Online Workshops for Mental Health Professionals


"Working with Dissociative Identity Disorder" (DID) Workshop

Presented by Cristina Mardirossian, LMFT



To purchase, scroll down to video and click on "rent." Cost is $195 including CEU's. You have 72 hours to watch the video. 


DID is very often misdiagnosed, misunderstood, ​and​ not taken seriously. ​Many of these clients ​have been diagnosed as bipolar, borderline, schizophreni​a​, etc when in reality they have a dissociative disorder. This presentation will help you understand the complexities in working with clients with DID, how to assess for it, and how to treat it.


Descriptive Narrative:

Based on The International Society for the Study of Dissociation (ISSTD) Guidelines for Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder, this workshop will address current theories of Complex-PTSD and dissociation, including case conceptualization, treatment planning and phase-orientated therapy. This workshop is geared towards mental health professionals who are interested in developing their skills in treating clients with chronic trauma related dissociative disorders.


Participants will leave this workshop with the understanding of how to recognize signs of complex trauma and dissociation. Participants will have the tools to assess for dissociative disorders and how to structure therapy to be effective for this clientele.

​Course meets the qualifications for 5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. A CEU completion certificate will be awarded after participants complete the course evaluation and CEU test.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Differentiate the different types of dissociative disorders.

  2. Discuss dissociative parts as it applies to dissociative disorders.

  3. Identify different types of parts or self-states and their roles in the internal organization of the mind in dissociative disorders.

  4. Describe important factors in opening the treatment of dissociative disorders clients/patients.

  5. Apply theory to case material provided by the instructor and students.

  6. Explore and discuss the use of techniques specific to working with DID, such as developing internal communications, collaboration, cooperation, etc.

  7. Describe the window of tolerance and affect regulation and apply it to DID clients.



  • Overview on the theory of structural dissociation

    • Dissociative parts vs. ego states

    • Flight, fight, freeze, and submission defenses

    • Emotional parts

    • Apparently Normal parts

  • Defining Dissociation

    • Differentiating between the different types of dissociative disorders

    • Ego states on a dissociation continuum

  • Assessing for Dissociative Disorders

    • Most common assessment tools for dissociative disorders, for adults and children

    • Symptoms in Complex PTSD and dissociative clients

    • Differential diagnosis between Schizophrenia and Dissociative Identity Disorder

  • Common alters found in Dissociative Identity Disorder

    • Apparently Normal Part/ Host

    • Helpers

    • The Kids/”Littles”

    • Enforcers/Protectors

    • Doers

    • Others

  • Trauma Treatment Stages

    • Stabilization

    • Trauma Processing

    • Integration into Life

  • Treatment Strategies

    • Window of Tolerance

    • Grounding Techniques

    • Mapping of the system

    • Internal Meetings

    • Ask Inside

    • communication, collaboration, cooperation

    • Case examples


Needs Assessment:

Contrary to popular belief, DID is not rare, but relatively common. According to the ISSTD, a DID diagnosis affects around 1-3% of the population. Although DID is a common disorder, only around 6% of people with DID make their diagnosis obvious on an ongoing basis (ISSTD, 2011). This means that there are many clients who are either misdiagnosed or untreated. It is important for mental health professionals to be trained in how to assess and treat this population.


Intended Audience:

Counselors • Social Workers • Psychologists • Case Managers • Addiction Counselors Therapists • Marriage & Family Therapists • Other Mental Health Professionals • Nurses


What is included:

  • Access to a 5 hour workshop online.

  • A PDF file of the presentation slides will be emailed.

  • The CEU test and course evaluation will be emailed.

  • This program has the advantage of allowing you to proceed at your own pace, in your own time and space. 

Grievances: if there are any questions or complaints (i.e. course content, facilities, certificates, miscellaneous occurrences), please contact me directly. There are NO refunds for this workshop. 

Pasadena Trauma Therapy, Inc. is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) to sponsor continuing education for MFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs. Pasadena Trauma Therapy, Inc. maintains responsibility for any program/course and its content. Provider Number 86858.

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Click on "Rent" in order to purchase workshop. You then can sign in and out from here to access the workshop at different times within a 72 hour time-frame. 

Once you have purchased the workshop, you will receive an email with the PDF power-point presentation, the workshop evaluation sheet, and the CEU test. Thank you ahead of time for your interest in this workshop! 

Note: you will only have access to this workshop for 72 hours. Please keep that in mind when you are purchasing it, in order to allocate enough time to watch all 5 hours of it.

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