Toward Finding Solid Ground: An Innovative Study for the Treatment of Dissociation and Training of Clinicians

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Nicholas A. Pierorazio, BA & Bethany L. Brand, PhD

Becoming Trauma- and Dissociation-Informed

The pathway to finding safe and “solid ground” may prove to be a daunting yet fulfilling road for individuals with trauma histories who experience complex dissociation (Brand et al., 2022). Pathological dissociation is strongly associated with having a trauma history (Dalenberg et al., 2012). Additionally, dissociative disorders (DDs) can be understood as traumagenic and are associated with high levels of self-injurious and suicidal behavior, as well as other high-risk behaviors (International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation [ISSTD], 2011). Despite being common, individuals with DDs often have great difficulty finding clinicians who can properly assess and treat them (Brand et al., 2022). ISSTD’s Guidelines for Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder in Adults, Third Revision (2011) proposes a trauma-informed triphasic treatment model for the treatment of such complex dissociation. To continue reading click here.