'Not Safe, Not Stable’ - Suicidality and Self Harm in Clients with Complex PTSD and Dissociation
Working with severely traumatized people, people on the edge of life and death, demands an intense amount of focus, energy, and skill. The process is challenging for both the client and the therapist, requiring both to deal with serious issues for extended periods of time.
This workshop will focus on working with clients whose self-harm and suicidality are chronic, and complex. It will cover some ways to understand the purpose behind some of these behaviors, and how can the therapist and client navigate the danger and collaborate to discover ways to be able to live and heal. Also, we will discuss the impact on the therapists who work with these people, transference and countertransference issues, feeling 'deskilled', and the need for support for the therapist.
This presentation was originally presented as a live webinar in March 2022.
Potential to Distress
Upon Completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:
- Explain the difference between self harm and suicidal feelings in dissociative and non-dissociative people
- Use their countertransference to help their client learn to manage their self harm and suicidal feelings
- Identify resources within the client that work towards life and health
- Explain how self harm and suicidal thoughts and feelings may be used to regulate affect
- Plan for their own self-care while working with clients who deal with self harm and suicidal feelings
Presenter: Lynette Danylchuk
Presenter Bio: Lynette Danylchuk, PhD, a Clinical Psychologist, has been working in the trauma field since mid-80, starting with Vietnam Vets and people with DID. She served 12 years on the original Board of Directors of Survivorship, and then worked for the Board of the Star Foundation for several more years. She had her private practice in San Mateo, California, where, in addition to working with clients, she did (and continues to do) periodic consultation and teaching where she sees a need, including a local graduate school, juvenile hall, and the county trauma-informed services conference. Lynette has been adjunct faculty to graduate schools in the San Francisco area where she has taught, and been a dissertation chairperson. She has given keynote speeches and workshops across the state and internationally at conferences of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD). She is co-author with Kevin Connors of the book, “Treating Complex Trauma and Dissociation: A Practical Guide for Navigating Therapeutic Challenges”, Routledge, 2016.
Lynette is a Past President of ISSTD. She has been an active society member since 1996. She has chaired the Professional Training Program, and the ISSTD UN Task Force, gaining Affiliate Status for ISSTD with the United Nations. She is currently a member of the Conference Committee, and Co-Chair of the Certificate Program Committee, and the Center for Advanced Studies. She is an ISSTD Fellow, and winner of the ISSTD Lifetime Achievement Award.
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- 1.50 ISSTD Certificate ProgramThis program is eligible for 1.50 credits in the ISSTD Certificate Program.
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