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Working with Dissociative Identity Disorder

  • 26 Aug 2022
  • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Presenter: Christine Mardirossian, LMFT

THIS IS A ZOOM EVENT - Registration will close 48 hours before presentation.  Course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
Registrants must attend full 2 hours to receive 2 CEUs

DID is very often misdiagnosed, misunderstood, and not taken seriously. Many of these clients have been diagnosed as bipolar, borderline, schizophrenia, 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.


1. Describe what Dissociation is

2. Identify at least 2 symptoms of Dissociation  

3. Identify at least 2 alter systems in DID

4. Identify at least 2 treatment strategies when working with DID

About the presenter:

Cristina Mardirossian is the owner and director of Pasadena Trauma Therapy, Inc. Cristina is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist as well as an Attachment Focused EMDR Certified therapist in private practice in Pasadena, CA. She is trained in Brainspotting, The Havening Techniques, TF-CBT, and is certified in the Trauma Resiliency Module. She has provided outpatient individual and group therapy throughout the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley areas to teens and adults on a variety of issues, ranging from trauma/Complex PTSD, dissociative disorders, anxiety, depression, codependency issues, etc.

Cristina’s private practice focuses on working with trauma survivors, predominately sexual abuse survivors and dissociative disorders. Cristina runs several groups for sexual abuse survivors as well, for both men and women.  Cristina is part of the Dissociative Disorders Study Group (DDSG) and is a Member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD). Cristina has provided ongoing workshops to mental health professionals on trauma and dissociation. She  also provides consultation to therapists on dissociative clients.

IInland Empire Chapter of CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for IE-CAMFT. IE-CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. CEU  Provider # 62278

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