Pre Conference Workshop

Dissociation 101: For Students and Emerging Professionals

Friday, March 23
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Location: Salon 12

For many students and emerging professionals who first enter the field of dissociation and trauma, there is often not a great deal of information that describes the theoretical foundations and history of the dissociative field. This workshop is intended for students, emerging professionals and others who are interested in learning about the fundamentals of dissociation as a distinct response to trauma. The premise of this workshop is to cover very basic fundamental information regarding dissociation and the dissociative disorders field. This course will cover 1) basic theories of trauma and dissociation, 2) the history of the dissociative field, including theories and treatment recommendations from the 1800's, through to the eighties, nineties and today, 3) The impact of the false memory "war", 4) finer details of current dissociative models (covering various theoretical foundations, e.g. Structural dissociation, dissociative symptoms/phenomena (the DSM), dissociative defenses 5) rate and prevalence 6) a breakdown of the dissociative disorders, 7) basic neurobiology of trauma and dissociation, 8) assessment and evaluation, and 9) current treatments. The basic goal of the pre-conference session is to equip those who attend with enough basic information to take into their scholarly or new professional practices as well as have a solid foundation for the rest of the conference.

This workshop is designed to demystify dissociation and provide participants with a broad based understanding of it as a response to overwhelming stress.

This workshop will cover:
• What is dissociation: Common theories
• How common is dissociation: Rate and Prevalence
• The history of dissociation and the ISSTD: The story that has taken 150 years to emerge
• Some basic neurobiology of dissociation: The field of trauma and dissociation is expanding daily
• All of the Dissociative Disorders: Breaking down the DSM
• Treatments for Dissociative Disorders: Common and not so common

Learning Objectives:

Christine C. Forner

Lead Therapsit
Associated Counselling
Calgary, Alberta

Christine Forner (B.A., B.S.W., M.S.W., RSW) Began her career early starting as a volunteer at the age of 16 at a crisis line. Getting a diploma in Social Work from Mount Royal Collage, a Bachelor’s degree in Woman’s Studies, a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and her Master’s degree in Social work. Christine has worked at The Calgary Sexual Assault Centre, Wheatland Crisis Shelter for survivors of domestic violence and in 1998 Christine started her clinical experience at The Calgary Women’s Health Collective. Since 2011, Christine has worked in her own private practice, which specializes in complex trauma and dissociative disorders. Christine has over fifteen years of working with individuals with Trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders, Traumatic Dissociation, Developmental Trauma and Dissociative Disorders, with specialized training in EMDR, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Psychotherapeutic Meditation techniques and Neurofeedback. Christine teaches locally and at an international level on the issue of dissociation. Christine is the founder of the Creative Meditation technique and Medial Prefrontal Cortex Processing for Trauma and Dissociation. Christine is the treasurer of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation and a current board member. As well as being the current Treasurer she is also the Chair of the Student and Emerging Professional Committee and a member of the Conference Committee and for the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. Christine has spent the last 9 years working on methods of meditation that are effective for persons who have Complex Posttraumatic Disorder and Dissociative Disorders


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