Course Description

Greater awareness of trauma-related symptoms and increased prominence of therapies focused on trauma resolution such as EMDR therapy necessitates clarification of current and historical myths and misconceptions regarding pathological dissociation. Neuroscience has made great strides to substantiate the reality and credibility of dissociative disorders since the early 2000s. However, historical and confounding factors still linger with regard to defining and diagnosing the dissociative disorders. This workshop will utilize current literature and research to answer and dispel these misconceptions, and aid clinicians in clearly defining and understanding the key features and concepts of pathological dissociation. Several assessment tools have been developed to aid in the clinical diagnosis and treatment of persons with dissociative disorders. This workshop will introduce participants to the Multidimensional Inventory of Dissociation (MID). The MID is a 218-item, self-administered instrument with 168 dissociation items and 50 validity items developed by Paul F. Dell, PhD (2006, 2011). The MID reliably differentiates and offers a diagnostic impression for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Other Specified Dissociative Disorder (Types 1 & 2), Dissociative Identity Disorder, Functional Neurological Symptom Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder. MID documents are available without charge to mental health professionals and researchers at Participants are highly encouraged to download and review the MID Analysis, MID (questions) and Interpretive Manual in preparation for this training.

Content & Timeline

This course is presented in two 90-minute segments:

  • Part 1

    Introduction • Myths and facts • History of the diagnosing the dissociative disorders according to the DSM • Definitions of dissociation • Key concepts

  • Part 2

    Why do we assess and what is assessment • Overview of available assessment tools • Basic introduction to the MID • 23 symptoms according to the MID

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Identify at least 3 myths and historical factors that have confounded understanding of dissociation and the dissociative disorders.

  • 2) Describe how evidence of dissociative disorders has been observed in neuroimaging research.

  • 3) Explain why assessment for pathological dissociation is a necessary prerequisite to trauma accessing and reprocessing.

  • 4) Name 3 documents essential to the process of administering, scoring, and interpreting the Multidimensional Inventory of Dissociation.

Content Overview

(recommended prerequesite for Integrating the MID into Clinical Practice)

    1. Introduction to dissociation and the MID, slide handout (December, 2022)

    2. MID Symptom Descriptions and Case Example (3-hour Intro, 2022)

    1. Content & Timeline - Part 1

    2. Introduction to Dissociation and the MID, Part 1 of 2

    1. Content & Timeline - Part 2

    2. Introduction to Dissociation and the MID, Part 2 of 2

    3. Completion message

    1. Steps to Administering the MID

    2. Directions for Clients Completing the MID at Home

  • $90.00
  • 11 lessons
  • 3 hours of video content


  • EMDRIA Credit

    D & JAM Trainings is an EC Provider (#20001) and this program (#20001-DL08) is approved for 3 EMDRIA Credits. Eligibility for EMDRIA Credits is restricted to those who have completed an EMDRIA-Approved Basic EMDR Training. Certificates will be available to eligible participants upon completion of the course and learning assessment. Please select the appropriate add-on at registration.

  • CE Credit

    This program offers 3.0 hours of CE credit. D & JAM Trainings has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7284. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. D & JAM Trainings is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

  • EMDR Training Level

    No EMDR Training Required. This workshop is open to clinicians with no prior EMDR training or are partially trained in EMDR therapy, and is not an EMDR basic training. Completion of an accredited Basic EMDR Training is considered fundamental knowledge required in order to apply the EMDR protocol. Only those who have completed an EMDRIA-Approved Basic EMDR Training are eligible to receive EMDRIA Credits.

  • Level of Content

    Introductory/Beginner. No prerequisite knowledge beyond graduate training in a field related to mental health is presumed.

  • Length of Access

    This is an on-demand course. Upon registration, you will receive access to the course and its content for 90 days from that date. Learning assessments and course evaluations must be completed within that time in order to receive credit for completing this course.

  • Target Audience

    Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Counselors, Substance Abuse Counselors

  • Discounts/Coupons

    Residents of World Bank Tier 2-6 countries may request a discount code by emailing [email protected]. (Note: United States/Canada/Australia/New Zealand/UK are all Tier 1 countries.)

  • Policies

    Courses are for individual use only. Course purchases are non-refundable and access will expire 90 days after purchase. The course must be completed by the expiration date. Extensions will not be granted. Other questions or grievances, please contact [email protected]

  • Disclosures

    There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.

Registration Fees

Select your registration level based upon your level of training. Certificates of credit are available for an additional fee (EMDRIA Credit - $5. NBCC Credit - $10).