101927: The Music Behind the Lyrics

Mastering the Dissociative Surface to Facilitate the Understanding and Treatment of DID and DDNOS

About the Course:

This course is based on Selected Topics in Work with Dissociative Identity Disorder
This 90-minute webinar will explains how to recognize and decode the dissociative surface, and how to make interventions based on a process that may never be conveyed in a completely verbal form. Several other approaches to understanding the process of the dissociative patient are also explored.

Much as the person naïve to nature can walk through an area and fail to notice most of the wildlife close at hand, the therapist who does not appreciate what complex chronic dissociative disorder patients are communicating when classical overt phenomena are not in evidence will fail to appreciate most of the less dramatic but extremely important messages that dissociative disorder patients are conveying on an ongoing basis.


International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation

Publication Date:

July 30, 2008


Richard P. Kluft, M.D., Ph.D

About the Author:

Richard P. Kluft, M.D., practices psychiatry, psychoanalysis, and medical hypnosis in Bala Cynwyd, PA. He was one of the founding members and former President of ISSTD from 1985-1986. He is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Temple University School of Medicine, and also on the faculty of the Philadelphia Center for Psychoanalysis. He has published over 230 scientific papers and book chapters. He is currently Clinical Forum Editor of the International Journal of Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis and Advisory Editor of the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis. He has presented over 800 scientific papers and workshops. He has been President of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and the International Society for the Study of Dissociation, and is currently President of the Society for Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis. Dr. Kluft has spent 37 years studying and treating dissociative disorders and posttraumatic conditions. He has extensive experience in treating victims of sexual exploitation by psychotherapists, and has served as an expert witness in several malpractice cases involving boundary violations. He is currently preparing a novel and a text on the treatment of dissociative identity disorder.

Recommended For:

This ISSTD course is recommended for mental health and allied professionals, including: Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Counselors, plus any other professional whose work involves providing service to individuals suffering from trauma and dissociative disorders and other academics whose studies include chronic trauma and dissociation in its many varied forms. It is appropriate for an intermediate level of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Understand the cultural shift in identifying DID

  2. Be able to differentiate the true vs. false presentations of DID/ DDNOS

  3. Recognize the assessment options for diagnosis

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