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Working Therapeutically with Complex Traumatic Dissociation - Post Foundation Course 2016

UK Network of European Society for Trauma & Dissociation

Thursday, 13 October 2016 at 09:30 - Friday, 11 November 2016 at 16:30 (BST)

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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.


These are the Entry Requirements, please check that you can meet all of them before booking; the course is not suitable for anyone who does not meet these criteria.

  • Professionally qualified psychotherapist/counsellor/clinical psychologist/other psychological therapist

  • At least one year's experience of and currently working therapeutically with one or more client/patient who has a complex trauma-related dissociative condition. i.e. dissociative identity disorder or similar

  • Ability to share problematic issues arising from their own practice.
  • Prior attendance on the ESTD-UK 4 Day Foundation Course or other equivalent CPD which includes complex dissociation-specific training course(s) delivered by clinically qualified trainer(s) with significant experience of working therapuetically with complex traumatic dissociation.  Equivalent CPD would, at a minimum, cover foundation level understanding of traumatic dissociation, its origins and consequences; the spectrum of dissociative disorders; structural dissociation of the personality; phased model of therapy for trauma & dissociation; traumatic attachment; and an introduction to assessment & screening tools for dissociation.

  • Applicants who have not previously attended the ESTD-UK Foundation course must additionally.... two training films prior to attendance on this course.  These films "A Logical Way of Being" and "No Two Paths the Same" can be purchased from  and

    ..................... have read Herman, Judith : "Trauma & Recovery"; Gerhardt, Sue : "Why Love Matters" and Brand, Bethany L. PhD; et al, "Separating Fact from Fiction: An Empirical Examination of Six Myths About Dissociative Identity Disorder", Harvard Review of Psychiatry: July/August 2016 - Volume 24 - Issue 4 - p 257–270


The course consists of 4 x 1 day workshop modules on 13th & 14th October and 10th & 11th November 2016.  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.

 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, & former president ESTD


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.

"The Stuctured Clinical Interview for DSMiv Dissociative Disorders (SCID-D)" by Marlene Steinberg will be used during this module and a copy will be provided at no additional cost to each participant.

"The Interviewers Guide to the SCID-D" by Marlene Steinberg, which participants will also need to refer to during this module, will be provided for shared loan on the day.  If you prefer to purchase your own copy you may do so during the booking process (if you are paying for your booking by debit/credit card online) at an additional cost of £61.00.  If you wish to purchase the Interviewers Guide but opt to pay your course fee by cheque and/or request an invoice you will need to separately email to order a copy of the Guide.  Add the cost (£61.00) to your cheque or it will be added to your invoice.


Module 2:  Resourcing the Client: One Body - Many Parts



Facilitated by Dr Zoë Pool,  UKCP registered psychotherapist; Service Director, Dorset Action on Abuse

This module revisits body-centred resources addressed in the Foundation course. It aims to
increase understanding of the importance of safely attending to the body.  Participants will develop their understanding and skills in working with clients’ complex, traumatic dissociation.  The module includes experiential elements so that participants can experience and practice a range of body-centred and creative resources.  It provides opportunities to share practice concerns about body centred work with dissociating clients and to explore diverse perspectives of survivors via own and peers’ case material and the literature.  Importantly it encourages participants to develop their own perspectives on diverse issues faced by individual clients and this client group.


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 by Sue 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.



ESTD-UK reserves the right to replace advertised speakers and individual module content in response to any circumstances beyond our control.  If we need to do this the course learning objectives will remain the same.   We will advise those booked to attend any affected module.

Do you have questions about Working Therapeutically with Complex Traumatic Dissociation - Post Foundation Course 2016? Contact UK Network of European Society for Trauma & Dissociation

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The Norwich Wellbeing Centre
15 Chapelfield East
NR2 1SF Norwich
United Kingdom

Thursday, 13 October 2016 at 09:30 - Friday, 11 November 2016 at 16:30 (BST)

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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.

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