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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

Dissociative disorders are a range of conditions that involve the involuntary separation of feelings, thoughts and awareness from the dominant state of consciousness. These can be seen as an adaptive response to trauma, which is highly effective in protecting oneís psychological integrity at the time but which thereafter can become an embedded and problematic structure of the mind which can be very disruptive. Clinically recognised dissociative disorders include Dissociative Identity Disorder, Dissociative Amnesia or Fugue and Depersonalisation Disorder, a term to describe a "detachment from self or surroundings which may be experienced as unreal" (DSM-V).

This is a complex domain of psychotherapy work, which demands a high level of theoretical knowledge both in order to assess and recognise the extent of a patientís dissociative states and to treat these appropriately. Mild traumas may result in the very common phenomena of separated self-states, of which a patient is not consciously aware until they emerge in the therapeutic relationship. Severe trauma, particularly childhood abuse, can manifest as extreme dissociative states in which the core ego appears to disappear as sub-personalities come to the fore. There are varying views on how more severe cases are best treated, for example whether integration is the therapeutic goal or where the relationship boundaries should be placed. This series touches on key issues in this body of work, offering skills and insights from a range of approaches, and examining some of the clinical dilemmas.

Monday 9 June 2014
Dr Elaine Hunter
Cognitive behavioural therapy for depersonalisation disorder

Monday 16 June 2014
Andy Metcalf
Working with the diverse self from a relational perspective

Monday 23 June 2014
Dr Adah Sachs
(Why) Do people with dissociative disorders need different therapeutic boundaries?

Monday 30 June 2014
Dr Valerie Sinason
Truth, Fantasy and Dissociative Disorders

Monday 7 July 2014
Remy Aquarone
The phased treatment approach to dissociation

Monday 14 July 2014
Tony Buckley
Divided Mind, Divided Body: A Sensorimotor Psychotherapy perspective on working with dissociation


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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