Trauma, Attachment & Dissociation A one-day workshop with Dr Valerie Sinason London, 17 March 2018 (Saturday) 10:00am - 4:00pm
The spectrum of dissociative responses to Trauma can range from coping mechanisms to pathological & non-pathological manifestations. As practitioners, not only do we need to understand the dissociation continuum; but also therapeutically work with the dissociative disorders that Trauma may trigger. In this practical seminar that would be of value to psychotherapists, psychologists, counsellors and psychiatrists, Dr Valerie Sinason helps us look at Trauma psychoanalytically while clearly understanding the variety of coping dissociative responses. Drawing on the latest research findings from neuroscience, Attachment research and clinical practice, Dr Sinason explains the key characteristics of dissociative disorders, in particular dissociative identity disorder (DID). Specifically, we consider: How does an Attachment informed conceptualisation help us comprehend the multiple facets of Trauma? Can our comprehension of dissociation (and DID) be applied when working with PTSD or Complex Trauma? If yes, what are the therapeutic challenges that we need to keep in mind? How can we comprehend Trauma through the lens of Attachment Patterns? We especially look at the aetiology of disorganised Attachment, which can be considered as pre-requisite for dissociation The Spectrum of Dissociation & DID: from a clinical standpoint, we aim to gain an understanding of: The dissociation continuum Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) Structural Dissociation models A Quaternary model for Dissociation Severe Trauma, Clinical Issues and Challenges: we look at intermediate and advanced concepts including the interaction between dissociative parts, apparently normal parts of personality (ANP) and secondary traumatisation. We also explore transference and countertransference challenges in working with cases of severe Trauma The seminar then builds on a well-founded theoretical base to discuss practical implications for clinical work, including effective assessment of DID. Theoretical constructs are explained throughout the workshop with the aid of examples from clinical work (with children and adults). Participants are welcome to bring vignettes of clinical material that can be shared and discussed within the normal boundaries of confidentiality. About the speaker Valerie Sinason PhD, MACP, M Inst Psychoanal, was Founder Director of the Clinic for Dissociative Studies where she still consults, former President of the Institute for Psychotherapy and Disability (IPD) and Hon Consultant Psychotherapist for the University of Cape Town Child Guidance Clinic. She was a Consultant Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic, the Anna Freud Centre and Portman Clinic. She was also the Consultant Research Psychoanalyst at St Georges Hospital Medical School. Her extensive writing includes over 150 published peer-reviewed papers, chapters and books. She is the author of over 14 books including ‘Mental Handicap and the Human Condition’ and ‘Attachment, Trauma and Multiplicity: working with Dissociative Identity Disorder’, Routledge, 2012 (Editor). Her most recent book was Holistic Therapy with DID (2017). Dr Sinason was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the ISSTD in 2016. She is a regular speaker at both national and international conferences.

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