The Power of Process in Healing Trauma and Dissociation (watched live)

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Jamie Marich, Ph.D., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, REAT, RYT-500 | The Power of Process in Healing Trauma and Dissociation

In many trauma-focused modalities, a great deal of fear still abounds on working with various manifestations of dissociation. This course seeks to debunk the myths and provide a practical and sensitive orientation to how the dissociative mind works. Participants are challenged to expand their internal knowledge of conceptualizing and healing dissociation within a trauma-focused lens for clinical practice. In this highly interactive course, participants are given a primer on working with grounding skills in stabilization and preparation phases of trauma work. Special attention is given to working with expressive arts and mindfulness-focused strategies. Participants will receive thorough instruction on several theories of dissociation while also exploring their own dissociative profile and internal system of parts. Strategies are given for translating this knowledge to practice settings and making the best clinical decisions possible, particularly in treatment planning and working with challenging clinical scenarios. Dr. Marich is not only known for her expertise as an EMDR therapy and expressive arts trainer and writer, she is also “out” about her experience of living as a woman with a long-time dissociative disorder. No question in this workshop is off-limits as candidness and getting real is heartily encouraged.

After this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Define dissociation in a trauma-focused manner and explain the multi-faceted, prismatic manner in which signs of dissociation may manifest in life
  2. List 5 common myths about working with dissociative clients
  3. Explain, in a general way, several theories of dissociation and utilize at least two metaphors to explain it to a client
  4. Describe one’s own dissociative profile as an individual and translate this learning about the self into better understanding the internal world of a dissociative client
  5. Implement at least 2-3 strategies from expressive arts therapy and mindfulness-informed approaches into early phases of trauma-focused treatment (Stabilization/Preparation), particularly for grounding and building awareness, and in later phases (Closure) for safely concluding and linking sessions
  6. Apply at least 2-3 strategies learned through the previous objectives for enhancing case conceptualization and managing abreactions or difficult clinical situations
  7. Decrease overall fear and increase personal confidence in working with dissociative clients in professional settings