Dissociation 101: A comprehensive exploration into the field of Dissociation and Complex Trauma

About the Course:

For many who first enter the field of dissociation and trauma, there is often not a great deal of information that describes the theoretical foundations and history of the dissociative field. This workshop is intended for students, emerging professionals and experienced practitioners who are interested in learning about the fundamentals of dissociation as a distinct response to trauma. The premise of this workshop is to cover essential information regarding dissociation and the dissociative disorders field. This course will cover 1) theories of trauma and dissociation, 2) the history of the dissociative field, including theories and treatment recommendations from the 1800’s, through to the eighties, nineties and today, 3) The impact of the false memory “war”, 4) finer details of current dissociative models (covering various theoretical foundations, e.g. Structural dissociation, dissociative symptoms/phenomena (the DSM), dissociative defenses 5) rate and prevalence 6) a breakdown of the dissociative disorders, 7) neurobiology of trauma and dissociation, 8) assessment and evaluation, and 9) current treatments. The goal of the workshop is to equip those who attend with enough information to take into their scholarly or new professional practices as well as have a solid foundation for the rest of the conference.

Publication Date:

September, 2018


Christine Forner, BA, BSW, MSW, RSW

Christine Forner (B.A., B.S.W., M.S.W., Registered Social Worker) Began her career early working at The Calgary Sexual Assault Centre, and Wheatland Crisis Shelter for survivors of domestic violence. In 1998 Christine started her clinical experience at The Calgary Women’s Health Collective. Since 2011, Christine has worked in her own private practice, which specializes in complex trauma and dissociative disorders. Christine has over twenty years of working with individuals with Trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders, Traumatic Dissociation, Developmental Trauma and Dissociative Disorders, with specialized training in EMDR, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Psychotherapeutic Meditation techniques, Neurofeedback and Havening. Christine teaches locally and at an international level on the issue of dissociation, complex trauma, and the intersection of dissociation and mindfulness . Christine is the founder of the Creative Meditation technique and Medial Prefrontal Cortex Processing for Trauma and Dissociation. Christine is the current incoming president for the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. Christine has also served on the board of the ISSTD since 2010 and was the ISSTD treasurer from 2011-2017. As well as being a board member she is also the Chair of the Student and Emerging Professional Committee and a member of the Conference Committee and for the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. She is the author of Dissociation, Mindfulness and Creative Meditations: Trauma informed practices to facilitate growth (Routledge, 2017).

Dr Mary-Anne Kate, PhD

Dr Mary-Anne Kate is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of New England, Australia. Her doctoral research examined how childhood maltreatment and negative parent-child dynamics, including an insecure attachment, lead to dissociation and dissociative disorders in adulthood. Mary-Anne is a member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation’s Scientific Committee and is the lead author of the Dissociative disorders and somatic symptom-related disorders chapter in Kring’s Abnormal Psychology textbook. Her professional background is in the development of national and European Union policies and practices to improve quality of life outcomes, including mental health, for refugees and other minority groups. Mary-Anne was recently awarded her PhD alongside the Chancellor’s Medal in recognition of the exceptional merit of her research.

Course Objectives:

  1. Discuss the importance of a solid theoretical foundation regarding dissociative experiences.

  2. Discuss the importance of understanding the historical back ground of the dissociative field in working with this population in the greater mental health fields

  3. Discuss whether a client is dealing with Faculty Dissociation (un-integrated psychological symptoms) or Multiplicity (more than one center of consciousness), or a combination of both and in turn evaluate their own skills and know whether it is ethical to work with the client or refer them elsewhere.

  4. Obtain neurobiolgical information to assist with their clinical and educational experiences

  5. Distinguish between complex trauma, post traumatic stress disorders and dissociative disorders

  6. Describe the dissociative process in order to assist their confidence in working with complex clinical populations

Dissociation 101 - Recorded Webinar

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Course Number: 102301
Credit Hours: 6cr
Exam Fee: $41.82
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Format: Recorded Webinar
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