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(NEW) Online Training: The Impact of Social Media on Dissociative Youth

December 5 Login to Zoom 8:30 am ; Training 8:45 am-4:15 pm (EST) $179, 6 CEUs Presenter: Joyanna Silberg, PhD Zoom, MD + Google Map

As online groups for dissociative identity disorders have proliferated and media portrayals in movies have features of characters with “inside parts,” familiarity with dissociation portrayals in their environment may influence young people to imitate or internalize these phenomena. For the careful diagnostician, trained to look for chronic and severe early developmental trauma, it can be very confusing when trying to unravel the cultural influences and the traumagenic influences that lead to severe dissociative presentations.

In this workshop, the presenter, an expert in dissociation in youth, will help to parse the various dissociative symptoms that may present themselves in young people to assist with diagnostic accuracy. The theoretical model presented will emphasize the interaction of both trauma-related factors and cultural and interpersonal influences to help understand individual clients. Through case histories, and presentation of some of the evolving phenomena related to dissociation in the self-help world (such as “fictives,” or internalized media characters) the participants will learn how to assess dissociation in youth and learn to enter the client’s own unique dissociative world to move them towards healthier functioning. The workshop will address the question of whether alternate views of the self can be a normative variant or whether our understanding of conventional “health” is the goal for children and adolescents.


The Ferentz Institute, Inc. is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. CEU approval for all trainings is also granted to Psychologists, LCPC’s and MFT’s and approved by the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists and the Board of Examiners for Psychologists in Maryland. Reciprocity has also been granted for clinicians in Washington, DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Indiana, Georgia, Massachusetts and Texas.  If your state is not among this list, we encourage you to check with your state licensing board to see if they will grant reciprocity.
The Institute maintains full responsibility for all programming. In order to provide Category 1 CEUs for all of our trainings, the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners requires online workshops to be live, interactive, and experienced in real time. Therefore, none of our trainings are recorded for later viewing.


Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  1. Be able to identify the various social media that present normalizing presentations of dissociation.
  2. Identify the ways that underlying trauma presents a vulnerability to dissociative models of self, and see how both trauma and social influence are relevant in understanding dissociative youth.
  3. Become familiar with how existing instruments for children and adolescents can answer key diagnostic questions.
  4. Be able to identify three techniques for adapting to the self-concept of the individual dissociative client in order to facilitate a healthy self-conception.



  • What are the cultural phenomena ubiquitous in social media that normalizes dissociative views of the self?

10:00-10:08       BREAK


  • Part 1: Case example of children and teens influenced by both trauma and cultural factors.

11:00-11:08         BREAK


  • Part 2: Case example of children and teens influenced by both trauma and cultural factors.

12:00-1:00          LUNCH


  • Part 1: Theoretical Considerations and Diagnostic Tools

2:00-2:08            BREAK


  • Part 2: Theoretical Considerations and Diagnostic Tools

3:00-3:08            BREAK


  • Interventions and Sensitivity to Individual Differences.


  • Questions and case questions.
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