Stabilization Techniques: Building on Self-Reflection & Decreasing Dissociation in Youth


Children and adolescents with dissociation have a high rate of affect and behavior dysregulation. They are easily triggered and out of their window of tolerance. They can be erratic and unpredictable due to their extreme switching of self-states and high rate of comorbidity. They are often put on heavy dosages of multiple medications and are still uncontained. Placements become disrupted and the child experiences frequent moves and failed therapeutic interventions.

This webinar will focus on building internal and external awareness across all parts of the child, resolving conflicts among parts of the self, and learning effective strategies for safe expression of affect among self-states, expanding their window of tolerance, and developing metacognitive awareness. Clinical examples and artwork will depict the therapeutic process.

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Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session participants will be able to:

  • Describe techniques for building internal and external awareness with dissociative youth
  • Explain techniques to effectively negotiate for safe discharge of affect with dissociative children
  • Describe strategies to develop metacognitive awareness with dissociative youth
Course summary
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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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Presenter: Frances Waters, DCSW, LMSW, LMFT
Presenter Bio:  Frances S. Waters, DCSW, LMSW, LMFT, is an internationally recognized trainer, consultant, and clinician in the area of childhood trauma, abuse, and dissociation. Ms. Waters is the past President of The International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation (ISSTD) and has served on many committees with ISSD, including currently co-chair of ISSTD’s Child & Adolescent Committee, and Faculty Director of the Child Adolescent Professional Training Programs. Ms. Waters is author of Healing the Fracture Child: Diagnosing and Treating Dissociative Youth (2016) and has published many chapters and articles on childhood trauma and dissociation.

Available Credit

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


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