Working Therapeutically with Complex Traumatic Dissociation - Post Foundation Course 2015
Tuesday, 13 October 2015 at 09:30 - Friday, 13 November 2015 at 16:30 (BST)
This modular ESTD-UK Post-Foundation workshop series has been developed and is delivered in collaboration with First Person Plural. It was designed in response to demand from counselling/psychotherapy and other mental health practitioners who have previously attended the ESTD UK Foundation Course. It is intended to extend knowledge & explore practice when working in a therapeutic role with complex, traumatic dissociation. Attendance on all four modules is strongly advised.
Target Audience & Entry Requirements:
Professionally qualified psychotherapist/counsellor/clinical psychologists
Currently working therapeutically with at least one client/patient who has a complex trauma-related dissociative condition.
Prior attendance on the ESTD-UK 4 Day Foundation Course (or equivalent);
Familiarity with some of the key components and stages of therapy for this client group
Ability to share problematic issues arising from their own practice.
The course consists of 4 x 1 day workshop modules on 13th & 14th October and 12th & 13th November 2015. Further details about the individual modules follow below
Course Learning Objectives:
To build on existing training and knowledge of dissociation
To share practice issues and concerns about working with this client group
To provide access to peer support and consultation and encourage the formation of an exploratory learning group
To expand theoretical and practical knowledge
To develop participants’ own formulation of issues faced by individual clients and this client group as a whole.
To increase awareness and understanding of the perspective of survivors via case material, the literature and direct input from the experts-by -experience facilitating Module 3.
A combination of theoretical in-put, case presentation & discussion informed by recommended background reading will be used throughout the course. Certificates of attendance for up to a total of 24 hours CPD will be issued (i.e. 6 hours per module attended)
The four modules are:-
Module 1 : Evidence-Based Diagnosis and Informed Treatment for Dissociative Disorders and Complex PTSD: The SCID-D
Facilitated by Remy Aquarone, Analytical Psychotherapist, Director of Pottergate Centre for Dissociation & Trauma
Participants on this module are required to bring with them a copy of The Structured Clinical Interview for DSMiv Dissociative Disorders (SCID-D) by Marlene Steinberg. These are available for purchase at an additional cost of £10.00 when completing your booking to attend. The Interviewers Guide to the SCID-D, which you will also need to refer to on the day, will be provided for shared loan. If you want your own copy this can be purchased when completing your booking to attend, at an additional cost of £61.00.
Systematic assessment of dissociation is essential for effective treatment of trauma survivors. This workshop provides training in the diagnosis and treatment of Dissociative Disorders and Complex PTSD through the use of the SCID-D Interview (Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV-R (and V) Dissociative Disorders). The SCID-D, considered the gold standard for assessing post-traumatic dissociation, allows clinicians to identify the severity of core dissociative symptoms, and from that diagnose guide treatment of dissociative and chronic post-traumatic disorders.
Participants will enhance their diagnostic and therapeutic skills with clients while gaining experience in SCID-D administration, scoring and interpretation. Practical treatment interventions based on SCID-D assessment, including client education, stabilisation, dissociative symptom reduction, and monitoring of treatment progress will be detailed, within a phase-oriented trauma treatment approach.
Module 2: Resources and resourcing : using a body centred approach for work with trauma and dissociation
Facilitated by Lyn Terry-Short, Chartered Psychologist with experience working in NHS Mental Health Services
This module provides an overview of current brain sciences in relation to trauma and dissociation. It raises awareness of the role of body centred approaches in work with trauma and dissociation and offers a body centred framework for resourcing dysregulated clients. There will be experiential learning of a range of body centred resources for therapists.
Participants will gain a working model based on neuro-biological theories of trauma and dissociation. They will develop an understanding of the importance of safely attending to the body and be introduced to a range of resources to enhance client work. There will be opportunities to experience the use and understand the impact of somatic resources on their work with complex clients; and the chance to share and discuss integration of body centred resources into their practice.
Module 3 :- The evolving therapeutic relationship from the perspectives of complexly dissociative clients
Facilitated by Melanie Goodwin & Kathryn Livingston (trainers from First Person Plural)
In the dyad of the therapeutic relationship with complexly dissociative clients, the client is sometimes unable to express their own experience of the relationship and there is the complication of the different perspectives on the relationship that each part or alter of the multiple client can have. This is particularly an issue in the early stages but not exclusively so. Though each person's experience is different there are some common threads. This module introduces some ideas about these. The value this module brings to this course cannot be over-stated. The facilitators are experts-by-experience with personal lived experience of Dissociative Identity Disorder who are very experienced and respected professional trainers in the field of complex trauma-related dissociation. They are able to reflect on and have good insight into their own journeys through therapy. They are articulate, open and generous in their sharing of what has helped and hindered them towards recovery.
Participants will expand understanding of clients' perspectives on living with dissociation; how this can affect their experience of and ability to develop and utilise the therapeutic relationship effectively as it evolves and fluctuates throughout therapy. Participants will gain some practical ideas for what might work to support their complexly dissociative clients.
Module 4: Struggling for relationship: Exploring complex practice issues
Facilitated bySue Richardson, Attachment-based Psychotherapist of 30 years’ experience
Exploring and extending their knowledge of the attachment dynamics underpinning some complex practice issues participants will share their experience of relational struggles when working with dissociative clients. There will be consideration of some critical issues such as ‘attachment to the perpetrator’ and clients suffering on-going abuse. The dimension of installed structural dissociation be addressed.
When & Where
UK Network of European Society for Trauma & Dissociation
Members of the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation who are based in the United Kingdom are automatically members of ESTD-UK.
ESTD-UK strives to support and implement in the UK the aims of the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation which are:-
To promote an increase in the knowledge of Trauma, Dissociation and all disorders related to chronic traumatization.
To provide professional and public education about dissociation, trauma and trauma related disorders.
To support communication and cooperation among clinicians and other professionals in the field of dissociation and trauma.
To stimulate national and international research projects.
To provide knowledge and education specifically to those countries in Europe who do not have easy access in this field.
ESTD-UK functions primarily through an online email listserv by which its members can communicate with each other, providing support, information and professional discourse about dissociation, trauma, dissociative and other trauma-related disorders.