Understanding and Working with Complex Traumatic Dissociation

Course One - an introduction to foundation level essentials.

An introduction to foundation level essentials course

This is a newly combined course consisting of four modules, each of which was previously available as a separate online course. It focuses on complex trauma and resulting dissociative conditions including dissociative identity disorder.   Participants working sequentially through the four modules and each module’s component units will earn a certificate of completion for 20 hours CPD after achieving a pass on the evaluation of learning multiple choice questionnaire.   But more importantly in completing the course you will gain an increasingly solid foundation in a critical knowledge and skills set.  With this basis you can confidently progress  your CPD through further learning to increase your ability to recognise and work effectively with the many highly dissociative chronically traumatised individuals who present in NHS mental health and other therapy settings.   The course completion certificate is not a qualification but does provide an indication of introductory learning in this complex subject area.


With a motto of “Affordable Training for People in Practice”  ESTD-UK endeavours to keep its training costs as low as possible without compromising the quality of the content.   The presenters are some of the most knowledgeable and experienced UK practitioners and experts-by-experience in this field.  You would be hard pressed to find any other training at this level delivered by professional trainers of this calibre for less than this course is offered.

Multi-seat Organisational Group rate
is £750 (for unlimited seats)

Module 1
– Introduction to Trauma-related Complex Dissociation

This module is a first introduction to the concept of dissociation, the dissociative disorders and some common misunderstanding in relation to those who experience these conditions.

It consists of four units of approximately 25 to 45 minutes each.

Presented by Melanie Goodwin and Kathryn Livingston BEM of First Person Plural – dissociative identity disorders association

Module 2
– Intro to Assessment and Treatment of Complex Dissociation

Module 2 introduces the history of the field of dissociation and provides a foundation level introduction to the assessment and treatment of complex dissociative disorders, including Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and Dissociative Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (DDNOS) or Other Specified Dissociative Disorder (OSDD)

It consists of six units of approximately 20 to 60 minutes each.

Presented by Rémy Aquarone, Analytical Psychotherapist, Director of Pottergate Centre for Dissociation and Trauma, and former president of ESTD

Module 3
– Origins of Dissociation in Childhood Abuse and Neglect

Module 3 provides significant insight into the internal world of the child and adolescent who is dissociative.  The theoretical aspects of child dissociation are presented. The primary development of the self of the child enables the participant to understand the essential needs in the infant and young child for the necessary nurture and attachment.  Without these, trauma might occur, which might lead to significant dissociation in the child.  The module allows the child’s voice to be heard and enables the participant to gain a better understanding of the child’s subjective experiences of dissociation.

It consists of six units of approximately 20 to 40 minutes each.

Presented by Dr Renée Marks,  Consultant Therapist and Clinical Lead at the National Centre for Children with Complex Trauma and Dissociation (Integrate Families) and British Institute for Childhood Trauma & Dissociation

Module 4
– An Attachment Approach to Understanding & Treating Dissociation in Adults

Module 4 provides an overview of attachment concepts relevant to work with dissociative clients/patients & their application to practice.   The module introduces some relevant concepts from attachment theory and the use of an attachment framework in  work with dissociation, its assessment & repair.

It consists of six units of approximately 20 to 60 minutes each.

Presented by Sue Richardson, a UKCP registered attachment–based psychotherapist & a member of The John Bowlby Centre with over 30 years’ experience in the helping professions.