First Person Plural
Dissociative identity disorders association

Our training courses

FPP has several pre-designed courses which we have delivered successfully on many occasions.  All can be commissioned to run in-house, some are also run regularly by FPP (some of these in collaboration with ESTD-UK) and can be booked by individuals.

Trauma-related Complex Dissociation – Origins & Consequences Parts 1 & 2

The Evolving Therapeutic Relationship from D.I.D. clients’ perspectives

Complex Dissociation & 3 Phases of Therapy

ESTD-UK Foundation Course

ESTD-UK Post-Foundation Course

ESTD-UK Working with DID Clients Supervision Masterclass

Dissociative Identity Disorders for Helpline Workers

Introduction to Dissociative Identity Disorder

Organised Ritual Abuse – an introduction

Trauma-related Complex Dissociation – Origins & Consequence Parts 1 & 2


To enquire about commissioning this course contact us.

To register to attend when the course runs in Durham on 22nd & 23rd September 2016, click here.

Part 1 of Trauma-related Complex Dissociation can be delivered on its own or together with Part 2 to provide a two day access level course.  This training is suitable for anyone (regardless of profession or job title) whose work includes supportive or therapeutic contact with vulnerable individuals.  Vulnerable people, no matter what the current identified cause of their vulnerability is, commonly have a history of childhood trauma and may therefore experience complex patterns of dissociation which may not be recognised.  Recognised or not such complex dissociation will affect their needs, their relationship with any supporters and how they respond to any supportive or treatment intervention. Thus, an access level of understanding will be beneficial to anyone working in primary health care (including GPs), mental health, education, supported living, domestic abuse, drug/alcohol services, rape & sexual violence / childhood abuse services, criminal justice or social and pastoral care in the statutory, voluntary or private sector.  Counsellors, psychotherapists and similar who already have some training and experience of working with dissociative clients have found these training days a useful addition to their learning, because of the unique perspectives generously shared by our experts-by-experience trainers.  Well supported stable survivors who have a complex dissociative disorder, and their family and friends may find the course a useful psycho-educational resource.

Part 1 : Learning Objectives:

  • To raise awareness of dissociation and its role in surviving abuse or trauma.
  • To introduce the dissociation continuum and the spectrum of dissociative disorders, including dissociative identity disorder (DID)
  • To understand the reality of living with dissociative identity disorder
  • To explore practical ways of supporting people who experience complex dissociation.

Part 2: Learning Objectives:

  • To improve understanding of the complexity and contradictions in how DID clients present
  • To provide complex dissociation-specific information and practical suggestions which support participants existing professional knowledge and training
  • To develop participants’ practice when supporting a DID client in crisis

The Evolving Therapeutic Relationship from D.I.D. clients' perspectives


To enquire about commissioning this course contact us.

To register to attend when the course runs in York on 1st July 2016 click here

In the dyad of the therapeutic relationship with complexly dissociative clients, the client is sometimes unable to express their own experience of the relationship and there is the complication of the different perspectives on the relationship that each part or alter of the multiple client can have.  This is particularly an issue in the early stages but not exclusively so. Though each person’s experience is different there are some common threads.  This workshop introduces some ideas about these.  The facilitators are experts-by-experience with personal lived experience of Dissociative Identity Disorder who are very experienced and respected professional trainers in the field of complex trauma-related dissociation.  They are able to reflect on and have good insight into their own journeys through therapy.  They are articulate, open and generous in their sharing of what has helped and hindered them towards recovery.

Participants will expand understanding of clients’ perspectives on living with dissociation; how this can affect their experience of and ability to develop and utilise the therapeutic relationship effectively as it evolves and fluctuates throughout therapy.  Participants will gain some practical ideas for what might work to support their complexly dissociative clients.

The workshop is intended to extend knowledge & explore practice when working in a therapeutic role with complex, traumatic dissociation.  It’s primary target audience is professionally qualified psychotherapists, counsellors or clinical psychologists who are currently working therapeutically with at least one client/patient who has a complex trauma-related dissociative condition. Participants are expected to have some familiarity with key components and stages of therapy for this client group.

Complex Dissociation and the Three Stages of Therapy


To enquire about commissioning this course (or if you are a trauma & dissociation therapist wishing to cascade your learning using this FPP films seminar model and need our guidance on how) contact us.

This seminar series is for qualified clinical psychologists, counsellors, psychotherapists and final year trainees in these professions.  It is based on First Person Plural’s two learning resource films “A Logical Way of Being” and “No Two Paths The Same”.  It is offered in collaboration with ESTD-UK.   It covers Understanding Complex Dissociation (Seminar 1) and each of the three phases of therapy for clients who have a complex trauma-related dissociative disorder – Stabilisation (Seminar 2); Working through trauma (Seminar 3) and Consolidation & Integrated Living (Seminar 4).   The seminars each include a guided viewing of chapters from the learning resource films followed by interactive sessions with questions and shared examples from participants being an important part of the learning experience.  Two facilitators, one from First Person Plural and one a clinician member of ESTD-UK training group, lead the seminars. The series is designed as a complete course and ideally participants should attend ALL FOUR seminars.  It is usually run as 4 x 2 hour sessions run at monthly intervals but other scheduling is possible.

Learning objectives:

  • To review or acquire basic knowledge about dissociation & complex dissociative disorders
  • To understand a three phase model of treatment for complex dissociative conditions
  • To consider and reflect on the evolving nature of each of the three stages and how this may affect the client, therapist, other supporters, family and friends

 

ESTD-UK Foundation Course


Understanding & Working with Dissociation
To enquire about commissioning this course or elements of it contact us.

To register to attend when the course runs in Bournemouth on 12/13 May & 9/10 June 2016, click here.

This four module ESTD-UK Foundation course has been developed and is delivered in collaboration with First Person Plural. It takes place over four days, usually as 2 x 2 consecutive days scheduled about 1 month apart.  The course as a whole is primarily for qualified counsellors, psychotherapists, clinical psychologists and other professionals working therapeutically with chronically traumatised clients who have a (diagnosed or not yet recognised) complex dissociative disorder.  Participants attending all four modules will have gained a solid foundation on which to build their continuing professional development in a critical knowledge and skills set for recognising and working effectively with the many highly dissociative chronically traumatised individuals who present in NHS mental health and other therapy settings.   The course recognises and builds on participants existing knowledge and skills, helping to build confidence in recognising and working with this client group.

Module 1 which is delivered by FPP’s trainers is also suitable for other mental and general health and social care professionals and anyone else whose work includes supporting vulnerable adults in any setting where some clients are likely to have a history of trauma in childhood.  Partners, family, friends and other supporters would also benefit from attending this first module. Well-supported survivors with a complex dissociative disorder may find this module a useful psychoeducational experience.

Participants undertaking all 4 modules will be able to:

  • Be equipped with basic theoretical knowledge of dissociation & and the dissociative conditions
  • Understand the developmental origins of dissociation, its effects and its role in surviving abuse and trauma
  • Recognise different categories & levels of dissociation and their relationship, similarities and differences with other aspects of mental health
  • Use tools for initial screening and have an outline understanding of a protocol for assessment
  • Understand the core components & stages of treatment
  • Draw on a range of treatment strategies
  • Be equipped for multi-disciplinary work.
  • Be more confident in supporting those affected by dissociation
    Enhance their knowledge & understanding by learning from experts by experience
  • Access material via a DVD to inform colleagues and others using a cascade model
  • Be equipped to move on to post-foundation training provided by ESTD UK

The four modules are:-

Module 1: Understanding dissociation & complex dissociative disorders
Trainers : Melanie Goodwin & Kathryn Livingston (First Person Plural)

Learning objectives: By the end of this module, participants will have:

  • A raised awareness of dissociation and its role in surviving abuse or trauma.
  • Been introduced to the dissociation continuum and the spectrum of dissociative disorders, including dissociative identity / multiple personalities.
  • Explored practical ways of supporting people who experience disabling dissociation.
  • Expanded their understanding of all of the above from the survivor’s perspective

Entry requirements:

  • No prior knowledge of dissociation is required for this workshop which is suitable for anyone coming into contact with persons living with dissociation.
  • Those with prior knowledge / training / experience in working with trauma & dissociation at any level are also strongly advised to take this unique experts-by-experience led module to broaden and deepen their knowledge and understanding.

Module 2: Developmental origins of dissociation in childhood
Trainer: Dr Renee Marks, Consultant therapist specialising in children & adolescents

Learning objectives: By the end of this module, participants will understand:

  • The development of self in the infant.
  • The impact of the disorganized attachment on the developing self
  • The impact of childhood trauma with specific reference to complex trauma.
  • How children defend themselves against the disorganized attachment and childhood trauma.

Entry requirements:

  • Attendance on Module 1 is required if you have little or no previous knowledge and/or training in trauma and dissociation.
  • Attendance on Module 1 is strongly advised for those who have prior knowledge / training.

This module is suitable for: anyone wanting an introduction to the origins of dissociation in childhood; those who work with or care for traumatised children; those who work with or care for traumatised adults; those who work in fostering or adoption.

Module 3: Assessment & treatment
Trainer : Dr Renee Marks, Consultant therapist, Integrate Therapy

Learning Objectives: By the end of this module, participants will:

  • Understand the continuum from everyday dissociation (altered consciousness) to Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)
  • Be familiar with the use of screening instruments and their scoring as well as an understanding of the main Assessment Tool.
  • Be clear about the reasons that may necessitate the use of these instruments.
  • Be aware of the key components and stages of therapy as well as the effective use (when necessary) of a multi-disciplinary team.

Entry requirements

  • Attendance on Module 1 is required if you have little or no previous knowledge and/or training in trauma and dissociation.
  • Attendance on Module 1 is strongly advised for those who have prior knowledge / training.
  • It is suitable for participants with or without prior experience of working with trauma and dissociation.  It is especially suitable for those whose role includes the assessment of mental health conditions.

Module 4: Resources & resourcing: using a body-centred approach to working with trauma and dissociation
Trainer: Lyn Terry-Short, Chartered Psychologist with 20 years’ experience in NHS

Learning objectives: By the end of the day, participants will have:

  • a working model based on neuro-biological theories of trauma and dissociation;
  • an understanding of the importance of safely attending to the body;
  • a range of resources to enhance client work
  • experienced the use and understood the impact of somatic resources on their work with complex clients;
  • had the opportunity to share and discuss integration of body-centred resources in practice

Entry requirements:

  • Attendance on Day 1 is required if you have little or no previous knowledge and/or training in trauma and dissociation.
  • Attendance on Day 1 is strongly advised for those who have prior knowledge / training.
  • Attendance on Day 2 and/or 3 is preferred for entry onto this module whatever your level of previous knowledge or experience.

This module is suitable for anyone in the statutory, voluntary or private sector whose work brings them into contact with individuals whose lives may be affected by childhood trauma and dissociation.

 

ESTD-UK Post-Foundation Course


Working Therapeutically with Complex Traumatic Dissociation

To enquire about commissioning this course or elements of it contact us.

To register to attend when the course runs in Norwich on 13/14 Oct & 11/12 Nov 2016, click here.

This modular ESTD-UK Post-Foundation workshop series has been developed and is delivered in collaboration with First Person Plural.  It was designed in response to demand from counselling/psychotherapy and other mental health practitioners who have previously attended the ESTD UK Foundation Course.  It is intended to extend knowledge & explore practice when working in a therapeutic role with complex, traumatic dissociation.

Target Audience & Entry Requirements:

  • Professionally qualified psychotherapists, counsellors or clinical psychologists;
  • Currently working therapeutically with at least one client/patient who has a complex trauma-related dissociative condition.
  • Prior attendance on the ESTD-UK 4 Day Foundation Course (or equivalent);
  • Familiarity with some of the key components and stages of therapy for this client group
  • Ability to share problematic issues arising from their own practice.

The course consists of 4 x 1 day workshop modules which usually take place on 2 x 2 consecutive days scheduled about 1 month apart.

Learning objectives:

  • To build on existing training and knowledge of dissociation
  • To share practice issues and concerns about working with this client group
  • To provide access to peer support and consultation and encourage the formation of an exploratory learning group
  • To expand theoretical and practical knowledge
  • To develop participants’ own formulation of issues faced by individual clients and this client group as a whole.
  • To increase awareness and understanding of the perspective of survivors via case material, the literature and direct input from the experts-by -experience facilitating Module 3.

A combination of theoretical in-put, case presentation & discussion informed by recommended background reading will be used throughout the course.

The four modules are:-

Module 1 : Evidence-Based Diagnosis and Informed Treatment for Dissociative Disorders and Complex PTSD: The SCID-D

Facilitated by Remy Aquarone, Analytical Psychotherapist, Director of Pottergate Centre for Dissociation & Trauma

Systematic assessment of dissociation is essential for effective treatment of trauma survivors.  This workshop provides training in the diagnosis and treatment of Dissociative Disorders and Complex PTSD through the use of the SCID-D Interview (Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV-R (and V) Dissociative Disorders).  The SCID-D, considered the gold standard for assessing post-traumatic dissociation, allows clinicians to identify the severity of core dissociative symptoms, and from that diagnose guide treatment of dissociative and chronic post-traumatic disorders.

Participants will enhance their diagnostic and therapeutic skills with clients while gaining experience in SCID-D administration, scoring and interpretation.  Practical treatment interventions based on SCID-D assessment, including client education, stabilisation, dissociative symptom reduction, and monitoring of treatment progress will be detailed, within a phase-oriented trauma treatment approach.

Module 2:  More Resources and resourcing : using a body centred approach for work with trauma and dissociation

Facilitated by Lyn Terry-Short, Chartered Psychologist with experience working in NHS Mental Health Services
This module directly follows on from Lyn’s module of the same name on the ESTD-UK Foundation Course.  It provides a next level of knowledge and understanding of body-centred approaches.  It covers advancing knowledge in brain sciences in relation to trauma and dissociation.  It considers further the role of body centred approaches in work with trauma and dissociation and a body centred framework for resourcing dysregulated clients. There will be experiential learning of a range of body centred resources for therapists.

Module 3 :- The evolving therapeutic relationship from the perspectives of complexly dissociative clients
Facilitated by Melanie Goodwin & Kathryn Livingston (trainers from First Person Plural)

In the dyad of the therapeutic relationship with complexly dissociative clients, the client is sometimes unable to express their own experience of the relationship and there is the complication of the different perspectives on the relationship that each part or alter of the multiple client can have.  This is particularly an issue in the early stages but not exclusively so. Though each person’s experience is different there are some common threads.  This module introduces some ideas about these.  The value this module brings to this course cannot be over-stated.  The facilitators are experts-by-experience with personal lived experience of Dissociative Identity Disorder who are very experienced and respected professional trainers in the field of complex trauma-related dissociation.  They are able to reflect on and have good insight into their own journeys through therapy.  They are articulate, open and generous in their sharing of what has helped and hindered them towards recovery.

Participants will expand understanding of clients’ perspectives on living with dissociation; how this can affect their experience of and ability to develop and utilise the therapeutic relationship effectively as it evolves and fluctuates throughout therapy.  Participants will gain some practical ideas for what might work to support their complexly dissociative clients.

Module 4: Struggling for relationship: Exploring complex practice issues
Facilitated by Sue Richardson, Attachment-based Psychotherapist of 30 years’ experience

Exploring and extending their knowledge of the attachment dynamics underpinning some complex practice issues participants will share their experience of relational struggles when working with dissociative clients.  There will be consideration of some critical issues such as ‘attachment to the perpetrator’ and clients suffering on-going abuse. The dimension of installed structural dissociation be addressed.

 

ESTD-UK Working with DID Clients Supervision Masterclass


To enquire about commissioning this course contact us.

To register to attend when the course runs in London on 26th January 2017 click here

Facilitated by Remy Aquarone, Analytical Psychotherapist, Past-President of European Society for Trauma & Dissociation and Director of Pottergate Centre for Dissociation & Trauma, with Dr. Zoë Pool, Psychotherapist.

This masterclass is primarily for counsellors/psychotherapists/clinical psychologists who have previously attended the ESTD-UK Post-Foundation Course in 2015 or 2016.  Participants must currently be working therapeutically with one or more clients who experiences Dissociative Identity Disorder or similar complex dissociative condition.

The masterclas will be interactive with participants involved in helping to understand and relate to the different parts of a clients personality. The focus will be on the counter transference aspects of the therapeutic relationship. Role play will facilitate this. Case examples from some of the participants offering an example of a session with one of their clients, will be used. Strict confidentiality will be expected of not only clients presented but also anything discussed during the day.  Maximum number of participants will be 10, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Dissociative Identity Disorder for Helpline Workers


Only available to be run in-house. To enquire about commissioning this course contact us.

This half day course is for volunteers and others who provide a helpline for vulnerable adults e.g. Mental Health, Samaritans; Rape and Sexual Violence,  Childhood Abuse, Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking, Drug and Alcohol.  Many such helplines respond to DID callers but may not be aware of their needs and how best to respond.

Learning Objectives:

  • To raise awareness of dissociation and its role in surviving abuse or trauma
  • To understand the reality of living with dissociative identity disorder
  • To appreciate the specific needs of DID callers
  • To encourage participants to integrate the training into their own agency’s policies and practice

 

Introduction to Dissociative Identity Disorder


Only available to be run in-house. To enquire about commissioning this course contact us.

A half day course for volunteers and staff working in agencies providing services for vulnerable people.  The training is particularly targeted for those providing a point-of-contact, for example, GP surgeries, mental health teams, specialist mental health services e.g. eating disorders, self-harm; human trafficking, adoption & fostering; housing associations, advocacy services, local council departments, youth services, etc.  Staff and volunteers providing ongoing support or treatment would benefit from attending Part 1 and Part 2 of our two day Trauma & Complex Dissociation course above,  but if time commitment makes that impossible this course will give you an introduction to the subject.

Learning Objectives:

  • To raise an awareness of the possibility of DID when working with a wide range of vulnerable people
  • To understand some of the presenting behaviours of people who have DID
  • To equip participants with some potentially helpful responses

 

Organised Ritual Abuse – an introduction


Only available to be run in-house. To enquire about commissioning this course contact us.

This one day training workshop provides an introduction to the subject of organised ritual abuse; placing it within the wider context of all types of childhood abuse trauma; demystifying it; outlining its relationship to complex dissociative identity disorder and introducing some support needs and responses when working with survivors.   The workshop features a screening for training purposes of “May 33rd” – a BBC drama written by Guy Hibbert which explores the consequences of repeated ritual abuse, as seen through the eyes of Ella (Lia Williams) whose personality has fragmented.

Learning Objectives:

  • To introduce definitions of organised ritual abuse
  • To explore and discuss possible effects on survivors
  • To provide a survivor’s perspective
  • To introduce some ideas about what helps and hinders survivors during their journeys of recovery
  • To provide opportunities for reflection and discussion on the topic