Online training in Structural Dissociation Therapy

led by Suzette Boon, Kathy Steele, Onno Van Der Hart
4 days Training
🕐 Based on London timezone 🕐
3 June 2024 from 14:00 to 18:00
29 June 2024 from 08:00 to 18:00
🕐 London Timezone 🕐
28 June 2024 from 14:00 to 18:00
30 June 2024 from 14:00 to 18:00
+8 recorded hours by Kathy Steele
+2hr of Supervision in group by Kathy Steele
+2hr of Supervision in group by Suzette Boon
🪙 32 CPD/CE credits included in the price, no extra fees! 🪙
Whether you practice in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, or any other country, our credits are valid for all the organizations. (Read more). Please note that the CPD/CE credits will be available 15 days after the event has ended.

Gain clarity on the concept of trauma-related dissociation from the theory of structural dissociation, derived from the work of Pierre Janet. Understand your clients who have experienced trauma from a Janetian perspective. Ultimately, learn a treatment technique to heighten your client’s adaptive and integrative capacity to improve their mental health.

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Learning outcomes

Part 1: Trauma-generated dissociation: From integrative deficit to personality integration. An Introduction to the Theory of Structural Dissociation by Onno Van der Hart 

  • Understand the confusion in the field of trauma-related dissociation on the meaning of dissociation.
  • Understand the nature of trauma-generated dissociation of the personality as an extreme form of non-realization.
  • Recognize the basic division between apparently normal dissociative parts (ANPs) and emotional parts (EPs) and understand the survival roles of various dissociative parts within the context of patient’s/client’s personality.
  • Recognize the importance of applying a systematic therapeutic approach in working with dissociative parts.

Part 2: Challenges and treatment interventions in phase 1 of the treatment of complex dissociative disorders by Suzette Boon

  • Understand how various phobias maintain the dissociation of the personality and know how to help a patient to overcome them.
  • Know how to utilize the collaborative therapeutic relationship in helping the patient/client to recognize, accept, and collaborate with parts.
  • Understand the importance of a healthy treatment frame with clear boundaries.
  • Be able to use techniques to help the patient regulate emotions and deal with severe PTSD and dissociative symptoms.
  • Develop a systemic approach in working with these parts, including child parts (also pre-verbal parts), hostile and perpetrator-imitating parts, perpetrator-idealizing parts.
  • Use therapeutic approaches that call upon the patient’s/client’s imaginative capacity.

Part 3: Working with Defense and Resistance in Complex Trauma and Dissociation by Kathy Steele 

  • Identify at least three common resistances and defenses in clients with dissociative disorders.
  • Employ interventions to work with defensive fantasies.
  • Employ conflict statements and at least one other approach to address conflicts that contribute to resistance.

Extra hours: Resolving Traumatic Memory in Complex PTSD and Dissociative Disorders by Kathy Steele 

  • Define the concept of realization and discuss its critical importance in the resolution of traumatic memory.
  • Assess which approaches will be most effective for resolving traumatic memory in patients with complex PTSD or dissociative disorders.
  • Employ at least five different techniques to support resolution of traumatic memory.
  • Discuss the importance of taxing working memory when processing traumatic memory.
  • Employ at least three interventions to support patients who have nonverbal or preverbal traumatic memories.
  • Identify ways to work with dissociative parts in processing traumatic memory in patients with DID.
What does this Training consist of?

Gain clarity on the concept of trauma-related dissociation from the theory of structural dissociation, derived from the work of Pierre Janet. Understand your clients who have experienced trauma from a Janetian perspective. Ultimately, learn a treatment technique to heighten your client’s adaptive and integrative capacity to improve their mental health.
Have all your questions regarding the first phase of treatment for complex dissociative disorders answered. Specifically, understand the importance of developing a working alliance with all parts of your clients, even the hostile parts. This overview and case formulation is valuable regardless of your theoretical orientation.

Learn to tackle resistance in your clients who have complex PTSD. Understand how to avoid chronic resistance as a phobic avoidance, co-created by therapist and client. Identify how you can overcome these defences with them.

We would love to see you there live, where you can participate in break-out groups and live Q and A sessions; however, we understand that plans can change. If you buy now but cannot attend when it comes to the event, that’s fine – you will be able to watch on-demand without limits, at a time that suits you. You will also receive additional resources such as PowerPoint presentations and handouts.

The event will also include 8 additional pre-recorded hours by Kathy Steele which you can watch on-demand in your own time: Resolving Traumatic Memory in Complex PTSD and Dissociative Disorders

This video course will explore specific approaches to resolving traumatic memory in patients with Complex PTSD and Dissociative Disorders, using a variety of therapeutic strategies. The concept of realization and its central role in resolving traumatic memory will be discussed. Specific interventions will be explored, including hypnotic imagery and other approaches that can be utilized when appropriate, as well as several ways to titrate traumatic experiences. The two evidence-based approaches of EMDR and exposure will be discussed, while also exploring both their utility and their limitations with severe trauma and dissociation. One of the unique challenges of approaching dissociated traumatic memories is how to support not only the person as a whole, but each dissociative part in remaining grounded and present. Participants will learn how to work with non-verbal or pre-verbal memory as well as memories that have a verbal narrative. The importance of “bearing witness,” in which memory is shared in relationship as a narrative story, rather than always viewed as a therapeutic problem, will also be discussed. Finally, the video course will examine how to determine which approaches might be most helpful to a particular patient.

Who would benefit from this Training?

This course is open to any therapists, counsellors, mental health practitioners.

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3 June 2024 from 14:00 to 18:00

Part 1: Trauma-generated dissociation: From integrative deficit to personality integration. An Introduction to the Theory of Structural Dissociation by Onno Van der Hart 

In the field of psycho-traumatology, the concept of (trauma-related) dissociation has been used more and more often. It has been given an increasing number of meanings, to such an extent that it is unclear exactly what a therapist or researcher means when talking about it. The original use of this concept refers to dissociation, division or splitting of the personality. This is based on the extensive clinical studies and work inspired by Pierre Janet which lead to the Structural Dissociation theory of Personality. This theory leads us to understand why traumatised individuals remain traumatised.

The theory explains how traumatic experiences involve integrative failures. Dissociative experiences can be considered as a lower-order integrative replacement actions which involve a division of the personality. The division comprises of two or more insufficiently integrated subsystems (dissociative parts of the personality or states of the self).

In clinical practice it’s important to recognise that some of these parts perform functions related to everyday life goals while others are locked within traumatic experience and involve defensive failures. The more severe and earlier the traumatisation, the greater the number of dissociative parts and the more complex the trauma-related dissociative disorder. Phase-oriented treatment is the standard of care for such disorders. One of its main aims is to systematically overcome the numerous phobias that contribute to maintaining the dissociation of the personality. Using a systemic approach to treatment, this therapy strengthens the patients adaptive and integrative capacity to improve their mental health.

28 June 2024 from 14:00 to 18:00

Part 2: Challenges and treatment interventions in phase 1 of the treatment of complex dissociative disorders by Suzette Boon

Phase-oriented treatment, emphasises the need to calibrate the pace of therapy carefully and to adjust the arousal of the patient; dissociative patients often present many debilitating symptoms and are particularly prone to exhibiting adjustment difficulties and lack of essential life skills. Above all, creating a therapeutic alliance with such patients can be a complex challenge, as most of them cannot develop a basic trust in others.

Therapists often have many questions about this first phase:

How do I engage a patient who desperately demands help, but also views me with distrust and fear?
My patient has so many different problems and symptoms: How do I prioritize and begin treatment?
How do I manage the therapeutic relationship?
How do I work with different kinds of dissociative parts, such as extremely dependent, avoidant, angry, or persecutory ones?
How do I keep the focus on the whole person in a complicated therapy in which I must work with parts? What are the major pitfalls in phase 1?

These are just some examples of questions which may arise in the first phase. There’s more to it than just learning techniques, though techniques are helpful, the most important thing to do is develop a working alliance with all parts of the patient even the aggressive or hostile parts.

Many of these symptoms and difficulties can be conceived as direct consequences of a series of trauma-related phobias that maintain dissociation and undermine the patient’s adaptive functioning in the present. The presentation will begin with a brief overview of the assessment and case formulation, and then illustrate the essential treatment principles for defining goals and therapeutic interventions, regardless of the therapist’s theoretical orientation. In addition to didactic sessions, the presentation will feature clinical vignettes and videos.

29 June 2024 from 08:00 to 18:00

Part 2: Challenges and treatment interventions in phase 1 of the treatment of complex dissociative disorders by Suzette Boon

This section is a continuation of part 2 (see above).

Please be aware that this session will include a break from 12-2pm (UK time)

30 June 2024 from 14:00 to 18:00

Part 3: Working with Defense and Resistance in Complex Trauma and Dissociation by Kathy Steele 

Resistance is often encountered in work with clients with Complex PTSD or Dissociative Disorders. Therapists can become overwhelmed, frustrated, angry, or hopeless when their interventions are ineffective in helping clients change. Chronic resistance will be discussed as a co-creation of therapist and client. It can best be understood as a phobic avoidance of what is perceived as intolerable, either consciously or not. You will learn how to understand and identify some of the most common resistances and defenses and work with the client in a step-by-step fashion.

This Training will include Extra Hours

This event will include 8 of recorded hours
This event will include 4 of supervision

2 hours of Supervision by Kathy Steele

2 hours of Supervision by Suzette Boon
Onno-Van-Der-Hart
Onno Van Der Hart

He is Professor Emeritus of Psychopathology of Chronic Traumatization at the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology of Utrecht University; until 2013 he worked as a psychologist and psychotherapist at the Sinai Mental Health Center in Amstelveen and currently works as a freelancer in the same town. He is also a scholar of the works of Pierre Janet. He was President of the Dutch Society of Hypnosis and of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISSTS) and is an International Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH). He is also a clinical specialist at a Finnish center based in Helsinki and Oulu (the Traumaterapiakeskus) specialized in the psychology of trauma, for which treatment and education are offered. For his contributions to the field, he has received several awards, including the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Kathy Steele

Kathy has been in private practice since 1985, and with Metropolitan Psychotherapy Associates in Atlanta, Georgia since 1988. She was Clinical Director of Metropolitan Counseling Services, a non- profit psychotherapy and training center until 2016. Kathy received her undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina and completed her graduate work at Emory University. She is a Past President and Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), and has also served two terms on the Board of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). Kathy served on the International Task Force that developed treatment guidelines for Dissociative Disorders, and on the Joint International Task Force that has developed treatment guidelines for Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. She has received a number of awards for her work.

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Suzette Boon

Suzette Boon, a pioneer in the diagnosis of trauma-related disorders, is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist with a background in family and systemic therapy, cognitive and behavioral therapy, and hypnosis. She has worked extensively at both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric facilities. Since the late eighties, Suzette has specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with histories of early psychological trauma, in particular patients with complex dissociative disorders. She is co-founder of the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation (ESTD) and was its first president. The International Society for the Study of Dissociation (ISSD) granted her the David Caul Memorial Award in 1993, the Morton Prince Award in 1994 and the President’s Award of Distinction and the status of Fellow in 1995.

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Whether you practice in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, or any other country, our credits are valid for all the organizations. (Read more). Please note that the CPD/CE credits will be available 15 days after the event has ended.

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