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Jack of All Trades: The Need for Multiple Treatment Modalities in Working with Survivors of Early Chronic Abuse (4 CE)
Friday, December 09, 2022, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM EST
Category: Affiliate Programs

Mercer County Psychological Association Presents:  Jack of All Trades: The Need for Multiple Treatment Modalities in Working with Survivors of Early Chronic Abuse (4 CE)
(satisfies NJ domestic violence CE re-licensure requirements) 
Presenter: Marsha Heiman, PhD
A live and in-person (Please see COVID19 Risk Management Policies) 
Friday December 9th, 2022
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM (45 min lunch – provided - and two 15 min breaks)
The Nassau Inn, 10 Palmer Square, Princeton, NJ 08540
Cost of Program (includes lunch):   Members - $90; Student Members - $30; Non-Members - $125.  Scholarships available: please ask us.  
Additional Fees for CE credits:  4 CE available for psychologists at an additional charge through NJPA. Fees: NJPA Member $15, Non-Members $25 and Sustaining Members are free.  
You must attend the entire program to be eligible for CE credits.
Program Narrative:
Early chronic abuse (e.g., sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, domestic violence, and neglect) impacts all areas of development and inevitably leads to a dissociative disorder, or at the very least, dissociative defenses. Attachment difficulties and the inability to trust, affect regulation, dissociation, and lack of a coherent self make psychotherapy challenging. No one therapy method works for all dissociative clients or even with the same client from session to session or within the same session. The shifting internal landscape of clients with complex trauma and dissociative disorders requires the therapist to be both knowledgeable and flexible in using different therapeutic methodologies. These clients truly require that we are eclectic.  This workshop will highlight the impact of chronic interpersonal violence on the client’s development and on the therapeutic process. Several cases will be presented of clients with complex PTSD and DID to demonstrate the need for different therapeutic modalities and how they can be integrated. These cases highlight the impact of abuse and how the mind resides in multiple realities to which the therapist must be attuned.

Program Goal
The goal of this program is to highlight the complexities in working with individuals who have experienced chronic early abuse and have a dissociative disorder. Participants will learn about the impact of chronic abuse on the client’s development and the therapeutic process. By presenting several different clinical cases, participants will develop a better understanding of how different treatment modalities can be interwoven when working with this population.

Learning Objectives:
Participants will be able to:
  1. Describe how early chronic abuse impacts development
  2. Explain structural dissociation.
  3. Describe the ACE study and its relevance to later physical health and mental health functioning
  4. Identity ways in which the sequela of early chronic abuse impacts the therapy process.
  5. Identify different therapeutic modalities that are helpful in dealing with complex PTSD and dissociative disorders.
  6. Explain how defenses and “resistance” are survival mechanisms that need to be respected and valued.
  7. Describe how to help reorganize the client’s internal system.
Level of learning: Intermediate (some prior knowledge of program content is recommended)
Target audience: psychologists and other mental health professionals.
COVID19 Risk Management Policies:  Attendees must show proof of vaccination (including at least one booster) when signing in.   While we hope and plan to not require masks, masks may be required if community infection rates are high.   Please do not attend if you are symptomatic or have experienced a recent direct exposure to someone who is ill with COVID.  This (indoors, group) program may be cancelled and rescheduled if recommended by departments of health or the CDC or the Mercer Psychological Association officers and board decide risks are too high to meet indoors on December 9th.  Refunds, minus $10 processing fee, will be provided if program is cancelled due to COVID or if you cancel due COVID symptoms or recent exposures. There will be no remote (e.g., zoom) replacement program.
Refund Policy:  A refund is available if (non-COVID related) cancellation is received 3 business days in advance, minus a $10 processing fee.  If you need to cancel, contact Karen Cohen at [email protected] 
Marsha Heiman, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist practicing in Metuchen, New Jersey for over forty years. Dr. Heiman specializes in the area of trauma, sexual abuse, PTSD and complex PTSD, dissociative disorders, and vicarious traumatization. She provides treatment, training, and supervision, as well as teaching continuing education workshops. In addition, Dr. Heiman has created several educational programs on trauma for the NJ Division of Youth and Family Services, Court Appointed Special Advocates and other mental health facilities.