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ISSTD Virtual Book Club - Intensive Psychotherapy for Persistent Dissociative Processes: The Fear of Feeling Real

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Intensive Psychotherapy for Persistent Dissociative disorders by Richard Chefetz MD goes into depth to help the reader understand the dissociative process including development and causes. Further, he addresses the neurobiological, transference and counter transference aspects of the treatment process that a therapist encounters. The author makes this process come alive for the reader.

This course is based on the book, ISSTD Virtual Book Club – Intensive Psychotherapy for Persistent Dissociative Processes: The Fear of Feeling Real created by Richard Alan Chefetz, M.D. in 2015.

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Richard Alan Chefetz, M.D.

Richard A. Chefetz, M.D. is a psychiatrist and a Diplomate of the American Boards of Psychiatry and Neurology, Medical Hypnosis, and Family Practice (1979-1998). He is a fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is a member of the faculties of the Advanced Psychotherapy Training Program of the Washington School of Psychiatry, and the faculties of two programs at The Washington Center for Psychoanalysis: Modern Perspectives in Psychotherapy, and New Directions in Psychoanalysis. He is also on the faculty and is a founding member and former Secretary of the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis. Dr. Chefetz is a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychology, in New York City. He is also a Past-President of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) (2002-3). He was chair of ISSTD’s Dissociative Disorder Psychotherapy Training Program (2000-2008) and lectures internationally on trauma and dissociation. Dr. Chefetz is a certified Consultant in Hypnosis of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. He has completed training in EMDR Level I And II. Dr. Chefetz is a member of the Washington Psychoanalytic Society, the American Psychiatric Association, The American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry, The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, and the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.

Course Creator

Tyler Gibson

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This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors and social workers. It is appropriate for intermediate levels of participants.

Course Objectives:

  1. Discuss how the mind associates and dissociates

  2. Discuss how the minds need for coherence influences our subjective reality

  3. Determine how trauma effects the hippocampus and amygdala

  4. Discuss how critical it is for the therapist to notice and discuss discontinuities or contradictions

  5. Determine how obsessions relate to dissociation

  6. Discuss how enactment is a means of communicating

  7. Discuss how to value isolation of affect or experience over alters

  8. Identify the role of mentalization in the developing mind

  9. Determine the therapist’s role in affect tolerance

  10. Discuss the neurobiology of trauma

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