Working Therapeutically with Complex Traumatic Dissociation Post-Foundation Course

Saturday, 14 October, 2017   9am - 4:30pm
Clinic for Dissociative Studies, 35 Tottenham Lane, Hornsey, London, N8 9BD

Tickets / Booking types

This ticket is for all 4 dates.
ESTD / FPP Member
This ticket is for all 4 dates.

Current members of ESTD and/or FPP only


Course dates

  • Sat, 14 Oct 2017   9am - 4:30pm
  • Sun, 15 Oct 2017   9am - 4:30pm
  • Sat, 18 Nov 2017   9am - 4:30pm
  • Sun, 19 Nov 2017   9am - 4:30pm


Please be sure to read all this section before booking
A Post-Foundation course consisting of 4 full days run as 2 x 2 day units one month apart on 14th/15th Oct 2017 and 18th/19th Nov 2017. From 9.00am to 4.30pm on each day. Outlines of each day follow below. Participants must attend all four days. Before attending, this confidentiality agreement must be downloaded, signed and returned as instructed in the agreement document.

Developed and delivered by the UK network of the European Society for Trauma & Dissociation (ESTD-UK) in collaboration with experts-by-experience trainers from First Person Plural - dissociative identity disorders association (FPP), it is intended primarily for those who have previously attended ESTD-UK's Foundation course. Its purpose is to extend knowledge & explore practice when working in a therapeutic role with complex traumatic dissociation, with a specific focus on dissociative identity and the similar conditions.

Entry Requirements - please check that you can meet all of them before booking; the course is not suitable for anyone who does not meet these criteria.

  • Professionally qualified psychotherapist/counsellor/clinical psychologist/other psychological therapist
  • At least one year's experience of and currently (or recently) working therapeutically with one or more client/patient who has a complex trauma-related dissociative condition. i.e. dissociative identity disorder or similar
  • Ability to share problematic issues arising from their own practice.
  • Prior attendance on the ESTD-UK 4 Day Foundation Course or other equivalent CPD which includes complex dissociation-specific training course(s) delivered by clinically qualified trainer(s) with significant experience of working therapuetically with complex traumatic dissociation. Equivalent CPD would, at a minimum, cover foundation level understanding of traumatic dissociation, its origins and consequences; the spectrum of dissociative disorders; structural dissociation of the personality; phased model of therapy for trauma & dissociation; traumatic attachment; and an introduction to assessment & screening tools for dissociation.
  • Applicants who have not previously attended the ESTD-UK Foundation course must additionally.... watch two training films prior to attendance on this course. These films "A Logical Way of Being" and "No Two Paths the Same" can be purchased from FPP and have read Herman, Judith : "Trauma & Recovery"; Gerhardt, Sue : "Why Love Matters" and Brand, Bethany L. PhD; et al, "Separating Fact from Fiction: An Empirical Examination of Six Myths About Dissociative Identity Disorder", Harvard Review of Psychiatry: July/August 2016 - Volume 24 - Issue 4 - p 257–270

Course Learning Objectives

  • To build on existing training and knowledge of dissociation
  • To share practice issues and concerns about working with this client group
  • To provide access to peer support and consultation and encourage the formation of an exploratory learning group
  • To expand theoretical and practical knowledge
  • To develop participants’ own formulation of issues faced by individual clients and this client group as a whole.
  • To increase awareness and understanding of the perspective of survivors via case material, the literature and direct input from the experts-by -experience.

A combination of theoretical in-put, case presentation, experiential exercises & discussion informed by recommended background reading will be used throughout the course.

Certificates of attendance for a total of 24 hours CPD will be issued on completion of the course.

Fee includes delegate pack, CPD certificate of attendance, refreshments on arrival and at two further breaks during each day. Lunch is not included.

Day 1 : Evidence-Based Diagnosis and Informed Treatment for Dissociative Disorders and Complex PTSD: The SCID-D
Facilitated by Remy Aquarone, Analytical Psychotherapist, Director of Pottergate Centre for Dissociation & Trauma, & former president ESTD

Systematic assessment of dissociation is essential for effective treatment of trauma survivors. This workshop provides training in the diagnosis and treatment of Dissociative Disorders and Complex PTSD through the use of the SCID-D Interview (Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV-R (and V) Dissociative Disorders). The SCID-D, considered the gold standard for assessing post-traumatic dissociation, allows clinicians to identify the severity of core dissociative symptoms, and from that diagnose guide treatment of dissociative and chronic post-traumatic disorders.

Participants will enhance their diagnostic and therapeutic skills with clients while gaining experience in SCID-D administration, scoring and interpretation. Practical treatment interventions based on SCID-D assessment, including client education, stabilisation, dissociative symptom reduction, and monitoring of treatment progress will be detailed, within a phase-oriented trauma treatment approach.

"The Stuctured Clinical Interview for DSMiv Dissociative Disorders (SCID-D)" by Marlene Steinberg will be used during this module and a copy will be provided at no additional cost to each participant.

"The Interviewers Guide to the SCID-D" by Marlene Steinberg, which participants will also need to refer to during this module, will be provided for shared loan on the day. Alternatively, it is available for purchase (£61.00) from the Pottergate Centre for Dissociation & Trauma

Day 2: Resourcing the Client: One Body - Many Parts
Facilitated by Dr Zoë Pool, UKCP registered psychotherapist; Service Director, Dorset Action on Abuse

This day revisits body-centred resources addressed in the Foundation course. It aims to increase understanding of the importance of safely attending to the body. Participants will develop their understanding and skills in working with clients’ complex, traumatic dissociation. The day includes experiential elements so that participants can experience and practice a range of body-centred and creative resources. It provides opportunities to share practice concerns about body centred work with dissociating clients and to explore diverse perspectives of survivors via own and peers’ case material and the literature. Importantly it encourages participants to develop their own perspectives on diverse issues faced by individual clients and this client group.

Day 3 :- The evolving therapeutic relationship from the perspectives of complexly dissociative clients
Facilitated by Melanie Goodwin & Kathryn Livingston (trainers from First Person Plural)

In the dyad of the therapeutic relationship with complexly dissociative clients, the client is sometimes unable to express their own experience of the relationship and there is the complication of the different perspectives on the relationship that each part or alter of the multiple client can have. This is particularly an issue in the early stages but not exclusively so. Though each person's experience is different there are some common threads. This module introduces some ideas about these. The value this module brings to this course cannot be over-stated. The facilitators are experts-by-experience with personal lived experience of Dissociative Identity Disorder who are very experienced and respected professional trainers in the field of complex trauma-related dissociation. They are able to reflect on and have good insight into their own journeys through therapy. They are articulate, open and generous in their sharing of what has helped and hindered them towards recovery.
Participants will expand understanding of clients' perspectives on living with dissociation; how this can affect their experience of and ability to develop and utilise the therapeutic relationship effectively as it evolves and fluctuates throughout therapy. Participants will gain some practical ideas for what might work to support their complexly dissociative clients.

Day 4: Struggling for relationship: Exploring complex practice issues
Facilitated by Sue Richardson, Attachment-based Psychotherapist of 30 years’ experience

Exploring and extending their knowledge of the attachment dynamics underpinning some complex practice issues participants will share their experience of relational struggles when working with dissociative clients. There will be consideration of some critical issues such as ‘attachment to the perpetrator’ and clients suffering on-going abuse. The dimension of installed structural dissociation be addressed.

Do not continue your booking online if you wish to apply for a bursary. If your application is successful you will be sent a discount code to complete your online booking with the bursary amount deducted from the fee charged. There are four x £100.00 ESTD-UK bursaries available for qualifying applicants. Download the bursary application form if interested in applying for an ESTD-UK bursary. Also available is one x 100% FPP bursary for this course This full bursary is for a counsellor, psychotherapist, or clinical psychologist who is a current or newly joining ASSOCIATE member of First Person Plural. To enquire about this FPP bursary send an email to FPP

Changes and Cancellations
ESTD-UK reserves the right to replace advertised speakers and individual day content in response to circumstances beyond our control but the course learning objectives will remain unchanged. Those who have booked will be advised of any changes to speakers or content as soon as possible.

Our Cancellation Policy can be viewed here By booking you are confirming you have read and accepted this.



Clinic for Dissociative Studies
35 Tottenham Lane
N8 9BD