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Digital Seminar

Attuning to Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)

Core Features, Foundational Principles & Implications for Clinical Practice

Pam Stavropoulos, PhD - UniMelb, Grad. Dip. Psychotherapy (JNI) , Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment, Fulbright Alumni, Clinical Member PACFA .
6 Hours 40 Minutes
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Dec 14, 2023
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Most therapists don't know how to recognise Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID).

This misunderstood condition is often subtle and difficult to diagnose. It is NOT always the overt "multiple personalities" people imagine.

If you're treating a client for a personality disorder or psychosis who is stuck or resistant...

They may actually be living with DID.

If you don’t know how to identify the signs of DID, you could be providing the wrong treatment to your clients... Which puts them at risk of dropping out of therapy.

But the good news is that you can adapt many of the methods you already use to work with DID in impactful and effective ways!

Pam Stavropoulos, PhD, will:

  • Dispel common recurrent myths surrounding DID
  • Show you the nature and core features of DID
  • Share essential knowledge of this misunderstood coping system
  • Help you recognise the potential—and limits—of standard therapeutic modalities for treating DID
  • Reveal helpful concepts, techniques, and key principles for working with DID
  • And more!

Register today to become the therapist who recognises DID and knows how to help clients find the relief they’re so desperately searching for.

(Please note that DID is a sophisticated and intricate mode of self-organisation, effective therapy for which requires clinical experience and skills beyond the scope of this training.)



PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 7 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Pam Stavropoulos, PhD, is an educator, consultant, and psychotherapist whose most recent work is as Head of Research with the Blue Knot Foundation. A former Fulbright Scholar and two-time winner (2022 & 2014) of the Pierre Janet Writing Award for the best clinical, theoretical, or research paper in the field of dissociation and/or trauma, she has been a member of the ISSTD Scientific Committee and coauthored the nationally and internationally endorsed Practice Guidelines for Clinical Treatment of Complex Trauma (Blue Knot Foundation, 2012, 2019). Pam has held lectureships at the University of New England and Macquarie University (from which she left her tenured position to study and practice psychotherapy) and is a former Program Director of the Jansen Newman Institute, Sydney. The author of Living under Liberalism: The Politics of Depression in Western Democracies (2008) she has written research reports in the community health sector and is a clinical supervisor who specializes in complex trauma-related issues.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Pam Stavropoulos maintains a private practice. She receives royalties as a published author. Pam Stavropoulos receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Pam Stavropoulos is a member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation and the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia.


PART 1: Enhancing understanding of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)

  • Myths and misconceptions: Addressing dissociative identity disorder (DID)
  • The nature of multiplicity, different forms of dissociation, and the benefits of a continuum model
  • Development disrupted: Dissociative coping in the context of overwhelming early life experiences
  • The non-unitary self and the state theory of personality
  • The Trauma vs. Fantasy Model
  • Ways trauma impacts the brain and memory:
    • Forgetting to remember
    • Defensive exclusion
    • Good me, Bad me, and Not me
    • Structural dissociation

PART 2: Clinical Implications

  • Understanding `the parts part’: Crucial differences between healthy multiplicity and trauma-generated dissociative self-states
  • The limits of 'standard' parts work in the context of structural dissociation and DID
  • Immediate and ongoing psychotherapeutic challenges: Stabilisation, safety, and grounding
  • Engaging multiple self-states
  • Key principles for working with DID: Helpful concepts and techniques

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