Welcome to First Person Plural
First Person Plural (FPP) specialises in working for and on behalf of all those affected by Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and similar complex trauma-related dissociative identity conditions. These similar conditions include type 1 Dissociative Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (DDNOS), and a type of Other Specified Dissociative Disorder (OSDD) which is described as DID-like. DID itself is sometimes referred to by the older and less accurate term of Multiple Personalities.
Established in 1997, FPP remains the only national membership charity which focuses exclusively on these frequently unrecognised and misunderstood conditions. The complex dissociative identity conditions are common in those who have experienced protracted repeated trauma, of a severe or extreme nature, that started in early childhood. The associated trauma is usually childhood abuse, (sexual, physical, emotional, spiritual) and/or neglect, but may be other childhood trauma, e.g. recurrent invasive medical procedures; prolonged or repeated illness of a parent or other primary caregiver.
The work of the charity is to improve knowledge, understanding, & recognition; encourage & facilitate mutual support; and move towards better access to specialist assessments with effective treatment and care pathways. We do this through training courses, brief awareness raising sessions, written information and audio visual resources, a member’s newsletter, access to online support forums for full members; and members open meetings.
We strongly believe in collaborative working with other organisations working within a similar ethos to our own and with related aims. This includes working co-operatively with a number of charities and networking groups (e.g. TAG, RAINS, NAPAC, TST, Survivors Alliance) and a close working relationship with the UK network of members of the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation, which is the specialist professional association for this field.
We welcome into associate membership professionals and others with an occupational, supporting or general interest in complex trauma-related dissociation. Full membership is reserved for those with personal lived experience of a complex dissociative disorder. Joining FPP is one simple way in which you can show your support for the charity’s work, while also receiving the benefits of membership.
How we can help
Durham training in Complex Dissociation
Trauma-related Complex Dissociation : Origins & Consequences Parts 1 and 2 Thurs 22nd & Fri 23rd September 2016 First Person Plural’s experienced trainers Melanie Goodwin & Kathryn Livingston deliver this two day course to provide an understanding about complex dissociative conditions (DID and related); and explore practical ways of recognising and supporting people who have dissociative identity disorder
Trauma & Dissociation in Children C...
This two day conference from Integrate Training will be a practical presentation by Dr Joyanna Silberg on Trauma & Dissociation in Children. It will take place in London on 15th & 16th September 2016. For more information – https://bictd.org/conference/ Joyanna Silberg, Ph.D. is the Senior Consultant for Child and Adolescent Trauma at Sheppard Pratt Health