Upcoming Seminars

DATE(S)LOCATIONPRESENTER(S)
  10/12/18 – 10/13/18 Durham, NC Kathy Steele 

Course Information

Challenges in Treating Structural Dissociation: A Practical, Integrative Approach

The treatment of highly dissociative patients remains a significant challenge for therapists who work with complex trauma. Evidence based treatments for this population are still in their infancy. Kathy Steele is a renown expert in the field who, along with her colleagues Suzette Boon, Ph.D and Onno Van Der Hart, PhD, has developed a model of intervention based upon advances in neuroscience, neuropsychology, and trauma research, as well as decades of extensive experience working with and supervising others who work with this population. This two-day workshop will introduce participants to this integrative, phase-oriented model of treatment for structural dissociation.

Day One:
Day One will explore the neurobiology and psychology of structural dissociation, and distinguish it from other phenomena that are also called dissociation in the literature. This theoretical overview gives a strong foundation for practical clinical approaches recommended by practice guidelines. These specific approaches will be discussed throughout the workshop. Participants will learn how to formulate a rational and step-wise treatment plan that allows clients to progress toward better integrative functioning in a sequenced way that is within a window of emotional tolerance. The most effective ways to work with a subjective sense of separateness will be discussed. We will explore the tasks and goals of therapy with dissociative disorders across phases of treatment; what is similar and different in treatment for clients with dissociative disorders; prognostic indicators that can guide treatment; and stabilization approaches specific to clients with structural dissociation.

Day Two:
Day Two will explore common challenges and dilemmas in treatment. These include difficulties with the therapeutic relationship, such as dependency, challenges to therapeutic boundaries, and avoidance of connection; how to develop a collaborative relational approach that emphasizes safety rather than attachment; common resistances and how to work with them; and how to recognize and manage re-enactments.

 

Presenter

 

Target Audience:

Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, Nurses, MFTs, Counselors, Substance Abuse Counselors, Occupational Therapists

 

Course Objectives:

  • Explore the neurobiology and psychology of structural dissociation and how it differs from other phenomena also called “dissociation”.

  • Provide a strong theoretical foundation for practical clinical approaches recommended by practice guidelines.

  • Learn to formulate a step-wise treatment plan that facilitates progress towards better integrative functioning

  • Discuss the tasks and goals of therapy with dissociative disorders across phases of treatment

  • Discuss throughout the workshop specific therapeutic approaches for addressing those tasks and goals

  • Explore common challenges and dilemmas in treatment including difficulties with the therapeutic relationship (e.g. dependency, boundaries, avoidance of connection), common resistances, and managing re-enenactments

 

Agenda

Agenda

 

Day 1 Morning

9:00-10:30 Introduction to dissociation

Four phenomena described as dissociation in the literature

Is a normal to pathological continuum helpful?

Disorganized attachment: The unsolvable dilemma at the

heart of dissociation

10:30-10;45 Break

10:45-12:00 An evolutionary perspective on dissociation: The polyvagal

theory in clinical practice

Interruptions to the development of self in dissociative

Disorders

12:00-1:00 Lunch

Day 1 Afternoon

1:00-2:30 Case formulation in dissociative disorders

Phases of treatment

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-4:15 Goals of treatment

Stabilization approaches in dissociative disorders

Day 2 Morning

9:00-10:30 Integrative approaches to working with dissociation

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:00 Challenges in attachment and dependency

A different model of relationship: Collaboration vs.

Attachment

12:00-1:00 Lunch

Day 2 Afternoon

1:00-2:30 Challenges in the therapy frame and boundaries

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-4:30 Working with resistance, counterresistance, and

re-enactments

 
 

Continuing Education

Satisfactory Completion
Participants must have paid tuition fee, signed in, attended the entire seminar, completed an evaluation, and signed out in order to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available.

Psychologists
R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists.  R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program.  12  CE hours.

Psychoanalysts
NY:
R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts. #P-0005. (12) clock hours.

Social Workers
R. Cassidy Seminars, ACE provider #1082, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for the program. Approval Period: April 15, 2018-April 15, 2021. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 12 continuing education clock hours.
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers.
NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0006. This program is approved for 12 contact hours live in-person.
OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (12) clock hours, #RCST110701

Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists
CA:
The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers.
Other States: If your state is not specifically listed, nearly all state Counselor and MFT boards accept either APA or ASWB approval, or are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals, such as those listed below. Check with your board to be sure. The Ohio Board includes Counselors and MFTs.
IL: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #168-000141.  (12) hours.
NY-LMHCs: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0015. (12) contact hours.
NY-LMFTs: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. #MFT-0011. (12) contact hours.
OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (12) clock hours, #RCST110701
TX: Approved CE Sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists. 12 clock hours. Provider #151

Creative Arts Therapists
NY:
R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists. #CAT-0005. (12) contact hours.

Nurses
CA: Provider approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CeP12224, for (12) contact hours. Some state nursing boards are reciprocal. Check with your licensing board to be sure.

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Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often And while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions Or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.