2016 PSPP Brunch Series || Struggling in dissociative quicksand: Relational quandaries in the treatment of dissociative identity disorder, with Stacey M. Boyer, PsyD

  • 28 Feb 2016
  • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Location disclosed upon registration for event.
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2016 PSPP Brunch Series

Struggling in dissociative quicksand: Relational quandaries in the treatment of dissociative identity disorder

Stacey M. Boyer, PsyD

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Dissociation is a mental phenomenon experienced by all to varying degrees along a continuum.  At the far end of this continuum are individuals who experience themselves as occupying rigidly distinct self-states.  Such is the case in the chronic trauma disorder of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID).  For those living with DID, dissociation serves as both life preserver and cinderblock in the watery abyss of trauma.  Dissociation promotes survival by shielding them from knowing the unknowable, but often at the expense of long-term stability and connection to self and others.  

In the consulting room, therapists are charged with the task of working hand-in-hand to know the unknowable, bear witness to the terror that first led to fragmentation, and hold both our own and our patient’s many self-states.  As our dissociative processes are pulled to the fore, we may experience ourselves sinking in the co-created quicksand of various enactments.  An extended case example illustrates these challenging, but transformative experiences for both patient and therapist in the treatment of DID from initial diagnosis through safety and stabilization.    

Learning Objectives:

1.  Describe the adaptive and maladaptive nature of dissociation.

2.  Explain two techniques to promote internal communication and collaboration among dissociated self-states.

3.  Identify two common enactments that may emerge in the treatment of DID.

Stacey M. Boyer, PsyD is a licensed psychologist who specializes in the assessment and treatment of trauma and dissociation.  After completing the Sheppard Pratt Trauma Disorders Program Fellowship, Dr. Boyer joined Survivors of Abuse in Recovery, Inc. to provide trauma-focused psychotherapy in the tri-state area.  She also conducts evaluations for the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency, serves as adjunct faculty at the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University, and is President-Elect of PSPP.  Dr. Boyer has previously presented and published on Relational psychoanalytic conceptualizations and treatments of trauma and dissociation, therapeutic assessment of dissociation, gender, and sexuality.

Brunch Times and Locations 

All brunches will be held as follows: 

11:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.       Brunch 

11:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M.         Presentation and Discussion 


Registrants will receive an email confirmation containing directions to the location of the brunch for which they are registered. All brunches will be held in Philadelphia proper or the surrounding suburban areas.  


PSPP Members:          Free 

Non-Members:           $40 per brunch 


Registration fees cover attendance at the workshop, 2 CEUs, and brunch. Space is limited, so please register as soon as possible. For paying non-members, refunds in full, less a $10 administrative fee, will be made with written request up to 24 hours before the program.


Continuing Education Credits

PSYCHOLOGISTS: This program, when attended in its entirety, is offered for 2 continuing education credits. Participants must attend 100% of the program. Upon completion of a conference evaluation form, a certificate will be issued. This serves as documentation of attendance for all participants.  

SOCIAL WORKERS AND OTHER MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS: Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors in Pennsylvania can receive CEs from CE providers approved by the APA. Since Division 39 is approved by the APA to sponsor continuing education, these professionals will be able to fulfill their continuing education requirements by attending PSPP/Division 39 approved programs.


Responsibility for Program Content

Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


Accessibility, Non-discrimination, and Ethics

PSPP and Division 39 are committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in continuing education activities and strive to conduct all activities in strict conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. Participants with special needs will be accommodated as possible. 

If you believe that a violation of ethics has occurred during this presentation, or if you have concerns about such issues as accessibility for persons with disabilities, distress with regard to program content, or other complaints, please contact Dr. Courtney Slater at 562-631-8410 or courtney.l.slater@gmail.comThere is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflict of interest. During the program, the presenter will discuss the validity/utility of the content/approach as well as the limitations of the approach and most common risk factors, if any.

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