Essential Skills for the Successful Treatment of Complex Trauma and Dissociation with Suzanne Hoffman, PsyD

  • 20 Apr 2013
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Boston College School of Social Work, Corcoran Commons


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Registration fee for members of NESTTD and non-members.
  • For all students, even non-member students.

The New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation presents  

Essential Skills for the Successful Treatment of Complex Trauma and Dissociation    

This event offers 5.5 CEs for an additional $25.  hoffman bio pic

Dissociation is an adaptive response to overwhelming and disorganizing life conditions. The majority of people with histories of complex trauma, neglect, and less than optimal attachment experiences present in therapy with a variety of dissociative symptoms.  These symptoms can create havoc in their lives, confound their therapists, and, if not understood, ultimately lead to treatment failure. Additionally, early trauma can lead to relationship challenges and to serious deficits in the capacity for self-regulation.

This workshop is designed to deepen clinicians’ skills in recognizing and working with trauma survivors’ symptoms.  We will look at the continuum of dissociative processes and dissociative disorders, at issues related to somatic and affect regulation, at the therapeutic relationship, and at ways of working with parts and with triggers.  Participants will leave with concrete “how to’s” for helping clients understand, work with, and begin to transform their symptoms. 

The workshop is offered by NESTTD in recognition of the prevalence of dissociation in most chronic trauma survivors, and of the limited professional opportunities for learning essential skills in this area. It is appropriate both for new clinicians and for more experienced therapists who want a way to organize their thinking about working with dissociative processes and with the developmental impact of complex trauma.

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Suzanne Hoffman, Psy.D.  is a licensed psychologist who has been treating trauma survivors for over 30 years.  She is a long-time member of NESTTD and has served on the Board, as Treasurer, and on the Community Education and Outreach Committee, offering supervision, consultation and training around dissociation and dissociative disorders.  Her interest in dissociation led her to study and integrate effective treatments:  hypnosis, EMDR, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy, and the use of meditation, mindfulness, and compassion practices in healing the wounds of childhood.  She has a clinical and consultation practice in Boston and has been described as “a wise and very engaging clinician and teacher.”

This event takes place at Boston College in the Heights Room of Corcoran Commons. Boston College is located at the last stop on the"B" Green T-line and ends at the Boston-Newton boundary on Commonwealth Avenue. Cross the street and walk by St. Ignatius Church and follow the perimeter road around to campus entrances.

Directions to The Heights Room, Corcoran Commons (Lower Campus)

The Heights Room is located on the second floor of Corcoran Commons, which is the dining hall for lower campus. The closest parking is in the Commonwealth Avenue Garage, which is accessible at the Gate near St. Ignatius Church off St. Thomas More Drive. It is also close to the Boston College “B Line” MBTA station. 

A campus map is available here: 

Parking and direction information will also be provided upon registration.

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