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Digital Seminar

An Overview of Assessing Dissociation and Complex Dissociative Disorders

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Bethany Brand, PhD |  Paul Frewen, Phd, CPsych |  Benjamin Pandev-Girard, MOT
1 Hour 02 Minutes
Audio and Video
Apr 14, 2023
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The goal of this workshop is to provide clinicians with an overview of assessing dissociation so that clinicians can better recognize this often-unnoticed symptom in their traumatized clients.  Dr. Brand will emphasize why it is important to recognize dissociation when working with traumatized clients and several methods for detecting dissociation.  She will also discuss tools that can be used to assess the severity of dissociation in clients.  


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Bethany Brand, PhD's Profile

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Bethany Brand, PhD, is a Psychology Professor and the Director of the Clinical Focus program at Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Dr. Brand specializes in the assessment and treatment of trauma-related disorders. She has over 30 years of clinical and research experience, including training at Johns Hopkins Hospital, George Washington University Hospital, and at Sheppard Pratt Health System’s Trauma Disorders program. Dr. Brand has been honored with numerous research, teaching and clinical awards and served on several national task forces that developed guidelines for the assessment and treatment of trauma-related disorders.

Dr. Brand has over 100 published papers focusing on treatment of dissociative individuals (i.e., the TOP DD studies); assessment methods for distinguishing dissociative disorders from other textbooks’ coverage of trauma, among other topics. She has delivered clinical and research presentations around the world. In addition to assessing and treating patients, Dr. Brand serves as a forensic expert in trauma-related cases including state, federal and capital (i.e., death penalty) cases. Her two books on the treatment of dissociative individuals (Finding Solid Ground) will be published in 2022 and her book on the assessment of dissociation will be published in 2023.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Bethany Brand maintains a private practice and has an employment relationship with Towson University. Bethany Brand receives royalties as a published author. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Bethany Brand is an Ad hoc reviewer and editor for several peer review journals, for a complete list contact PESI, Inc. She is a developer of Bethany Brand is a member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation and is the founding member and co-chair of the Forensic and Correctional Committee of Trauma Division (Division 56) of the American Psychological Association.

Paul Frewen, Phd, CPsych's Profile

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Paul A. Frewen, PhD, CPsych, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, University of Western Ontario; Chair, Traumatic Stress Section, Canadian Psychological Association. Author of 45 papers on trauma, affect regulation, mindfulness, dissociation, and the self. Co-author, Healing the Traumatized Self: Consciousness, Neuroscience & Treatment.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Paul Frewen has employment relationships with London Health Sciences Centre, Lawson Health Research Institute, and the University of Western Ontario. He receives royalties as a published author. Paul Frewen receives a speaking honorarium, recording royalties, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-Financial: Paul Frewen is a member of the Traumatic Stress Section, Canadian Psychological Association.

Benjamin Pandev-Girard, MOT's Profile

Benjamin Pandev-Girard, MOT Related seminars and products

Benjamin is an occupational therapist (OT) from the province of Quebec, and a guest lecturer and mentor at the Université de Sherbrooke. He has a particular interest in the impact of stress and trauma on the development and regulation of emotions, occupational performance and sensory processing. A field worker, Benjamin has consulted with First Nations Communities, schools, daycares and youth protection agencies to develop trauma-informed environments and interventions to decrease seclusion and restraints. In 2020, Benjamin met Dr. Ruth Lanius following a trauma conference. Since then, Benjamin is collaborating on research projects which investigate the impact of trauma on the body and its movements, coordination and balance, and how movement can help with the healing process.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Benjamin Pandev-Girard is the co-founder of Smoode. He has employment relationships with Université de Sherbrooke, Physio Multiservices Pédiatrie, Aménagement intégratif, and Easi. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Benjamin Pandev-Girard has no relevant non-financial relationships.


  1. Employ three assessment methods for detecting dissociation
  2. Document progress in therapy through tactile, proprioceptive, and vestibular system assessments.
  3. Utilize ICD and DSM conceptual formulations of trauma diagnosis and understand the conceptual differences between the two systems.
  4. Identify the sensory processing alterations that occur post trauma.


Dissociation as escape mechanism
  • Roots of dissociation related to complex trauma
Psychiatric comorbidity of chronic early trauma
Monitoring for dissociation during psychotherapy
  • Risks faced by for dissociative individuals
  • Varied presentations of dissociation
Trauma-informed assessment
  • Complex trauma presentations
  • Diagnostic challenges and avoiding misdiagnosis
  • Behavioral indications of dissociation
  • Interview and self-report assessment measures
Diagnosing the effects of trauma
  • Differential diagnosis – ICD and DSM
  • Assessment measures – structured interview elements
Research basis for new diagnostic conceptualization of complex PTSD
  • Evolution of symptom criteria from DSM-IV to DSM-5 
  • Association with adverse childhood experiences
  • Factor analysis of Complex PTSD symptom structure
Beyond depersonalization and derealization
  • 4D model and sense of self – from trauma to recovery
Trauma-informed sensory assessment
  • Understanding sensory processing before and after trauma
An integrative definition of sensory processing
  • Perception, modulation, and behavioral response
Impact of trauma on sensory sensitivity and reactivity
  • Surviving your internal and external senses following trauma
Use of standardized and semi-standardized sensory assessments
  • Building an assessment for the traumatized adult

Target Audience

  • Psychotherapists
  • Counsellors
  • IAPT practitioners
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counsellors
  • Nurses, Psychiatrists
  • GPs
  • Other Mental Health Professionals



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