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.

Available as a live course for contracted groups. Contact us for information.

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

Revised 2022

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

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.


National Board for Certified Counselors (N.B.C.C.) Program Services has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP #: 5978.                  
Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.           
Program Services is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Social Work:  State Licensing Board Approval Information for Continuing Education.
The following states accept our national approvals (NBCC) for social work CE:  Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin.
We are approved in two states for social work (Florida and Alabama).
The following states accept Program Services CE if other state SW boards have approved our CE. (Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan,  Mississippi, New Jersey, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia.)    
These states specify cross-disciplinary CE is acceptable, have no specified requirements/limitations, or that social workers can self- submit after the fact: 
Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Maine, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Wyoming, New Mexico.
Program Services has not applied for CE for social work in New York, Hawaii, Iowa, and Minnesota.

National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) #86395
Florida Board of Nursing FBN #2456 CEBroker provider # 50-1651
Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling: BAP #162 CEBroker provider # 50-1651
Florida Certification Board, Inc. #159A
Alabama State Board of Social Work Examiners #0339
Georgia Board of Nursing  CEBroker provider #50-1651
South Carolina Board of Nursing  CEBroker provider #50-1651
District Columbia Board of Nursing CEBroker provider #50-1651
Allied profession approvals can be found at

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