--and, because they’ve most likely received multiple different diagnoses, it can be difficult to grasp the nature of their disturbance, much less plan treatment. In this workshop, we’ll explore a method for assessing dissociation in its various guises to determine how to proceed therapeutically. You’ll learn about four dissociative processes--cognitive (unable to connect emotionally and sometimes even physically with one’s self), affective (living in feelings), developmental (functioning coherently but with divergent levels of maturity), and fragmenting (holding different identities). We’ll hear clients describe the impact of their dissociative patterns on their lives, and then explore techniques for helping clients develop a more secure base within themselves and become better able to tolerate the corrective attachment experience of therapy. We’ll discuss how to enable clients to stay attached to themselves and how to help them distinguish arousal levels based on their experiences. You’ll leave with enhanced skills to facilitate change with dissociative clients.
Noel Larson, Ph.D., a psychologist, marriage and family therapist, and clinical social worker at Meta Resources, is the coauthor of Incestuous Families: An Ecological Approach to Understanding and Treatment.