In this talk, Dr. Ross will discuss the relationships between attachment conflicts, and dissociation. A core principle from his Trauma Model Therapy (TMT) is the problem of attachment to the perpetrator – this will be explained and then linked to dissociation. Four meanings of the word ‘dissociation’ will be reviewed to clarify the discussion. Within TMT a basic function of dissociation is to protect a child’s attachment systems and solve the problem of attachment to the perpetrator. The child also develops a conflicted, ambivalent and dissociated relationship with him or herself.
Participants will be able to:
- Describe the problem of attachment to the perpetrator.
- Describe how dissociation solves the problem of attachment to the perpetrator.
- Describe how a conflicted relationship with adult caretakers is repeated in a trauma survivor’s relationship with him or herself.
March 13 @ 13:30
13:30 — 15:00 (1h 30′)
Colin Ross, MD