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Fee Schedule

15 April- 10 Sep 2018
Early Bird Pricing Available

11 Sept - 5 Oct 2018
Regular Pricing Available

Advanced Registration
Through 3 Oct 2018

Thereafter, On-Site Registration
Available 5 Oct 2018

continuing education

Six (6) CE credits will be available for through CE Learning Systems

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Contact the ISSTD office at 703-610-9037 or email [email protected] 


Program Information

Relational Healing in Complex Trauma and dissociation:
psychoanalytic and integrationist perspectives

Preliminary Schedule 

7:30am-8:30am                 Registration & Light Continental Breakfast
8:30am-10:00am               Why Didn't They Remember: The Centrality of Dissociation and 
                                             Relationality from Ferenczi to the Present
10:00am-10:30am             AM Beverage Break
10:30am-12:00pm             An Interpersonal-Relational Approach to Working with Critical and
                                             Aggressive Dissociated Self States
12:00pm-1:30pm               Lunch
1:30pm-3:00pm                 The Self-Critical Conundrum: Reframing Harsh, Pathological
                                             Superego in Terms of Dissociation and Attachment
3:00pm-3:30pm                 PM Beverage Break
3:30pm-5:00pm                 Relational Healing of Complex Trauma: An Integrative Discussion

An Interpersonal-Relational Approach To Working With Critical & Aggressive Dissociated Self-States


Dr. Shelly Itzkowitz will be presenting a case of an extremely dissociated person who suffered early childhood trauma and later on, war related trauma. The presentation will address the emergence of critical and aggressive protector/perpetrator self-states in this patient, how they arose and how these states presented themselves both in sessions and in the patient’s dreams. He will also address concepts regarding the etiology of this kind of dissociative structure. Using verbatim transcripts from his work with this patient, Dr. Itzkowitz will show how he works with critical and aggressive protector/perpetrator self-states from an Interpersonal-relational psychoanalytic perspective.

The self-critical conundrum: Reframing harsh, pathological superego in terms of dissociation and attachment


Even though psychoanalytic theory has not provided a clear conceptual basis for this approach, clinicians often work intuitively with internal criticism or “superego" as if it were a dissociated persecutory self-state. I suggest that it may be just this—that harsh superego may be best understood as an elaboration of a posttraumatic dissociative structure, arising in the context of disrupted attachment, rather than as an outcome of the Oedipal crisis. Freud’s 1917 essay, Mourning and Melancholia, describes harsh self-criticism in terms of two dissociated parts of the personality, arising from traumatic attachment loss, and functioning as an intra-personal struggle and implicit dialogue between these dissociated parts.

Why Didn’t They Remember?: The Centrality of Dissociation and Relationality from Ferenczi to the Present


The Hungarian psychoanalyst, Sándor Ferenczi, discovered uncomfortable truths about interpersonal abuse from working with patients that other analysts considered “unanalyzable,” who we would now say had complex trauma. As a result, Ferenczi was largely written out of the history of psychoanalysis for more than fifty years until he was “rediscovered” for his relational focus and listening capacity—and I would emphasize—his exploration of dissociation.  His paradigm-changing work seems very contemporary to us because he was so ahead of his time. Through clinical examples and everyday life, I will illustrate how dissociation is still often ignored, denied, mislabeled, and will suggest how to work with it, holding in mind the tenderness, patience, wisdom, humanness, and relatedness of Ferenczi.

relational healing of complex trauma: an integrative discussion 


This 90 minute panel discussion will bring together the presenters from earlier in the day for the last session of the day. The panel discussion will provide an opportunity for the panelists to offer their perspectives and to answer attendees questions on the relational aspects involved in the healing of complex trauma and dissociation, including issues related to understanding and managing crises in the therapeutic relationship, handling challenging and/or critical self-states, and managing post-dissociation self-structure.

continuing education credits 

CE Learning Systems, (Provider #1020), is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of State Social Work Boards (ASWB), 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. This course is pending approval for 6 credit hours.

ISSTD's Continuing Education Co-sponsor, CE Learning Systems, is approved by American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CE Learning Systems maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

ISST-D's Co-Sponsor, CE Learning Systems SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0060.

CE Learning Systems, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0072.

ISST-D's co-sponsor, CE Learning Systems (d/b/a, is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists. #CAT-0008.

CE Certificate Information
A continuing education certificate for the Regional Conference will be obtained using the website, CE-Go. Approximately 3 days after the event, you will receive an email containing a link to CE-Go.   (This link will be sent to the email account you used to register for the event).
Upon accessing the CE-Go website, you will be able to:

  • Complete evaluation forms for the event (Mandatory to receive credit for each session)
  • Download your continuing education certificate in a PDF format

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the CE-Go process, please contact CE-Go at 877 248 6789 or by email at

Note: All registration fees are in US dollars. Cancellations prior to the conference are subject to a $45 cancelation fee. No refund are provided for no shows. The deadline for cancellations with a refund is Friday, September 28th at 5:00pm EDT.