Therapeutic and Research Innovations for the Treatment of Complex Post Traumatic Conditions - Day One
This event will kick off with a full-day presentation from Richard Loewenstein that will focus on an introduction of the framework to the new ISSTD Adult Treatment Guidelines.
The Logic of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID): Essential Concepts for Successful Treatment
Richard Loewenstein, MD
Dr. Loewenstein reviews the foundational importance of psychodynamic psychotherapy principles for DID treatment, as well as understanding hypnosis and hypnotizability. He will discuss how our language about the mind is inherently metaphorical. In particular, metaphors for the phenomenology of DID are often reified, mechanical, and physicalistic. He will review data to conceptualize DID as a specific posttraumatic developmental disorder of self-integration, with its own unique personality organization. The latter combines marked, typically idiosyncratic posttraumatic reactivity along with preservation of crucial resiliencies that underlie the DID individual’s potential positive responses to psychotherapy (e.g., capacities for logical thinking and insight). DID psychotherapy must attend not only to individual self-states, but to the organization of self-state systems, as well as addressing the mind of the “whole human being”. Dr. Loewenstein will discuss the complex relationship of the concepts of self-states to identity-states and their relationship to the construct of personality. He discusses DID self-states as logical posttraumatic adaptations (e.g., reframing “malevolent introject” self-states as paradoxical protectors and/or “underground freedom fighters”). Working in this framework from the beginning of treatment can help navigate many pitfalls of concretely reifying DID self-states based on superficial labels that pattern how we view self-states (e.g., “persecutory” vs. “helper”). All DID self-states are trauma-based attempts at adaptation by the DID child – “problem solvers” - to unpredictably malevolent attachment figures. Dr. Loewenstein will discuss type-D attachment and betrayal trauma as isomorphs. Also, he will discuss the role of shame and disgust, especially around malevolent attachments, as well as the importance of understanding coercive control. Throughout, Dr. Loewenstein will describe traumatic posttraumatic and dissociative aspects of transference/countertransference in DID treatment, as well as mind-control transference, negative therapeutic reaction, and the ubiquity of unconscious flashbacks and multi-level reenactments during psychotherapy.
Day One Schedule
|8:30 - 9:00 AM||Registration and Light Continental Breakfast|
|9:00 - 10:30 AM||The Logic of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID): Essential Concepts for Successful Treatment (Loewenstein)|
|10:30 - 11:00 AM||Break|
|11:00 AM - 12:30 PM||The Logic of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID): Essential Concepts for Successful Treatment (Loewenstein) - continued|
|12:30 - 1:30 PM||Lunch Break - Provided|
|1:30 - 3:00 PM||The Logic of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID): Essential Concepts for Successful Treatment (Loewenstein) - continued|
|3:00 - 3:30 PM||Break|
|3:30 - 5:00 PM||The Logic of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID): Essential Concepts for Successful Treatment (Loewenstein) - continued|
Presenter: Richard J. Loewenstein, MD
Presenter Biography: Richard J. Loewenstein MD is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD. He is the founder of, and from 1987-2020 was the Medical Director of, The Trauma Disorders Program at Sheppard Pratt, Baltimore, MD. He is rated by U.S. News and World Report as among America’s top 1 % of psychiatrists. Dr. Loewenstein did a research fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, MD. In the past he was a faculty member of the Departments of Psychiatry at Yale University, New Haven, CT; George Washington University, Washington, DC; and University of California, Los Angeles, CA. He is the author of approximately 100 papers and book chapters on dissociation, dissociative disorders, and trauma disorders, among others. He is the Section Editor, Dissociative Disorders, of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), DSM-5 Text Revision (DSM-5TR), to be published in Spring, 2022. He is co-editor of the 4th Revision (in preparation) of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) Guidelines for Treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder in Adults. Since 2000, he has been an author of the Dissociative Disorders chapter in Kaplan & Sadock’s Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry. He is leading the revision of the Dissociative Disorders chapter for the upcoming (11th) edition of this textbook. He is distinguished life fellow of the APA and, among other awards, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the ISSTD.
Information about approvals for the full conference is included below. Participants attending Day One in full will receive 6.0 continuing education credits. Please note that the closing "Ask Anything" session is not available for continuing education.
We are currently working to add additional approvals for this event, including New York state approvals, with our CE co-sponsor, CE Learning Systems. Additional approvals will be posted as they are granted and we hope to have final approvals for all types of credits we will offer posted by mid-August.
- 6.00 APAThe International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
- 6.00 ASWB ACEThe International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), #1744, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ISSTD maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 08/20/2021 – 08/20/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 6.00 continuing education credits.
- 6.00 ISSTD Certificate ProgramThis program is eligible for 6.00 credits in the ISSTD Certificate Program.
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