First Person Plural
Dissociative identity disorders association


First Person Plural has been providing training in understanding and supporting survivors of childhood trauma and complex dissociation since the late 1990’s.  This includes working collaboratively with ESTD-UK and other organisations. Our professional trainers have been described as inspirational. They have a wealth of knowledge and experience including personal lived experience of dissociative identity disorder. Our training is designed to flexibly meet the needs of anyone whose patients, clients, service users or friends/family include survivors of childhood abuse or trauma.  Clinicians of every discipline and others working with this client group have valued our courses and other continuing professional development sessions.  This has been true whatever their existing level of knowledge and experience.

Each Spring and Autumn we run our two one day training courses Trauma-related Complex Dissociation Part 1 and Part 2.  The first of these two days is also run annually as the first module of ESTD-UK’s modular Foundation Course “Understanding and Working with Dissociation”.  Other seminars and trainings on which individuals can book may also be run.  See Book to attend a course.

We have trained paid and volunteer workers from health, mental health, psychotherapy & counselling; self-help & mutual support, social care, community resource, help-line, or faith settings and students training for any of these. For example:-

  • Community mental health teams; mental health nurses and other ward staff
  • Social Workers, Social Support Workers, STR workers, Prison staff
  • Help-line workers, Listening support workers, Self-help group facilitators
  • Workers in rape, sexual violence, childhood abuse & exploitation and human trafficking services
  • Adoption and fostering workers and families.
  • GPs, other primary care workers, Psychiatrists & other doctors
  • Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Counsellors
  • Nurses, Midwives, Health Visitors, Dentists & dental assistants
  • Allied health workers e.g. occupational therapists and physiotherapists,
  • Refuge, crisis, day care, employment project workers
  • Pastoral & spiritual carers, advocates
  • Survivors, service users, family, friends