Trauma, Dissociation, and Psychosis: CBT and Other Approaches to Understanding and Recovery

Presented and developed by Ron Unger, LCSW

A large number of studies now provide strong evidence that psychosis can often be an understandable reaction to trauma, abuse, and other difficult life experiences.  This seminar will introduce you to a science based yet humanistic conceptualization of extreme human experiences that can be related to trauma, and will demonstrate how to help people change their relationship with these experiences, for example, by collaborating with them in building coherent and compassionate self narratives that can set the stage for real recovery. 

Understanding dissociation can be a key to understanding the possible relationship of trauma and psychosis.  This seminar will explore dissociation as a normal response to traumatic stress that in more extreme forms, and when misinterpreted, can lead to psychosis.  Then, the possibility of addressing these difficulties using methods drawn from diverse sources such as CBT, the Hearing Voices Movement, mindfulness, and psychodynamic approaches will be presented.  These approaches can help people regain perspective and personal power, and perhaps to truly heal the splits in their psyche rather than remaining stuck in endless efforts to suppress whatever is disturbing them.

Continuing Education (CE) Information

6 CEs

Ron Unger, LCSW

Ron Unger is a therapist with 13 years experience specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Psychosis, and an educator with extensive experience teaching continuing education seminars on that and on related topics. He serves as adjunct faculty at Portland State University, and teaches regularly at JFK University in Berkeley CA as well. He is also chairperson of the education committee for the US Chapter of the International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches for Psychosis (ISPS).

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