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Complex Trauma and Dissociation—Developing the Healthy Adult and Treating Challenging Modes

  • 07 Dec 2023
  • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM (EST)

Complex Trauma and

Dissociation-Developing the Healthy Adult and Treating Challenging Modes

Trainer:  Robin Spiro, LCSW

December 7, 2023

Start time:  11 am EST

End Time: 1 pm EST

2 hours

$59.99 Cdn

Location: ZOOM

Presented by: Schema Therapy Training Canada

Website: schematherapytrainingcanada.com

Clinical Director : Frances Miller MSW, RSW

EMAIL: fmiller.schemacda@gmail.com


Our most challenging and yet ultimately most rewarding clients are those who have experienced the most hardship in childhood – often including multiple abusers and profound emotional and physical neglect.  Our complex trauma survivors come to treatment with a severely depleted “healthy adult mode” and often present with comorbidities, functional impairment, emotional dysregulation and difficulties with attachment.  In this workshop we will learn about the schemas and modes which are commonly presented and about how everything we do in treatment – from crisis intervention to providing choices within the therapy space to respect for all modes – is in the service of developing and bolstering the healthy adult of the client.

We will address the difficulties in fostering the crucial limited reparenting relationship and how to earn trust.

We will also focus on one of the most difficult aspects of treating this population – how to reach and transform the extreme coping modes, including parts of the client who are suicidal, self-harming, angry protectors or frozen. We will learn how to approach each mode with an open mind regarding its purpose and perspective.

In addition, we will compare the modes of complex trauma clients with those found in Dissociative Identity Disorder.


  1. Understand how to help the healthy adult mode achieve a greater sense of safety, choice, connection and self-esteem.
  2. Anticipate and work through obstacles to creating and maintaining an effective limited reparenting relationship.
  3. Build bridges between complex trauma clients and their vulnerable child and coping modes with curiosity, compassion and respect.

Why Schema Therapy?

Schema therapy has been extensively researched to effectively treat a wide variety of typically treatment resistant conditions, including Borderline Personality Disorder and Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Read our summary of the latest research comparing the dramatic results of schema therapy compared to other standard models of psychotherapy.

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