Course Description

Hours: 12 

Dissociative identity disorder (DID), a common disorder resulting from severe early childhood trauma, is most typically associated with extreme and repeated episodes of physical, sexual and/or emotional abuse. Dissociation occurs along a continuum from mild to severe. The mildest forms generally fall within the range of normal human experience, while the more severe forms pose a range of problems that debilitate the individual experiencing them. Dissociation can be viewed as a mental strategy or cognitive process that involves the ability to escape stressful or harmful situations by creating another place for the mind to go. This course offers an introduction to dissociative identity disorder and will include an overview of its diagnostic criteria, etiology, treatment phases and key techniques.

Learner Outcomes

Learning Objectives: 
  • History of DID: Prior to, during, and post Freud. 
  • Etiology: Four pathways to DID.
  • Assessment and diagnoses. 
  • Clinical features.
  • DID and other co-occurring disorders.
  • Principles of treatment for DID: Initial, middle, late phases of treatment. 
  • Key techniques to working with DID.
  • Explaining DID to a client.
  • Therapeutic neutrality.
  • Grounding techniques.
  • Talking through the alters. 
  • Orienting alters to the body and the present.
  • Creating empathy with the host.
  • Host resistance.
  • Working with persecutor alters and identification with the aggressor.
  • Increasing interpersonal communication and cooperation, co-participation and co-consciousness.
  • Journaling and drawing. 
  • Other strategies and approaches.


For more information contact the Faculty of Social Work Professional Development office:

Email: fswprofessionaldevelopment@wlu.ca
Phone: 548-889-5128

Cancellations and Transfers
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Website: wlu.ca/fswpd

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)
Workshop Remote
T, W
9:00AM to 4:00PM
Apr 02, 2024 to Apr 03, 2024
Schedule and Location
Total Hours
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Workshop Remote  
Course Fee(s)
Registration Fee non-credit $370.00
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Section Notes

Instructor: Ian Robertson, MSW, RSW

Location: This workshop is being held remotely through Zoom. 

Website: wlu.ca/fswpd

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