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Standardizing the Use of the Dissociative Experiences Scale with Child Welfare-involved Parents

Monday, March 26
11:30 AM - 11:50 AM
Location: Logan

The benefits of using the Dissociative Experiences Scale (DES) as a standard screening tool for child welfare-involved parents will be discussed.  An increasing emphasis within the child welfare profession has been placed on working collaboratively with families.  Studies indicate that parents involved in the child welfare system are likely to have experienced maltreatment in their own youth.  Dissociation in parents has been found to be a risk factor for child maltreatment, specifically neglect.  Validated screening tools such as the DES can be readily utilized by front-line child welfare professionals who are not required to receive training in administering psychological assessments.  They can provide valuable guidance in deciding upon appropriate service referrals for parents.  Currently, many states have no standards for specific screening tools to be used by child welfare professionals when working with parents in their caseload.  Without the use of trauma-specific screening tools like the DES, child welfare professionals may miss valuable opportunities to recognize and intervene in situations where child welfare-involved parents experience dissociative symptoms.  Suggested procedures for formulating policy proposals at the state level to standardize the use of the DES within child welfare agencies will be introduced. 

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Lisa S. Panisch

Doctoral Student
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas

Lisa S. Panisch, MSW, is currently a first-year doctoral and research assistant for the Treatment of Pateints with Dissociative Disorders (TOP DD) Study. With a broad focus on childhood trauma and health outcomes, her research investigates relationships between childhood sexual abuse and women's health. She is particularly interested in the role of dissociation in women's health issues related to inflammation, autoimmunity, and the vagal system. Lisa draws upon her experience in the field as a provider of clinical neurofeedback, a research and educational training consultant on childhood trauma for ACE Interface, and former teacher to ground her work.

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