WORKING WITH FREEZE: Improving your work with clients who dissociate

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WORKING WITH FREEZE: Improving your work with clients who dissociate

January 31 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Training Description: This training will provide an overview of how to identify and work with clients who are struggling with dissociation and dissociative processes.  It addresses all age groups, but primarily focuses on managing symptoms in teens and adults.  Some forms of treatment used to treat trauma are more helpful when used with clients who have systems that are engaged in a fight/flight response, but these same treatment methods can backfire when used with clients whose default mode is to freeze. The training will introduce concepts around how a person’s biology is organized, when they lean towards freezing as their main coping and defense, how to identify this client in comparison to clients who lean towards other forms of response, and treatment approaches to help this type of client towards healing.

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Learning Objectives:
 After the training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system operate with fight, flight and freeze responses and some of the ways trauma affects biology
  • Cite three different theories used to describe dissociative process and how they function
  • Identify and name the different forms of dissociative process described in the DSM V
  • List tools to assist with progressing treatment of individuals who lean towards dissociation as a coping method    

About the Presenter: Katie Keech, MFT is a therapist with over 14 years experience working with clients experiencing symptoms stemming from long-term, complex trauma. She has clinical experience addressing suicidality, exploitation, serious mental illness and forensics in mental health. Working with issues surrounding complex trauma and dissociation has been a passion of hers since she began in the field. She has presented trainings on the treatment of complex PTSD and dissociation for agencies including WestCoast Children’s Clinic, Women’s Therapy Center, East Bay Community Recovery Project and Alameda County Crisis Support Services.  She is currently the Program Supervisor for TAY (Transitional Aged Youth, ages 18 – 24) and IHOT programs at Stars Behavioral Health.  She founded and currently chairs the International Society of Trauma and Dissociation’s (ISST-D) TAY Special Interest Group, which focuses on clinical discussion, research and the treatment of TAY around the world.

Space is limited, advanced registration is required. Have questions? Please contact Nes Pinar at (925) 405-6040 or send an email to 

Refunds for cancellation with 72-hour notice.   

* 3 CE credits will be provided to participants.
 BAPTI is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists. BAPTI maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  CPA Provider # BAY 012. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) now recognizes CPA continuing education credit for license renewal for LCSWs and MFTs.

To receive a CE credit you MUST sign and include your license number on both the Sign-In and Sign-Out Sheet. Participants must attend entire training to receive CE Credits. No partial credit will be provided.
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January 31
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Event Category:


Bay Area Psychotherapy Institute


Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt Diablo Blvd.
Lafayette, CA 94549 United States
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