CFT for Severe Dissociative Disorders

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July 11, 2024
July 12, 2024
CFT for Severe Dissociative Disorders


This workshop will be 14 hours towards your CPD, and you will receive a certificate of attendance shortly after the workshop. For those who are unable to attend all of the live broadcasts, this workshop will be recorded, and recordings will be available for up to one month after the live broadcast for you to watch in your own time. We will host this workshop via Zoom Meetings and will send all relevant joining instructions a week before the workshop.


This workshop is priced at a flat rate of £215.

For those in difficult financial circumstances, who may struggle to afford this price, please contact hello@compassionatemind.co.uk


All timings are according to BST (GMT+1):

09:30-16:30 both days

About this Course

Severe Dissociative disorders such as Other Specified Dissociative Disorder (OSDD) and Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) represent significant challenges to client and therapist alike. There is a distinct lack of Dissociative Disorder training within the mental health professions across many countries; leading to misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment, which prolongs the very significant suffering of our clients.

Whilst CFT was developed for working with people where attachment disturbance and trauma are often key causes of suffering; any therapeutic modality needs to be adapted for OSDD & DID; otherwise, the risks of harm to the client may inadvertently increase and the chances of effectiveness are likely to be greatly reduced.

Therefore, there is a need to ensure that CFT therapists tap into the pre-existing wisdom in this area and to be able to adapt the standard approach accordingly.

CFT also has much to offer in the treatment of severe Dissociative Disorders.

It is conceptually compatible with one of the leading theoretical models in this area, Structural Dissociation of the Personality (Van derHart, Nijenhuis & Steele, 2006).

CFT is built on key knowledge and skills to help people deliberately train their capacity to integrate parts of the self through activating the compassionate mind. CFT therefore enables therapists to work within the treatment guidance laid out by the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD, 2011), which emphasises the need to achieve better integrated functioning and the use of a phased approach.

These 2 days will cover how CFT fits with the existing knowledge base in this area and how it has been applied clinically, with reference to case material and practical demonstration where possible.

Key issues that we will cover are:

  • Screening, assessment & diagnostic methods and issues for OSSD & DID
  • Key theoretical models such as Structural Dissociation of the Personality (Van derHart, Nijenhuis & Steele, 2006) and the attachment based model of Liotti (2006)
  • Key treatment principles in OSDD & DID according to ISSTD guidance
  • Key issues in OSDD & DID with the competencies of compassion
  • How to adapt standard CFT practices for these presentations; for example, how the self-attacking process is different & requires different intervention
  • How to conduct Compassion Focussed dialogues with parts of the personality system
  • Specific challenges such as managing the therapeutic relationship & working with trauma bonding


Online via Zoom

Recommended Reading

Firestone, L. (2018). Dissociation and therapeutic alliance. Phenomenology of Suicide: Unlocking the Suicidal Mind, 167-186.

Fisher, J. (2017) Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Internal Self-Alienation. Routledge. New York & London.

Gilbert, P. (2013). An evolutionary and compassion focused approach to dissociation. In, F. Kennedy, H., Kennerley, & D, Pearson. (eds). Cognitive Behavioural Approaches to the Understanding and Treatment of Dissociation. (190-205). London: Routledge

Steele, K., Boon, S. & Van der Hart (2017). Treating Trauma-Related Dissociation. A Practical, Integrative Approach. Norton & Company

Van der Hart, O., Nijenhuis, E.R.S., & Steele, K (2006). The Haunted Self. Structural Dissociation & the Treatment of Chronic Traumatization. Norton & Company

International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (2011) Guidelines for treating dissociative identity disorder in adults, third revision Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, 12, 115–187.

This course is for

Healthcare Professionals
Those working within the healthcare profession
Mental Healthcare Practitioners
Psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors, nurses, psychiatrists and other mental health professions
Those who have completed introductory trainings
Introductory trainings refer to courses of 2 or 3 days provided by the Compassionate Mind Foundation or if led by a recognised CFT trainer

Meet your instructor(s)

Dr Andrew Rayner

Dr Andrew Rayner

Clinical Psychologist


My employer will be paying for this course. Can you arrange for an invoice?

Yes, towards the bottom of the page under the 'prices' section you will find a link to download a booking form for this workshop. Please fill this in and email to Binita.Shah@compassionatemind.co.uk

What if I am unable to attend?

If you find you are unable to attend this course, please email our admin team via hello@compassionatemind.co.uk as soon as possible. You will be given the option to transfer to another course (within 12 months). Refunds are available if cancellation occurs no less than one month before the start of the course, although we will consider exceptional circumstances.

When will I receive the login details?

All delegates signed up to the workshop will receive the joining links, instructions, handouts and any extra resources and information via email. We send these roughly a week before the workshop start date.

Will I get a certificate of attendance?

All attendees will received a certificate upon completion of the course. This will be emailed to you, so please ensure that your details are correct on registration.

Our staff will take a register on each day of the workshop and any non-attendees will not receive a certificate. If you are unable to attend for any reason, please get in touch at hello@compassionatemind.co.uk


If you wish to book via invoice, please click here to download our workshop booking form.

Terms and conditions

All places booked for our event, must be paid for prior to attending the event unless pre-agreed with management. Please note that we cannot confirm your place until we have received payment.

Should you be unable to attend the event, please contact our admin team as soon as possible via hello@compassionatemind.co.uk. Refunds, less the Eventbrite administration fee, will be made if cancellations are received in writing up to one month before the event. Any cancellations received after this time will not be eligible for a refund, although we will consider exceptional circumstances.  While refunds for failure to attend cannot be made, you can transfer your event fee to a future event that will take place within 12 months of your booking without an additional penalty.

Please note that information about the event and venue are subject to change and cancellation. Occasionally, an event may have to be cancelled or postponed.  We will endeavour to inform you of any changes and cancellations as soon as possible via email. We cannot take responsibility for any resulting costs you may incur for travel, accommodation, any other related goods or service or other compensation should an event cancellation occur.

For all face-to-face events, lunch provided at the event will be vegetarian and will include eggs, but no meat or fish (though vegan options will also be made available). However, please advise us of any dietary requirements in the notes section whilst booking online and we will do our best to accommodate your request.