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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.

Estimated watch time: 43 mins 
Available credits: none
Speaker: Jessika Sands, MA, LPC, LAC, EMDR Certified, EMDRIA Approved Consultant

Erica has a master’s in clinical mental health counseling in addition to being a certified professional life coach and has utilized this education as well as her personal experience with chronic pain to create an entirely new approach to pain management. The Pain Revolutionized online masterclass is a therapeutic approach to relief that provides a long-term and self-sustaining solution so that those struggling with chronic conditions can take back their lives.

Finding freedom from chronic pain through therapeutic applications, cognitive-behavioral shifts, and lifestyle changes. Learn about the intimate relationship between chronic pain and mental health and how this connects to opiate use that turns to addiction.

Objectives:

  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

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.

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