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Vancouver and Victoria, B. C.

Instructor: Sandra Wieland, Ph. D., R. Psych. Course: This course provides training on diagnosing and treating dissociative symptoms and disorders in traumatized children and adolescents. The history and theories related to dissociation will be discussed. Treatment including stabilization techniques and psycho-education related to dissociation; processing traumatic memories (using both expressive and verbal modalities) and creating dialogue between alternate self-states; managing special problems such as sexual acting out; family work; integration techniques; and collaborative work with the mental health, educational and legal systems will be described. There will be opportunity to discuss individual cases and specific problems that arise when working with these children and adolescents. Required readings will be provided on a CD and are included in the course fee. See our Child and Adolescent Curriculum objectives for a detailed description.


Intended Participants: Licensed mental health professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, mental health counselors) who are personally treating a child or adolescent with Complex PTSD, a significant trauma history, or dissociation. Other professionals are encouraged to apply (supervisors of child or adolescent treatment centers, foster care or adoption center directors or supervisors, university faculty who prepare students to work in the field of child maltreatment, and licensed mental health professionals interested in learning more about treating maltreated children & adolescents). Dr. Wieland will determine if their background fits the seminar content.

Presenter : Dr. Sandra Wieland is a registered clinical psychologist and play therapist, who has worked extensively with children, adolescents and adults who, because of neglect or trauma (direct abuse, witnessing abuse, medical procedures), experience behavioural distress, anxiety, dissociation, and/or PTSD. She blends cognitive, behavioural, and EMDR therapies within a psychodynamic approach. Before moving to Victoria , she was the founder and clinical director of the Centre for Treatment of Sexual Abuse and Childhood Trauma in Ottawa . She presently runs a private practice at the Centre for Counselling & Therapy in Victoria . Sandra is the co-chair of the Child and Adolescent Task Force of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation and a frequent presenter at the ISSTD conferences. She is a supervisor with Play Therapy International and Play Therapy Canada . She has written several books for therapists, one of which includes a chapter on dissociation. Sandra has presented workshops in Canada , the U.S. , Europe, South America and South Africa.


To confirm appropriateness of registration, please send an EMAIL with your registration information ( name, address, phone number, agency/organization, training ) to Sandra Wieland at: sandrawieland@shaw.ca, or take a look at www.sandrawieland.com for more information about her and her practice.

To Register:
Online or by fax - you will then be billed for the cost of the course. Registration is completed when payment is received by ISST-D.

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To register via fax, please download a fax form

Schedule of Sessions:


9:30 AM to 4:30 PM – March 15, April
5, May 17, June 21, 2008
(9 AM registration)

9:30 AM to 4:30 PM – March 8, April
12, May 24, June 28, 2008
(9 AM registration)

Intended Participants:
Licensed mental health professionals
treating children and adolescents with
trauma histories; limited openings to
educators and program supervisors in
the field of childhood trauma
University of British Columbia, specific
location to be announced.

Queen Alexandra Centre for
Children's Health,
2400 Arbutus Rd.

$385 for ISSTD members,
$435 for non-members
Group rate for 3 individuals from
one agency: $385.00 each (US)

9.00 AM registration with coffee
and refreshments included –
lunch is not included

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