The relevance of dissociation in PTSD: subtype, comorbidity, or component? 

13 huhtikuu 2021

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Free webinar with Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD, & Bethany Brand, PhD, on June 18th 2021, 5:00 - 8:00 pm (CEST)

The field of chronic trauma and dissociation is in continuous development. With the diagnoses of the ICD-11 Complex PTSD and the DSM-5 PTSD, dissociative subtype, the relevance of discussing the role of dissociation in these disorders and their overlap with dissociative disorders is at forefront. Therefore, ESTD is most delighted and honoured to offer clinicians (members as well as non-members), this free online webinar with outstanding experts: Dr. Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD, and Dr. Bethany Brand, PhD.

There is evidence for a link between dissociation and trauma, in particular chronic (childhood) trauma. An increasing body of research point to the importance of dissociation's role in PTSD. In particular, PTSD related to chronic traumatization is associated with high levels of dissociation and major treatment challenges. Consequently, the DSM-5 included a PTSD dissociative subtype (PTSD-dd), i.e., PTSD with persistent and recurring symptoms of depersonalization and derealization. The ICD-11 has included the diagnosis of complex PTSD (C-PTSD), a diagnosis that communicates disturbances in self-organization in addition to core symptoms of PTSD. Like dissociative disorders, PTSD-dd and C-PTSD are associated with higher levels of childhood trauma than simple PTSD, and there is much overlap between these conditions. This triadic workshop aims at bringing focus on the relevance of dissociation and dissociative processes for the maintenance of symptoms in, respectively: 1) the DSM-5 PTSD dissociative subtype and beyond, as presented by dr. Ruth Lanius, 2) the ICD-11 complex PTSD and beyond, as presented by dr. Bethany Brand, and 3) a panel discussion. The overlap between the different PTSD-diagnoses and dissociative disorders are discussed, as are clinical implications.

It is the aim of the European Society of Trauma and Dissociation (ESTD) to assist professionals in developing their diagnostic skills by offering a series of webinars with our special guests. This upcoming event will be held on ZOOM. Participation is open and free-of-charge to all mental health professionals, especially doctors, psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors. Registration is required via E-psyche. A recording of this webinar will be available for all registered ESTD members.


LINK to registration Registration takes place via the e-psyche platform and requires to create a new user account. Your account on the e-psyche platform will be used to manage the webinar, it contains practical information as well as related documents.


Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry is the director of the posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) research unit at the University of Western Ontario. She established the Traumatic Stress Service and the Traumatic Stress Service Workplace Program, services that specialized in the treatment and research of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and related comorbid disorders. She currently holds the Harris-Woodman Chair in Mind-Body Medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario. Her research interests focus on studying the neurobiology of PTSD and treatment outcome research examining various pharmacological and psychotherapeutic methods. She has authored more than 150 published papers and chapters in the field of traumatic stress and is currently funded by several federal funding agencies. She is the recipient of the 2019 Banting Award for Military Health Research. She regularly lectures on the topic of PTSD nationally and internationally. She has recently published a book 'Healing the traumatized self: consciousness, neuroscience, treatment' with Paul Frewen.

Bethany Brand, PhD, is a Psychology Professor at Towson University and she specialises in the assessment and treatment of trauma-related disorders. She has over 30 years of clinical and research experience. Dr. Brand has been honoured with numerous research, teaching and clinical awards and served on several national task forces that developed guidelines for the assessment and treatment of trauma-related disorders. Dr. Brand is the Principal Investigator on a series of international treatment studies of patients with dissociative disorders (TOP DD studies) as well as studies distinguishing dissociative disorders from other conditions including malingering. She has served as an expert witness on trauma in forensic cases at the state, federal, and international level. 

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