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Psychology in the City - Positive beliefs about dissociation

18 February 2020 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
This event is free and open to BPS members only. Registration is required. See Pricing Tab for more information.
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Registration deadline: 10 February

Positive beliefs about dissociation:What is it like to experience dissociation? Despite dissociation being found to be a key psychological process occurring in numerous psychiatric diagnoses, including but not limited to, post-traumatic stress disorder, psychosis, anxiety, and eating disorders, dissociation remains a widely misunderstood experience. Lena is a trauma survivor who has personal experience of dissociation, and one aim of this talk is to increase understanding of dissociative experiences from drawing from her lived experience. This talk will also touch upon skills or tools that may help clinicians support individuals who are distressed by their dissociative experiences.

Can people have positive experiences about dissociation? Despite the negative impact dissociation can have on many peoples lives, there is also emerging theoretical models and research suggesting dissociation could also have a functional or positive experience for some people. This event will also talk about the novel research recently undertaken by the speaker and alongside Dr Filippo Varese, Dr Eleanor Longden, and Prof Tony Morrison, which aimed to explore if people can have positive beliefs about their dissociative experiences.

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The Pendulum Hotel
Sackville Street
M1 3BB

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Lena Marsden is a Clinical Psychologist (DClinPsych) working with young people and young adults who have experienced complex trauma. She qualified as a Clinical Psychologist from the University of Manchester. Lena also has a BSc in Psychology with Counselling, and a MSc in Foundations of Clinical Psychology. Her research interests include dissociation, complex trauma, and metacognitive theory. Lena is also a trauma survivor herself, so she integrates her lived experience into her talks.

This is a free event for Society members only.

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