Working with Dissociative Disorders in Clinical Practice


This course is no longer run as a live training day, and has become an online training course.

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This training builds on previous courses by Carolyn Spring but presents fresh insights into working with clients who have a history of repeated childhood trauma and/or are presenting with chronic dissociative symptoms and/or a dissociative disorder. Often referred to as ‘complex’ by the polite and ‘difficult’, ‘challenging’, ‘revolving-door’ and ‘borderline’ by the less polite, these clients do present many challenges, but their behaviours and symptoms are entirely logical in the light of their early life history, and this course will help to shed light on how to work effectively with them in order to progress towards recovery – a life that is no longer dominated by trauma responses.

The course will take a neurobiologically-informed approach, meaning that we will look at how the body and brain’s natural defences have been stimulated by overwhelming threat, and how that response has become stuck and then manifests in the complex behaviours of a trauma-related disorder. Building on other courses, we’ll look at the brain science behind this and various paradigms which help to make the complex simple, including the concept of the back brain and front brain, and how recovery from trauma involves a continual shift away from survival-based, back brain reflexes into more adaptive, elective, front brain choices. This course won’t just present the theory in a disembodied, abstract way, but will explain it with insightful metaphors and Carolyn’s own experience of ten years of therapy and recovery from the disabling effects of a frozen trauma response.

This course will look at the burning questions that so many therapists have when working with this client group, including:

This course is for you if:

This course is aimed specifically at counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists and other professionals working in a clinical setting (including private practice) with clients who have experienced childhood trauma. Although it would be ideal to have attended other PODS courses, especially Dissociation and DID: The Fundamentals, it is not strictly necessary, but please be warned that the topics covered in that course specifically will not be repeated in this one.

You will also find the course of relevance if you do not directly work with traumatised people in a clinical setting but you have an interest in this field, including as a survivor yourself. Please just be aware that the emphasis will be on the therapy session, although many of the principles could be extrapolated into other settings.

Upon completion of the online course, learners will be able to claim a digital CPD certificate and have access to digital resources that support the course.

The speaker is Carolyn Spring.


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