Integrative Techniques in the Treatment of DID

It is generally felt that the treatment of dissociative identity disorder (DID) should proceed through a series of steps or phases, in a rough chronological order, which eventually leads to a final fusion or integration of the patient/client's ego states. In a general sense these stages or phases move from accurate diagnosis, with some acceptance of the diagnosis, through a variety of communication stages of alter states, working through or metabolizing traumatic memories and feelings and then an integration, with the acquisition of non-dissociative defenses for more adaptive living. This presentation will review the integration literature and then present a range of integration, consolidation interventions and strategies, including approaches that utilize time-effective and paradoxical methods. Emphasis will be placed upon the timing of interventions, the drawbacks of some approaches, realistic expectations for treatment and an examination of how the tone of treatment changes during the final phases. Case questions will be encouraged to promote participant involvement.

This session was originally presented as a live webinar in November 2020.

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Learning Objectives

Upon Completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the literature on integration approaches for dissociative identity disorder (DID) and how these approaches have evolved
  • Describe the range of integration and consolidation strategies for the treatment of dissociative identity disorder (DID)
  • Apply unique, time-effective integration methods for use in special case treatment situations of dissociative identity disorder (DID)
  • Describe timing aspects of when to utilize consolidation and integration interventions in the treatment of dissociative identity disorder (DID)
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Presenter: Peter Maves, PhD
Presenter Biography: Peter Maves, PhD is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in practice since 1982. He holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He was the Assistant Director of the Boulder Emergency Psychiatric Service and the psychologist for the Boulder Sheriff’s Department. He was Clinical Director of Adams Community Mental Health Center. He designed and was Clinical Director of Centennial Peaks Hospital’s Trauma and Dissociative Disorders Treatment Program and Director of Columbine Hospital’s National Trauma Treatment Center. He was the founder of the Rocky Mountain Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. He was a Practice Monitor and oral licensing examiner for the Colorado State Board of Psychologist Examiners.

He is a Fellow and Board member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation and frequent presenter at regional, national and international conferences on trauma and dissociation and is a member of the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation.

He has served as a consultant to insurance and managed care companies regarding the treatment of dissociative conditions, complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and severe personality disorders. As an expert witness, he assists with forensic cases involving dissociative disorders. He holds an undergraduate degree in Finance and was an institutional money manager prior to returning to school to study experimental and clinical psychology.

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  • 1.50 ISSTD Certificate Program
    This program is eligible for 1.50 credits in the ISSTD Certificate Program.


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