Living Legend Webinar: Assessing Trauma-Related Dissociation with the Trauma and Dissociation Symptoms Interview (TADS-I): Challenges and New Developments
Assessing dissociative disorders is challenging for many clinicians because:
- Definitions on dissociation differ and are not always clear. Some clinicians consider dissociation a phenomenon that exists on an continuum (from normal to pathological) other consider dissociation a phenomenon that is always pathological and refers to a division of self.
- Patients generally do not present with dissociative symptoms but have a tendency to hide or dissimulate these symptoms.
- There is a lot of overlap with other disorders such as complex PTSD and other anxiety disorders, and personality disorders
- Differential diagnosis from many other psychiatric disorders (e.g psychosis, bipolar disorder, autism spectrum disorders) may be difficult
- Main classification systems (DSM and ICD) differ with respect to dissociative disorders
- Clinicians do not receive systematic education with regard to diagnosis and treatment of dissociative disorders
The TADS-I (Boon & Matthess, 2016) is a new clinician-administered semi-structured interview to assess dissociative symptoms and disorders and other trauma-related symptoms. This interview enables the clinician to make DSM-5 and ICD-11 diagnoses; thus, it also includes a large section on somatoform dissociative symptoms. Secondly, it includes a section on other trauma-related symptoms in order to: (1) develop a more complete clinical picture of possible comorbidity, including symptoms of PTSD and complex PTSD; (2) achieve greater insight into the (possible) dissociative organization of the personality; and (3) differentiate complex dissociative disorders from personality disorders and other disorders, such as a (complex) posttraumatic stress disorder (CPTSD), mood disorder or psychotic disorders. Finally, the TADS-I aims at making a distinction between symptoms referring to a division of the personality and symptoms that may involve other alterations of consciousness but are not per se dissociative. Data of a preliminary study are currently analysed."
Potential to Distress: No
This presentation was originally presented as a live webinar in January 2024.
Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:
- Describe the difference between symptoms indicating a division of the personality and symptoms that may involve other alterations of consciousness
- Identify the difference between memory problems due to absorption and due to dissociative amnesia
- Discuss how TADS-I trauma-related questions may be helpful in differentiating dissociative disorders from other psychiatric disorders
- List the TADS--I symptom profiles of dissociative disorders
- Explain TASDS-I symptom profiles of non-dissociative disorders
She is currently working working in private practice. She is a trainer and supervisor and teaches in many different countries.
Suzette is co-founder of the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation (ESTD) and was the first president of this Society.
The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) granted her the David Caul Memorial Award in 1993, the Morton Prince Award in 1994 and the President’s Award of distinction and the status of fellow in 1995 for her contributions to diagnosis, treatment, research and education in the field of dissociative disorders. In 2009 She received the LifeTime Achievement Award and in 2011 the Pierre Janet Writing Award for the book Coping with trauma-related Dissociation a skills training for patients and their therapists.
In 2017 she received the Pierre Janet Writing Award as second author of the book Treating Trauma-related Dissociation. A practical integrative approach."
Boon Training & Supervision
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