Understanding Dissociation and Using Brainspotting with Dissociative Clients to Improve Overall Health
With Josh Delahan, LCSW
1. What is dissociation?
a) Why do we dissociate?
b) What happens in the brain when we dissociate?
c) How is dissociation adaptive/protective/performance enhancing/helpful?
2. What do I need to know about dissociation to be a better counselor?
a) How to talk to your client about dissociation
b) What if my client is afraid of dissociation?
c) What to do if a client is dissociating (signs)
d) What to do if a client goes into flashback during a session
3. How to integrate Brainspotting with dissociative clients
a) Structural Dissociation Therapy (Onno van der Hart Ph.D. and Ellert R. S. Nijenhuis Ph.D.)
b) Ego State Therapy (Carol Forgash and Margaret Copeley)
c) Using Brainspotting across the spectrum of dissociation (setups, resourcing and quadruple attunement)
Josh Delahan, LCSW
New Leaf Therapies, LLC
Josh has been working with children, adults, couples, families, and groups since 1997. He is certified in Brainspotting and trained in EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, HeartMath, the Stress Model, Ego State therapy, Cognitive/Behavioral as well as Family Attachment Narrative Therapy. In the past, Josh has been an AODA counselor and created and directed an AODA day treatment center for high school students. He has also worked as a Clinical Specialist for New Vision Wilderness, a therapeutic outdoor program in Northern Wisconsin. Josh is currently an adjunct professor for graduate students in clinical social work and trauma counseling for the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare at UWM. He is also on the executive board for the Midwest Brainspotting Institute. His continuing studies of the brain, psychological trauma, attachment, relationships, and mindfulness allow Josh to individualize treatment for a wide range of clients. Level of Training Brainspotting Phase 1 Brainspotting Phase 2 Brainspotting Phase 3 Brainspotting Phase 4 Brainspotting Phase Master Class Certified Brainspotting Therapist Certified Brainspotting Trainer Certified Brainspotting Consultant