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Trauma-related Complex Dissociation - Origins & Consequences Pt 1 & Pt 2

First Person Plural

Thursday, 22 September 2016 at 09:30 - Friday, 23 September 2016 at 16:30 (BST)

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Part 1 Only - Standard 15 Sep 2016 £70.00 £0.00
Part 1 & 2 - Standard 15 Sep 2016 £120.00 £0.00

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These two training days were previously titled "Understanding Dissociation & Complex Dissociative Disorders" and "Supporting Survivors who have Dissociative Identity Disorder"

Complex dissociative disorders, including dissociative identity disorder and DDNOS / OSDD, are possible long term effects of a history of chronic traumatisation beginning in early childhood. They have been shown to be more common than previously thought and yet they are still often unrecognised,

These two linked one day training workshops taking place  on Thursday 22nd Sept 2016 (Part 1) and Friday 23rd September 2016 (Part 2) provide a good grounding from which to continue or enhance your learning about dissociation and the complex dissociative conditions.  The workshops utilise a variety of delivery styles, including experiential learning, small group exercises, plenty of time for questions and participant interaction, as well as didactic learning and multi-media presentations.  We deliberately limit the number of available places to ensure participants are empowered, can become involved and to avoid the training days becoming lectures.


Learning Objectives:-


  • To raise awareness of dissociation in both adaptive and maladaptive forms; and of its role in surviving abuse or other trauma;
  • To intoduce the dissociation spectrum and DSMv dissociative disorders, with a focus on the most complex trauma-related dissociative conditions;
  • To begin to explore practical ways of supporting people experiencing disabling dissociation.


  • To support participants to be aware of and begin to explore their own feelings about supporting people who experience complex trauma-related dissociation, expecially those who have DID;
  • To build participants confidence in identifying those who may have DID
  • To develop participants' practice when supporting DID survivors experiencing a crisis

We highly recommend that both days are attended. Part 1 only can stand alone as an overview of the subject for those unable to spare the time or money to attend both.  Attendance on Part 1 is a required entry criteria for attendance on Part 2, which begins to explore some practical ways of supporting people who have a, diagnosed or as yet unrecognised, complex dissociative disorder.   From participant feedback we know that the workshops are valued learning experiences for those new to the subject, those with a little or some knowledge and also those who have many years experience working with highly dissociative clients because of the unique perspectives of our trainers and their generosity of sharing their experience.

 What previous participants have said…

  ‘impressed with the clarity of the presentation’   'the best training I've ever attended' 
‘facilitators knowledge and experience is very helpful’       ‘first class training’ 

 "totally empowering and enlightening”    “highly recommended” 

 'liked best the willingness of presenters to explore questions from delegates’    fantastic, very thorough’

Our trainers, Melanie Goodwin and Kathryn Livingston each have about 15 years experience dleivering this and other trainings.  They provide a  unique professionally-delivered training which seamlessly combines information on prevalent theories,  experienced professionals’ understanding of dissociation, working with and supporting those who have complex dissociative disorders, together with their own personal insights.  This complex subject is brought to life and relevance with sensitivity using appropriate and generous sharing of their personal experiences of living with and ongoing recovery from dissociative identity disorder.  Their ethos and training styles recognises that participants too have relevant existing skills and experience.  Their knowledge, approachability and facilitation skills help to build participants confidence in working with this client group. 


 Who should attend? - anyone whose paid or voluntary work involves providing sevices to vulnerable adults in any setting.  Whether or not you work specifically with chronically traumatised individuals it is likely that some of your clients have been affected by childhood trauma and could have a diagnosed or undiagnosed complex dissociative disorder, including dissociative identity disorder (D.I.D.) and similar conditions, and this will affect your work with them.  Previous participants include mental health & social care professionals from a variety of disciplines, professionally unaffiliated support staff and family & friends who support dissociative survivors,  The settings they have worked in include general health, mental health, addictions, family services, rape & sexual violence, domestic violence, housing associations, counselling, psychotherapy, clincal psychology, education, criminal justice services, social and pastoral care in the statutory, voluntary and private sectors. have also found the workshops helpful.

What about dissociative survivors (including survivor-professionals)?
Some individuals who have lived experience of trauma and/or complex dissociative conditions may find the workshops useful psychoeducational resources, at certain stages of their recovery.  However the workshops are not support groups and all participants will be expected to be responsible for their own learning and self-care.   Not all survivors are at a stage of their recovery to benefit from this kind of learning. The workshops are intense, potentially triggering and could unintentionally re-traumatise, although no graphic descriptions of trauma are included.  For this reason it is recommended that survivors (including survivor-professionals) seek advice about attending from someone who cares about them and knows them reasonably well.  Attending with a supporter may be advisable.

Fee includes comprehensive delegate pack(s) delivered electonically for you to print off and bring with you on the day(s), a copy of DVD "A Logical Way of Being - the reality of living with DID", a copy of Mind booklet "Understanding Dissociative Disorders", CPD attendance certificate(s) and hot/cold drinks.
LUNCH IS NOT INCLUDED - Please bring your own

Do you have questions about Trauma-related Complex Dissociation - Origins & Consequences Pt 1 & Pt 2? Contact First Person Plural

When & Where

Alington House Community Association
4 North Bailey
United Kingdom

Thursday, 22 September 2016 at 09:30 - Friday, 23 September 2016 at 16:30 (BST)

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First Person Plural

First Person Plural was established in 1997 and has been providing training and awareness raising about complex dissociation for most of this time.  FPP is the only national membership charity in the UK which exclusively works for and on behalf of those affected by dissociative identity disorder (DID) (sometimes called multiple personality disorder – MPD) or the similar childhood-trauma-related complex dissociative disorder unhelpfully known as type 1 dissociative disorder not otherwise specified (DDNOS) or type 1 other specified dissociative disorder (OSDD) in DSMv.  It prides itself on working collaboratively with related organisations which share the same ethos and similar aims as FPP.  This includes ESTD, TAG, Pottergate Centre for Dissociation and Trauma, The Survivors Trust, CWP NHS Foundation Trust and others.

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