Therapy for Clients with Complex PTSD and Dissociative Disorders: An advanced workshop with focus on Phases 1 & 2 A 2-day workshop at London with Dr Suzette Boon London, 22 November & 23 November 2019 (Friday & Saturday) 10:00am - 4:00pm on both days
A phase-oriented therapy model is widely accepted as the most successful amongst therapists working with Complex PTSD and Dissociative Disorders. However, even while working within this efficient and well-planned model, therapists can often feel overwhelmed by the complex presentations of clients who have been chronically traumatized. This practical workshop will offer in-depth skills to understand and work with clients with such challenging presentations, specifically through phases 1 and 2 of therapy. At this clinically oriented, two-day workshop which is relevant for psychotherapists, counsellors, clinical psychologists and psychiatrists; we follow a step-wise journey through the first two phases of this model (stabilization and trauma processing). Through case-vignettes and examples, delegates will learn how we can: Conduct effective assessment and case formulation, to prepare for the stabilisation stage Work with careful pacing and regulation of arousal – especially since a number of clients can be phobic to therapy Obtain a working alliance with our clients, some of whom may have severe attachment problems Work with angry, aggressive and self-destructive parts, which can often dysregulate the therapeutic relationship Work with difficult conditions – when feelings of guilt, rage, shame, humiliation, helplessness and incompetency are disruptive to the therapeutic process The workshop then specifically looks at challenges that we can face in such a phase-based approach, including: What do we do when none of our stabilising techniques work? How do we work with clients who dissociate throughout therapeutic sessions? What do we do when a client starts hurting himself / herself in session? What do we do during therapy if we find out that abuse may still be continuing? How do we know that we have completed enough stabilising work in preparation for Phase 2? How and where do we start in Phase 2 therapy? What are the practical steps needed in Phase 2? The workshop also highlights that while therapeutic techniques are important, a consistent and predictable therapeutic relationship is also a primary factor in whether and how clients improve. Participants will learn how to maintain optimal relational closeness / distance with clients who simultaneously experience the therapist as both needed and dangerous; as well as how to repair frequent ruptures in relationship. Multiple case examples will illustrate specific approaches and interventions.
About the speaker Suzette A. Boon PhD, is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist. She is a trainer and supervisor for the Dutch Society for Family Therapy and the Dutch Society for Clinical Hypnosis. Since the late eighties she has specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of complex dissociative disorders. She has worked as a researcher at the free University of Amsterdam (psychiatric department). She translated and validated the Dutch version of the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Dissociative Disorders (SCID-D) and received a PhD for her thesis “Multiple Personality Disorder in the Netherlands” in 1993. She has published several books, book chapters and articles both on diagnosis as well as treatment of dissociative disorders. She has developed a skills training manual for clients with complex dissociative disorder, the English version of which, with Kathy Steele, MN, CS and Onno van der Hart PhD has been published in March 2011 (Norton publishers). She has developed together with Helga Matthess, a new semi structured interview for complex dissociative disorders and trauma related symptoms: the “Trauma and Dissociation Symptoms Interview (TADS-I)”. A validation study for this interview is currently in progress. She is co-founder of the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation (ESTD) and was the first president of this Society. The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) granted her the David Caul Memorial Award in 1993, the Morton Prince Award in 1994 and the President’s Award of distinction and the status of fellow in 1995 for her contributions to diagnosis, treatment, research and education in the field of dissociative disorders. In 2009, she received the Life Time Achievement Award and in 2011 the Pierre Janet writing Award for the book Coping with trauma-related Dissociation: skills training for patients and therapists. She is co-author of a new book: Treating Trauma-Related Dissociation: a Practical Integrative Approach (Steele, Boon & van der Hart, 2017. New York: Norton publishers).

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