SGVPA July 2019 CE Event

SGVPA July CE Event

Friday, July 12, 2019

Women’s City Club of Pasadena, 160 N Oakland Ave  Pasadena, CA 91101

12:00pm – 1:30pm

Dissociative Identity Disorder: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Accompanying Complexities

            Presenters: Bobbi Carlson, Ph.D., Richard LaBrie, Psy.D.

ADissociative Identity Disorder (DID) is often considered a difficult diagnosis to recognize and treat by clinicians.  Some practitioners question its existence.  And yet, a wide variety of studies place prevalence rates at an average of one to three percent of the population.  This would mean between three and nine million people may be afflicted in the United States alone.  International studies have successfully demonstrated DID’s prevalence outside of US media influence to address suspicions of fantasy and fallacy diagnostic trends.  Overlaps between PTSD and all dissociative disorders are common and accepted in our field, with combined prevalence of over 40%.  With these high numbers – and the significant impairments and misdiagnosis risks patients report – more training is needed in our field.  This presentation will provide clinical information, diagnostic and treatment guidelines, and case vignettes to meet the stated learning objectives.

Learning Objectives:  After attending event, participants will be able to:

1.  Describe prevalence, diagnostic indicators, symptoms, and assessment tools for DID.

2.  List the three primary treatment phases for working with DID.    

3.  Identify risk factors for both patients and clinicians in working with DID.

Presenters’ Biographies


Bobbi Carlson, Ph.D.
– Dr. Carlson has been treating teen and adult patients for over 40 years in her private practice and hospital settings.  She specializes in psychological issues related to Trauma, Addiction, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, ADHD, as well as psychological issues related to adult stages of life.  She also provides consultation for Alternative Sentencing Treatment Planning and Expert Witness Testimony in Trauma Issues for legal proceedings. She serves as a business consultant, assisting in areas of communication, assertiveness training, conflict mediation, and executive coaching. Currently, she is on the Medical Staff at Aurora Las Encinas Hospital in Pasadena, CA.  In 1976, she achieved her PhD in Professional Psychology from United States International University, now CSPP-LA at Alliant International University. Dr. Carlson has been Registered Nurse, Professor of Nursing, Director of various psychological service organizations, and has created a number of treatment programs.  She also trains early-career psychologists.  She formerly served on the Advocacy Committee for SGVPA and currently sits on the Program and Continuing Education Committee.

Richard LaBrie, Psy.D.– Dr. LaBrie is a licensed psychologist with a private practice in Pasadena.  After 35 years in the film and television business, he entered graduate school and received his Clinical Psy.D. in 2015 from CSPP LA.  He works primarily with adults suffering from depression, anxiety, life transitions, grief and loss, creative struggles, and he has a specialty area working with trauma and dissociation, including DID.  Aside from his private practice, he is Program and Continuing Education Chair for SGVPA, an Adjunct Professor in health psychology at CSPP LA, and a steering committee member for the Alliant Educational Foundation.  He also consults on mental health, security, and behavioral concepts in relation to active shooter/mass casualty planning and internal threats for federal agencies.   

This is a Lunch Event (optional).  Register at Eventbrite Here: 

Dissociative identity disorder: Diagnosis, treatment, and accompanying complexities

Lunch – TBD

*contact ellen@drmillerkwon.com with registration questions

CE – the program offers 1.5 hours of credit

CPA is co-sponsoring with The San Gabriel Valley Psychological Association. The California Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. CPA co-sponsored credit is also accepted by the Board of Registered Nursing and the Board of Behavioral Sciences for their licenses. Important Notice: Those who attend the workshop and complete the CPA evaluation form will receive 1.5 continuing education credits. Please note that APA CE rules require that we give credit only to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credits.

Please join us after the program for informal networking until 2:00pm.

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