Diagnosing trauma-related disorders with TADS-I

26 Marzo 2019

DATE: 23-24.08.2019
PLACE: Research Centre for Trauma & Dissociation, SWPS University, Katowice (PL)

During a two-day workshop, held in English at the Research Centre for Trauma & Dissociation (Katowice, Poland), we will present basic theory behind trauma-related disorders and develop skills in the differential diagnosis of dissociative disorders, using a structured clinical interview Trauma & Dissociative Symptoms Interview (TADS-I). The interview allows for making a positive diagnosis of dissociative disorders (i.e. not by exclusion) and also of false positive diagnosis. However it requires some training and explanation of symptoms, which will be provided in the course.

We will present the possible answers that may be obtained in the interview and comment on intricate differences between dissociative and non-dissociative symptoms. These objectives will be obtained by presentation of clinical cases as well as video recordings of the interviews. The participants will perform a section of the interview using recorded material and will discuss the difficulties encountered in that task.

The theoretical part of this workshop will help participants understand why the concept of dissociation, used by various clinicians and researchers to denote different phenomena, has become unclear and misleading. Then, participants will become familiar with the theory of the structural dissociation of personality and how it can be applied to understand different mechanisms and symptoms in trauma survivors. This theory has been developed by Dutch clinicians (Onno van der Hart and Ellert Nijenhuis) in cooperation with Kathy Steele from US, who draw extensively on early ideas of the French clinician, Pierre Janet. During the workshop we will discuss in detail both psychoform and somatoform dissociation symptoms, illustrating them with video material. Popular screening tools for dissociation will also be presented. 

The main part of the workshop will be based on TADS-I developed in recent years by Suzette Boon and Helga Matthes. Suzette Boon has worked together with Onno van der Hart within the framework of the theory of structural dissociation and the interview is the result of her 30-year experience in diagnosing and treating dissociative disorders. Helga Matthes is a German psychoanalyst and EMDR therapist and trainer.

Igor Pietkiewicz, PhD, is an academic teacher, researcher, certified psychotherapist and supervisor at the Polish Psychiatric Association. He is chair of the Research Centre for Trauma and Dissociation at the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, and a board member of the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation. He has been conducting multiple studies in community health psychology and clinical psychology. He also conducts individual and group therapy in a day treatment centre and in his private practice. Read more

Radoslaw Tomalski MD, PhD, is a psychiatrist, certified psychotherapist and supervisor at the Polish Psychiatric Association and the Polish Society for Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. He is the director of a day treatment center for psychosis in Sosnowiec and also has a private practice in Katowice. He has experience in both group and individual psychotherapy of adult patients with personality, dissociative, and psychotic disorders. He conducts research focused on dissociative disorders and related clinical issues and is a lecturer at SWPS University in Katowice. He is a country representative of the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation (ESTD) for Poland. Read more

* Participation fee for ESTD non-members is 800 PLN (200 Euro) 
* Participation fee for ESTD members is 600 PLN (150 Euro) 
* The fee covers participation in this two-day workshop, educational materials used during training, tea & coffee breaks (excluding lunch).

Sign up requires filling in a registration form and paying the participation fee, by making a bank transfer to: E-PSYCHE.EU S.C., Dąbrowskiego 17/2, 40-032 Katowice, Poland. Account number: PL 59 1140 2004 0000 3102 7802 4338

Please, provide a description in your bank transfer as follows: TADS WORKSHOP,

Ostateczna rezerwacja udziału w seminarium gwarantowana jest po dokonaniu rejestracji i wpłaty na konto. Ze względu na ograniczoną liczbę miejsc, o przyjęciu na warsztat decyduje kolejność zapisów potwierdzonych wpłatą. Ostateczny termin zapisów i wpłaty upływa 11 listopada 2019 r.

W przypadku chęci rezygnacji z udziału, prosimy o wysłanie informacji o tym na adres firma@e-psyche.eu w terminie do 11 listopada 2019 r. Zostanie wtedy dokonany całkowity zwrot wpłaty. Rezygnacja z udziału po tym terminie wiąże się z utratą opłaty za uczestnictwo w warsztacie.


E-psyche.eu s.c. in collaboration with Long Island University (New York, USA), Research Centre for Trauma & Dissociation, University of Social Sciences and Humanities (Katowice, Poland), and the European Society for Trauma & Dissociation (www.estd.org)

Igor Pietkiewicz, tel. 602 648 713, ipietkiewicz@e-psyche.eu


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