Structural Dissociation Workshop: Mount Maunganui, New Zealand – FULLY SUBSCRIBED

The workshop will describe the nature of structural dissociation and its various levels of complexity and how to identify its many symptoms. Participants will be informed about a practical and theoretically sound phase-oriented approach to treating the “whole” client or patient while dealing effectively with dissociative parts and with the difficult issues in which dissociation may play a major role, such as self harm, substance abuse, eating problems, and unstable relational patterns. Phase-oriented treatment consists of:

  1. stabilization, symptom reduction, and skills training;
  2. treatment of traumatic memories; and
  3. personality (re)integration and rehabilitation.

This workshop will also introduce the role of disorganize attachment in complex trauma. Fundamentally disorganized attachment styles make a person vulnerable to dissociative disorders in later life. An infant is biologically wired to attach to the caregiver. According to Bowlby’s definition, attachment is related to seeking care and help, and soothing when facing environmental threats or in times of perceived loneliness and distress Complex trauma can develop as the result of ccumulative traumas in the infant, which leads to the persistent activation of the defense system. Typically the attachment figure either does not protect the child from traumatic experiences (neglect) or is the perpetrator of repeated maltreatment. Conflicting and persistent activation of the attachment and the defense system is the hallmark of attachment disorganization. Implications for treatment and the application of EMDR will be discussed.

The workshop’s emphasis is on understanding and treating the more complexly traumatized clients or patients. The workshop will include a brief overview of theory, didactics, role plays, and video presentations.



The Hillier Centre, Family Works
31 Gloucester Road
Mt Maunganui, Tauranga,
New Zealand
+64 7 575 9709

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  1. understand the nature of dissociation
  2. understand the role of various dissociative parts within the context of the client’s personality as a whole
  3. identify practical EMDR approaches in each of the three treatment phases.


  • Roger Solomon
  • Roger Solomon, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who specializes in treatment of trauma and grief. He is on the Senior Faculty of the EMDR Institute and provides EMDR training internationally. At the present time, he is a consultant to NASA, the US Senate, South Carolina Department of Public Safety, and Polizia di Stato (Italy). He has also worked with are the FBI, the Secret Service, US Department of State Diplomatic Security, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, several national security agencies. Dr. Solomon has authored 33 articles and book chapters on topics of trauma, grief, stress, and EMDR.
    Find out more about Roger Solomon


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Van der Hart, O., Nijenhuis, E. R. S., Steele, K., & Brown, D. (2004). Trauma-related dissociation: Conceptual clarity lost and found. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 38(11/12), 906-914.

Van der Hart, O., & Nijenhuis, E.R.S. (2008). Dissociative disorders. In P.H. Blaney & T. Millon (Eds.), Oxford textbook of psychopathology, 2nd ed. (pp. 452-481). New York: Oxford University Press.

Van der Hart, O., Nijenhuis, E. R. S., & Solomon, R. (in press). Dissociation of the personality in complex trauma-related disorders and EMDR: Theoretical considerations. Journal of EMDR Practice and Research.

Van der Hart, O., Nijenhuis, E.R.S., & Steele, K. (2006). The haunted self: Structural dissociation and the treatment of chronic traumatization. New York/London: W.W. Norton & Co.

Van der Hart, O., & Witztum, E. (2008). Dissociative psychosis: Clinical and theoretical aspects. In A. Moskowitz, I. Schäfer, & M. Dorahy (Eds.), Dissociation and psychosis: Multiple perspectives on a complex relationship (pp. 257-269). London: John Wiley & Sons.

Van der Kolk, B.A. & Van der Hart, O. (1989). Pierre Janet and the breakdown of adaptation in psychological trauma. American Journal of Psychiatry, 146, 1530-1540.


This training is available to all those who have completed a minimum of the Weekend 1 training.


  • $660 (inc. GST)
  • $ (inc. GST) for payments prior to November 1
  • $400 (inc. GST) for attendees also attending the Master Class
  • $200 (inc. GST) for attendees who have attended three or more Master Class trainings