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In-Person Training – The Top Twenty Tips for Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder

March 29 Registration & Breakfast 8:15am - 8:45am; Class 8:45am - 4:15pm (EDT) $199.00, 6 CEUs Presenter: Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA Hilton Garden Inn, 4770 Owings Mills Blvd. Owings Mills, 21117 + Google Map

In this workshop, we will identify and explore 20 of the most important things to stay mindful of when treating the challenging diagnosis of Dissociative Identity Disorder. As we process this framework for treatment, we will simultaneously be addressing the common missteps made by well-meaning and even experienced clinicians.


We will discuss the therapeutic decisions that adversely affect appropriate boundaries, the flow and direction of treatment, internal stabilization and safety, and clients’ attitudes about hospitalization and integration. We will explore many case examples from the presenter’s practice, as well as a wide range of cases that she has consulted on over the years.

Participants will have the opportunity to connect these ground rules to their own work, have their professional struggles “normalized,” and will be encouraged to get guidance and feedback about challenges in their present caseloads.

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. The Institute also 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

  • Identify and describe at least three missteps in treating DID that can compromise boundaries.
  • Identify and describe at least five strategies that enhance inner safety and cooperation from alters.
  • Identify and describe at least three strategies that reduce clinician burnout.
  • Identify and describe at least three strategies that allow the therapy process to move forward towards integration.


8:45am- 10:20am

  • The evolution of dissociation and its five core symptoms
  • The evolution of DID/ shifting the locus of control
  • Defining DID and other Dissociative diagnoses
  • Processing the common symptoms of DID
  • Clients’ artwork

10:20-10:30am   BREAK


  • Making the diagnosis
  • Pacing the work
  • Processing clients’ artwork and sand scenes
  • Working with containment

12:00-1:00pm    LUNCH


  • Creating safety
  • The challenges of working with alters: communication, contracting, permission seeking
  • Working with clients’ artwork or journal entries

2:30-2:40pm    BREAK


  • Grounding, pacing, and limit setting
  • Therapist availability
  • Issues of hospitalization
  • Connecting clients to resources
  • Working with Integration
  • Seeking consultation
Young woman and her reflection next to one another
"This was such a great experience. I feel much more capable to help this special population."— Kathryn K.