Dissociation is a highly creative and adaptive coping strategy in an environment that is dangerous and chaotic. In the face of trauma–we employ the protective strategy of trying to “unknow” that which is too terrifying to integrate. However, the word dissociation itself can evoke fear and confusion in the hearts of therapists. In our clinical conversations when we use the word “dissociation” we are often not even talking about the same thing. In this workshop, we will examine the various definitions of dissociation and we will explore the experience in the room when we encounter it. We will work together to take the mystery out of assessing, diagnosing, and treating dissociation and complex trauma.
- Identify the multiple definitions of the term “dissociation”
- Learn how to assess for and diagnose structural dissociation
- Identify the clinical skills and personal resources needed to treat complex trauma and dissociation
- Discuss working with Attachment wounding and how it shows up in the therapeutic relationship
- Learn specific approaches to working with dissociated parts
3 CEU’s Available for Psychologists, LCPC’s, LMFT’s, and LCSW’s
Amy founded CCIH and serves as the director. Drawing on over 25 years of psychotherapy experience, she provides counseling to individuals, couples, and families. Her speciality is Trauma-Informed Treatment, with a focus on Complex Trauma and Dissociation. Amy’s treatment of trauma integrates traditional relational approaches with body-centered and mindfulness-based techniques.