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Seminars, conferences and online resources on psychotherapy and human relationships
The challenges of working with dissociative disorders
A seminar series for psychotherapists and psychologists

9, 16, 23 and 30 June, 7 and 14 July 2014

Monday 9 June 2014
Dr Elaine Hunter

Cognitive behavioural therapy for depersonalisation disorder
Depersonalisation Disorder (DPD) is a chronic and distressing condition characterised by a sense of unreality about the self (depersonalisation) and/or the external world (derealisation). This talk will discuss the conceptualisation and treatment of DPD from a CBT perspective, including childhood antecedents. The phenomenology and epidemiology of DPD will be discussed and its associations with trauma and anxiety explained. A cognitive behavioural model of DPD will be presented and a treatment protocol outlined with case examples. There will be some small group exercises and tips for working with more challenging presentations.

Monday 16 June 2014
Andy Metcalf

Working with the diverse self from a relational perspective
This presentation will enquire into and examine the dilemmas which arise when the work takes on the perspective of the diverse self, a core idea in Relational Psychoanalysis. Drawing on the work of Stephen Mitchell, Jessica Benjamin, Philip Bromberg and Stuart Pizer, Andy Metcalf will look at the opportunities which arise for knowing and potentially integrating diverse self-states that have been dissociated. He will emphasise the importance of the therapist acknowledging that their subjectivity is present and being willing to engage with micro impasses and enactments. Examples will be discussed through case studies.

Monday 23 June 2014
Dr Adah Sachs

(Why) Do people with dissociative disorders need different therapeutic boundaries?
The results of a strictly confidential, quantitative study that Adah Sachs undertook in 2013 confirmed that most professionals, often at a great cost to themselves, change their boundaries when they work with people with Dissociative Disorders. This talk will offer a theoretical framework for understanding this phenomenon. Based on further developments in attachment theory, we will explore the unique attachment-pattern of the person with DD, its effect on the therapeutic relationship, and the deep significance (beneficial and hazardous) of changing our boundaries with this group.

Monday 30 June 2014
Dr Valerie Sinason

Truth, Fantasy and Dissociative Disorders
The psychotherapist is concerned with psychic truth and needs to be relieved of any pressure to be judge, jury or police officer. At certain times historically or with certain conditions the distinction between psychic truth and objective validated truth is more complex. For example, a concentration camp survivor will not be well served by a therapist treating descriptions of torture as fantasy. Those with Dissociative Disorders who seek help also evoke these concerns. 90% of dissociative disorders are considered to come from actual childhood abuse and a disorganised attachment. However, some dissociative states can remain frozen in a different reality which could be seen by others as fantasy, whilst others can develop fantasy as a defence against unbearable truths. A smaller group, those with quaternary structural dissociation, can suffer the pain of having their multiple realities treated as fantasy. Additionally, the belief system of the therapist can impact on whether descriptions are fantasy or not.

Monday 7 July 2014
Remy Aquarone

The phased treatment approach to dissociation
Unlike PTSD, which is normally associated with single event traumas in adult life, dissociation and more specifically Dissociative Disorders are a result of childhood traumas and attachment issues that are impossible for the child to process at the time and are therefore templated into adult life. The price of this very effective primitive survival system is an internal hierarchical power structure in adult life that can be in conflict with the attempts of therapists to facilitate the processing of early trauma and the lifting of amnesic barriers. Sufficient time is needed during Phase1 of the therapy to bring about the potential for dialogue within the client’s internal world and to create a safe enough environment to process the trauma.

Monday 14 July 2014
Tony Buckley

Divided Mind, Divided Body: A Sensorimotor Psychotherapy perspective on working with dissociation
The presenter will clarify the theory of structural dissociation of the personality, and explore the treatment using Sensorimotor Psychotherapy principles and techniques. Emphasising working with physical action, and centred around the Window of Tolerance model, participants will learn about somatic interventions that help regulate a range of dissociative phenomena in working towards integration. This approach will be illustrated through power point slides, excerpts of videotaped therapy sessions, and brief experiential exercises.


CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 2 hours will be provided at each seminar

Seminar Suite
Grange Fitzrovia Hotel
Bolsover Street

Registration 19.00
Start 19.30
End 21.15

Monday 9 June 2014
Monday 16 June 2014
Monday 23 June 2014
Monday 30 June 2014
Monday 7 July 2014
Monday 14 July 2014