Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Psychology Workshop: Dissociative Disorders

Dissociative Disorders, Union Institute & University

An overview of Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment
Friday, June 20, 2014
9:00am – 12:15pm
3 CE Credits
Cincinnati Academic Center
440 East McMillan Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45206

Please join us for a presentation on Dissociative Disorders: An overview of Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment by Jaime B. Willis, Psy.D. This class is part of Union Institute & University’s Spring 2014 Psychology Workshop Series focused on applications of evidence-based practices. Register for this workshop at www.myunion.edu/ce. Regular price is $75 or register 30 days in advance or earlier for $65. Workshop tickets will also be available for purchase at the door.

Despite the high prevalence rates of Dissociative Disorders (10-15% of US outpatient clients) the almost complete absence of training provided by graduate programs leads to the frequent misdiagnosis of Dissociative Disorders. Often these clients are diagnosed as having Borderline Personality Disorder, Affective or Anxiety Disorders, Substance Use Disorders, Eating Disorders, Psychotic Disorders, Somatic Disorders, etc., and end up appearing treatment resistant, decompensating, leaving therapy prematurely or committing suicide. When not accurately identified these can be extremely frustrating and daunting cases. With the appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic tools, these previously challenging clients can transform into remarkably fascinating and rewarding cases.

This workshop will aim to provide clinicians with a general background in the Dissociative Disorders area. It will draw from a broad range of research, clinical experience and case vignettes to educate and illustrate the concepts. The material will provide participants with tools to enable them to assess for, rule out the presence of, appropriately refer or begin to treat these complex and fascinating cases.

Learning Objectives
1. Understand the etiology, theoretical models and prevalence rates of Dissociative Disorders.
2. Identify signs and symptoms of Dissociative Disorders.
3. Know how to use relevant assessment devices that assist in proper identification of Dissociative Disorders.
4. Navigate complex differential diagnostic issues.
5. Become prepared as a therapist to competently treat this population.
6. Become familiar with different therapeutic approaches and standards of care in the treatment of Dissociative Disorders.
7. Access available resources and literature to assist in continued training in this field.

Jaime B. Willis, Psy.D.
Jaime B. Willis, Psy.D. earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Wright State University School of Professional Psychology (SOPP) in 1999 and completed five postdoctoral years of training in the area of Dissociative Disorders through the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD). Currently she hosts a consultation group for local psychologists treating Dissociative clients, provides training and consultation to colleagues, graduate programs and regional professional organizations. Dr. Willis maintains a generalist private practice in Cincinnati with a focus on assessment, treatment and consultation in the area of Dissociative Disorders.

For further information about this event, or to register, please visit myunion.edu/ce or contact Lauren Wenstrup | 1-800-861-6400 x1269 or 513-487-1269 | lauren.wenstrup@myunion.edu

Union Institute & University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Union Institute & University maintains responsibility for these programs and their content.

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