Living in a fog - dissociation, complex trauma, and PTSD with Christiane Sanderson
In this exciting and dynamic two day workshop, Christiane Sanderson will make use of experiential exercises, small group discussions, role-play and case studies to facilitate a deeper understanding of dissociation and how to work more effectively with clients. Emphasis will be placed on the challenges of working with dissociation, assessment, readiness for therapy, case formulation and the importance of integration of dissociated parts.
Day one will consist primarily of identifying the neurobiological nature of dissociation and its function as an adaptive survival strategy. It will examine the continuum of dissociation from everyday dissociation or automaticity, and daydreaming through to clinical dissociation as seen in depersonalisation, derealisation, fugue states, structural dissociation, and dissociative identity disorder. This will be accompanied with a number of case studies and familiarisation with measurement scales which participants can use to assess their capacity to dissociate and enable to build their own dissociative profile.
Day two will focus on the challenges when working with dissociation and how these can be managed. Through role-plays and experiential exercises, participants will be encouraged to examine how to work with fragmented aspects of the self, or parts, and how to integrate these. In addition, the importance of psychoeducation and stabilisation will be highlighted along with creative techniques to work with parts including the use of nesting dolls. Sensorimotor techniques and embodiment will also be explored to ensure that practitioners can remain present and attuned. These exercises and techniques will enable practitioners to work more effectively with dissociative clients as well as facilitating integration and post-traumatic growth.
If you wish to find out more about this event, please visit www.therapychallenges.com, where you will find a downloadable booking form.
Hosted by Stephanie Hershon
Christiane Sanderson BSc., MSc. is a senior lecturer in Psychology at the University of Roehampton. With 26 years’ experience working with survivors of child sexual abuse, sexual violence, complex trauma and domestic abuse she has delivered consultancy, continuous professional development and professional training nationwide.