Personality, Dissociation & Compassion in Traumatised Clients

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

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Learn to recognise signs of dissociation in your patients who have experienced trauma and how to use emotional and behavioral resources to overcome it.
This live webinar brings together four great experts: you will learn about dissociative ability with Janina Fishercompassion with Paul Gilbert and Andre Rayner, and trigger and body work with Deirdre Fay. This interactive course allows for constant discussion with speakers to optimise learning.

This event will be held in Centro Congressi F.A.S.T., Piazzale Rodolfo Morandi, 2, 20121 Milano MI, Italy, you can join in-person or online
3 days Webinar
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24 May 2024 from 09:00 to 17:00
26 May 2024 from 08:00 to 16:00
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25 May 2024 from 08:00 to 17:00
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How do I join online?
This event will take place via Zoom. After purchasing, you will receive an e-mail with the instructions for how to join.
After the event you will have access to registration for unlimited time!
How do I join in-person?
This event will be held in Centro Congressi F.A.S.T., Piazzale Rodolfo Morandi, 2, 20121 Milano MI, Italy. Please note, if you have difficulties in joining live, you are able to access to the course online on demand.
We really recommending joining us in-person to fully immerse yourself in the experience
Janina Fisher will be available to chat to you one on one and answer all of your questions during each coffee break.
We will be holding free meditation sessions with Deirdre Fay.
Each person who attends in-person will receive a free, signed copy of one of Janina Fisher’s books.
Presentations will include practical and experiential parts, live demonstrations, role-plays and space for interaction.
Learning outcomes

Part 1

  • How dissociation facilitates survival-related “avoidance”.
  • Differentiating intentional from instinctual avoidance?
  • Using dissociative abilities to heal traumatic wounds.

Part 2

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.
  • Utilize embodied awareness practices to link emotional states, increasing resilience.
  • Apply Bowlby & Robertson’s research on separation distress in clinical work.
Who would benefit from this Webinar?

This in-person event is aimed at all psychologists and psychotherapists.

Discover the program of this Live Webinar
24 May 2024 from 09:00 to 17:00

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.

25 May 2024 from 08:00 to 17:00

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 will briefly explain 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 will illustrate 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. Participants 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 will be a continuation of Professor Gilbert’s presentation, in which you will have been introduced to a biopsychosocial model and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) . In this talk, Andrew Rayner will illustrate 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 will therefore argue how CFT is ideally suited to address these dissociative disorders, with reference to the existing literature, treatment guidance and the presenter’s own clinical experience.

26 May 2024 from 08:00 to 16:00

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 workshop 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.

Janina Fisher

Janina Fisher, PhD is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Instructor at the Trauma Center, an outpatient clinic and research center founded by Bessel van der Kolk. Known for her expertise as a therapist and consultant, she is also past President of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation, an EMDR International Association Credit Provider, a faculty member of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, and a former Instructor, Harvard Medical School. Dr Fisher has been an invited speaker at the Cape Cod Institute, the Harvard Medical School Conference Series, the EMDR International Association Annual Conference, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Westminster in London, the Psycho-traumatology Institute of Europe, and the Esalen Institute.

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.

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.

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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