Learn how to diagnose and treat dissociative syndromes in this workshop for mental health professionals. The theory of traumatic dissociation posits that some type of dissociation will emerge in any situation of overwhelming traumatic experience. When dissociation persists beyond its protective function and becomes a symptom, it can become an aspect of post-traumatic stress disorder, or borderline syndromes, or it can present as a full-blown dissociative disorder.
Dissociative problems are complicated routinely both by environmental stressors and by other psychiatric co-morbidities. These must be addressed before the traumatic antecedents can be processed.
Principles of treatment include a stage-based approach, mapping, deployment of hypnosis-related interventions, a focus on the body and self-care, and use of a multi-disciplinary team.
Participants will be sent a book chapter prior to the workshop. We will cover the essentials of diagnosis and treatment planning in a case-based format. Participants are encouraged to bring their clinical problems.