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Discarding Myths, Focusing on Healing: Working with Dissociation in Clinical Settings

Discarding Myths, Focusing on Healing: Working with Dissociation in Clinical Settings

As therapists, we are aware that Dissociation is a psychobiological state that works as a protective human response to traumatic or overwhelming experiences. We understand that Dissociation can be conceptualized as a continuum from normal to pathological, for example, spacing out during a conference and missing a key point of the discussion to severe dissociative disorders like DID at the far end of the spectrum.

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Course Credits

CPD: 3 / CE: N/A

Speaker(s)

Dr Jamie Marich

Course length in hours

3 hrs of video content

Location

Online streaming only

Full course information

While Dissociation is traditionally understood as the human equivalent of the primal/innate “freeze” or “feigning death” response in the face of a threatening or unsafe situation, there are many activities at play in the human brain that allow us to leverage Dissociation for meeting a need or protecting the self and/or one’s system of selves. At the same time, genetic, developmental, neurobiological and psychological studies have supported a model where repeated chronic trauma, such as childhood maltreatment, intimate partner violence and/or abusive relationships may lead to a dissociative response to stressors, threats, and other traumatic experiences. Essentially, Dissociation is a multi-layered phenomenon, and this webinar will help us to make sense of it in as humanistic a way as possible.

Yet in many trauma-focused modalities, a great deal of fear still abounds on working with various manifestations of Dissociation due to lack of clarity on the subject and a prevalence of number of myths surrounding clients suffering from this condition. For example, that people suffering from DID are violent or that dissociative disorders are very rare or ‘fabricated’.

At this practically-oriented workshop, we confront these myths and work towards a practical and sensitive orientation to how the dissociative mind works. Drawing on Trauma-informed practice; key tenets from Expressive Arts therapy and Mindfulness-Informed approaches will be used to deepen our understanding of working with Dissociation in clinical settings. Participants will be engaged to expand their internal knowledge of conceptualizing and healing dissociation within a trauma-focused lens for clinical practice by considering their own relationship with dissociative behaviours and responses. Participants will also be given a primer on working with grounding skills in preparation phases of trauma work so that they can work with confidence towards safely concluding the trauma work. Key areas which may further build their skill set and competence will also be highlighted.

Agenda:

First Half of the Course

  • Dissociation: Meanings, Myths, and Misconceptions
  • How to Make Addressing Dissociation Simpler in Clinical Settings
  • Listening to Those with Dissociative Disorders on the Therapeutic Journey

Second Half of the Course

  • Developing a Practical Collection of Skills for Grounding and Anchoring
  • Best Practices in Treatment Planning
  • Addressing Your Fears and Expanding Your Skill Set in Working with Clinically Significant Dissociation 

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What you’ll learn

At this practically-oriented workshop, we confront these myths and work towards a practical and sensitive orientation to how the dissociative mind works. Drawing on Trauma-informed practice; key tenets from Expressive Arts therapy and Mindfulness-Informed approaches will be used to deepen our understanding of working with Dissociation in clinical settings. Participants will be engaged to expand their internal knowledge of conceptualizing and healing dissociation within a trauma-focused lens for clinical practice by considering their own relationship with dissociative behaviours and responses. Participants will also be given a primer on working with grounding skills in preparation phases of trauma work so that they can work with confidence towards safely concluding the trauma work. Key areas which may further build their skill set and competence will also be highlighted.

Learning objectives

  • Define Dissociation in a trauma-focused and phenomenological manner and explain the multi-faceted, prismatic manner in which signs of dissociation may manifest in life
  • List five common myths about working with dissociative clients
  • Implement at least 2-3 strategies from expressive arts therapy and mindfulness-informed approaches into early phases of trauma-focused treatment, particularly for grounding and building awareness, and in later phases for safely concluding and linking sessions
  • Decrease overall fear and increase personal confidence in working with dissociative clients in professional settings

You'll also be able to...

Develop the ability to interpret and modulate the body’s nervous system (sensory and autonomic) to regulate arousal levels in clients and for safer trauma therapy

Identify and acquire recovery options and strategies for trauma clients inappropriate for trauma memory processing, particularly for those who don’t want to and those who decompensate or dysregulate from memory work

Also develop the ability to interpret and modulate the body’s nervous system (sensory and autonomic) to regulate arousal levels for professional self-care

About the speaker(s)

Dr Jamie Marich began her career working for humanitarian aid in Bosnia-Herzegovina from 2000-2003. As the founder of the Institute for Creative Mindfulness, she travels internationally, speaking on topics related to EMDR therapy, trauma, addiction, expressive arts therapy, mindfulness, and yoga while maintaining a private practice in her hometown of Warren, OH. She is the developer of the Dancing Mindfulness practice and regularly trains facilitators to take this unique practice into both clinical and community settings.

Dr Marich is the author of several books on trauma recovery: Process Not Perfection: Expressive Arts Solutions for Trauma Recovery (2019), EMDR Therapy & Mindfulness for Trauma-Focused Care (2018, with Dr Stephen Dansiger), Dancing Mindfulness: A Creative Path to Healing and Transformation (2015), Trauma Made Simple (2014), Creative Mindfulness (2013), Trauma and the Twelve Steps(2012), and EMDR Made Simple (2011). She considers herself outspoken and freely shares her own experiences in recovery from dissociative disorder.

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