Psychological Assessment of Dissociative Disorders – Part I - The Process of Assessing Dissociative Patients and Their Profiles on Trauma Measures


Dr. Brand will describe ways to manage common assessment challenges such as mistrust, amnesia and conflicting and variable experiences of symptoms. She will review the behaviors exhibited by DD patients during psychological assessment, describe a method for obtaining valid assessment data from them, and review some of the trauma-specific tests (DES, TSI, MID, MDI) and interviews (SCID-D-R, DDIS) that are useful in making a differential diagnosis of DD for adults.

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Presenter: Bethany Brand, PhD
Presenter Bio: Bethany Brand, PhD is a Professor at Towson University in Maryland and an expert in trauma disorders. She has served on several national task forces that developed guidelines for the assessment and treatment of trauma-related disorders. Dr. Brand is the Principal Investigator on three lines of research: a series of international dissociative disorders treatment studies; assessment methods for distinguishing dissociative disorders from other conditions including malingering; and the assessment of the accuracy and adequacy of textbooks’ coverage of trauma. In her private practice, she treats complex trauma patients and serves as an expert witness in trauma-related cases.

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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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