Kathy Steele, MN, CS, APRN

April 22-23, 2017 9:00 – 5:00

 14600 Minnetonka Blvd., Minnetonka, MN 55345

 Contact Jill Strunk for full info (jillstrunk1@gmail.com or 952-936-7547)

Kathy Steele is a world renowned expert in treating Complex Dissociative Disorders, with many awards and publication to her credit.

This advanced workshop will focus on several topics that can be particularly challenging in the treatment of complex dissociative disorders. We will explore chronic shame in depth, its physiology and functions, its many manifestations, and practical ways to resolve it, using cognitive, emotional, somatic, and imagery approaches, as well as EMDR when appropriate.

Chronic resistance will be discussed as a co-creation of therapist and client, and can best be understood as a phobic avoidance of what is perceived to be intolerable. Therapists will learn how to recognize and address resistance step by step without evoking further defense in the client, and will learn to recognize their own contributions to resistance. Shame and resistance are essential to address in the context of processing traumatic memory.

On the second day we will focus on special approaches to resolving traumatic memory in dissociative clients, with and without EMDR. One of the unique challenges of approaching dissociated traumatic memories is how to support not only the person as a whole, but each dissociative part, in remaining grounded and present. Resourcing each part is important. Managing flashbacks will be discussed.

Specific interventions will be discussed, including hypnotic imagery and other approaches that can be utilized with EMDR when appropriate. Participants will learn how to deal with non-verbal or pre-verbal memory with somatic approaches. We will also discuss the important of “bearing witness,” in which memory is shared in relationship as a narrative, rather than always viewed as a therapeutic problem. We will discuss how to determine which approaches might be most helpful to a particular client.