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Recognizing Dissociative Processes in Your Casework

 Friday, June 23, 2017
 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Eastern daylight Time

 1.5 Continuing Education Credit Hours (pending)

 cost: recorded webinar $25 for Members, $35 for Non-Members


 Members can access the recording through the Member's Corner to receive the discounted price.



Presenter: Richard A. Chefetz, MD

Presenter Biography
Richard A. Chefetz, M.D. is a psychiatrist in private practice in Washington, D.C. He was President of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (2002-3), Co-Founder and Chair of their Dissociative Disorders Psychotherapy Training Program (2000-2008), and is a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, and Psychology. He is also a faculty member at the Washington School of Psychiatry, the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis, and the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis. He is a Certified Consultant at the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and is trained in Level I and II EMDR. Dr. Chefetz was editor of “Dissociative Disorders: An Expanding Window into the Psychobiology of Mind” for the Psychiatric Clinics of North America, March 2006, “Neuroscientific and Therapeutic Advances in Dissociative Disorders,” Psychiatric Annals, August 2005, and “Multimodal Treatment of Complex Dissociative Disorders,” Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 20:2, 2000, as well as numerous journal articles on psychodynamic perspectives on trauma, dissociation, and clinical process. He recently published a book with Norton (2015), in their Interpersonal Neurobiology series, Intensive Psychotherapy for Persistent Dissociative Processes: The Fear of Feeling Real, http://books.wwnorton.com/books/Intensive-Psychotherapy-for-Persistent-Dissociative-Processes/

To recognize dissociative process in your patients requires a shift in the clinician’s attention to take in not only the foreground specificity of what the patient says and does but to add the much more diffuse and somewhat vague background presentation of “how the patient is and how they communicate” what they are trying to convey and not convey. Objective measures and assessments are important, and it’s also true the clinician’s emotional and intellectual agility are put to work to recognize what the patient’s mind prefers not to know as it unconsciously hides from itself and the patient. Affirming the relative rarity of the classic presentation of an alter system in Dissociative Identity Disorder, this Webinar thoughtfully and playfully presents a useful perspective on recognition of what is typically hidden in plain sight during clinical assessments. Building on the basics of clinical interviewing, Dr. Chefetz will present what additional knowledge and perspective is useful in discerning dissociative experiences in your casework and how to talk about it with your patient. All this in the spirit of respectfully opening a psychotherapy to consideration of the role of dissociative process in influencing the implicit rules in the politics of having a mind of one’s own.

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

  • Describe the normal tension between association and dissociation and how the balance between them contributes to mental coherence.
  • Discuss why discerning depersonalization is critically important in assessing dissociation.
  • Describe how dissociative process influences memory and which specific questions are important in discerning dissociative disturbances of memory.

Can't Make it?
If your schedule won't allow for you to attend, the webinar will be recorded and made available for purchase. The recordings cost is $25 For ISSTD members and $45 for non-members. The webinar recording can be accessed on the CE-Credit.com website or behind the Member's Corner for ISSTD members.  Exam fees for Continuing Education credits start at $10.46.

ISSTD Members- Please log in to Member's Corner  to access the link to view the recording for a member-only discount of $25 USD and an optional fee for CE Credits.
Guests/ Non-members- Please visit the CE-Credit.com website to view the recording for a low cost of $45 USD and an optional fee for CE Credits.

1.5 Continuing Education Credits (pending)

Continuing Education Sponsor:

CE Learning Systems is a co-sponsor of this event. Purchase of continuing education credits will be available at the end of the live webinar and is available to participants 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. This course is pending approval for 1.5 credit hours.

APA - 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.


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