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Upcoming Workshop.

Richard Chefetz, MD - October 28 + 29, 2016 @ University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis Campus, MN

MN Trauma Project and the Minnesota Psychoanalytic Society & Institute (MPSI) are excited to jointly present:

The Fear of Feeling Real:  
Intensive Psychotherapy for Persistent Dissociative Processes 


Richard Chefetz, MD

A Two-Day Fall Conference

Friday, October 28 + Saturday, October 29, 2016

Dissociative processes have long burdened trauma survivors with the dilemma of longing to feel “real” at the same time as they desperately want to avoid the pain that comes with that healing—a dilemma that often presents particularly acute difficulties for healing professionals. Recent clinical and neurobiological research sheds some light into the dark corners of a mind undergoing persistent dissociation, but its integration into the practice of talking therapy has never, until now, been fully realized.

Dissociative processes are part of everyday living. We depend upon dissociation to get rid of the irrelevant in our thinking and to preserve the feelings that emerge to guide us in our intuition about how to live a life. It's when dissociative processes turn on and stay on that we get in trouble. Some casework with people who have dissociative identity disorder will be part of the workshop, given that extremes often teach us a lot about what we otherwise might not notice. The core focus of our time together is the dissociative process that is in a normally seamless symphony with associative process. You are invited to go exploring and discover the ubiquity of dissociative experience and the application of the knowledge of dissociative processes to your ongoing casework.

Richard A. Chefetz, MD., marries neuroscientific sophistication with a wealth of extended case histories, following patients over several years and offering several verbatim session transcripts. From neurobiological foundations he builds a working understanding of dissociation and its clinical manifestations. Drawing on theories of self-states and their involvement in dissociative experiences, he demonstrates how to identify persistent dissociation and its related psychodynamic processes, including repetition compulsion and enactment.

Richard A. Chefetz, MD, is a psychiatrist in private practice in Washington, D.C. He was President of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (2002-3), and is a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, and Psychology. He is a faculty member at the Washington School of Psychiatry, the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis, and the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis.  He is the author of Intensive Psychotherapy for Persistent Dissociative Processes:  The Fear of Feeling Real.

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Richard Chefetz, MD
  • Recognize the difference between the origins of guilt and shame, their personal and interpesonal correlates, and how to work with both in therapy

  • Identify clients in your practice who are carrying hidden shame and plan interventions to work with them

  • Understand and be ble to apply the four basic patterns of infant attachment:  Secure, anxious-ambivalent, avoidant, and disorganized/disoriented to adult clients and apply this understanding to clinical work

  • Recognize and name basic expectable patterns of transference in persons with a history of chronic child maltreatment

  • Learn how to utilize countertransference reactions typical of trauma treatments as a guide to understanding what is happening in our clients

  • Understand how the dissociative process impacts on the subjective experience of trauma

  • Learn how to ask appropriate questions to discern depersonalization, derealization, amnesia, identity confusion, and identity alteration toward making a diagnosis of a dissociative disorder


Friday, October 28 + Saturday, October 29, 2016

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Registration begins at 8:30 AM.

Day 1

Morning session A

Recognizing Dissociative Processes in Your Casework, including video

Morning session B

Self States: What they are, what they aren’t, and how to put them to work in therapy

Afternoon Session C

Shame, including video

Afternoon Session D

Suicidality and Self-Harming Behaviors


Day 2

Morning session A

The Neurobiology of Emotion, Dissociative Processes, and the Gateway to Treatment

Morning session B

Addictive Processes, the Compulsion to Repeat, and Enactment

Afternoon Session C

Negativity and Negative Therapeutic Reaction

Afternoon Session D

Embodiment, including video


Early Bird Pricing (through October 7, 2016)
MPSI Member - $250
Full-time Student - $140
Non-Member - $275

Regular Pricing (October 8 - 28, 2016 including onsite day of event)
MPSI Member - $275
Full-time Student - $165
Non-Member - $300

Ramp parking is included in conference fee. 


12 CEUs are available for 2 day attendance

University of St. Thomas - Minneapolis Campus
1000 Lasalle Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Ramp parking is included in conference fee. 

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