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Personality, Dissociation & Compassion in Traumatised Clients

led by Janina Fisher, Deirdre Fay, Paul Gilbert, Andrew Rayner

Spot the signs of dissociation in your traumatised clients and guide them to relief using emotional and behavioural resources. This video course brings together four great experts for a culmination of knowledge like no other: learn about dissociative ability with Janina Fisher; compassion with Paul Gilbert and Andrew Rayner and trigger and body work with Dierdre Fay.

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Excellent program!
The course was very interesting and customer care excellent!
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Colleen A. (from Canada )
I really liked Janina and Deidre. Very interesting course.
I like I get the chance to have the recording to listen again to refresh and try to understand what was less clear for me. It was my first experience and I liked it!
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Sylvie G. (from Canada )
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Learning Outcomes

Part 1: Phobia of Vulnerability –  Working with Dissociation and Avoidance in Trauma Treatment by Janina Fisher

  • Understand how dissociation facilitates survival-related “avoidance”.
  • Learn to differentiate intentional avoidance from instinctual avoidance.
  • Use dissociative abilities to heal traumatic wounds.

Part 2: Compassion in working with trauma and dissociation: Evolution and biopsychosocial foundations of the Compassion Focused Therapy by Paul Gilbert – Speech in Streaming

  • Describe the history and basic processes of CFT as arising from the evolutionary science to mental states.
  • Understand that engaging and switching brain states (e.g., from threat or competitive mind states to compassionate mind states) is central to the therapy.
  • Explore the link between cultivating compassion as a prosocial behaviour and as care dimension of attachment (secure base and safe haven).
  • Try some compassion practices for Psychophysiological effects.

Part 3: The approach of the Compassion Focused Therapy the treatment of dissociative identity disorder (DID) and other specified dissociative disorders (OSDD) by Andrew Rayner

  • Understand why Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and Other Specified Dissociative Disorders (OSDD) pose particular challenges to any standard therapeutic approach.
  • Describe how social mentality theory applies in OSDD & DID and why developing a compassionate motive and competencies is a key issue.
  • Understand how fears, blocks and resistances to compassion may show up in clients with OSDD & DID.
  • Learn how these fears, blocks and resistances may be overcome.

Part 4: Living Un-Triggered: Developing a Toolbox of Embodied Practices to Resolve Triggers by Deirdre Fay

  • Identify the three main layers of the Pyramid of Triggers.
  • Describe what thoughts, feelings & impulses create individual Reactive Cycles.
  • Apply interventions to externalize fears, blocks, resistances, anxieties & worries.
  • Use embodied awareness practices to link emotional states, increasing resilience.
  • Apply Bowlby & Robertson’s research on separation distress in clinical work.
Course Breakdown:

Part 1: Phobia of Vulnerability –  Working with Dissociation and Avoidance in Trauma Treatment by Janina Fisher

Child abusers exploit their victims’ vulnerability. Without the power to escape or fight back, often attached to the perpetrator, children are helpless in an unsafe world. They can’t cry or look frightened or voice any emotion for fear of punishment. Their only defenses are submission and dissociation. They instinctively go on with normal life because they have no choice other than to appear “fine.”

These automatic strategies are adaptive in a threatening unsafe environment, but they become obstacles in treatment. Years later, when traumatized clients come for ‘help,’ their phobias of emotion and vulnerability pose obstacles for the therapist. Thinking or talking about the events, emotions, and body sensations is overwhelming and frightening. Even a little emotion, even acknowledging their hurt, can lead to shutting down or intellectualizing. Therapists want to help clients process the memories and emotions, only to get blocked by their phobia of feeling.

Successfully working with traumatized clients begins with facing the degree to which our interest in vulnerability stimulates fear. The perpetrator was only interested in their vulnerability. Therapists need to be interested in how clients survived and adapted, how their dissociative abilities preserved their ability to go on with life. Fortunately, modern trauma treatment affords us many ways to help survivors by capitalizing on their dissociativeness as a therapeutic tool.

Part 2: Compassion in working with trauma and dissociation: Evolution and biopsychosocial foundations of the Compassion Focused Therapy by Paul Gilbert – Speech in Streaming

Presentation in two parts. The first part briefly explains the origins of the Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), as well as the link of this therapeutic approach with the theory of Brain States. You will discover the evolution and biopsychosocial processes underlying CFT and the four basic functions of the mind: motivations, emotions, skills and behaviour. Trauma – one of the most common causes of dissociation – can affect each of them. This presentation will also explore the constantly evolving nature of compassion, as well as its link to the functions of attachment, namely the creation of a secure base and safe haven. The brain state associated with compassion is a state of mind capable of fostering the integration of the individual, to be used in working with traumatised individuals.

The second part of this presentation illustrates how compassion can impact an individual’s physiological and psychological processes, such as the ability to feel empathy, mindful awareness and sense of identity, with inevitable repercussions on social behaviour. Due to its important physiological effects, compassion is, therefore, able to create experiences of safety and connection. You will learn some of the main body-centered practices and techniques of imagery aimed at activating and promoting compassion.

Part 3: The approach of the Compassion Focused Therapy the treatment of dissociative identity disorder (DID) and other specified dissociative disorders (OSDD) by Andrew Rayner

The category of Dissociative Disorders encompasses a spectrum of problems within which we find both Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and Other Specified Dissociative Disorders (OSDD). Such disorders are generally considered to be the direct consequence of early childhood trauma and disorganised attachment.

Understandably, individuals suffering from such disorders lack the security of attachment that normally promotes integration. The difficulties experienced by clients with these disorders therefore tend to reflect problems related to the regulation of threat within the conscious experience of the self; as a result, their sense of self develops in a relatively more compartmentalised or ‘structurally dissociated’ manner than the norm.

This talk is a continuation of Professor Gilbert’s presentation, in which you have been introduced to a biopsychosocial model and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). In this talk, Andrew Rayner illustrates how CFT applies social mentality theory to OSDD and DID, where some parts of the self are rigidly organised around the harm avoidance and competitive/social rank motivational systems. This creates disturbances in both internal and external relationships.

One key clinical priority is to facilitate a shift in these motivational systems so that internal and external relationships change from patterns of dominance and subordinance to those of care-giving and care-receiving. This talk argues how CFT is ideally suited to address these dissociative disorders, with reference to the existing literature, treatment guidance and Rayner’s own clinical experience.

Part 4: Living Un-Triggered: Developing a Toolbox of Embodied Practices to Resolve Triggers by Deirdre Fay

Getting triggered is one of the unfortunate by products of life, especially with trauma and attachment wounding. This course explores a radically positive approach based on cutting edge integration of attachment theory, trauma treatment and wisdom traditions to Resolving Triggers. It is designed to provide teaching as well as experiential growth.

The course is presented with a psycho-educational format, integrating self-reflection and practice to practically develop ways to pivot when triggered by life circumstances. You’ll be able to assist your clients to create their unique Toolbox to Resolve Triggers, compassionately allowing them to intervene when triggered.

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Janina Fisher

Janina Fisher, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and a former instructor, Harvard Medical School.  An international expert on the treatment of trauma, she is an Executive Board member of the Trauma Research Foundation and a Patron of the John Bowlby Centre.  Dr. Fisher is the author of Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Self-Alienation (2017), Transforming the Living Legacy of Trauma: a Workbook for Survivors and Therapists (2021), and The Living Legacy Instructional Flip Chart (2022).  She is best known for her work on integrating mindfulness-based and somatic interventions into trauma treatment.  Her treatment model, Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment (TIST), is now being taught around the world.  More information can be found on her website: www.janinafisher.com.

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Deirdre Fay

Deirdre Fay, MSW, encourages a transformational methodology, allowing our traumas to shift, no longer keeping us from having the life we want. Developing a self structure a person can name and normalize their fundamental attachment needs. With over 30 years of experience as a Psychotherapist, international trainer, and author, Deirdre brings together modern science and wisdom traditions to explore the Transformational Journey of Life which has been called a radically positive approach to healing trauma. Deirdre’s message resonates deeply with those whose work focuses on attachment neglect and ruptures in relationship(s) who deal with feeling invisible, lonely, despair, self-criticism, anxiety and depression. These are people plagued by shame, anxiety, distress, depression – wondering why they’re stuck in repeating relational life patterns. Her third book, Becoming Safely Embodied (2021) became a best-seller before it was published now selling over 35,000 copies a year.

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Paul Gilbert

Paul Gilbert, FBPsS, PhD, OBE is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby and honorary visiting Professor at the University of Queensland. Until his retirement from the NHS in 2016, he was Consultant Clinical Psychologist for over 40 years. He has researched evolutionary approaches to Psychopathology with a special focus on mood, shame and self-criticism in mental health for which Compassion Focused Therapy was developed. He was made a Fellow of the British Psychological Society in 1993, president of the BABCP 2002-2004, and was a member of the first British Governments’ NICE guidelines for depression. He has written/edited 23 books, over 300 papers and book chapters. In 2006 he established the Compassionate Mind Foundation as an international charity with the mission statement: To promote wellbeing through the scientific understanding and application of compassion.

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Andrew Rayner

Doctor Andrew Rayner is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with specialist expertise in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Complex Trauma and Dissociative Disorders. He is a Clinical Supervisor, guest lecturer and moderator on the Diploma in CFT at the Compassionate Mind Foundation (CMF). Dr Rayner has spent nearly 20 years working in adult mental health settings both within the NHS in England and in private practice. He is currently working as an associate clinician within the Complex Trauma and Dissociation (CTAD) Clinic, which is one of the few assessment and treatment clinics in the UK that offers specialist service for people with Dissociative Disorders. He is an expert in compassion focused therapy for patients with dissociative identity disorder (DID) and other specified dissociative disorders (OSDD).

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