Back to the Past, the Present, and the Future: Conceptual Framework for the Treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder and Even More! (Nashville Regional Conference)
We are excited to conclude our 2022 Regional Conferences with an in-person Conference in Nashville, TN USA featuring Dr. Richard Loewenstein. This event will be an in-person event and will be recorded for those unable to attend in-person. We will not be offering a livestream option for this event. All in-person attendees will be required to submit proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test from within 72 hours of the start of the training to be admitted. Additional COVID-19 mitigation such as social distancing and masking will also be put in place. Our primary goal is to make sure that all attendees have a fun but safe conference experience.
This two-day workshop will review the core concepts that practitioners need to apprehend to successfully undertake the long-term psychotherapy of dissociative identity disorder (DID). The workshop begins with a discussion of discrete behavioral states theory (DBST), a transtheoretical and translational theory of human consciousness. Discrete behavioral states are so ubiquitous in normal and pathological human behavior as to be invisible. States can be understood as isomorphs, i.e., simultaneously at many levels of analysis, e.g., sleep states have been studied from cellular states to organismic states, and even shared social states of people sleeping together. Basic principles of DBST can be applied to, among many others, normal human development and attachment systems, altered states of consciousness, and as an organizing framework for many psychiatric disorders as fundamentally “state-change” disorders, e.g., bipolar and mood disorders, panic and anxiety disorders, substance-use and addictive disorders, trauma-and-stressor-related disorders, and dissociative disorders (DD), among others.
The workshop continues with a review of the foundational importance of psychodynamic psychotherapy principles for DID treatment, as well as understanding hypnosis and hypnotizability. The workshop will discuss how our language about the mind is inherently metaphorical. In particular, the phenomenology of DID is often reified, mechanical and physicalistic, e.g., referring to DID self-states as “parts”, as if the mind were a machine. The presenter will review DID as a developmental posttraumatic disorder of self-integration, requiring the therapist to conceptualize DID in terms of self-states, self-state systems, and the “whole human being”. He will review data from studies of the overall personality organization of DID. The latter helps to provide a framework for DID treatment to maximize DID patients’ resilient capacities. He will review all self-states as posttraumatic adaptations, e.g., reframing “malevolent introject” self-states as paradoxical protectors and/or “underground freedom fighters”. Working in this framework with these self-states from the beginning of treatment does not make DID treatment of DID “easy” but helps navigate typical pitfalls of concretely reifying these states based on superficial labels, e.g., “persecutory”. In this regard, the presenter will also discuss type-D attachment, betrayal trauma, shame and affect theory, coercive control, and moral injury. Day one concludes with a review of the concepts of traumatic and mind-control transferences, negative therapeutic reaction, and posttraumatic and dissociative aspects of transference/countertransference in DID treatment.
The second day will focus on clinical material. The presenter will discuss DID as a fundamentally logical disorder that can be decoded through application of the material from Day One. In addition, in the afternoon of Day Two, attendees are invited to “ask anything” by providing written questions about any topic of concern: clinical, theoretical, etc.
Potential to Distress: Yes
At the conclusion of Day One of this workshop participants will be able to:
- Explain Discrete Behavioral States Theory
- Reconceptualize dissociative Identity disorder as a disorder of self-integration
- Relate data on psychological organization of DID to the basic conduct of psychotherapy of DID
At the conclusion of Day Two of this workshop participants will be able to:
- Integrate the theoretical and clinical information addressed
- Discuss dissociative identity disorder as a “logical” disorder, based on conceptualizations from DID psychological organization, self-state systems, and “the whole human being”
- Develop clinical questions to demonstrate learning of the material to discuss with the speaker and the group
Day One Schedule
|8:30 - 9:00 AM||Registration and Light Continental Breakfast|
|9:00 - 10:00 AM||Introduction|
Discrete Behavior States Theory
|10:00 - 10:30 AM||Break|
|10:30 AM - 12:00 PM||Language of the Mind, Psychodynamics, Hypnotizability: Making Sense of Self-states|
|12:00 - 1:00 PM||Lunch Break (on own)|
|1:00 - 2:15 PM||Isomorphs: Type D Attachment and Betrayal Trauma|
Psychological Organization of DID
|2:15 - 2:45 PM||Break|
|2:45 - 4:30 PM||Shame, Traumatic Transference, Countertransference, and Negative Therapeutic Reaction |
Day Two Schedule
|8:30 - 9:00 AM||Registration and Light Continental Breakfast|
|9:00 - 10:00 AM||Review of Day One|
Thinking Through Clinical Problems in DID Treatment –Trauma Narratives, Traumatic Transference, and Reenactments
|10:00 - 10:30 AM||Break|
|10:30 AM - 12:00 PM||Thinking Through Clinical Problems in DID Treatment –Trauma Narratives, Traumatic Transference, and Reenactments (continued)|
|12:00 - 1:00 PM||Lunch Break (on own)|
|1:00 - 2:30 PM||Review of Day Two |
|2:30 - 3:00 PM||Break|
|3:00 - 4:00 PM||"Ask Anything" (continued)|
The hotel is located in the heart of downtown Nashville, next to Printer's Alley and a five-minute walk from Broadway's row of bars and honky-tonks. The Ryman Auditorium, Bridgestone Arena, and the Country Music Hall of Fame are half a mile away. Enjoy live music every evening and a warm chocolate chip cookie when you arrive.
Dining is available onsite including a full-service Starbucks in the lobby as well as two additional options, Patio 315 and Fourth & U.
Valet parking is available onsite for $55.00 per day with in/out privileges.
Nicknamed "Music City, U.S.A.", Nashville is the home of the Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and many major record labels. Since much earlier times it has been called the "Athens of the South", for its educational institutions and classical architecture. Nashville is also a major hub for the health care and publishing industries.
Nashville lies on the Cumberland River in the northwestern portion of the Nashville Basin. The population of the entire 13-county Nashville metropolitan area is 1,311,789, making it the most populous metropolitan area in the state.
Much of the city's cultural life has revolved around its large university community. Particularly significant in this respect were two groups of critics and writers who were associated with Vanderbilt University in the early twentieth century, the Fugitives and the Agrarians.
Many popular tourist sites involve country music, including the Country Music Hall of Fame and Ryman Auditorium, which was for many years the site of the Grand Ole Opry. Each year, the Country Music Association's Fan Fair (renamed "CMA Music Festival" in 2003) brings many thousands of country fans to the city.
Other popular destinations include Fort Nashborough, a reconstruction of the original settlement; the Tennessee State Museum; and The Parthenon, a full-scale replica of the original Parthenon in Athens, Greece. The graceful State Capitol is one of the oldest working state capitol buildings in the nation, while The Hermitage is one of the older presidential homes open to the public. The Nashville Zoo is one of the city's newer attractions.
Civil War history is also important to the city's tourism industry. Sites pertaining to the Battle of Nashville and the nearby Battle of Franklin and Battle of Stones River can be seen, along with several well-preserved antebellum plantation houses such as Belle Meade Plantation and Belmont Mansion.
Nashville is also the home of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, where the Tennessee Repertory Theatre makes its home. The Tennessee Performing Arts Center is also home to the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Opera, and Nashville Ballet. The Nashville Symphony Orchestra will eventually move to the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, which is scheduled to be completed in 2007.
Nashville has several arts centers and museums, including the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, located in what was formerly the main post office; Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art; the Tennessee State Museum; Fisk University's Van Vechten and Aaron Douglas Galleries; and The Parthenon.
Travel - Air
Nashville International Airport
Address: 1 Terminal Dr, Nashville, TN 37214
Travel Distance to Doubletree by Hilton Austin
Approximately 9.4 miles (16 minutes)
- Bus Service $1.70 USD
- Rental Car Approximately $70.00 USD
- Taxi $25.00 USD
Travel - Ground
Directions to Hotel from Nashville International Airport
Enter IH 35 North toward North Central Austin. Take the FM 2222 exit (238A). Move to the far right lane of the access road. After passing the Intersection of Hwy 290 E and IH-35, take the first right onto La Posada Dr. The hotel is located in Central Austin at the corner of La Posada Dr. and IH-35 North.
I-40 West, exit at Church Street/Charlotte Avenue exit. Make right at Charlotte Avenue. Turn right on 4th Avenue. Hotel two blocks up on the right at corner of 4th and Deaderick.
Distance from Hotel: 8 mi.
Drive Time: 15 min.
General Driving Directions
- From Memphis: Take I-40 east to Nashville. Exit at the Charlotte Ave/Downtown exit. Take a left at the light, continue on Charlotte until you reach 4th Ave. and then turn right. The DoubleTree is one block up on your right at 4th and Deaderick.
- From the Chattanooga: Take I-24 west toward Nashville. Pick up I-40 west to Nashville. Take the Church St./Charlotte Ave. Exit. Go to the 3rd light and turn right. Continue on Charlotte until you reach 4th Ave. And then turn right. The DoubleTree will be one block up on the right at 4th and Deaderick.
- From the North (Bowling Green): Take I-65 south to I-24 east to downtown. Exit at the James Robertson Parkway - State Capitol exit. Go right at the light, then straight to the 2nd light, which is 3rd Ave. Turn left. Go one block to the next light and turn right onto Deaderick. The DoubleTree will be one block up on the corner of 4th and Deaderick.
- From the South (Birmingham): Take I-65 north toward Nashville and pick up I-40 west to Memphis. Exit at the Church St./Charlotte Ave exit. Go to 3rd light and turn right onto Charlotte Ave. Take to 4th Ave. and turn right. The DoubleTree will be one block up on your right at 4th and Deaderick.
Presenter: Richard J. Loewenstein, MD
Presenter Biography: Richard J. Loewenstein MD is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD. He is the founder of, and from 1987-2020 was the Medical Director of, The Trauma Disorders Program at Sheppard Pratt, Baltimore, MD. He is rated by U.S. News and World Report as among America’s top 1 % of psychiatrists. Dr. Loewenstein did a research fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, MD. In the past he was a faculty member of the Departments of Psychiatry at Yale University, New Haven, CT; George Washington University, Washington, DC; and University of California, Los Angeles, CA. He is the author of approximately 100 papers and book chapters on dissociation, dissociative disorders, and trauma disorders, among others. He is the Section Editor, Dissociative Disorders, of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), DSM-5 Text Revision (DSM-5TR), to be published in Spring, 2022. He is co-editor of the 4th Revision (in preparation) of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) Guidelines for Treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder in Adults. Since 2000, he has been an author of the Dissociative Disorders chapter in Kaplan & Sadock’s Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry. He is leading the revision of the Dissociative Disorders chapter for the upcoming (11th) edition of this textbook. He is distinguished life fellow of the APA and, among other awards, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the ISSTD.
CE Credits will be available for in-person, live participation only. At this time we will not be able to offer CE credits for watching the recording of this event.
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- 10.50 ISSTD Certificate ProgramThis program is eligible for 10.50 credits in the ISSTD Certificate Program.
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