Workshop

What You Need to Know about the Assessment and Treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder: Cutting-edge Research and Clinical Implications

Sheppard Pratt is pleased to present the 2019 Trauma Workshop Series.

On Friday, September 27, join us for "What You Need to Know about the Assessment and Treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder: Cutting-edge Research and Clinical Implications," presented by Bethany Brand, PhD, Psychology Professor at Towson University. 

About the lecture:

Patients with dissociative disorders (DD) are challenging to treat due to the severity and chronicity of their symptoms, particularly self-harm and suicidality. The TOP DD studies are a series of prospective international treatment studies that have yielded important insights into treating DD patients. This lecture will provide an overview of the studies’ findings, which contradict concerns and myths about treating these patients. The presentation will discuss the TOP DD Network Study, which is the first web-based psychoeducation program for DD patients and their psychotherapists. This program aims to enhance DD patients’ ability to regulate emotions, manage symptoms, and stabilize safety, and to teach therapists a conceptualization of DD patients’ unsafe behaviors, and basic interventions that can be useful in stabilizing DD patients. Participation in it the TOP DD Network program is associated with reduced symptoms, enhanced emotion regulation, and improved safety. This lecture will describe the TOP DD Network program’s conceptualization of patients’ safety struggles and the approaches that appear to be beneficial.

After attending this lecture, clinicians will be able to:

  • List three functions of unsafe behavior in complex trauma patients.
  • Describe the approach to stabilization taught in the TOP DD program.
  • Discuss the primary findings of the TOP DD Network program. 

The trauma workshops are appropriate for physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, counselors, and other mental health professionals.

To learn more about continuing education credits and to register, download our registration form.