NEW ENGLAND SOCIETY FOR THE TREATMENT
OF TRAUMA AND DISSOCIATION
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About Dr. Bowman:
Elizabeth S. Bowman is a private practice psychiatrist in Carmel, IN, and Adjunct Professor of Neurology at Indiana University School of Medicine. During 20 years in the Indiana University Epilepsy Clinic she evaluated more than 1000 patients with non-epileptic seizures (NES). She has 14 peer-reviewed publications on NES and has taught extensively on somatoform disorders, dissociation, and religion/spirituality in mental health. She is a past president of the ISSTD (1995-96), was founding co-editor(with James Chu, MD) of the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, and received the ISSTD Lifetime Achievement Award (2005). She has 30 years experience in treating dissociative disorders. She completed medical school and psychiatry residency at Indiana University and holds a Master of Sacred Theology degree from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis.
A range of physical symptoms, often not explained by medical causes, are common in clients with trauma histories. These clients often progress poorly in psychotherapy and mystify or frustrate both physicians and mental health therapists. Dr. Bowman will address the many ways trauma manifests in the body. She will both clarify the many terms used to describe these phenomena and present material on how to conceptualize these body symptoms. Participants will learn how to explain conversion and somatoform symptoms to clients. They will learn how to communicate with physicians, including neurologists , to exclude physical causes for these symptoms and to obtain accurate diagnosis of non-epileptic seizures. This conference will include role-play practice to explain pseudo-neurologic (conversion) and other somatoform symptoms, and use cases to illustrate the connection of trauma to the body. Cases material will illustrate the symbolism of somatoform symptoms, and the role of covert ego states and the personalities of DID patients in producing somatoform symptoms such as pain, nausea, and pseudo-neurologic symptoms. Dr. Bowman will discuss how to assess and treat these trauma-related physical symptoms in treatment.