90 Minute Workshop

Expression of Self in the Treatment of Complex Trauma and Dissociation

Sunday, March 25
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Red Lacquer

Expression of self is essential to recovery. Therapy is a process, a dialogue of disclosure and exploration. Not merely telling the tale of abuse but more the revealing and recognition of what it means to be one’s authentic self. Through that shared interaction, our clients come to know themselves. Successful therapy hinges on helping our clients find their voice.


Trauma survivors are characterized by numerous problems and difficulties in being able to give voice to their feelings, wants, and dreams. From the deficits and distortions arising from dysfunctional family dynamics, through the fundamental separation of body and mind via somatoform dissociation and alexithymia, to the complete disconnect of dissociative identity disorder; our clients have been taught to not speak their mind, to not know or name their feelings, and to not acknowledge their needs. This impaired ability to express one’s self inhibits and interferes with the ability to form healthy, meaningful relationships further shaming and isolating the survivor.


This workshop delineates the factors inhibiting the expression of self, discusses the impact of the loss of voice and loss of self, and details strategic and specific interventions to facilitate the recovery of voice and self.

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Kevin J. Connors

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Long Beach, California

Kevin J. Connors, MS is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in private practice in Long Beach, California and a frequent national and international presenter on complex trauma and dissociative disorders. He is co-author of Treating Complex Trauma and Dissociation: A practical guide to navigating therapeutic challenges.

Kevin is a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD); currently serving as the President-Elect of the ISSTD and the Co-Chair of their Conference Committee. Kevin also serves as Chair of the Institute on Violence, Abuse, & Trauma’s International Summit Planning Committee’s Adult Survivors of Childhood Maltreatment Track and as a Board Member of the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence.

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