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(NEW) Online Training – Understanding Dissociation in Traumatized Clients

March 28 Login to Zoom 8:30am ; Training 8:45am-12:00pm (ET) $109, 3 CEUs Presenter: Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA Virtual Event,

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.

Registration for each workshop closes one day before the workshop date.

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 gerrib@theferentzinstitute.com 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!

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, Michigan 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

  1. Explain the impact that insecure, disorganized attachment has on affect dysregulation and dissociation.
  2. Identify and explain the 5 core symptoms of dissociation as well as the most common manifestations of a dissociative state.
  3. Identify the diagnostic criteria for the most common Dissociative Disorders.
  4. Describe and implement specific strategies to address dissociation and help clients feel less hijacked.
  5. Explain how to address clients’ freeze response and the psychoeducation that is helpful to de-pathologize it.
  6. Describe the best way to implement the Dissociative Experiences Scale
  7. Describe and Implement Milton Ericson’s flashback halting protocol for re-grounding.


8:45 – 9:45 AM

  • The Impact of disorganized attachment on affect dysregulation
  • Understanding what causes the ongoing need for dissociation in childhood-clients’ artwork
  • The 5 Core Symptoms of Dissociation

9:45 – 9:53 AM      BREAK

9:53 – 10:53 AM

  • Common symptoms of dissociation
  • Effectively using the Dissociative Experiences Scale
  • DSM criteria for Dissociative Disorders
  • Re-framing the dissociative “superpower” and the freeze response

10:53 – 11:00 AM    BREAK

11:00 – 12:00 PM

  • Introducing the concept of choice
  • Processing the dissociation paradox
  • Strategies for re-grounding-video
  • Ericksonian flashback halting protocol
  • Avoiding clinical pitfalls
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