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Dissociation & Complex Trauma: Clarifying and Working Effectively with Subtle Trauma Expressions

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Pam Stavropoulos, PhD - UniMelb, Grad. Dip. Psychotherapy (JNI) , Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment, Fulbright Alumni, Clinical Member PACFA .
6 Hours 27 Minutes
Apr 27, 2023
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A dissociated client can crush your clinical confidence. You replay sessions and wonder...

             What could I have said differently? What did I miss? How could I have connected more?

It's unnerving! You can't get these clients to open up. And, when you do, it's like you're walking on eggshells... trying not to trigger angry defences or frighten your client back into the safety of dissociation. It can be a major obstacle to therapy.  But it's your mission to help your clients learn to cope with their pain, not disconnect.  

The good news for you is our expert Pam Stavropoulos has dedicated her career to supporting people through their dissociation & trauma. You're going to learn straight-forward ways to resolving hard to recognize dissociative symptoms and re-enactments that can be happening subtly right there in a session. 

Breakthrough your clients' dissociation with:

  • Specific methods for assessment with dissociated clients
  • Treatment techniques to re-engage clients when they 'check out' during therapy
  • The art of attuning with clients while maintaining therapeutic boundaries
  • Step-by-step processes that create and sustain an atmosphere of trust and safety
  • Detailed guidance on therapeutic interventions to calm and ground dissociative clients
  • Skills to help clients tolerate overwhelming experiences and by your ability to navigate enactments and more!

Get the highest calibre of trauma training, put an end to second-guessing & wondering, know you have the confidence to treat all your clients!

Feedback from Pam's recent presentations for PDP:

“Great seminar! Pam is exceptional! She has great knowledge, she cares that we learn and can apply what she imparts and the day was so beneficial for me.”

“This was the best training I have ever been on and would recommend anyone I meet to do this training. It’s a wonderful training. Thank you.”

“The trainer’s knowledge was amazing.”   “Well presented course that raised many points relevant to my current clinical practice.”

“Pam, thank you for your presentation which was thoughtful and well-prepared and along with your clinical expertise was an incredible day of learning for me. I feel so much more prepared and skilled for my work now.

“Presenter was excellent, demonstrated high level of interest and experience in the area. Excellent presentation skills”.

“Content was comprehensive and very well evidence-based. Thank you for your wisdom, examples of practice and discussions.”

“As a student this course, was extremely helpful in giving me a solid foundation on a difficult topic.”

“Content of the seminar was really helpful to me. The presenter clearly has lots of experience and knowledge and conveyed it clearly.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed the course and will definitely attend more PDP courses and in particular with Pam.”

“A most informative and valuable resource for my ability to improve my understanding of the role of non-verbal experience and the body. Many rich resources supplied. Thank you Pam.”




This online program is worth 6.5 hours CPD.



Pam Stavropoulos, PhD - UniMelb, Grad. Dip. Psychotherapy (JNI) , Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment, Fulbright Alumni, Clinical Member PACFA .'s Profile

Pam Stavropoulos, PhD - UniMelb, Grad. Dip. Psychotherapy (JNI) , Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment, Fulbright Alumni, Clinical Member PACFA . Related seminars and products

Pam Stavropoulos, PhD, is an educator, consultant, and psychotherapist whose most recent work is as Head of Research with the Blue Knot Foundation. A former Fulbright Scholar and two-time winner (2022 & 2014) of the Pierre Janet Writing Award for the best clinical, theoretical, or research paper in the field of dissociation and/or trauma, she has been a member of the ISSTD Scientific Committee and coauthored the nationally and internationally endorsed Practice Guidelines for Clinical Treatment of Complex Trauma (Blue Knot Foundation, 2012, 2019). Pam has held lectureships at the University of New England and Macquarie University (from which she left her tenured position to study and practice psychotherapy) and is a former Program Director of the Jansen Newman Institute, Sydney. The author of Living under Liberalism: The Politics of Depression in Western Democracies (2008) she has written research reports in the community health sector and is a clinical supervisor who specializes in complex trauma-related issues.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Pam Stavropoulos maintains a private practice. She receives royalties as a published author. Pam Stavropoulos receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Pam Stavropoulos is a member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation and the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia.

Additional Info

Webcast Schedule

Morning Session
  9:00am - 12:30pm (includes 15 minute break at 10:30am)

Lunch Break
  12:30pm - 1:00pm

Afternoon Session
  1:00pm - 4:30pm (includes 15 minute break at 2:45pm)


Learning objectives of this training:

  1. Understand the relationship between complex trauma and dissociation.
  2. Recognise how dissociated experience is enacted in the therapy room.
  3. Identify ways in which the therapist, in interaction with the client, participates in enactments.
  4. Assist the client to tolerate previously overwhelming experience via our own ability to navigate enactments in the therapy room.

“Enactments are frequent within as well as outside the therapy room but provide ongoing opportunities for effective trauma therapy!   Pam Stavropoulos.


How will you benefit from attending this training?

  • A new framework for understanding crises and `feeling stuck’ with complex trauma clients
  • Ways to work with dissociation and enactments which occur in therapy
  • Increased confidence to use own responses to assist the client who is self-protecting from overwhelm


Morning Session (includes a short break)

  • Confirming the principles of effective trauma therapy
  • Focus on dissociation: why so important and why still overlooked?
  • Enactment: the interpersonalisation of dissociation and how it impacts therapy

Afternoon Session (includes a short break)

  • Recognising enactments in the therapy room.
  • Identifying our role as therapists in `in session’ enactments with our clients.
  • Responding to the clinical challenges of dissociative enactment in complex trauma therapy.

Evaluation and quiz - your payment includes a quiz which when completed with a minimum of 80% correct answers, will enable you to download your Attendance Certificate.
To complete the quiz, please log into your account at and click the orange "Certificate" button under the program's title. 

Target Audience

This seminar has been designed to extend the clinical knowledge and applied skill of Psychologists, Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Coaches, Social Workers and Psychiatrists with little knowledge of Existential theory and practice.

Many clinicians are aware of trauma but less aware of trauma-related dissociation, particularly in relation to complex presentations. For this reason, prior knowledge is not assumed and practitioners with diverse qualifications and skill levels will benefit. Therapists already attuned to complex trauma and dissociation will also benefit from the direct focus on clinical challenges posed by enactments in the therapy room and how to address them.



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Total Reviews: 71

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