The theory of structural dissociation of the personality (TSDP) postulates that the personality of traumatized individuals is unduly divided in two basic types of dissociative parts. One type involves apparently normal parts of the personality (ANP), primarily mediated by daily life action or motivational systems. The other type involves emotional parts (EP), primarily mediated by the defensive action or attachment cry system, that contain the individual’s traumatic memories. The more complex and chronic the traumatization, the more complex also the structural dissociation, manifesting in the development of more EPs and ANPs respectively
The workshop will describe the nature of structural dissociation
and its various levels of complexity and how to identify its many
symptoms. Participants will be informed about a practical and theoretically
sound phase-oriented approach to treating the “whole”
client or patient while dealing effectively with dissociative parts
and with the difficult issues in which dissociation may play a major
role, such as self harm, substance abuse, eating problems, and unstable
relational patterns. Phase-oriented treatment consists of
This workshop will also introduce the role of disorganize attachment in complex trauma. Fundamentally disorganized attachment styles make a person vulnerable to dissociative disorders in later life. An infant is biologically wired to attach to the caregiver. According to Bowlby’s definition, attachment is related to seeking care and help, and soothing when facing environmental threats or in times of perceived loneliness and distress Complex trauma can develop as the result of ccumulative traumas in the infant, which leads to the persistent activation of the defense system. Typically the attachment figure either does not protect the child from traumatic experiences (neglect) or is the perpetrator of repeated maltreatment. Conflicting and persistent activation of the attachment and the defense system is the hallmark of attachment disorganization. Implications for treatment and the application of EMDR will be discussed.
The workshop’s emphasis is on understanding and treating the more complexly traumatized clients or patients. The workshop will include a brief overview of theory, didactics, role plays, and video presentations.
Although not required, it would be helpful to read the presenter’s book prior to the workshop: Onno van der Hart, Ellert Nijenhuis, & Kathy Steele. (2006). The Haunted Self: Structural Dissociation of the Personality and Treatment of Chronic Traumatization. New York: Norton.
Nijenhuis, E.R.S., Van der Hart, O. & Steele, K. (2002). The emerging psychobiology of trauma-related dissociation and dissociative disorders. In H. D’haenen, J.A. den Boer & P. Willner (Eds.), Biological Psychiatry (pp. 1079-1098). Chicester, New York: John Wiley & Sons.
Van der Hart, O., Nijenhuis, E. R. S., Steele, K., & Brown, D. (2004). Trauma-related dissociation: Conceptual clarity lost and found. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 38(11/12), 906-914.
Van der Hart, O., & Nijenhuis, E.R.S. (2008). Dissociative disorders. In P.H. Blaney & T. Millon (Eds.), Oxford textbook of psychopathology, 2nd ed. (pp. 452-481). New York: Oxford University Press.
Van der Hart, O., Nijenhuis, E. R. S., & Solomon, R. (in press). Dissociation of the personality in complex trauma-related disorders and EMDR: Theoretical considerations. Journal of EMDR Practice and Research.
Van der Hart, O., Nijenhuis, E.R.S., & Steele, K. (2006). The haunted self: Structural dissociation and the treatment of chronic traumatization. New York/London: W.W. Norton & Co.
Van der Hart, O., & Witztum, E. (2008). Dissociative psychosis: Clinical and theoretical aspects. In A. Moskowitz, I. Schäfer, & M. Dorahy (Eds.), Dissociation and psychosis: Multiple perspectives on a complex relationship (pp. 257-269). London: John Wiley & Sons.
Van der Kolk, B.A. & Van der Hart, O. (1989). Pierre Janet and the breakdown of adaptation in psychological trauma. American Journal of Psychiatry, 146, 1530-1540.
Training Dates 2017 and 2018
Sunshine Coast, Australia: 27 - 28 November 2017
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| NOTE:A minimum of 9 participants is
required for training to proceed.