From Fragment to Fusion: Understanding Dissociative Identity Disorder

The goal of this workshop is to demystify a greatly misunderstood and baffling disorder that has captured the public imagination and resulted in unwanted attention by the entertainment industry and disproportionate levels of scrutiny from within the psychiatric community, all of which has led to hesitation to diagnose these patients, and incoherent treatment planning once they are discovered. This workshop will help make sense of the patient experience and lay the groundwork for treating these admittedly challenging patients. After attending this program, the participant will be able to:

  • Discuss the components of dissociation that unite to produce Dissociative Identity Disorder(DID) and some of the theories regarding the origination of Dissociative Identity Disorder
  • Assess for Dissociative Identity Disorder, understanding how DID can be misdiagnosed, and recognizing Imitative or Factitious DID
  • Discuss treatment options for this disorder, challenges inherent to this population, and how to address some of these challenges in session including one method of engaging a patient with DID in a process of internal compression

Who Should Attend: This professional continuing education workshop is designed for social workers, psychologists, therapists, counselors and other mental health professionals, and healthcare workers.

Continuing Education: Certificate of Attendance (3.0 CEU's).

Speaker: Megan Foster is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Missouri and a Licensed Master of Social Work in the state of Kansas. She is currently the Clinical Trauma Services Coordinator for the Trauma Unit at Two Rivers Behavioral Health and has worked with survivors of trauma for most of her clinical career. Ms. Foster specializes in working with clients who have complex presentations of PTSD, dissociative disorders, and/or personality disorders and has spent most of her inpatient and outpatient career treating these types of patients.

Ms. Foster has a Bachelor of Social Work from University of Central Missouri and a Master of Social Work from University of Kansas. She is certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing). She has a Certification in Master of Forensic Social Work. She has a lifetime of commitment, not only to broadening her own knowledge base, but to sharing that training with others, in order to provide service to her community.

When: February 3, 2017

Location: Children’s Campus of Kansas City, 444 Minnesota Ave Kansas City, KS 66101

Registration: Workshop is $35.00. Pre-register only. To obtain a registration form, Contact Stacy Davis or visit www.mhah.org. If you have any questions and/or need translation or other accommodation, please contact Stacy Davis at by email or (913) 281-2221 ext. 112. Registration deadline extended to February 2, 2017.

Presented by Mental Health America of the Heartland