Working with Parts of the Self in Therapy

led by Janina Fisher, Leslie Greenberg, Hubert Hermans

Discover three unique approaches to tackling a fragmented sense of self in your clients. Help those with early attachment trauma to overcome self-alienation using Trauma informed stabilisation treatment. Learn about the mind as a society in Dialogical self theory and broaden your perception of self beyond the limited western ideals. Deepen your knowledge on dialogues between different parts of the self and learn the techniques to apply when they become dysfunctional.

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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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Learning Outcomes
  • Understand the relationship between early attachment trauma and fragmentation of the self.
  • Recognise signs of disowned child parts and their internal conflicts.
  • Describe interventions that create an increased sense of connection to younger aspects of self.
  • Utilise mentalisation techniques to foster attachment bonding between adult clients and their child parts.
  • Formulate the essence of Dialogical Self Theory (DST).
  • Apply DST to the context of happiness, loneliness, rumination and self-acceptance.
  • Distinguish four identity levels associated with different levels of inclusiveness.
  • Formulate the limitations of the western self-ideal.
  • Identify Different emotional states that are opportunities for different intervention.
  • Understand the steps of two-chair dialogues, and the process of two chair enactments.
  • learn the steps of empty chair dialogues.
  • Understand the process of self-soothing dialogues.
Course Breakdown:

Part 1: Building internal attachment bonds: overcoming self-alienation by Janina Fisher

A child with an abusive caregiver will have a fragmented sense of self and disown themselves as “bad” or “unlovable”. Their painful failure of self-acceptance results in lifelong shame, self-loathing and difficulty self-soothing as well as dissociative symptoms and disorders. Trauma-informed stabilization treatment (TIST) focuses on cultivating a clients mindful awareness of their fragmented self and disowned experience. You will learn how to guide clients to connect emotionally with their trauma-related child selves so they are able to feel an internal sense of calm and safety.

Part 2: The dancing part of the self: introduction to the Dialogical self-theory by Hubert Hermans

This theory uses the assumption that the self functions as a society of mind or “I-positions” which can be personal (e.g. I as a dedicated teacher) or external (e.g. my loving father). You will learn about this theory in more detail and how it can be applied to the field of mental health. There will be a focus on themes such as individual happiness, eudemonic happiness, rumination, loneliness and self-acceptance. To broaden the limited version of the Western self-ideal you will also be introduced to four identity levels; I an individual, I as a group member, I as a member of all humanity and I as a participant of the earth.

Part 3: Dialogues between different parts of self by Leslie Greenberg

There are four main dialogues between parts of the self. Conflict splits, Self-interruptive splits, unfinished business and anguish and emotional suffering. You will learn how to distinguish between the dialogues and recognize when to apply techniques such as two-chair dialogues, empty chair dialogues and self-soothing practices.

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.

Hubert Hermans

Hubert Hermans was born in the Netherlands. He studied psychology at the Radboud University of Nijmegen, where he became staff member at the psychological laboratory of the same university in 1965. In 1973 he became associate professor of psychology at the University of Nijmegen and in 1980 full professor at the same university. Since 2002 he is president of the International Society for Dialogical Science (ISDS) and since 2020 honorary president. Since 2020 he is associate editor of the Journal of Constructivist Psychology. For his merits to society, he was appointed as Ridder in de Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw (Knight in the Society of the Netherlands Lion) in 2002. His 2006 Dutch book “Dialoog en Misverstand” (Dialogue and Misunderstanding) was used by Herman Wijffels during the preparation of the Dutch government in 2007.

Leslie Greenberg

Leslie Greenberg, Ph.D., is a Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology at York University (CA) where he was Director of the psychotherapy research clinic. He is the developer and trainer of EFT, senior author on ‘Emotion-Focused approaches to treatment of individuals and couples: Facilitating Emotional Change’, ‘Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy’ and other books. He’s published extensive research and received the 2004 Distinguished Research Career Award (Society for Psychotherapy Research). He helped found the Society of the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration and is past President of the Society for Psychotherapy Research. He’s received awards for excellence in professional training (Canadian council of professional psychology), contributions to psychology (Canadian psychological association) and humanistic psychology (Carl Rogers Award). He conducts a private practice.

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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).


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Working with Parts of the Self in Therapy

Learn how to guide your clients in overcoming their unhealthy self-relationships using three powerful approaches. Deepen your understanding of your clients’ suffering and when to use each technique in their treatment.


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