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Diagnosing, Treating, and Living with Dissociative Identity Disorder

Part I:

Friday, August 11, 2017

9:00am - 12:00pm

Cornerstone Center

1111 N. Wells Chicago, IL 60610


Part II:

Friday, August 18, 2017

12:00pm - 3:00pm

Cornerstone Center

1111 N. Wells Chicago, IL 60610


Cost: $90 for both sessions.

1 CEU per hour = 6 CEU credits avaliable


Course Description:

Despite the common belief within the mental health community that dissociation is uncommon, research indicates it may be one of the most prevalent disorders that clinicians will encounter.  Due to the misconception that it is rare, clinicians often do not receive the training necessary to diagnose dissociative disorders, treat, and/or know how to refer the person to a clinician who specializes in trauma and dissociation. When someone with severe dissociation is encountered in therapy the experience can often be overwhelming for a clinician, especially when they have not received the necessary training.

This unique training will provide clinicians with information about the field of dissociation and how it has developed over the years. It will focus on diagnosing, and the assessments that can be utilized to assist in this process.  Additionally, treatment approaches will be discussed, including a focus on Internal Family Systems (IFS).  IFS incorporates the understanding that all people are made up of different parts that often grapple with life circumstances. “A part of me wants to… and then a part of me doesn’t want…” is language that all people have used. This training will provide an introduction to IFS and how it is uniquely tailored to fit working with a client who is struggling with dissociation. The training will also discuss the importance of referrals and how to discuss the need for a referral with a client who will be better suited with another clinician.

The second day of the training will focus on helping clinicians to learn about Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) from the personal experience of someone who lives with DID.  Erika will share her experience of DID, the search for treatment and a diagnosis, and her efforts in educating society, and specifically the mental health community, about DID.  This will help clinicians begin to identify some of the signs of dissociation from a client’s perspective who has also spoken with many others who struggle with DID all over the world.


Learning Objectives:

1. Discuss the diagnostic criteria for dissociative disorders.

2. Understand the prevalence rates of dissociative disorders and challenge the common belief within the field that these disorders are rare. 

3. Identify the screening and assessment tools available for dissociation.

4. Gain a basic understanding of Internal Family Systems and how it can be applied to working with those who have dissociative disorders.

5. Increase awareness of the importance of referrals and identifying the limits of your practice.

6. Interact with a client who has DID to gain a personal understanding of the disorder, its impact, and the importance of diagnosing it. 



Dr. Cyndee Langley

Cyndee Langley, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who has focused all of her training and career on working with complex trauma and dissociation in community mental health settings. She completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, and her APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at Regional Mental Health Center (RMHC). RMHC is a large community mental health agency in Northwest Indiana where she was then hired as an outpatient psychologist at the completion of internship. After RMHC, Dr. Langley moved to Hartgrove Hospital where she helped to open and oversee the day-to-day operations of the new outpatient clinic, Chatham Family Counseling Center, while also supervising trainees, managing crises, and maintaining a clinical caseload.  

Currently, Dr. Langley is the clinical manager of Bright Star Community Outreach. In this role, she is responsible for supervising and helping to develop The Urban Resilience Network (TURN) model and the trauma counseling program. BSCO utilizes trained faith leaders as initial trauma counselors on a phone helpline to help reduce stigma and increase the likelihood of people receiving services.  Additionally, BSCO is working to educate the community about trauma awareness, and is working toward having clinicians on staff to provide additional services as needed. Dr. Langley specializes in complex trauma and dissociative disorders.  She has facilitated training with students and clinicians throughout Chicago about dissociation and complex trauma.  Furthermore, she is an adjunct faculty member at The Chicago School and teaches an Adult Trauma and Treatment course.


Erika Reva

Erika Reva is a writer and mental health speaker, who until recent years, worked as a photographer and in the arts community in some capacity.  Her and her art community strives to end the stigma surrounding various mental health disorders and bring the necessary changes and misguided views to light. She works with various groups and individuals on a global scale spreading awareness about Dissociative Identity Disorder, specifically, in attempts to alter the stigmatizing beliefs pertaining to DID and other mental health disorders. It took her parts to get her help because she, herself had given up. Despite seeing countless medical specialists, she fully expected to one day hear, “You have an inoperable brain tumor and X amount of time left.” This never happened due to the perseverance of one determined part in her system and an attentive Neurologist. Now with the help of her parts and therapist they’re applying their own experiences to written word and the realm of public speaking with the hope that others living with DID will have their voices heard.

They still create widely varied art works through writing, painting and other mediums they’ve launched their new “Dissociative Tees” project. A small merchandise and clothing line via an online shop to bring further awareness and work they produce to a larger market. With the support of the mental health community they’ve begun sharing more and more about their life with the goal of awareness and using their own voice(s) to raise the half a million who live in fear, shame and silence.

She is from Chicago, IL and still lives in the Midwest with her husband and rescued ferrets.  Through therapy they are figuring out life and what “normal” means for them. “Normal is an Illusion. What is Normal for the Spider is Chaos for the Fly.”

To register, please call (312) 573-8860

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