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, with dissociation at the center of that reaction. Explore a science based yet humanistic conceptualization of extreme human experiences, and discover ways to use CBT and other methods to help people change their relationship with these experiences, including collaborating with them in building coherent and compassionate self narratives that set the stage for real recovery. Prior knowledge of CBT for psychosis is helpful but not required for this seminar.
- Identify possible interrelationships between trauma, dissociation, and psychosis, including ways that psychosis itself, and reactions to psychosis by others, can be traumatizing
- Discern a variety of possible causal routes from trauma to psychotic experiences, and understand the possible role of dissociation within that process
- Utilize proven cognitive strategies to address command and persecutory voices, and other common yet distressing experiences found in trauma-associated psychosis
- Integrate cognitive therapy for psychosis with other trauma therapies to effectively treat clients who have experienced both trauma and psychosis
- Assist clients in developing coherent and compassionate stories of trauma and recovery which provide a positive alternative to both fragmented “psychotic” stories, and to helplessness-inducing “mental illness” stories.
6 NASW CE Credits pending.
Please call early with any ADA needs! Cancellation Policy: If you contact us before the seminar date, you can receive a tuition refund, less a $30 cancellation fee. Guarantee: If the quality of this seminar does not meet your expectations, simply explain the reasons for your dissatisfaction, by mail or email, and you will receive a full refund
You may want to consider information about an additional seminar, also in Eugene:
December 5, 2014: Addressing Spiritual Issues Within Bipolar and Psychotic Disorders
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Ron Unger LCSW
Ron Unger LCSW is a therapist, therapy supervisor, and consultant specializing in cognitive therapy for psychosis. He has also been an activist with groups such as MindFreedom International which work to increase awareness of possible harms and human rights violations within the mental health system, and to propose alternatives. Additionally, Ron is a member of the board of the Mad in America Continuing Education Project, whose mission is to provide on-line courses based on research that is free of commercial interest on topics such as psychiatric medications, including their long-term effects, and alternatives that promote long-term recovery.