Existing GWSCSW Study Groups:
Clinical Society Senior Seminar (click to learn more)
Focus is educational and collegial support
We have openings in a N.W. D.C group and No Va group
Grace Lebow, contact person firstname.lastname@example.org
Dissociative Disorders Study Group
The Dissociative Disorders Study Group is a clinical consultation group that focuses on the application of various clinical approaches in the current psychotherapy of trauma survivors. We also believe that dissociation is a common feature of many clinical presentations, that it is seriously under-recognized by the general clinical community, and that there is great benefit in meeting together with other professionals with a similar understanding or interest.
This discussion group was originated back in the 1980's by Frank Putnam, MD, who wrote "Diagnosis and Treatment of MPD". That remains a basic text, but our focus has also broadened over the years to include the full spectrum of trauma sequelae, particularly the importance of shame as a core issue for so many of our clients. In addition to the explicitly dissociative individuals identified by DSM dissociative criteria (amnesia, fugue,depersonalization, DID, and DDNOS), we discuss dissociative phenomena occurring in other diagnostic categories, such as eating disorders, rage episodes, depression, and sexual and relational problems.
We're a small group of therapists, ranging from some with years of practice with dissociative clients to some recognizing a need to know more about this dimension of our field. We meet the first Friday of each month from 7:30 to 9:30, in Rockville, MD. 2 hours of category II CEU's are earned for each meeting.
Why should I join a study group?
A study group can be a wonderful resource for Society members, since no fee is charged for participation and members themselves can establish the size, time, place, frequency, content and learning objectives of the group. Generally these groups are led by peers, though they may be leader-led. Group discussion may utilize resources such as books, articles, films, case examples, or even call upon relevant outside expertise.
The chair of the Continuing Education Committee and the Vice President of Education are available for consultation if needed. Each study group should select a coordinator to record attendance and document educational content for each session. At the end of the study group, the leader will submit a list of attendees the evaluations link. Once completed, a personalized certificate with their CU hours will be given.
How long does a group last?