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Dilemmas in the treatment of dissociative disorder clients

Giuseppe Sanna
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The vast majority of clinicians agree that clients with complex dissociative disorder should be treated according to the three-phase model. After a careful diagnostic process and good case conceptualization, a phase of stabilization and symptom reduction usually follows.
But what do we need to stabilize and for how long? Therapists often have many questions about this phase: “How do I prioritize and begin treatment? How do we engage a patient who desperately demands help, but also views me with distrust and fear? How can I be in charge of the therapy while still making a collaborative effort with the patient? How do I work with different kinds of dissociative parts, such as extremely dependent, avoidant, angry, or persecutory ones? How do I deal with different intense transference feelings and my own countertransference?”.

In recent years, there also have been colleagues who believe that it is not necessary to stabilize. They argue for an immediate focus on trauma processing.
Do therapists have to stabilize at all and how do they know that they have completed enough stabilizing work in preparation for Phase 2?
In this webinar, Suzette Boon will offer practical answers to these and other questions. The first evening, she will focus on treatment that is going relatively smoothly, often with clients having not too severe attachment problems. The second evening, she will focus on the more challenging or ‘difficult’ dissociative clients. Didactic presentations, case vignettes and video clips will be included.

Bio degli speakers

Suzette A. Boon PhD, 1949, is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist specialized in the treatment of chronic traumatization and dissociative disorders. She translated and validated the Dutch version of the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Dissociative Disorders (SCID-D) and received a PhD for her thesis “Multiple Personality Disorder in the Netherlands” in 1993. She has published several books, book chapters and many articles both on diagnosis as well as treatment of dissociative disorders. She has developed a skills training manual for patients with a complex dissociative disorder. The English version of this manual Coping with Trauma-Related Dissociation with Kathy Steele, MN, CS and Onno van der Hart PhD has been published in March 2011 (Norton publishers). She has developed a new semi structured interview for complex dissociative disorders and trauma related symptoms: the “Trauma and Dissociation Symptoms Interview (TADS-I) “. A validation study has been started.
She is co-author of the recently published book “Treating Trauma-Related Dissociation, A Practical, Integrative Approach” (Steele, Boon & Van der Hart, 2017) that won the Pierre Janet writing award of ISSTD in 2017.
She is currently working as a trainer and supervisor in different European countries. She is also working in private practice.
She is co-founder of the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation (ESTD) and was the first president of this Society.
The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) granted her the David Caul Memorial Award in 1993, the Morton Prince Award in 1994 and the President’s Award of distinction and the status of fellow in 1995 for her contributions to diagnosis, treatment, research and education in the field of dissociative disorders. In 2009 She received the Life Time Achievement Award and in 2011 the Pierre Janet Writing Award for the book “Coping with trauma-related Dissociation a skills training for patients and their therapists”.
In 2017 she received the Pierre Janet Writing Award as second author of the book “Treating Trauma-related Dissociation. A practical integrative approach”.

To get further information, visit her website:


2 Lessons4h 9m 18s

Dilemmas in the treatment of dissociative disorder clients

Suzette Boon – Day 102:17:53
Suzette Boon – Day 201:51:26

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