Applications are currently open for this retreat in Ireland from March 31st - April 4th, 2025. 

The retreat will take place over 5 days starting at 11am on Monday Morning, March 31st and concluding Friday, April 4th, 2025 at 4pm.

Retreat Tuition cost plus an application form will be available to you once you register your interest.

The retreat cost includes tuition, 4 nights accommodation in a luxurious boutique hotel and 3 delicious meals a day to include vegetarian options throughout the retreat schedule. Each day locally sourced foods will be available for a full Breakfast, a light lunch and a delicious evening meal.

This retreat is limited to 40 participants. If you are interested in participating in this retreat, please register your interest. You will then be directed automatically to a registration form for completion. Only applicants who complete a full registration form will be considered for this retreat. Once your registration is approved we will advise you formally and it is only at this point that we will request a €500 non-refundable deposit to reserve your place on this retreat. We require a minimum of 30 applicants for this retreat to proceed so please do not make travel arrangements until you have been formally advised that the retreat is proceeding. Thank you.

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