Training from UK Network of the European Society for Trauma & Dissociation in collaboration with First Person Plural

Understanding & Working with Dissociation – Foundation Course (

BOURNEMOUTH, 12th & 13th May and 9th & 10th June 2016

This four module ESTD-UK Foundation course has been developed and is delivered in collaboration with First Person Plural. It takes place over four days, usually as 2 x 2 consecutive days scheduled about 1 month apart.  The course as a whole is primarily for qualified counsellors, psychotherapists, clinical psychologists and other professionals working therapeutically with chronically traumatised clients who have a (diagnosed or not yet recognised) complex dissociative disorder.  Module 1 which is delivered by FPP’s trainers is also suitable for other mental and general health and social care professionals and anyone else whose work includes supporting vulnerable adults in any setting where some clients are likely to have a history of trauma in childhood.  Partners, family, friends and other supporters would also benefit from attending this first module. Well-supported survivors with a complex dissociative disorder may find this FPP module a useful psychoeducational experience.
Participants attending all four modules will have gained a solid foundation on which to build their continuing professional development in a critical knowledge and skills set for recognising and working effectively with the many highly dissociative chronically traumatised individuals who present in NHS mental health and other therapy settings.   The course recognises and builds on participants existing knowledge and skills, helping to build confidence in recognising and working with this client group.


Participants undertaking all 4 modules will be able to:


  • Be equipped with basic theoretical knowledge of dissociation & and the dissociative conditions
  • Understand the developmental origins of dissociation, its effects and its role in surviving abuse and trauma
  • Recognise different categories & levels of dissociation and their relationship, similarities and differences with other aspects of mental health
  • Use tools for initial screening and have an outline understanding of a protocol for assessment
  • Understand the core components & stages of treatment
  • Draw on a range of treatment strategies
  • Be equipped for multi-disciplinary work.
  • Be more confident in supporting those affected by dissociation
  • Enhance their knowledge & understanding by learning from experts by experience
  • Access material via a DVD to inform colleagues and others using a cascade model
  • Be equipped to move on to post-foundation training provided by ESTD UK

All modules are interactive and inclusive using a range of teaching styles and resources.  Attendee numbers are deliberated limited to a maximum of 35 to enable everyone who wishes to share and ask questions.  Thus avoiding a wholly didactic or lecture-style presentation and encouraging individual learning.