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The prevalence of dissociative responding in Type I and Type II trauma survivors and in many disorders is high – between 15 and 30% of PTSD diagnoses could be of the PTSD/D subtype. Although all trauma responses can be formulated as dissociative theoretically, in practice there are two distinct presentations: reliving and flashbacks vs shutting down and freezing. Often the client presentation is a mix of these two types of symptoms.

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Day 1

Day 1 looks at a CBT model of dissociation in detail, showing how dissociative responding can be involved in both reliving and shutting down. In the afternoon we work with classic PTSD, examining how CBT, ACT, DBT and CFT can help in formulation and treatment.

Day 2

Day 2 lays out how dissociation is involved in trauma responses and occurs across presentations, including dissociative disorders such as DID, but also BPD, OCD, ED and others. The CBT model of dissociation is used to show effects from hallucinations through affective flattening to personality structure disturbance. We work on the formulation and treatment of dissociation using CBT. ACT, DBT and CFT

Balancing Acceptance and Change in Working With Exposure

DSM-V defines PTSD as having four clusters of symptoms for both adults and children Looking at how the Big 4 are manifested in individual clients and what psychological processes are keeping them going provides the basis for formulation. This webinar looks at what the four therapies can bring to addressing each of these clusters of symptoms. It is clear that exposure work is needed, but to what end and how might it work? How much acceptance work should we do and how much change work? We look at the latest theory and evidence on exposure and how it works and then use a clinical example to show how we can use these insights practically to help the client overcome crippling and severe effects of PTSD. We demonstrate an evidence-based procedure for addressing PTSD, which integrates strategies from the four therapies. Lastly we show how to troubleshoot problems that may arise when conducting this kind of therapy.

Learn how to

  • understand dissociation and the role it plays in PTSD, dissociative and other disorders
  • know how to assess for dissociation
  • know how to formulate dissociative presentations
  • know how to treat flashbacks and reliving using techniques from CBT, ACT, DBT and CFT
  • know how to treat dissociative presentations using CBT, ACT, DBT and CFT
  • know how to assess, formulate and treat ‘mixed’ presentations

The Trainer

Dr Fiona Kennedy is a respected and knowledgeable, fun trainer with a knack of making complex concepts accessible without losing their richness. She has edited the book “Cognitive Behavioural Approaches To The Understanding And Treatment Of Dissociation’ with Dr David Pearson and Dr Helen Kennerley, and written “Get Your Life Back: The Most Effective Therapies For A Better You”, which is a self help book integrating CBT, DBT, ACT and CFT. She has a special interest in trauma and dissociation


The British Psychological Society London Office:

30 Tabernacle Street



TEL: +44 (0) 207 330 0890

(50 places in the room only)

Live webinar available, with interactive opportunities to ask questions, make comments and give feedback to exercises, with responses from the speaker

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Early Bird £295; Full Price £320; Student Price £90

Book two workshops together (this one and Working with PTSD and Dissociation 19th and 20th September 2019) for £500.