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Attachment Training for Therapists

Attachment & Dissociation

Attachment and Dissociation Assessment and Treatment: An Introduction to Foundational Skills

13 CEs, 12 EMDRIA CEs

The impact of unprocessed childhood trauma/loss, from the perspective of attachment theory and structural dissociation theory, will be explored as a foundation for understanding, assessing, and treating complex trauma.  This workshop will provide tools to both assess and work with attachment trauma and dissociation, as well as offer a structured approach to ensure client readiness and proper preparation for trauma work. Participants will be introduced to using integrative strategies such as attachment resourcing, ego states/parts work and metacognitive/mindful awareness to build affect tolerance for processing trauma and addressing dissociative barriers.  Full documentation can be found here and the daily agenda can be found here.

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify four attachment styles based on modern attachment theory
  • Describe how insecure attachment style can contribute to dissociation
  • Apply 3 effective grounding and soothing tools to manage dissociative symptoms
  • Utilize 2 assessments to determine level of dissociation in a client with complex trauma 
  • Evaluate if your client is ready for trauma processing

Continuing education: Review the information regarding continuing education here. It is important to check with your state board to verify your requirements. Continuing education hours are not available for consultation time, reading requirements, or prerequisites.

Instructor: Elizabeth Davis, MS

Who May Attend: This is an advanced workshop for experienced trauma therapists who are already trained in EMDR, PC, or similar.

Time: All listed workshops are 9-5 Eastern Standard Time unless otherwise specified.

Upcoming Trainings

Special Needs: Requests for special accommodations should be directed to our training coordinator at

All trainings listed on this website are open to the public. To schedule a closed training for your group or agency, contact the Trauma Institute & Child Trauma Institute. Individuals may also organize trainings and receive a discount on tuition.

Cancellations Policy: Our training cancellations policy can be found here.

Grievance Policy: Our training grievance policy can be found here.

Questions: If you have any questions about this training, please contact our trainings department at

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