Two new workshops with Suzette Boon – in December and March

suzette boon workshop

Suzette Boon has over 30 years of experience in working with patients who suffer from mental health issues and is especially skilled in dissociative disorders. Wonsa tries to offer education with her about once a year.

Please notice that only those who have attended the first workshop in December 2019 can attend the second one in March 2020!

 

suzette workshop 2019

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Getting stuck in therapy with patients with a complex dissociative disorder: Treatment of “Difficult” Patients

Suzette Boon, Ph.D.

Every therapist has encountered a “difficult patient” who engenders feelings of guilt, rage, shame, humiliation, helplessness, and incompetency, and who seems to resist virtually any efforts toward progress. In the face of massive resistance, the therapist may retreat into destructive enmeshment or distancing with the patient.

The actual prognosis of a ”difficult” patient depends to some degree on the goodness of fit between patient and therapist, and on the skills and experience of the therapist, as well as on certain prognostic indicators that should be used to screen for appropriateness for outpatient psychotherapy and to plan a workable therapy.
The “difficult” patient can typically be understood as having extreme problems with four related issues: (1) dissociation; (2) chronic defenses against perceived relational threat (e.g., criticism, rejection, abandonment, or engulfment and control); (3) chronic defenses against inner experience (e.g., affects, cognitions, physical sensations, wishes, needs); and (4) difficulties in self regulation.

On top of these problems, there may be ongoing abuse which makes the therapy more complicated. Interventions are first directed to the therapist, who must learn to empathically understand the patient’s behavior, and act with reflection rather than with reaction. This reflective stance is a treatment strategy in itself for the patient and paves the way for further interventions.
Strategies for the therapist and patient will be discussed extensively.

 

Time: December 12-13 from 08.30-17.00 both days.

Place: The event venue is not yet decided, but it will take place within Stockholm city center. We will inform you about the address later on.

Price: 10 000 SEK (+ service fee).

 

 

suzette workshop 2020

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Treatment of traumatic memories, realization and integration.

Suzette Boon, Ph.D.

After a phase focusing on stabilization an symptoms reduction, in phase II the focus turns to working with memories of traumatic experiences. Effective work in this phase involves remembering, tolerating, processing, and integrating overwhelming past events.

In this workshop, several techniques to integrate traumatic memories will be discussed. First, we will discuss a checklist to evaluate if a patient is ready for phase II work. And if a patient is ready, where do you start? How do you plan and schedule the sessions? What is needed to maintain safety during this phase? How can patients contain their feelings if the work becomes too intense? How do we know that a memory is sufficiently integrated?
Special focus will be on the “guided synthesis technique” (Boon & van der Hart, 1995; Van der Hart, Nijenhuis& Steele, 2006; Steele, Boon & Van der Hart, 2018 ).

During all workshops I will include short video clips, demonstration of the techniques, and participants are also asked to bring cases so that they can participate in role plays and exercises.

 

Please notice that only those who have attended the first workshop in December 2019 can attend the second one in March 2020!

 

Time: March 20-21 at 08.30-17.00 both days.

Place: The event venue is not yet decided, but it will take place within Stockholm city center. We will inform you about the address later on.

Price: 10 000 SEK (+ service fee).