Dissociation is a highly creative and adaptive coping strategy in an environment that is dangerous and chaotic. In the face of trauma, we employ the protective strategy of trying to “unknow” that which is too terrifying to integrate. However, the word dissociation itself can evoke fear and confusion in the hearts of therapists.
In this interactive workshop, we will examine the various definitions of dissociation and we will explore the experience in the room when we encounter it. We will work together to take the mystery out of assessing, diagnosing and treating dissociation and complex trauma.