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Treating Trauma-Related Dissociation: Practical Approaches to Integration

Kathy Steele
presented by Centre for Treatment of Sexual Abuse and Childhood Trauma

Centre for Treatment of
Sexual Abuse and Childhood Trauma
376 Churchill Avenue
Suite 104
Ottawa, ON K1Z 5C3
(613) 233-4929

Though much is written about the necessity of working with dissociative parts in order to promote integration of the self in Dissociative Disorders, there is little published information on how to do so. This workshop will offer practical, in-depth skills on how to work with dissociative aspects of self. Participants will first learn to use systemic approaches that support the individual as a whole person. We will explore common conflicts and fears the prevent dissociative parts from integrating, and learn ways to address them effectively. Participants will alsp learn how to help clients improve communication, coorperation, and compassion amond dissociative parts. Common inner relational dynamics among dissociative parts will be explored, along with ways to address these. We will discuss practical, step by step approaches to work effectively with particular types of dissociative parts. These include child or infants, oppositional, disinterested, acting out, angry, terrified, non-verbal, "dead", inanimate, "spiritual", and perpetrator-imitating parts of self. The special issues of working with a client who has severe amnesia between parts will be discussed. Various approaches to integration of parts will be examined. Case examples and role play will illustrate particular approaches and interventions. Participants are encouraged to bring cases they would be willing to role play.

Kathy Steele, MN, CS has been offering consultation and training for nearly three decades in the areas of complex trauma, dissociation, attachment, treatment planning, and therapeutic impasse. She is known for her humor, respect, and depth of knowledge as a clinician and teacher, and for her capacity to present complex issues in easily understood and clear ways. She is sought as a consultant and supervisor, and as an international lecturer on topics related to trauma, dissociation, attachment, and psychotherapy. She enjoys helping mental health professionals find their way with complex cases, which often involve trauma and relational difficulties. Her particular interest is working with dissociation and attachment, and in resolving impasses in therapy.

The Centre for Treatment of Sexual Abuse and Childhood Trauma was established in 1991 to provide individual, family and couples therapy for individuals who have been sexually abused or otherwise traumatized or stressed by life experiences. The Centre for Treatment is an incorporated registered charity which participates in advocacy for survivors of trauma and abuse, promotes public awareness, and offers training and education to professionals. In particular, the Centre is respected and recognized by our colleagues in the mental health community for providing supervision and consultation to mental health professionals regarding the treatment of complex trauma and dissociative disorders as well as practicum training for graduate level university students in trauma-focused therapy.


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