One Voice or Many? : the challenging problem of Multiplicity A one-day workshop with Dr Valerie Sinason London, 5 May 2018 (Saturday) 10:00am - 4:00pm
For individuals who have encountered multiple onslaughts of traumatic events, the developmental experience is defined by an overwhelming sense of being continually unloved – relentless neglect and / or abuse has often necessitated survival through dissociation and splitting into multiple selves – each with limited awareness of the other. When instances of severe interference, abuse and neglect are repetitive – defensive strategies have inevitably defined the manifestations we witness in the consulting room. As therapists, we may find our clients switching into states of altered reality – presenting myriad challenges for the practitioner. We may be receiving multiple (and often contradictory) threads of the trauma narrative for instance. The switching between multiple selves could itself cause a retriggering of painful memories. Our client may be struggling with the denial of primary attachment strategy – thus resisting posttraumatic growth. Or they may indeed be at differing points on the dissociative spectrum – making it imperative for us to unearth the multiplicity – so we can assist with the processing of unstable and dissociative phenomena. At the same time, uncovering of such multiplicity may result in rage and extreme anger being directed at the therapist. At this workshop, which would be especially beneficial for psychotherapists, counsellors, psychologists and psychiatrists, Dr Valerie Sinason helps us comprehend the unique challenges associated with multiplicity and we look at effective therapeutic options, while considering: Structured interventions – dynamic, systemic or behavioural Effectively addressing affective and trauma symptoms including fear, sadness, anger, anxiety and dysregulated affect Promoting the reflective process while still maintaining appropriate boundaries Deciding whether psychotherapeutic treatment is indicated or counterindicated Assisting the client in getting rid of the fear of repetition during the trauma narrative process Resolving maladaptive dissociative and avoidant manifestations, while staying in the present during the trauma narrative Working with the multiple transference of multiple selves Psychotic transference and hatred towards the therapist
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.

Continuing professional development through seminars, workshops and conferences for psychotherapists, counsellors and psychologists.