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Foundations in Complex Trauma and Dissociation


Foundations in Complex Trauma and Dissociation

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Instructors: Reg Morrow Robinson and Bill Brislin

Foundations in Complex Trauma and Dissociation is a 10-month course designed for any therapist who wants to develop more expertise in working with highly traumatized clients. Complex cases often pose significant clinical challenges: specialized education and consultation can help you overcome common obstacles while developing competence in this arena.

Foundations¬†will be delivered in a hybrid format. We will mix on-demand lectures and assigned reading with monthly zoom meetings where you‚Äôll engage with your colleagues in focused discussion, informal case consultation, and guided practice activities. Reg Morrow Robinson and Bill Brislin will provide structure and support while helping you integrate key concepts and implement best practices with clients. The 10 month schedule should allow you see a real evolution in your practice; giving ample time to test, refine, and “own” new skills.

The text for the assigned readings will be ‚Äú Treating Trauma-Related Dissociation: A Practical, Integrative Approach‚ÄĚ by Kathy Steele, Suzette Boon, and Onno van see Hart.

While the course material is complementary to EMDR and other evidence-based trauma approaches, this course is not EMDR-focused and previous EMDR training is not required.

20 CEs Requested from through

Requirements for Participation

This is a closed group with two instructors. The group members will currently be treating clients. Prior training in dissociation is not required. Members are committed to attending ten meetings, studying the required text, viewing on-demand lectures, and discussing cases.

Monthly Zoom Meeting Structure:

  • Introductions/Announcements ‚ÄstThe first meeting will include introductions. We‚Äôll use a few minutes at the beginning for any inportant information sharing.
  • Discussion of video/reading¬†‚ÄstThe bulk of the ‚Äúclass time‚ÄĚ will be spent in conversation regarding concepts presented in the text and it‚Äôs applicability to your own cases. Think about your cases as you are reading to bring questions, insights, and seek clarification from the group.
  • Integration activity ‚ÄstWe‚Äôll try to allow about 30-minutes for some type of interactive activity ‚Äď something to develop skills without stressing anyone out! Depending on the activity and the size of the group, we may divide into breakout groups for this portion.

Learning Objectives:

1.     Explain the role of non-realization in the experience of persons with dissociative disorders.

2.     List three action systems around which dissociative parts may be organized.

3.     Describe appropriate therapeutic boundaries.

4.     Identify three characteristics of a collaborative therapeutic relationship.

5.     Identify two instruments for the diagnosis of dissociative disorders.

6.     Differentiate OSDD from DID.

7.     List three characteristics of recovered memories.

8.     List 3 phases of attachment-based intervention.

9.     Explain the role of phobic avoidance in maintaining dissociative processes.

10.  Explain the relationship of childhood disorganized attachment and maltreatment to the emergence of dissociation in adults.

11.  Utilize the capacities of adult parts in mediating the problems associated with child parts.

12.  Identify two approaches useful in relieving pathological shame.

13.  Explain how hostile or angry parts can evolve into helpful co-therapists.

14.  Describe how dissociative alters are created.

15.  Identify two functions of unsafe behaviors.

16.  Describe the relationship between shame and dissociation

17.  Describe one method for desensitization of memories and fusion of parts with dissociative clients.

18.  Explain the role of integrative capacity in posttraumatic growth vs. identification with preparator for childhood abuse survivors.

19.  Explain the concept of synthesis in the treatment of dissociative disorders.

20.  Identify three ways to increase integrative capacity.