Community Education Series: The Basics in Understanding Dissociation

Community Education Series: The Basics in Understanding Dissociation


This workshop will provide an interactive educational experience in defining and understanding dissociation and why this is important in working with addiction. The presentation will explore understanding the basic principles of the Polyvagal Theory as well as the Theory of Structural Dissociation of the Personality.

Speaker: Jessika Sands, MA, LPC, LAC, EMDR Certified, EMDRIA Approved Consultant

About the Speaker:

Jessika Sands is a dually licensed private practice therapist at Sands Collaborative Therapy, specializing in complex trauma, dissociative disorders, and chemical addiction. She graduated from the University of Denver's Forensic Psychology Clinical Master's Program. She is trained in Brainspotting, is a Certified EMDR Therapist, an EMDRIA Approved Consultant, and provides Neurofeedback services to complex trauma clients as well. Jessika has worked in the mental health field for over 15 years with kids, adolescents, and adults in several settings, including Probation, halfway houses, addiction centers, inpatient behavioral health units, and outpatient community mental health. She currently works with adult clients and provides consultation services for clinicians looking to advance their EMDR skill set and those that work with complex trauma, dissociative disorders, and addiction.


1. Understanding the different types of dissociation per ISSTD

2. Understanding of the basic principles of both Polyvagal Theory and the Theory of Structural Dissociation of the Personality

3. Understanding why dissociation knowledge is important working with addiction

Time: 2PM-3PM EST

No credits will be provided for attending this training. Our Community Education Series is open to the public and anyone interested in learning more about addiction and other mental health topics. Note: These webinars are not accredited by the NBCC and are not eligible for continuing education hours.


October 20


06:00 pm - 07:00 pm

Event Category:

The Recovery Village Events

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