How to Work with Persecutory and Malevolent Introject Alters
In this webinar. Dr. Ross will explain the origins and roles of malevolent and persecutory introject alters. They hold the fight component of fight-flight-freeze but have turned their anger on the other personalities and the body. They are commonly responsible for suicidal ideation and command hallucinations for suicide. It is essential to form a treatment alliance with persecutor alters as soon as possible. This can be done by: orienting them to the body and the present; validating their anger; getting the host personality to thank them for holding the anger; overcoming host resistance to accepting and soothing the persecutors; understanding the protective functions of persecutors; and helping them to have an expanded role in the system and in life, instead of just being angry. Treatment techniques will be illustrated through case examples.
This presentation was originally a live webinar in 2021.
Potential to Distress: Yes
Upon Completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:
- Describe the key features of persecutor alters
- Describe the key functions of persecutor alters
- Describe the primary mammalian defense system of persecutor alters
- Describe strategies for forming a treatment alliance with persecutor alters
- Describe the role of persecutor alters in suicidal ideation
Presenter: Colin A. Ross, MD
Presenter Biography: Colin A. Ross received his M.D. from the University of Alberta in 1981 and completed his psychiatry training at the University of Manitoba in 1985. He has been running a Trauma Program in the Dallas, Texas area since. His Texas Trauma Program moved to UBH Denton in September, 2015. Dr. Ross is the author of 35 books and over 250 professional papers and is a Past President of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. Dr. Ross has spoken widely throughout North America and in Europe, China, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand. Besides his psychiatric research and writing, Dr. Ross has written poetry, short stories, essays, aphorisms, creative non-fiction, and screenplays.
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