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Healing the Fragmented Selves: How to Apply Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment

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Janina Fisher, PhD
2 Hours 02 Minutes
Mar 18, 2023
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Childhood developmental trauma leaves people with a legacy of overwhelming emotions and a fragmented sense of self. Unaware that their intense reactions represent communications from fragmented parts, these clients often resort to addictive behaviour, self-harm, and suicidality when feeling hurt, threatened, or rejected. In this session, you’ll learn about Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment, a new model for understanding traumatized clients as inherently fragmented and at war with themselves. When trauma symptoms are understood and treated as emotional memories held by split-off, disowned parts of ourselves, even the most self-destructive clients become manageable. Discover how to help clients:

  • Make sense of their baffling and overwhelming inner experience
  • Increase their curiosity and interest in the feelings they usually avoid
  • Decode beliefs, emotions, and impulses in order to discover fragmentation
  • Establish an internal environment of safety


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


This online program is worth 2.25 hours CPD.



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Janina Fisher, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and former instructor at The Trauma Center, a research and treatment center founded by Bessel van der Kolk. Known as an expert on the treatment of trauma, Dr. Fisher has also been treating individuals, couples, and families since 1980.

She is the past president of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation, an EMDR International Association Credit Provider, Assistant Educational Director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, and a former Instructor, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Fisher lectures and teaches nationally and internationally on topics related to the integration of the neurobiological research and newer trauma treatment paradigms into traditional therapeutic modalities.

She is co-author with Pat Ogden of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Attachment and Trauma (2015) and author of Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Internal Self-Alienation (2017) and the forthcoming book, Working with the Neurobiological Legacy of Trauma (in press).

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Janina Fisher has an employment relationship with the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. She is a consultant for Khiron House Clinics and the Massachusetts Department of MH Restraint and Seclusion Initiative. Dr. Fisher receives royalties as a published author. She receives a speaking honorarium, recording royalties and book royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. Dr. Fisher has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Janina Fisher is on the advisory board for the Trauma Research Foundation. She is a patron of the Bowlby Center.


  1. Differentiate 3 signs of trauma-related to fragmentation or splitting.
  2. Categorize the thoughts, feelings and impulses characteristic of each survival-oriented part, as described by Structural Dissociation Theory.
  3. Analyze the experience of being flooded by or blended with aspects of the self, commonly refered to as parts.
  4. Conduct 2 interventions for increasing client self-compassion.


  • How traumatic experiences evoke self-alienation, self-rejection and self-fragmentation
  • The structural dissociation model as an explanatory theory for trauma- related fragmentation of self
  • How Structural Dissociation Theory differentiates between parts and distressing emotions
  • How to help clients safetly connect with their dis-associated parts using the TIST theoretical model
  • Learning how to unblend: how to be in relationship to the aspects of self commonly referred to as parts
  • Developing respect and appreciation for the entire self and buiding empathy
  • Limitations and potential risk factors associated with this approach

Target Audience

  • Counsellors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners 
  • Other Mental Health Professionals



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