Best practices in Working with Clients with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and Other Specified Dissociation Disorder (OSDD)



Best practices in Working with Clients with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and Other Specified Dissociation Disorder (OSDD)

Thursday and Friday Octer 24th & 25th, 2024

9:00am to 4:00pm ET, both days


Presenter: Greg Nooney, MSW, ACSW, LISW (IA), LCSW (HI)

NASW-NYS Members: $180

NASW Other Chapter Member (Including NYC): $300

Non-Members: $360

NASW-NYS Student and Transitional Members: FREE

This workshop is approved for 12.0 continuing education credit hours for licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists and licensed psychologists

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Workshop Description
Generalized assessment tools widely used to diagnose patients in mental health settings do not utilize dissociative-based language or understanding. As a result, clinicians often miss relevant information, resulting in false negatives in the diagnosis of DID and OSDD. Unless properly diagnosed, these clients will have poor therapeutic outcomes. Ample time will be spent in discussing the various forms of dissociation that clients will present, and how to make an accurate diagnosis to either rule in or rule out DID or OSDD and distinguish them from the many other diagnoses which have dissociation as possible symptoms. 

There is currently no universally accepted evidence-based practice modality for successfully working with clients with a diagnosis of DID or OSDD. Nevertheless, there is a need for practical guidance for social workers and other front-line therapists in doing so. On day one, a best practice will be outlined including ten aspirations and three powerful pillars of the work: resourcing; getting to know the alters; and inner communication, cooperation, and co-consciousness (the 3 Cs). Utilizing an individual case study, the practical application of these interventions will be explored, as well as how they work together for the benefit of the client.

On day two, video clips of actual therapy sessions with a client with DID will be utilized to bring these concepts and modalities to life. This will lead to small group break-out sessions where participants can test out their skills in implementing the best practices outlined on day one in relation to real-life clinical situations. The presenter will provide space and time for questions and comments from the participants throughout the course. If time permits, specific clinical cases presented by participants can be discussed. 


Learning Objectives

After the completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

1.    Describe how to diagnose DID and OSDD and differentiating these diagnoses from the many others where dissociation is a possible symptom.
2.    Describe the ten aspirations in order to discover one’s own biases and how adoption of these aspirations might change how one implements interventions with clients
3.    Describe in depth each of the three pillars designed to work with clients with DID and OSDD.
4.    Utilize the three pillars and explain how the aspirations intersect with those methods.

This workshop is approved for 12.0 continuing education credit hours.

NASW-NYS is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers (Provider ID #0014), licensed mental health counselors (Provider ID #MHC-0053), licensed marriage and family therapists (Provider ID #MFT-0037) and licensed psychologists (Provider ID #PSY-0088).

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Greg Nooney, MSW, ACSW, LISW (IA), LCSW (HI), Greg Nooney graduated from Loyola University in Chicago with his MSW in 1983. He worked seven years in psychiatric hospitals, then began outpatient therapy work for the next thirty plus years, mostly in community mental health centers. He has been trained in multiple therapeutic modalities including EMDR, Brainspotting, Comprehensive Resource Model, Narrative Therapy, DBT, ACT, Motivational Interviewing, and Trauma-focused CBT. He has worked with dissociative clients throughout his outpatient therapy experiences, and NASW Press published his book entitled “Diagnosing and Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder: A Guide for Social Worker and All Frontline Staff.” His article “Dissociative Identity Disorder” was published in the Encyclopedia of Social Work. He has an upcoming book to be published by PESI entitled “An Introductory Guide to Dissociative Identity Disorder: Best Practices for Working with Multiplicity, Attachment Wounds, and Complex Trauma.”


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October 24th, 2024 9:00 AM to October 25th, 2024 4:00 PM
Event Fee(s)
NASW-NYS Member $180.00
NASW Other Chapter Member (Including NYC) $300.00
Non-Member $360.00
NASW-NYS Student and Transitional Member $0.00
Information for Certificates
Presenter(s) Greg Nooney, MSW, ACSW, LISW (IA), LCSW (HI)
Instruction Method Live Webinar
Total Contact Hours/CEUs Awarded 12.0