Working Practically with Dissociation: Therapeutic Tools for Trauma Professionals
A 2-day training workshop
Speaker: Dr Jamie Marich
Product: Video Course
Dissociation can present us with a perplexing and overwhelming array of manifestations – from being a coping and defence mechanism to inducing altered states of consciousness. Our challenges, as Trauma Professionals are compounded by the fact that while dissociation is our clinical ally in some forms, in other instances it impedes all attempts at therapeutic progress.
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This training workshop, which would be especially relevant for counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists, across modalities – provides an opportunity for professionals working with single-instance trauma, PTSD and complex trauma to add practical skills to their therapeutic repertoire. The aim is to enable practitioners to explore more creative ways of working with dissociation and help them become more embodied, so they can facilitate post-traumatic growth for their clients. Dr Jamie Marich draws on the latest findings from neuroscience and evidence-based techniques to:
- Debunk the myths surrounding dissociation and provide us with a practical and sensitive orientation to how the dissociative mind works
- Especially draw attention to strategies suggested by expressive arts and mindfulness-focused practices and evaluate their potential for therapeutic work
- Provide us with a primer on working with grounding skills in stabilisation and preparation phases of trauma work
- Help us expand our knowledge of conceptualising and healing dissociation within a trauma-focussed clinical practice
- Provide an overview on the theory of structural dissociation and help with the exploration of our own dissociative profile and system of parts
She shares strategies for translating this knowledge to practice settings and making the best clinical decisions possible, particularly in treatment planning, case conceptualization and working with extreme emotional distress.
Our learning objectives over the two days include:
- To define dissociation in a trauma-focused manner and explain the multi-faceted manner in which signs of dissociation may manifest
- To list and discuss five common myths about working with dissociative clients in psychotherapy
- To explain the theory of structural dissociation and utilize at least two metaphors to explain it to a client
- To describe one’s own dissociative profile as an individual and translate this learning about the self into better understanding the internal world of a dissociative client
- To implement at least 2-3 strategies from expressive arts therapy and mindfulness-informed approaches into early phases (Stabilization/Preparation), particularly for grounding and building awareness, and in later phases (Closure) for safely concluding and linking sessions
- To apply at least 2-3 strategies learned through the previous objectives for enhancing case conceptualization and managing abreactions
- To apply expert consultation in conceptualizing difficult cases with dissociation components (from a variety of theoretical perspectives)
- To decrease overall apprehension and increase personal confidence in working with dissociative clients in professional settings
About the speaker
Jamie Marich, Ph.D., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, REAT, RYT-200, RMT
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 home town 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 is also an outspoken, freely sharing on her own experiences in recovery from dissociative disorder.