Working with Dissociation – 2 day training – Sydney

Dr Catherine Hynes, Clinical Psychologist, EMDRAA Consultant

Availability: in-person only

Location: Rydges Hotel Camperdown, Sydney

Dates: 28th and 29th October, 2022 (Friday and Saturday)

Duration: 2 days (2 x 8 hours with breaks)

Cost: $595 per person (GST included)

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Target Audience: Mental health practitioners who work with trauma and complex trauma.*

*No therapeutic approach is presumed for this training; the skills covered here will harmonise with most therapeutic modalities.

Re-worked and updated in 2022 based on feedback from participants in previous trainings, this workshop provides a comprehensive overview of how to formulate and work with dissociative presentations.

Dissociation and dissociative disorders are common clinical phenomena, but unfortunately, they are often misunderstood, under-diagnosed and they frequently remain untreated in clinical practice. This workshop provides an overview of research on dissociative disorders, assessment and treatment considerations for mental health clinicians who are looking to begin to develop expertise in the treatment of trauma and dissociation.

This workshop is intended as professional development for mental health practitioners who offer therapeutic interventions for people with trauma. It assumes knowledge of clinical skills, working with complex clinical presentations, and therapy for trauma.

Catherine’s approach to working with trauma and dissociation is grounded in neurobiology, and is therapeutically integrative, involving strategies from Internal Family Systems Therapy, the Model of Structural Dissociation, Schema Therapy, Coherence Therapy, EMDR and other evidence-based approaches. She also synthesises wisdom from experienced clinicians, including Kathy Steele, Janina Fisher, Richard Kluft, and Frank Putnam, among others. The training is a mix of didactic and interactive experiential demonstrations, and includes treatment demonstrations and insights from her own clinical work.

Detailed Content Summary

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DAY 1 - Formulation

1. Key Concepts

a) What is Trauma?

  • Adaptive Information 
  • Grounding and Containment

b) What is Dissociation?

  • Neurobiology 
  • Modes of Being 
  • Integration

c) What is a part? 

  • Transdiagnostic Approach 
  • Overview of Parts Models

2. How do I explain this to clients?

  • Case Demonstrations 
  • How to Get the most out of Trauma Therapy
  • Formulation Practice

DAY 2 - Treatment Overview

1. Treatment Considerations 

a) Therapeutic Relationship 

  • Therapy as adaptive information: Safety, Empowerment, Belonging 
  • Pro-symptom, pro-emotion, pro-social, pro-biology

b) Principles of Treatment 

  • General advice 
  • Ordering the Intervention 
  • Straightforward therapy 
  • Equanimity of the Therapist 
  • Responsibility and Its Complexities

c) Controversies and Evidence Base

2. Overview of Phased Treatment

a) Phase 1 

  • Recognise and Assess dissociation 
  • Putting parts into a map 
  • Stabilisation Strategies: Hope and Willingness, Inner Sanctuary, Inner Wisdom 
  • Harmonising Parts

b) Phases 2 and 3 

  • Memory work 
  • Coherence Therapy 
  • Titrating processing 
  • Comments on Integration

3. Conclusions

  • Summary of how to work with Parts 
  • Prognosis

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