Available Course Dates
May 6th - 9th, 2019

Brought to you by the author of Healing the Fractured Child (Fran Waters,  DCSW, LMSW, LMFT) and Patti van Eys, PhD, this 4-day comprehensive training covers evaluation and treatment of dissociation in children and youth.

Children with complex trauma often present with perplexing and disturbing symptoms that persist even after numerous treatment attempts, typically resulting in multiple diagnoses and medications. These children often display severe attachment disturbances and exacerbating behaviors that result in repetitive failed placements (e.g., foster and adoptive homes, psychiatric residential/acute hospital stays).

Frequently, the missing and overlooked link to successful treatment with children of complex trauma is their dissociative symptoms that profoundly impact their mood, behavior, identity, memory, sensations and attachments.

Learning Objectives

Participants will learn:

  • How to detect and diagnose dissociation in children with complex trauma
  • How to discern other more commonly known diagnoses from those with dissociation (differential diagnoses)
  • Specialized techniques to work with self-states for stabilization, empowerment, and expanding children’s 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

Details of the Course

Evaluation will encompass how to assess children for dissociative symptoms and discern among differential diagnoses. Participants will learn tools of assessment such as checklists and interviewing techniques with child, family and other pertinent collaterals. Videotapes and discussion will facilitate learning.

Treatment will highlight working with caregivers as partners to develop effective communication and management skills that promote their child’s internal awareness, reflection and stabilization. A three-phase treatment protocol will be taught 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 and process trauma with children’s self-states that carry the most disturbing symptoms (i.e., aggression, suicidality, sexualized behaviors, detachment) will be presented. Integrative techniques will be weaved into the entire training, however, the last phase of treatment highlights specific strategies to complete the process of unifying the traumatized child.

Throughout this training, clinical cases, artwork, and videos will demonstrate the treatment process and experiential training activities for participants will solidify the learning. Combining other treatment modalities, (i.e., EMDR, play and art therapy), into this specialized treatment protocol will be discussed. At the end of this intensive training, the clinician will have the knowledge and skills to begin to work with children with dissociation.

Continuing Education Credits

OmniCare Institute partners with Omni Community Health to offer continuing education credit hours for completed courses. Omni Community Health has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6894. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Omni Community Health is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


Early bird rate - $895 (until April 9)
Regular rate - $995

For more information

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

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Hyatt Place Nashville Airport
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