This workshop is directed at exploring the link between trauma, dissociation and both dissociative and personality disorders. We will discuss how the brain is changed by trauma and how dissociative and personality disorders develop through attachment and attunement disruptions early in life. Although many of these disorders are seen as extremely difficult to treat, it is often simply that we are using methods that won’t work with this level of reactivity initially.
a). Identify at least three regions of the brain affected by trauma.
b). Describe the mechanism of shut down and dissociation.
c). State the main characteristics of the major personality disorders and differentiate.
d). Name at least two signs of dissociation and dropping into different regions of the brain.
e). Practice at least 2 methods for keeping clients engaged and connected in the process without dissociating.
f). Describe how to use specific tools and methods for encouraging emotional growth and regulation in patients.
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Instructor(s): Robert Cox, LPC
Material Author(s): Robert Cox, LPC
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