In this workshop, we will first explore the connection between early childhood disorganized attachment, affect dysregulation, the fight, flight and freeze responses and how the ongoing need to dissociate feels both necessary and, ultimately, disempowering for trauma survivors. Participants will also gain a greater understanding of the evolution of dissociation and the most common harbingers and cognitive, somatic, and behavioral manifestations that let clinicians know when their clients are in a hypo-aroused state. We will process strategies that give clients a greater sense of “choice” about their dissociation without leaving them feeling vulnerable or forced to give up a well-established coping response.
We will also address how to best administer questionnaires that help assess for dissociation as the assessment process itself often reveals a client’s dissociative reactions. Since it can be understandably challenging for therapists when traumatized clients go into a freeze response during session, participants will learn about a number of strategies designed to help clients re-ground when they disconnect or go into flashback. We will process several videos that illustrate key concepts as well as clients’ artwork.
If you want to sign up for this course and missed the registration deadline, please don’t worry. You can still contact Gerri Baum at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-409-7061 to inquire about joining the class. We will do our best to accommodate you. We appreciate your interest in our workshops and look forward to seeing you soon!
8:45 – 9:45 AM
9:45 – 9:53 AM BREAK
9:53 – 10:53 AM
10:53 – 11:00 AM BREAK
11:00 – 12:00 PM