2014 Trauma and Dissociation Conference (www://igdid.org)
Presented by Ivory Garden
Colin Ross, MD Schedule
We are proud to introduce guest speaker Colin Ross, MD.
Dr. Ross is an internationally renowned clinician, researcher, author and lecturer in the field of trauma-related disorders. He is the founder and President of the Colin A. Ross Institute for Psychological Trauma. Dr. Ross is the Executive Medical Director of three trauma programs located at Timberlawn Mental Health System in Dallas, Texas, Forest View Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Del Amo Hospital in Torrance, California. Dr. Ross provides treatment for patients with trauma related disorders and symptoms. This would include treatment for: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Dissociative Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder, Addictive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Depression, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. The symptoms treated and the admission criteria are: suicidal ideation, homicidal ideation, self-destructive and addictive behaviors, and inability to function. Dr. Ross has written extensively on the subject of dissociation and trauma. His latest books include Trauma Model Therapy: A Treatment Approach for Trauma, Dissociation and Complex Comorbidity. Other books by Dr. Ross include: The Trauma Model: A Solution to the Problem of Comorbidity in Psychiatry, and Schizophrenia: Innovations in Diagnosis and Treatment. Dr Ross’ books are available through his web site at http://www.rossinst.com, at http://www.amazon.com and at area bookstores. Dr. Ross has authored 170 professional papers and 27 books. He has reviewed for numerous professional journals, is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and is a Past President of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. In addition, Dr. Ross has served as an expert witness in over 50 court cases, consulted on television, movie and video productions on trauma-related disorders, and produced six educational videos and CD’s for mental health professionals on the treatment of trauma-based disorders. Timberlawn Trauma Program Del Amo Hospital ForestView Trauma Program 1-800-426-4944 1-800-533-5266 1-800-949-8439
Dr. Ross will be presenting one plenary on the morning of Saturday, October 4, 2014:
THE PROBLEM OF ATTACHMENT TO THE PERPETRATOR
This workshop has been approved for “1 CEUs by the Washington Chapter, National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists and Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Provider number 1975-362 (pending)
The problem of attachment to the perpetrator is one of the core elements of Dr. Ross’ Trauma Model Therapy. When a small child is abused by his or her primary caretakers, he or she is dependent for survival on the people who harm her. This causes a painful, conflicted, ambivalent attachment pattern. The pattern often persists into adulthood. One of the primary tasks of recovery is to heal the disrupted attachment patterns, and form stable secure attachments between parts of the self and between the self and other people.
1. To describe the problem of attachment to the perpetrator and its role in Trauma Model Therapy.
2. To describe the relationship between childhood trauma, disrupted attachment, grief and dissociation.
3. To describe how so-called “disorganized attachment” is the inevitable outcome of being abused by one’s primary caretakers.
4. To describe treatment strategies for resolving the problem of attachment to the perpetrator.
Workshop from 1:30-3:00 on Saturday October 4th, 2014:
TREATMENT APPROACHES: HOST RESISTANCE, ORIENTING ALTERS TO THE BODY AND THE PRESENT
This workshop has been approved for “1″ CEUs by the Washington Chapter, National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists and Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Provider number #1975-362 (pending)
In the treatment of dissociative identity disorder (DID), the problem of host resistance needs to be addressed to some degree in the majority of cases. The host personality’s job is to be “resistant” – not to feel all the feelings or remember all the memories, so that function in the outside world is possible. Often, however, in adulthood, there is too much host resistance and it must be addressed in therapy. This will be explained with composite case examples. Additionally, Dr. Ross will talk about orienting alter personalities to the body and the present, which can be done quite early in recovery. Orienting alters helps de-escalate hyper-arousal, reduce self-damaging behavior like cutting, and begin the work of forming a working inner team.
1. To describe the problem of host resistance in the therapy of DID.
2. To describe treatment strategies for addressing host resistance.
3. To describe the technique of orienting alters to the body and the present in the therapy of DID.
4. To provide role-play examples of orienting alters to the body and the present.
Workshop from 3:15 – 5:15 on October 4th, 2014:
TREATMENT APPROACHES: MAKING FRIENDS WITH PERSECUTOR ALTERS, TALKING THROUGH TO THE VOICES
This workshop has been approved for “2″ of CEUs by the Washington Chapter, National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists and Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Provider number is #1975-362 (pending)
In people with DID, there are commonly persecutor alters who want to hurt or kill the host personality, who blame the host personality for childhood abuse, and who are hostile to the therapist and the therapy. It is important to make friends with these alter personalities, and to help them realize that they are parts of the whole person, that everyone is “in it together,” and that no one is trying to get rid of them. Both the therapist and the host personality have to participate in this process. In addition to talking about persecutor alters, Dr. Ross will explain and role-play the technique of “talking through to the voices.” A lot of work can be done in DID therapy without alters having to come out during sessions, which is useful if they are too scared or angry to come out safely.
1. To describe the rationale for making friends with persecutor alters in people with DID.
2. To describe strategies for making friends with persecutor alters.
3. To describe the rationale for the technique of “talking through to the voices.”
4. To role-play examples of how to talk through to the voices.
All survivors, mental health professionals, supporters, and anyone interested in learning more about dissociative disorders are invited. Please go to www://igdid.org for more information and registration.
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