Instructors: Frances S. Waters & Patti Van Eys

Children with complex trauma often present with a plethora of disturbing symptoms, and consequently receive multiple diagnoses, myriad and increased dosages of medications, and numerous treatment episodes, but the symptoms persist. These children often display severe attachment disturbances and exacerbating behaviors resulting in repetitive failed placements, including foster and adoptive, residential and hospitalizations.
Frequently, the missing link to successful treatment with children of complex trauma is their dissociative symptoms that profoundly impact their mood, behavior, identity, memory sensations and attachments. However, most clinicians don’t recognize signs of dissociation and therefore are unable to effectively intervene.
This week-long training will provide a comprehensive examination from diagnosis to treatment and finally integration of the dissociative child. This training will encompass how to evaluate children for dissociation, including dissociative warning signs, differential diagnoses, assessment process, checklists and interviewing techniques with child, family and other pertinent collaterals with videotapes and discussions. Working with the parents as partners in their children’s treatment from diagnosis to integration to develop effective communication and management skills that promote their child’s internal awareness, reflection and stabilization will be discussed.

A three-phase treatment protocol will be described beginning with creative stabilization and empowerment techniques tailored to learn about and engage the child’s internal world, to expand the child’s window of tolerance and to build self-reflection across all states of the child. Particular focus on how to intervene with children’s self-states that carry the most disturbing symptoms, i.e., aggression, suicidality, sexualized behaviors, detachment will be described. Engaging all of self-states in the treatment process, including trauma processing will lead to full recovery. While from the beginning integrative techniques will be utilized, the last phase of treatment will highlight specific strategies to complete the process of unifying the traumatized child.
Throughout this training, clinical cases, artwork, and DVDs will demonstrate the treatment process. Combining use of other treatment modalities, i.e. EMDR, play and art therapy, Havening, can be easily be incorporated into this specialized treatment protocol. Experiential training demonstrating intervention techniques with participants will enhance their learning. At the end of this intensive training, the clinician will have the knowledge and skills to begin to work with children with dissociation.

Learning Objectives

Participants will learn:

  • How to detect and diagnose traumatized children with dissociation
  • How to discern other more commonly known diagnoses from those with dissociation
  • Specialized techniques to work with self-states for stabilization, empowerment, and expanding their window of tolerance
  • Work with self-states that have disruptive behaviors, and attachment disturbances
  • Strategies for trauma processing across all of self-states
  • To effectively integrate the dissociative child


This 4-day training is $1,295 per person.

For more information

OmniCare Institute staff are available to answer your questions and provide additional consultation. To learn more, please contact us.

Upcoming Classes

  1. TACT2: Training of Trainers – Verbal & Physical

    April 23 @ 8:30 am - April 26 @ 4:30 pm
  2. TACT2: Training of Trainers – Verbal Only

    April 23 @ 8:30 am - April 24 @ 4:30 pm
  3. Complex Trauma and Dissociation in Youth: A Comprehensive Training

    May 6 @ 8:30 am - May 9 @ 4:30 pm