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Posttraumatic and Dissociative Disorders Psychotherapy: Master Class With Don Beere

About the Course:

ISST-D Members Only: If you did not take this course as a face-to-face class with ISST-D, please do not take this course. Only ISST-D Members will receive credit for this course.

At the end of this experience, participants will have sufficient knowledge to enhance their diagnostic and treatment skills with persons who present with complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and Dissociative Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (DDNOS), with an increased awareness of understanding and treating DID, the psychodynamic treatment of sexually abused men, and affect regulation and mentalization.

This course is based on the reading-based online, Posttraumatic and Dissociative Disorders Psychotherapy: Master Class With Don Beere created by Don Beere, PH.D., ABPP in 2012.

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Course Material Author

Don Beere, PH.D., ABPP

Course Creator

Keith Gibson, Ph.D.

Dr. Gibson is a Clinical Psychologist with over 30 years in research, clinical and consulting practice. He has also held leadership roles in research administration and program evaluation and more recently has specialized in program evaluation and system analysis. He draws upon his years of expertise as a practicing psychologist, administrator, researcher and technologist to help universities evaluate their programs to implement, meet, and maintain CACREP standards.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors and social workers who seek knowledge about posttraumatic and dissociative disorders psychotherapy. It is appropriate for an introductory level to advanced levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Session 1: Master Topic: Understanding Dissociative Identity Disorder
    1. Analyze the case studies of patients with DID
    2. Demonstrate knowledge of the personality organization, the dissociative structure, and relationships to trauma and disorganized attachment in DID
    3. Present case reports and process therapeutic options

  2. Session 2: Master Topic: Understanding & Treating of Dissociative Identity Disorder
    1. Describe the creation and contextualization of dissociated self-states
    2. Discuss phase-oriented treatment and facilitating co-consciousness and co-participation in the treatment
    3. Present case reports and process therapeutic options

  3. Session 3: Master Topic: Treating of Dissociative Identity Disorder
    1. Demonstrate techniques to work with persecutory alters
    2. Apply strategies to manage suicidality in DID
    3. Present case reports and process therapeutic options

  4. Session 4: Master Topic: The Sexual Betrayal of Boys
    1. Discuss the encoding of sexual abuse as sexual initiation
    2. Describe the struggles about masculinity of sexually abused men
    3. Present case reports and process therapeutic options

  5. Session 5: Master Topic: The Familial and Cultural Context of Male Sexual Abuse
    1. Describe the effects of chronic boundary violations
    2. Summarize the sequelae of inappropriate, intimate relatedness
    3. Present case reports and process therapeutic options

  6. Session 6: Master Topic: The Relationship of the Therapist to the Sexually Abused Patient
    1. Discuss the patient/therapist dyad
    2. Recognize the issues of gender and therapeutic relationships
    3. Present case reports and process therapeutic options

  7. Session 7: Master Topic: Theoretical Perspectives
    1. Examine the self-organization as related to attachment and reflective function
    2. Explain the historical and interdisciplinary perspectives on affects and affects regulations
    3. Present case reports and process therapeutic options

  8. Session 8: Master Topic: Developmental Perspectives
    1. Review the development of and understanding of self and agency
    2. Evaluate the theories of affect mirroring on the development of emotional self-awareness
    3. Present case reports and process therapeutic options

  9. Session 9: Master Topic: Clinical Perspectives
    1. Describe the roots of borderline personality disorder in disorganized attachment
    2. Observe mentalized affectivity in the clinical setting
    3. Present case reports and process therapeutic options

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American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders (AAHCPAD)

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National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

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Don Beere Master Class Syllabus

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Course Number 101996
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