For many 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 experienced practitioners who are interested in learning about the fundamentals of dissociation as a distinct response to trauma. The premise of this workshop is to cover essential information regarding dissociation and the dissociative disorders field. This course will cover 1) 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) neurobiology of trauma and dissociation, 8) assessment and evaluation, and 9) current treatments. The goal of the workshop is to equip those who attend with enough 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 • 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
Discuss the importance of a solid theoretical foundation regarding dissociative experiences.
Discuss the importance of understanding the historical back ground of the dissociative field in working with this population in the greater mental health fields
Discuss whether a client is dealing with Faculty Dissociation (un-integrated psychological symptoms) or Multiplicity (more than one center of consciousness), or a combination of both and in turn evaluate their own skills and know whether it is ethical to work with the client or refer them elsewhere
Obtain neurobiolgical information to assist with their clinical and educational experiences
Distinguish between complex trauma, post traumatic stress disorders and dissociative disorders