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Diagnosis and Treatment of Complex Trauma and Dissociative Disorders - The Standard Course Parts I & II

At the end of this experience, participants will have sufficient knowledge to be able to diagnose Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and Dissociative Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (DDNOS), and will have essential knowledge and skills needed to conduct individual psychotherapy to treat these illnesses.

Course Directors: Su Baker, MEd and Joan Turkus, MD


Standard Course Part I

Course Description:

The ISSTD Standard Course was created to give clinicians a solid education in how to identify and work with complex trauma and dissociation. Part I covers guidelines for treatment and how to fulfill those guidelines in the process of therapy. Students will learn how to recognize the signs of complex trauma and dissociation, and understand the effects of trauma on the development and functioning of adult clients. They will be taught the relevant assessment tools to use, and how to structure therapy to be most effective for clients with all levels of traumatic experiences.  Students will also learn how working with traumatic material challenges both client and therapist, and how to meet the relational challenges that may emerge in therapy.   Special features that are common with dissociative clients will be covered, along with the skills necessary for the successful treatment of dissociation in clients. The course includes literature review and discussion, lecture and the explorations of a teaching case, "The Case of Harold."

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of Part I, students will have:

  • Discussed the history of the understanding of dissociation and its antecedents
  • Explored the interplay of dissociation, trauma and multiplicity within the dynamic unconscious
  • Explained the role of attachment in the development of dissociative disorders
  • Explored the effects of chronic trauma and victimization
  • Explored various assessment tools for dissociative disorders
  • Discussed the use of structured interviews in assessing dissociative disorders
  • Outlined the different forms of memory (implicit, explicit, declarative, autobiographical, etc.)
  • Defined phase-oriented treatment of complex trauma and dissociative disorders
  • Discussed the rationale for phase-oriented treatment of dissociative disorders
  • DIscussed the relational dilemmas in treating complex trauma and dissociative disorders

For full list of session objectives, click here.

Intended Participants:

Licensed mental health professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, mental health counselors, accredited psychotherapists, etc.) who are interested in developing their skills in treating clients with complex trauma and dissociative disorders. For Part I of the course, there is no need to have a client with a dissociative disorder.

Required Textbooks:

  1. Chu, JA (2011) Rebuilding Shattered Lives: Treating Complex PTSD and Dissociative Disorders, 2nd edition. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley and Sons.
  2. Howell, EF (2011) Understanding and treating Dissociative Identity Disorder. NY: NY Routledge.

For full course bibliography, click here.

Course Format:

For in-person and hybrid courses: Once monthly 2.5 hour sessions for 8 months (may be taught in four, double sessions)  For online: 4-5 months (based on schedule and holidays) taught via online discussion boards

Continuing Education & ISSTD Certificate Program Credits:

Continuing Education: This course has been approved for up to 20 CE credits through our continuing education co-sponsor, CE Learning System.
ISSTD Certificate Program: This course has been approved for credits towards the ISSTD Certificate of Advanced Studies in Trauma & Dissociation

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 Standard Course Part II

 

Course Description:

Part II is a continuation of the Standard Part I course. This course covers opening treatment of dissociative disorders, disorganized attachment, neurobiology, self (ego) states, treatment and techniques, self-care, suicidality and self-injury, affect and sensate regulation, and integration techniques. Students must be prepared to discuss theories as applied to the treatment of their own client. Each student will be expected to select one or two clients to discuss in class. The case of Harold used in Part I may also be utilized during class discussions.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of Part II, students will have:

  • Identified different types of parts or self-states and their roles in the internal organization of the mind in dissociative disorders
  • Discussed the role of trauma in the etiology of dissociative disorders
  • Discussed attachment theory and the role of disorganized attachment in the etiology of dissociative disorders
  • Recognized and distinguished self- self (ego)-states (parts) as they occur in dissociative disorders
  • Summarized overall treatment strategies in phase oriented work with DID clients
  • Explored and discussed the use of techniques specific to working with DID, such as developing internal communications, collaboration, cooperation, etc.
  • Described the differences between suicidality and self-harm in DID patients and developed strategies for dealing with each
  • Discussed techniques for working with anger, fear, shame and guilt with DID clients
  • Outlined methods of conflict resolution with self (ego)-states and with angry and/or persecutory self (ego) –states
  • Discuss various techniques for working with traumatic memory in stage two treatment of DID
  • Discuss the integration continuum and describe various techniques for integration with DID clients

For full list of session objectives, click here.

Intended Participants:

Licensed mental health professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, mental health counselors, accredited psychotherapists, etc.) who are interested in developing their skills in treating clients with complex trauma and dissociative disorders. For Part II of the course, students should have completed Part 1 (or the equivalent) or have been treating dissociative clients for at least 2 years, and have at least one client with a dissociative disorder in treatment.

Required Textbooks:

  1. Howell, EF (2011) Understanding and treating Dissociative Identity Disorder: A Relational Approach.NY: NY Routledge.
  2. Chefetz, RA (2015) Intensive Psychotherapy for Persistent Dissociative Processes: The Fear of Feeling Real. NY, NY: Norton
  3. Boon, S, Steele, K & van der Hart, O (2011) Coping with trauma-related dissociation: Skills training for patients and therapists. NY: NY, Norton.

For full course bibliography, click here.

Course Format: For in-person and hybrid courses: Once monthly 2.5 hour sessions for 8 months (may be taught in four, double sessions)  For online: 4-5 months (based on schedule and holidays) taught via online discussion boards.

Continuing Education and ISSTD Certificate Program Credits:

 Continuing Education: This course has been approved for up to 20 CE credits through our continuing education co-sponsor, CE Learning System.
ISSTD Certificate Program: This course has been approved for credits towards the ISSTD Certificate of Advanced Studies in Trauma & Dissociation

Upcoming Course Offerings:

Continuing Education Credits

Continuing Education Sponsor:
    
CE Learning Systems is a co-sponsor of this event. To earn continuing education credits, participants must purchase credits separately. Participants will need to complete an evaluation and a post-test (online courses only). CE credits are available in the U.S. and Canada.

ASWB - CE Learning Systems, (Provider #1020), is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of State Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education ACE program.  ASWB Approval Period: 02/23/2016 - 02/23/2019.  Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive continuing education clock hours.

APA - CE Learning Systems, LLC is approved by American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CE Learning Systems maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Prior to 2010 Continuing Education (CE) credits were provided by the Institute for Continuing Education.

Course Fees
This fee includes copyright fees and course materials. You will receive course materials when registration is complete. All fees are in U.S. Dollars. CE credits are available for purchase through our CE co-sponsor, CE Learning System, Inc. Students will receive an email directly from the CE co-sponsor with information on the cost of credits and the process to obtain them.

Registration Requirements and Registration
Receiving Approval to Register: ISSTD is interested in the success of this program. To ensure the highest standards in our profession, we require each potential participant to call and speak with the instructor in your area (if two instructors, speak with at least one, if registering for the online program, contact ISSTD Staff

If your instructor agrees with your participation in this program, they will tell you to register. If you register without prior consent of an instructor, we cannot guarantee your instructors approval and your registration fee may be refunded to you, minus an administrative fee of $45 for handling of improperly submitted registration materials. Applicants must be licensed clinicians, or if you are a graduate student, a letter from your Department Chairperson giving permission for your participation in this program must be sent to your faculty person.

Course sites which have two faculty listed will have one course co-taught by both faculty. To begin the registration process, use the information on the Faculty Page to contact the faculty member in your area for permission to register. Calendar of Programs with Instructors Contact Information

 REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS:  IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ:

Registration is limited to no more than 12 persons per site and varies per teleseminar/online course. Participants must be licensed professionals, and students must also receive the approval of the local faculty to attend. Clinicians in training may attend with the written recommendation of the chairperson of their training program/department. Familiarity with treating a person with a major dissociative disorder is preferred in the Advanced and Master's level courses. Progression from Intro I to Intro II, through Standard I and Standard II is highly recommended prior to attempting the upper level courses. It is recommended that participants have contextual experience of dissociative processes to be able to take in more advanced course material in a meaningful way.

Remember, if you register without the prior approval of a faculty member, your registration may be refunded to you less a $45 administrative fee. When you click to register you are indicating that you have read the preceding paragraphs about the details of this program, and the rules surrounding the processing of registration fees.

Members please remember to log in to receive your member discount. Contact Program Manager by email at info@isst-d.org or call 703-610-9037 if you need your username and password or any additional registration assistance.

If you have a problem or a concern about registration, please contact the ISSTD Professional Training Administrative Director, Su Baker, MEd

Cancellation Policy
If you withdraw from any course , there is a $45 non-refundable charge. If you are sent course materials, prior to your notification of withdrawal from the course, regardless of the date of your notice, your refund will also be less the copyright fees. Once the course starts no new students can be accepted more than one week after the course begins. The course fee is not refundable if you withdraw from the course after two weeks prior to its start, unless an acceptable replacement for your registration is found, in a timely fashion, prior to the start of the course. Refund of fees, and acceptance at that time, is the decision of the Course Directors. All materials used for this course are subject to copyright laws and are not for duplication or distribution by course participants. Fees must be submitted with registration, and must be submitted in US dollars.

Thank You
ISSTD is thankful to the original course directors, Richard Chefetz, MD; A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD; Donald Fridley, PhD; Elizabeth Howell, PhD; Annita Jones, PsyD; and Eli Somer, PhD as well as the many distinguished faculty members who have contributed and continue to give their energy and talents tirelessly to make this training program successful.

© 2017 ISSTD  This course syllabus and bibliography are the copyrighted property of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD).  Use of this material is prohibited without written permission from the ISSTD.

 

 

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