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15 June - 15 August 2017
Early Bird Pricing Available

16 August - 8 September 2017
Regular Pricing Available

Advanced Registration
Through 7 September 2017

Thereafter, On-Site Registration
Available 8 September 2017

Contact the ISSTD office at 703-610-9037 or email

continuing education

Continuing Education credits are available for this conference through our CE co-sponsor, CE Learning System. Additional information on CE credits is posted on the PROGRAM page.


Preliminary Schedule 

7:30am-8:30am                 Registration & Light Continental Breakfast
8:30am-10:00am               Session 1: Trauma & Dissociation: What My Patients/Clients Have 
                                              Taught Me for 37 Years
10:00am-10:30am             AM Beverage Break
10:30am-12:00pm             Session 2: Trauma & Dissociation: What My Patients/Clients Have
                                              Taught Me for 37 Years (continued)
12:00pm-1:30pm               Lunch
1:30pm-3:00pm                 Session 3: Art and Dissociation: Connecting Through Creativity
3:00pm-3:30pm                 PM Beverage Break
3:30pm-5:00pm                 Session 4: Legal/Ethical Challenges with Childhood Trauma Survivors

Trauma & Dissociation: what my patients/clients have taught me for 37 years


Being a good student allowed me to understand the "healing paths" of childhood traima survivors, especially those with Dissociative Disorders. This program will address clinician responses to dissociative symptoms as critical for successful treatment.

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the difference between hypnotic capacity and suggestibility
  • List three major forces at work within the personality structures of people with dissociative disorder
  • State that, despite the apparent “ages” of alters, they are all children.

The Theory and Practice of Art Therapy in treating Dissociative Disorders 


This workshop presentation will utilize client art to show an integration of verbal therapeutic techniques with art therapy interventions, matched at pivotal treatment junctures and impasse points.  The presentation will outline the necessary verbal, dynamic and transferential underpinnings that must precede the use of art therapy’s potentially more rapid unconscious work.  The contrast between verbal attachment themes and art’s unconscious ones, authority and process dimensions and verbal with non-verbal material will be explored. Emphasis will be placed upon art’s phenomenological nature and isomorphic awareness, where every element is valid and where describing becomes more valuable than analyzing.  The workshop will illustrate how the use of art allows for more therapeutic movement and efficiency, more usable information and feeling recognition within the safe context allowed by the art studio setting.  There will be a wide range of client’s art production shown as case examples of the impasse points which arise in the treatment of dissociative conditions.

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize key dissociative treatment points that benefit from the involvement of collaborative art therapy.
  • Describe major themes and issues in dissociative disorders treatment as represented in art expressions
  • Understand how art therapy aids treatment efficiency and impacts dissociative disorders treatment in concise ways.

Legal/Ethical challenges with childhood trauma survivors


This program reviews legal/ethical risks for clinicians who treat childhood trauma survivors, as well as inportant issues in risk management.

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of the role of shame in understanding and treating dissociative disorders.
  • Describe the importance of dissociative patients/clients developing beliefs that their treating clinicians are “predictable,” but not “trustworthy”
  • State the importance of assisting parts of dissociative patients/clients who were not involved in sexual abuse, learning to take responsibility for adult sexuality.

continuing education credits 

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.

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. CE Learning Systems LLC maintains responsibility for the 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 up to 6 continuing education clock hours.

CE Learning Systems and ISSTD are cosponsors of this program. The cosponsorship has been approved by NBCC. CE Learning Systems is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5951. The ACEP solely is responsible for this program, including the awarding of NBCC credit.

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 1st at 5:00pm EDT.