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Annual Conference Friday Only - 6 CEs Dr. Colin Ross

  • March 04, 2022
  • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
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IMHCA Annual Conference

Friday - March 4, 2022


Dr. Colin Ross

Presenting AM and PM Sessions
"Trauma Model Therapy" AND "Dissociative Identity Disorder"


8:30 am - 11:30 am

AM Session


 A Treatment Approach for Trauma, Dissociation, and Complex Comorbidity


Illinois Mental Health Counselors Association
The Drake Hotel - Oak Brook
2301 York Rd, Oak Brook, IL 60523

March 4, 2022
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Colin A. Ross, M.D.

In this talk, Dr. Ross will explain the principles and techniques of his Trauma Model Therapy (TMT), with an emphasis on dissociative symptoms and disorders. TMT was developed for treatment of people with complex PTSD and dissociative disorders, including their extensive comorbidity. This often includes depression, borderline personality disorder, substance abuse, panic disorder, OCD, eating disorders and somatic symptom disorders. TMT can be adapted for people with less severe trauma and less complex mental health problems and is suitable for all practice settings. It is based on Dr. Ross’ Trauma Model, which is a comprehensive, scientifically testable theory of the relationship between psychological trauma and a wide range of different disorders, addictions and self-defeating behaviors.

Dr. Ross will explain the principles of TMT including: the problem of attachment to the perpetrator; the locus of control shift; the problem is not the problem; just say ‘no’ to drugs; addiction is the opposite of desensitization; and the victim-rescuer-perpetrator triangle. The two core features of the therapy are a focus on conflicted, ambivalent attachment and the self-blame and self-hatred arising from the locus of control shift. These two aspects of the model are based on the biology of mammalian attachment and developmental psychology. The techniques of TMT will be illustrated through case examples. The therapy involves a blend of cognitive, systems, behavioral, experiential and psychodynamic techniques within a unified theory.



  •  1.      To describe the core principles of Trauma Model Therapy.
  • 2.      To describe the problem of attachment to the perpetrator and the locus of control shift in detail.
  • 3.      To describe specific treatment strategies through case examples, with an emphasis on dissociation.
  • 4.      To provide a forum for questions and discussion concerning trauma.


                                        12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

PM Session

Dissociative Identity Disorder:

How To Recognize It And How To Treat It

 Friday - March 4, 2022

Illinois Mental Health Counselors Association
The Drake Hotel - Oak Brook
2301 York Rd, Oak Brook, IL 60523

Colin A. Ross, M.D.

In this workshop, Dr. Ross and will describe how to recognize dissociative identity disorder (DID) and the principles of its treatment. He will describe the key symptoms of DID and how to ask about them in a clinical interview. He will then demonstrate how to use the Dissociative Experiences Scale (DES) and the Dissociative Disorders Interview Schedule (DDIS) to screen for and diagnose DID. Attendees will receive copies of the DES and DDIS by email for their own use. The rest of the workshop will be spent on treatment. Principles of the therapy include: the central paradox of DID; the problem of host resistance; and talking through to the voices. Time will be spent on techniques for fostering inter-personality communication and cooperation, grounding and stabilization and other tasks. Techniques and strategies will be illustrated through case examples.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • 1.     Describe symptoms of DID and how to ask about them clinically.
  • 2.     Describe the use of the DES as a screening instrument for DID.
  • 3.     Describe how to use the DDIS as a diagnostic interview for DID.
  • 4.     Describe and explain the central paradox of DID.
  • 5.     Describe and explain the problem of host resistance in DID.
  • 6.     Describe the technique of talking through to the voices and how to use it.
  • 7.     Describe techniques for increasing inter-personality communication and cooperation in DID.


Colin A. Ross, M.D completed medical school at the University of Alberta and his psychiatry training at the University of Manitoba in Canada. He is a Past President of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, and is the author of over 250 papers and 36 books. He has spoken widely throughout North America and Europe, and in China, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand. He has been a keynote speaker at many different conferences, and has reviewed for over 30 different professional journals.

Dr. Ross has been running a hospital Trauma Program in the Dallas area since moving to Texas in 1991.

Dr. Ross’ books cover a wide range of topics. His clinical books focus on trauma and dissociation and include: Dissociative Identity Disorder. Diagnosis, Clinical Features and Treatment of Multiple Personality, Second Edition (1997); Schizophrenia: Innovations in Diagnosis and Treatment (2004); The Trauma Model: A Solution to the Problem of Comorbidity in Psychiatry (2007); Trauma Model Therapy: A Treatment Approach for Trauma Dissociation and Complex Comorbidity (2009); Structural Dissociation: A Proposed Modification of the Theory (2013); Treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder: Techniques and Strategies for Stabilization (2018); The Genetics of Schizophrenia (2020), and Trauma Recovery Lesson Plans (2021).

Dr. Ross has published a series of treatment outcome studies in peer-reviewed journals, which provide evidence for the effectiveness of Trauma Model Therapy. Many of his papers involve large series of cases, with original research data and statistical analyses, including a paper entitled ‘Trauma and Dissociation in China’ in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

Besides his clinical psychiatry interests, Dr. Ross has published papers and books on cancer and human energy fields, as well as literary works including essays, fiction, poetry and screenplays. He has several different hobbies including travel.

Workshop will be 3.0 CEs/PDs for LPC/LCPC; LSW/LCSW; LMFT; Psychologists.for AM Session and 3.0 CEs for PM Session. Total 6.0 CEs

Lunch is on your own.

Hours: 8:30 am-3:30 pm

Space is limited. This workshop will sell out.
Lunch is on your own.

Cancellation Policy.

Worry free cancellation. If IMHCA needs to reschedule or cancel the conference or create virtual sessions you will be notified and offered a full refund.

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