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

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.

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