Jenny Dwyer Associates

Melbourne 10th of May, 2018

Assessing and intervening in dissociation with children and adolescents

Melbourne- 10th of May, 2018 - REGISTRATIONS CLOSED

Suitable for EMDR and non-EMDR practitioners


Childhood dissociation is often misunderstood or missed with children and adolescents who have a history of complex trauma. This is particularly true for those in the out-of-home care system and residential care who present with overlapping symptoms and challenging behaviours that can mask dissociation.  Common misunderstandings about how dissociation presents in children and young people add to the difficulty in helping traumatised young people. Accurate assessment is imperative, since dissociative symptoms can seriously impair the success of treatment, unwittingly cause further trauma, and often lead to placement breakdown. This workshop explains the mechanisms underlying dissociation in children and young people, identifies core symptoms and uses multiple case examples to illustrate concepts.   

The workshop will cover:

• Common presentations and differential diagnoses of overlapping symptoms, such as ADHD, psychosis, bipolar disorder
•A thorough assessment process that includes posttraumatic and dissociative checklists, interviewing process and questions, and gathering pertinent collateral information
•Working with mild, moderate and severe dissociation.
•Underlying principles that guide treatment
•Strategies for talking to the child and parents/caretakers about dissociation, overcoming the phobia of trauma, and for measuring present awareness
•Ana will present “the dissociation kit for kids”, with very practical and hands on strategies to help children be fully prepared for trauma processing.

Who should attend?

The workshop will benefit those working therapeutically with children and adolescents after complex trauma, including EMDR and non-EMDR therapists. GP’s, psychiatrists, practitioners from child protection, mental health,  education, out-of-home-care, and therapeutic residential care will also benefit through a greater understanding of dissociation and its presentations. It is recommended that prior to the workshop, non-EMDR therapists read the basic summary of EMDR therapy on the following link: A half day introduction to EMDR Therapy will be run by JDA in mid April for those who may want to know more. contact

LOCATION - ABBOTSFORD CONVENT, 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford, 3067

TIME - Registration 8:30; Workshop 9-5:00


A light morning tea will be provided. We want to keep costs to participants to a minimum.  We have partnered with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre to provide lunch boxes for those who wish to order. All monies go directly to the ASRC. If you have not yet ordered lunch, please contact Jack at . Otherwise you can bring your own, or purchase lunch from one of the fabulous cafes at Abbottsford Convent. Either way, enjoy the beautiful surroundings while you lunch


Ana Gomez

Ana Gomez

registrations closed