Respice Finem

Beginning Treatment in a Way that Facilitates a Constructive Integration or Resolution as Therapy Proceeds

About the Course:

This course is based on Selected Topics in Work with Dissociative Identity Disorder
This 90-minute webinar will suggest that certain prognostic variables are associated with good, bad, and intermediate outcomes, and indicate how to improve at least some of the problematic variables in the early stages of treatment. Approaches to the beginning stages of treatment and the process of integration will be studied in depth.

Therapies, like children, generally turn out best if they can get off to a good start. Further, the final stages of therapy often are isomorphic with the treatment’s beginnings. A smooth beginning foreshadows a smooth process of integration. A shaky start may betoken a somewhat compromised outcome. In this webinar we will review the long term follow-up of DID patients who did well, and those who did not.


International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation

Publication Date:

October 15, 2008


Richard P. Kluft, M.D., Ph.D

About the Author:

Richard P. Kluft, M.D., practices psychiatry, psychoanalysis, and medical hypnosis in Bala Cynwyd, PA. He was one of the founding members and former President of ISSTD from 1985-1986. He is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Temple University School of Medicine, and also on the faculty of the Philadelphia Center for Psychoanalysis. He has published over 230 scientific papers and book chapters. He is currently Clinical Forum Editor of the International Journal of Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis and Advisory Editor of the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis. He has presented over 800 scientific papers and workshops. He has been President of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and the International Society for the Study of Dissociation, and is currently President of the Society for Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis. Dr. Kluft has spent 37 years studying and treating dissociative disorders and posttraumatic conditions. He has extensive experience in treating victims of sexual exploitation by psychotherapists, and has served as an expert witness in several malpractice cases involving boundary violations. He is currently preparing a novel and a text on the treatment of dissociative identity disorder.

Recommended For:

This ISSTD course is recommended for mental health and allied professionals, including: Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Counselors, plus any other professional whose work involves providing service to individuals suffering from trauma and dissociative disorders and other academics whose studies include chronic trauma and dissociation in its many varied forms. It is appropriate for an intermediate level of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. How the beginning of treatment influences the outcome

  2. Research on DID/ DDNOS treatment

  3. The criteria for integration

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