Dina Solomon, LICSW
Two (2) Clinical Category A CEUs have been approved by NASW NH. Approval # 3784
Social work programs do not usually teach about dissociation. Often we think about Dissociative Disorders as something unwieldy that requires a high degree of specialized knowledge of clinical work to address. As social workers, however, we work with people who have experienced trauma all the time in all settings in social work practice. Whether or not our clients meet clinical criteria for PTSD, they most likely experience dissociation in some form. This workshop will discuss several models that explain what dissociation is, how it effects our work, and why it is essential to the success of our clients to be able to assess for dissociation in our clients and in ourselves. We will look at theory and research as well as case studies and anecdotal experience to begin to identify dissociation in our clients and ourselves and to learn when and how to use strategies and interventions to mitigate it.