Advances are changing our understanding and awareness of this cluster of conditions.  Practitioners will learn about observing for criteria, differential diagnosis, and gender-related differences in these symptoms.

Developed by: Karen Albig Smith, LMFT, LCAS, MAC, CAP, SAP, SAE

Revised 2024

Description:  This session focuses on the symptoms of dissociation and hyperarousal.  Many behavioral health patient populations are affected by problems in response to abuse, trauma, and neglect.  Many of these problems had their origins in childhood, most cause significant distress to social and occupational functioning. A discussion of the diagnostic criteria, as well as proposed changes, is included. These two prevailing symptoms and their gender-specific manifestations will be addressed including treatment indications and care issues when substance abuse is present.  Several models for understanding these problems will be described and instruments that may be used to evaluate these problems.

1.  Participants will be able to define dissociation and hyperarousal.
2.  Participants will be able to discuss the continuum of dissociative disorders.
3.  Participants will be able to discuss the continuum of hyperarousal responses.
4.  Participants will be able to apply the diagnostic criteria for the dissociative disorders.
5.  Participants will be able to describe several evidence-based models that constitute best practice intervention for trauma-related problems.

CE Credits: 5 (NBCC Hours - 5)

Hour One: Introduction and definition of key terms.
Hour Two: Dissociation disorders diagnostic criteria.
Hour Three: Dissociation.
Hour Four: Hyperarousal.
Hour Five: Evidence-based models.

CE Broker #: 20-316189

Methods: Pre-test, study guide, posttest and evaluation, internet sources via URLs, Q&A by email.

Content Area: Dissociative disorders, Abuse and trauma, Social and cultural foundations, Addictions, Special populations/problems, Domestic violence, Sexual abuse, Behavior disorders.

Purpose: To prepare practitioners to observe, screen and apply treatment strategies to intervene with the symptoms of dissociation and hyperarousal.

Target Audience:  Social workers, marriage and family therapists, licensed professional counselors, mental health counselors, nurses, employee assistance professionals, addiction professionals, behavioral health technicians, and other allied professionals who may work with these populations.

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Online Course

CE Broker#:
CE Credits:
5 (NBCC Hours - 5)

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