Relapse Prevention Worksheet
Recovering from abuse takes time. It is important to remember that recovery doesn’t occur perfectly for anyone and there will be relapses during the recovery process. This is normal and it is to be expected. A Relapse Prevention Plan is something that may be helpful to you in preventing a relapse. more>>
Dissociation is a notoriously ungrateful topic. It pushes nearly every “hot button” in the human psyche, with its allusions to gross abuse of small children, devil-worship, hypnosis, recovered memories, lawsuits, and the like. The attempt to objectify phenomena that are primarily internal and not subject to external validation is foredoomed to failure. And, as I shall attempt to show, there are substantial differences in cognitive style between those who suffer from dissociation, those who treat it, and those who reject it totally. more >>
Dissociation on a Spectrum
As society has become increasingly aware of the prevalence of child abuse and its serious consequences, there has been an explosion of information on post traumatic and dissociative disorders resulting from abuse in childhood. Since most clinicians learned little about childhood trauma and its aftereffects in their training, many are struggling to build their knowledge base and clinical skills to effectively treat survivors and their families. more >>
Dissociation & Stages of Development
Multiples and dissociative abuse survivors grew up in environments that were about as far from perfect as can be imagined. Because of this, the tasks of human development were often too difficult for us to achieve. In many cases, our progression was deliberately retarded and distorted by our abusers. more >>
Learning About Dissociation
If you’ve recently discovered that you are multiple, or have been diagnosed with a dissociative disorder, you might be reading everything you can get your hands on about it. Is this good? Can there be any harm in it? more >>
A History of the Study of MPD/DID
Evidence of Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly called Multiple Personality Disorder and hereafter referred to as multiple personality in deference to those who do not believe it is a disorder at all) is not a new development of the twentieth century. more >>
From Book News, Inc.
After consideration of general issues in the treatment of MPD, presents case studies which illustrate the application of valuable techniques, approaches, and insights that have not heretofore been adequately documented in the literature. These methods include the use of Amytal interviews, play therapy, ego-state therapy, and sand trays. Includes appreciations and an “interview portrait” of the late Cornelia B. Wilbur, M.D. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Oregon
Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia. Text of current therapeutic issues in multiple personality disorder, for clinical psychiatrists. Part 1 is a festschrift to Cornelia B. Wilbur, psychiatrist portrayed in the book and movie entitled Sybil. 22 U.S. contributors.
Creativity and the Dissociative Patient: Puppets, Narrative, and Art in the Treatment of Survivors of Childhood Trauma
(Jessica Kingsley Publishers) Describes an art therapist’s work with survivors of childhood trauma that included sexual abuse, desertion and assault, resulting in chronic mental illness. For therapists.
Multiple Selves, Multiple Voices: Working With Trauma, Violation, and Dissociation (The Wiley Series in Clinical Psychology)
The book draws upon the exciting and illuminating understanding of trauma and dissociation that has developed within the last decade and shows how this can transform our view of many severe personality disorders. MPD is presented as a disorder based upon trauma and pretense – a pretense which structures the personality. The author explores the implications of working with personalities structured around trauma and pretense. The many complex and bewildering aspects of the therapeutic process are discussed.
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