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Dissociative Identity Disorder: Recognition, Diagnostic Assessment and Evidence-based Intervention Strategies

May 22 – VIRTUAL!


Increasingly, the current and frequent exposure to the various types of significant trauma encountered in social work practice demands that effective social work practitioners understand the neurobiological underpinnings, the psychological conceptualizations, successful evidence-based practice interventions and the paradigm of trauma-informed care. The awareness that PTSD is a frequent psychobehavioral outcome of trauma experiences also creates the responsibility of awareness, recognition and professional understanding of dissociation as a correlate of trauma experiences and of PTSD.  However, Dissociative identity Disorder (DID) also recognized as a trauma based psychobehavioral disorder, (previously identified as Multiple Personality Disorder),  is considered to be a more chronic condition and, as some older literature wrongfully suggests, it is not a rare condition. It can be frequently diagnosed in chronically traumatized individuals. It is characterized by the failure to integrate various aspects of previously dissociated memory, related affect and consciousness into a single multidimensional present self. The unconscious formation/creation of dissociated parts served as a protective function for the traumatized individual during one or more traumatic events during the developmental years. The formation/creation of an individual’s DID dissociated identities (“parts”) is based on one or more traumatic experiences  during childhood developmental years ,and which continue to function in the person’s current life. Social Work intervention requires the understanding and mastery of the evidence-based trauma treatment paradigm in order for effective intervention to occur. Treatment is considered long-term and frequently requires the individual to remember dissociated content in order to create a coherent life narrative. This workshop will focus on an overview of the neurobiology of DID, diagnostic assessment of DID, and some evidence-based strategies for intervention will be provided.


Attendees will earn 3.0 Category I Contact Hours.


Presented by Delores Dungee-Anderson, PhD, LCSW, CTST, Professor

Assessing Family Relationships, The Family Life Space Drawing
May 29, 2020 – NOW VIRTUAL!

This workshop will provide training in the use of an expressive task centered assessment tool. This family assessment tool incorporates information from multiple family members while building connections between client and mental health provider. The tool enables clients to share in direct and indirect levels of information.

Course Objectives:

  1. Participants will review the different types of family assessment.

  2. Participants will learn the history and connection of the FLSD to systems and experiential therapies.

  3. Workshop participants will leave the workshop with knowledge and ability to use FLSD as a tool with clients.

  4. Participants will have an opportunity to personally experience the process and exam their own family life space.


Attendees will earn 3.0 Category 1 Contact Hours, including 1.5 Ethics Hours

Presented by Theresa Beeton, PhD, LCSW

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