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101 | Recognizing Dissociative Symptoms in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Health Disorders

Abuse, Violence, and Trauma-informed Care, Thursday 9/14 8:45 – 10:00 AM, Workshop Tracks


Heather Davediuk Gingrich, Ph.D.



Approved For CE

Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Chemical Dependency Counselors

Approved For CME/CEU

Medical Doctors, Osteopathic Doctors, Physicians Assistants, Midwives, Nurses and Nurse Practitioners




Dissociative symptoms often go undetected by psychologists, licensed mental health professionals, and medical professionals. Knowledge of how dissociative symptoms present in clients with PTSD dissociative subtype, Complex PTSD, Dissociative Identity Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Food and Eating Disorders, and Substance Use Disorders, can be of immense help in detecting possible trauma, even if the client is unaware of a trauma history. This workshop will examine the DSM-5-TR dissociative symptoms of dissociative amnesia, depersonalization/derealization, identity confusion, and identity alteration. The BASK model of dissociation, which is an acronym for Behavior (B), Affect (A), Sensation (S), and Knowledge (K), will also be presented. Information will be delivered on how therapists can use dissociation to help clients contain intrusive trauma symptoms, such as flashbacks, overwhelming emotions, nightmares, and more, and how it can aid in trauma processing.

Learning Objectives

1. Identify DSM-5 dissociative symptoms according to the DSM-5-TR
2. Discuss the BASK model of dissociation
3. Apply the understanding of dissociation to the assessment and treatment of various disorders
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