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Working with Dissociative Disorders in Clinical Practice

This training builds on previous courses by Carolyn Spring but presents fresh insights into working with clients who have a history of repeated childhood trauma and/or are presenting with chronic dissociative symptoms and/or a dissociative disorder. Often referred to as ‘complex’ by the polite and ‘difficult’, ‘challenging’, ‘revolving-door’ and ‘borderline’ by the less polite, these clients do present many challenges, but their behaviours and symptoms are entirely logical in the light of their early life history, and this course will help to shed light on how to work effectively with them in order to progress towards recovery – a life that is no longer dominated by trauma responses. This course will look at the burning questions that so many therapists have when working with this client group, including: * How should you engage with ‘parts’? * How can you avoid ‘retraumatising’ the client? * How do you work with the client who can’t properly remember the trauma? * What do you do with the client who cannot stay present during a session? * How do you deal with dependency? * Is integration the goal? * How do you pace sessions? * What do you do if you can’t get the adult ‘back’ at the end of a session? * How do you deal with stuckness? * How do you avoid traumatic reenactments within the therapy room and the therapy relationship? * What pitfalls are there in this work? * How do you look after yourself whilst working with such demanding and at times overwhelming content and trauma? * How do you deal effectively and empathically with self-harm and suicidality? * How do you process traumatic memories? * Do you allow the client to ‘switch’ or do you keep the ‘adult’ present? * And many other questions