Blending as a Problem-Solving Skill

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About the Course:

This presentation features ways to understand and utilize blending skills for a variety of of problem situations faced by clinicians treating dissociative disorders. Our understanding of the development of alters in the lives of our patients/clients rests on the view that they emerge into consciousness in order to solve life problems encountered by abused children. When a problem situation exists, but the child has no skills to manage it, newly emerging alters may come into existence in order to address the problem. Blending is typically seen as a normal and expectable part of the pathway toward “integration” and healing. This presentation focuses on an approach to treatment that utilizes blending as a skill that can be learned and applied by patients/clients, that supports and promotes movement along the healing path. The use of blending skills is found to yield capacities to healing that need not involve the emergence of new alters to solve life problems.

Publication Date:

November 2018

Author

A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD, ABPP

About the Author:

A. Steven Frankel PhD, JD, ABPP, is a clinical psychologist (PSY3354) and an Attorney at Law licensed in California (SBN192014), and The District of Columbia (1009135). He is a Diplomat in both Clinical and Forensic Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. He earned his PhD at Indiana University, and interned at the Psychiatric Institute of Columbia University. He then joined the full-time faculty of the University of Southern California, where he served for eleven years, including five years as the Chair of Clinical Psychology (Director of Clinical Training). Although he is no longer full-time, he remains a Clinical Professor of Psychology at USC.

After leaving full-time university service, Dr. Frankel entered clinical practice, with both in- and outpatient responsibilities. Beginning in 1980, his psychology practice focused increasingly on the diagnosis and treatment of post-traumatic and dissociative disorders. He began consulting relationships with trauma treatment programs of private psychiatric hospitals in 1990. In 1993, he joined with Walter and Linda Young in the opening of a unit for the treatment of traumatic and dissociative disorders at Del Amo Hospital in Torrance, CA and remained a consultant to the program until July of 2000. An ISSTD member since 1990 and Fellow since 1998, he was elected President of the ISSTD for 2001-02.

Course Objectives:

  1. Discuss blending as a problem-solving skill, not just a state of “being”

  2. Name at least three ways to utilize blending skills to manage and solve life problems

  3. Describe the roles that blending can address in the course of treatment

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