Advancing Approaches in the Treatment of Complex PTSD and Dissociative Disorders (2022 Denver Regional Conference)
We are excited to begin our 2022 Regional Conferences with an in-person Conference in Denver, CO USA featuring Dr. Colin Ross.
This event will be an in-person event and we do not plan to livestream or record this presentation at this time.
ISSTD is monitoring local, state and federal regulations regarding masking, vaccinations, and testing. We will provide final details of our COVID-19 policy approximately two weeks before the conference. ISSTD may require participants to wear face masks and provide proof of vaccines and/or negative test. We ask that everyone be respectful of the different beliefs of each person regarding these mitigation strategies and understand that each person has a different level of comfort at this time. Our primary goal is to keep everyone attending safe and healthy.
Dr. Colin Ross will be presenting his Trauma Model Therapy (TMT), a new, comprehensive treatment modality for complex PTSD and dissociative disorders. This is a treatment protocol which serves as a model for a broad range of conditions, including depression; personality disorders; panic and related disorders such as OCD; eating disorders and somatic symptom disorders. Dr. Ross brings his over 30 years’ experience as a treating psychiatrist to this ISSTD Regional Conference. The second afternoon will be devoted to a Consultation Clinic where Dr.Ross will be joined by Peter Maves and Susan Hykes. Treatment and management will be discussed that are being encountered in attendees practice settings, with emphasis upon complex treatment problems and personality disorder components. Treatment strategies will be discussed including the transference circumstances that arise in treating this population. The resistance points and treatment impasses which are a frequent part of the treatment will be identified and suggestions will be shared.
Potential to Distress
Below please find the schedule for the conference as well as abstracts and learning objectives for each presentation.
Day One Schedule
|8:30 - 9:00 AM||Registration and Light Continental Breakfast|
|9:00 - 10:00 AM||Introduction, Overview of The Trauma Model|
Basic Principles of Trauma Model Therapy
|10:00 - 10:30 AM||Break|
|10:30 AM - 12:30 PM||The problem of attachment to the perpetrator, the locus of control shift, the problem is not the problem, just say 'no' to drugs, addiction is the opposite of desensitization, the victim-rescuer-perpetrator triangle|
Case examples, questions and discussion
|12:30 - 1:30 PM||Lunch Break - Provided|
|1:30 - 3:00 PM||History and Overview of DID|
How to Diagnoses DID In A Clinical Interview
|3:00 - 3:30 PM||Break|
|3:30 - 5:00 PM||How to Use the DES and DDIS|
Day Two Schedule
|8:30 - 9:00 AM||Light Continental Breakfast|
|9:00 - 10:30 AM||Techniques and Strategies for Treatment of DID|
|10:30 - 11:00 AM||Break|
|11:00 AM - 12:30 PM||Techniques and Strategies for Treatment of DID (continued)|
|12:30 - 1:30 PM||Lunch Break - Provided|
|1:30 - 3:00 PM||Consultation Clinic|
|3:00 - 3:30 PM||Break|
|3:30 - 5:00 PM||Consultation Clinic (continued)|
Trauma Model Therapy and Treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorders
Colin A Ross, MD
In this workshop, Dr. Ross will explain the principles and techniques of his Trauma Model Therapy (TMT), with an emphasis on dissociative symptoms and disorders. TMT was developed for treatment of people with complex PTSD and dissociative disorders, including their extensive comorbidity. This often includes depression, borderline personality disorder, substance abuse, panic disorder, OCD, eating disorders and somatic symptom disorders. TMT can be adapted for people with less severe trauma and less complex mental health problems and is suitable for all practice settings. It is based on Dr. Ross’ Trauma Model, which is a comprehensive, scientifically testable theory of the relationship between psychological trauma and a wide range of different disorders, addictions and self-defeating behaviors. Dr. Ross will explain the principles of TMT including: the problem of attachment to the perpetrator; the locus of control shift; the problem is not the problem; just say ‘no’ to drugs; addiction is the opposite of desensitization; and the victim-rescuer-perpetrator triangle. The two core features of the therapy are a focus on conflicted, ambivalent attachment and the self-blame and self-hatred arising from the locus of control shift. These two aspects of the model are based on the biology of mammalian attachment and developmental psychology. The techniques of TMT will be illustrated through case examples. The therapy involves a blend of cognitive, systems, behavioral, experiential and psychodynamic techniques within a unified theory.
Dr. Ross will describe how to recognize dissociative identity disorder (DID) and the principles of its treatment. He will describe the key symptoms of DID and how to ask about them in a clinical interview. He will then demonstrate how to use the Dissociative Experiences Scale (DES) and the Dissociative Disorders Interview Schedule (DDIS) to screen for and diagnose DID. Attendees will receive copies of the DES and DDIS by email for their own use. The rest of the workshop will be spent on treatment. Principles of the therapy include: the central paradox of DID; the problem of host resistance; and talking through to the voices. Time will be spent on techniques for fostering inter-personality communication and cooperation, grounding and stabilization and other tasks. Techniques and strategies will be illustrated through case examples.
At the conclusion of this workshop participants will be able to:
- Describe the use of the DES as a screening instrument for DID
- Explain how to use the DDIS as a diagnostic interview for DID
- Discuss the core principles of Trauma Model Therapy
- Describe specific treatment strategies through case examples, with an emphasis on dissociation
- Name techniques for increasing inter-personality communication and cooperation in DID
Potential to Distress: No
Consultation Clinic: Complexities in the Treatment of Complex Post-Traumatic and Dissociative Disorders
Colin A. Ross, MD
Peter A. Maves, PhD
This presentation is not eligible for APA or ASWB credits but is available for ISSTD Certificate Program Credits.
The difficulties of treating complex trauma and dissociative conditions produce numerous times of confusion, uncertainty and lack of clarity about effective treatment approaches. Treatment complexity is compounded by a wide array of symptomatic behaviors and presentations, personality disorder aspects and multiple layers of transference and countertransference themes. Participants in this clinic will be invited to discuss treatment and management issues they are encountering in their practice settings, with emphasis upon complex treatment problems and personality disorder components. Treatment strategies will be discussed including the transference circumstances that arise in treating this population. The resistance points and treatment impasses which are a frequent part of the treatment will be identified and suggestions will be shared. Participants should disguise their clinical material so as not to compromise patient/client privacy and the workshop will not be recorded.
Potential to Distress: Yes
Presenter: Colin A. Ross, MD
Presenter Bio: Colin A. Ross, MD completed medical school at the University of Alberta and his psychiatry training at the University of Manitoba in Canada. He is a Past President of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, and is the author of over 250 papers and 36 books. He has spoken widely throughout North America and Europe, and in China, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand. He has been a keynote speaker at many different conferences, and has reviewed for over 30 different professional journals. Dr. Ross has been running a hospital Trauma Program in the Dallas area since moving to Texas in 1991. The Trauma Program is based at UBH hospital in Denton, TX. He also has a Partial Hospitalization Program in Cedar Park, Texas. Dr. Ross’ books cover a wide range of topics. His clinical books focus on trauma and dissociation and include: Dissociative Identity Disorder. Diagnosis, Clinical Features and Treatment of Multiple Personality, Second Edition (1997); Schizophrenia: Innovations in Diagnosis and Treatment (2004); The Trauma Model: A Solution to the Problem of Comorbidity in Psychiatry (2007); Trauma Model Therapy: A Treatment Approach for Trauma Dissociation and Complex Comorbidity (2009); Structural Dissociation: A Proposed Modification of the Theory (2013); Treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder: Techniques and Strategies for Stabilization (2018); and The Genetics of Schizophrenia (2020). Dr. Ross has published a series of treatment outcome studies in peer-reviewed journals, which provide evidence for the effectiveness of Trauma Model Therapy. Many of his papers involve large series of cases, with original research data and statistical analyses, including a paper entitled ‘Trauma and Dissociation in China’ in the American Journal of Psychiatry. Besides his clinical psychiatry interests, Dr. Ross has published papers and books on cancer and human energy fields, as well as literary works including essays, fiction, poetry and screenplays. He has several different hobbies including travel.
Presenter: Peter Maves, PhD
Presenter Bio: Dr. Maves is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, practicing in Longmont, Colorado since 1982, specializing in the treatment of complex trauma and dissociative disorders. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder and the former Assistant Director of the Emergency Psychiatric Service of Boulder. He was the Clinical Director of Adams Community Mental Health Center and developed and was the Clinical Director of Centennial Peak’s Hospital’s Trauma and Dissociative Disorders Treatment Program. He was the Clinical Director of Columbine Hospital’s National Trauma Center. Dr. Maves has served as a Practice Monitor for the Grievance Board, State of Colorado and was an oral licensing examiner for the Colorado State Board of Psychologist Examiners, Department of Regulatory Agencies. Dr. Maves is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences on the treatment of complex trauma, dissociative disorders, traumatic brain injuries and military trauma. He is a Clinical Instructor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, supervising Ph.D. graduate students in Clinical Psychology. He is a Fellow and former Board member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, a Diplomate in Clinical Forensic Counseling and a member of the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation. Dr. Maves currently serves as the Co-Chair of ISSTD's Regional and Virtual Committee and Chair of ISSTD's Professional Training Program, where he also serves as an instructor for Professional Training Program's instruction sequences. Dr. Maves is also a long-standing member of ISSTD's Finance Committee and recently received the ISSTD Presidential Award of Distinction.
Presenter: Susan Hykes
Presenter Bio: Susan Hykes is a spiritual director and a registered psychotherapist who is listed in the State of Colorado database and authorized by law to practice though not licensed. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a BA in mathematics and a teaching certificate. She has been in private practice since 1989 and has accrued over 1500 hours of continuing education in professional workshops since that time. Her previous professional experience includes system analyst, management consultant, and Executive Director of a treatment center for recovering alcoholics. She has had extensive experience counseling others since 1970 and has empowered many people to find growth and wholeness. Her experience includes individual, family, and couples counseling, grief counseling, co-dependency and addiction recovery, and post-traumatic stress recovery, including dissociative disorders. She has presented at national conferences on the subjects of Narcissism, Professional Ethics, and the CoMorbidity of Autistic Spectrum Disorder and CPSTD.
CE credits are only available for the nine hour workshop presented by Colin Ross. ISSTD Certificate Program credits are available for all sessions. Participants must attend the full workshop to be eligible for CE credits and sign-in/out each day of the event. Sign-in/out sheets will be reviewed by ISSTD staff within two weeks of the conclusion of the event and access to the CE evaluation will be provided at that time to those who attended the full workshop and purchased credits.
- 9.00 APAThe International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
- 9.00 ASWB ACEThe International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), #1744, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ISSTD maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 08/20/2021 – 08/20/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 9.00 continuing education credits.
- 12.00 ISSTD Certificate ProgramThis program is eligible for 12.00 credits in the ISSTD Certificate Program.
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ISSTD is monitoring local, state and federal regulations regarding masking, vaccinations, and testing. We will provide final details of our COVID-19 policy approximately two weeks before the conference. ISSTD may require participants to wear face mask and provide proof of vaccines and/or negative test. We ask that everyone be respectful of the different beliefs of each person regarding these mitigation strategies and understand that each person has a different level of comfort at this time. Our primary goal is to keep everyone attending safe and healthy.
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