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Assessment of Complex Developmental Trauma Disorders, Including DID
with Kathy Steele, MN, CS, APRN 

Online Workshop via Zoom
Bonus: receive 60-day access to the recording when you register!



$145 CAD + tax

$130 USD


Saturday, September 23rd, 2023

11:00 AM to 5:15 PM Eastern 8:00 AM - 2:15 PM Pacific CA/USA 9:00 AM - 3:15 PM Mountain CA/USA 4:00 PM - 10:15 PM London, UK 5:00 PM - 11:15 PM Madrid, Spain 5:00 PM - 11:15 PM Berlin, Germany 5:00 PM - 11:15 PM Copenhagen, Denmark Begins at 6:00 PM Helsinki, Finland

Live Online via Zoom

Video via Home Study 

(60 days access)




$145 CAD + tax

$130 USD


Psychologists, Social Workers, Psychotherapists, MFTs, LPCs, graduate-level Counselors, any other mental health professionals/providers.

Workshop Description

This workshop provides detailed approaches to assess for Complex Developmental Trauma Symptoms and Disorders, including Dissociative Identity Disorder. Differences and similarities between normal ego states and dissociative disorders will be discussed. Testing instruments will be described and, the pros and cons of their use with highly traumatized individuals will be discussed. We will explore the differences between Complex PTSD with dissociative features, normal ego states, and Dissociative Identity Disorder. We will also include an assessment of readiness for therapy or the need for stabilization. Participants will learn lines of questioning to clinically assess for dissociation.

Learning Objectives 

Participants will be able to: 

  1. Assess for Complex PTSD, as described in the ICD-11, and distinguish it from PTSD and PTSD dissociative subtype in the DSM 5. 

  2. Compare Dissociative Disorder, OSD, and Dissociative Identity Disorder.

  3. Discuss at least five (5) similarities and/or differences between Complex PTSD, Borderline Personality Disorder, and Dissociative Disorders that involve structural dissociation.

  4. Describe at least two (2) major measures used for the assessment of complex developmental trauma disorders, including screening, clinical interviews, and self-report instruments.

  5. Discuss at least three (3) pros and cons of using screening and assessment instruments with complex trauma and dissociation.

  6. List at least three (3) prognostic indicators and readiness for trauma therapy as part of an assessment.

The Envision Difference

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Live Q&A:  Ask questions during the live Q & A with the presenter and participants.

60 Days access:  Can't attend live?  Watch later. 60 days of access to the workshop recording and materials and receive a certificate with CEs for home study learning. *Exception applies, see CE section below


Workshop Schedule - Eastern Time (ET)

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

  • Introduction

  • The ICD and DSM criteria for PTSD, Complex PTSD, and Dissociative Disorders

  • Similarities and differences between Complex PTSD, BPD, OSDD, and DID

  • Clinical assessment strategies: Is the client ready for questions about trauma and dissociation?

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

  • Break

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

  • Q&A

  • Distinguishing types of dissociation

  • Clinical distinctions between ego states and dissociative parts

  • The complexities of assessing traumatic amnesia

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

  • Break

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

  • Q&A

  • Symptoms of dissociative parts (Schneiderian symptoms)

  • Negative and positive dissociative symptoms

  • Somatic symptoms

  • Assessment Instruments for Complex PTSD, OSDD, and DID

  • Pros and cons of using assessment instrument

4:30 pm - 4:45 pm

  • Break

4:45 pm - 5:15 pm

  • Q&A

  • Final Comments


About Kathy Steele, MN, CS, APRN

Kathy Steele has been in private practice since 1985, and with Metropolitan Psychotherapy Associates in Atlanta, Georgia since 1988. She was Clinical Director of Metropolitan Counseling Services, a non- profit psychotherapy and training center until 2016. She is a Past President and Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), and has also served two terms on the Board of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). Kathy served on the International Task Force that developed treatment guidelines for Dissociative Disorders, and on the Joint International Task Force that has developed treatment guidelines for Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. She has received a number of awards for her work, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from ISSTD, an Emory University Distinguished Alumni Award, and the Cornelia B. Wilbur Award for Outstanding Clinical Contributions from ISSTD. Kathy has (co) authored numerous book chapters, peer reviewed journal articles, and three books with her colleagues.


Continuing Education (CE) Credits:
5 CE credits/contact hours awarded
*CE credits also available for the home study version!
See our FAQ section below for more information

American Psychological Association (APA)  

Envision Counselling & Consulting, Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Envision Counselling & Consulting, Inc. maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

National Board for Certified Counselors  
Envision Counselling and Consulting has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7241. Programs that do not qualify  for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Envision Counselling and Consulting is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)  

Envision Counselling & Consulting, Inc. is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. Envision Counselling & Consulting, Inc. maintains responsibility for the program.  


5 EC Program Approval Number: #18032-94 EMDRIA
Credit Provider: Envision (#18032) Eligibility for EMDRIA Credits is restricted to those who have completed an EMDRIA-Approved Basic EMDR Training.

Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)  Pending 5 CEC credits

The BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC)  Pending 5 CE credits

Please ensure to check with your individual state boards/regulatory body to verify Continuing Education Credit Hours requirements and if the workshop you are planning to take qualifies. Licensing Boards change regulations often and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about a specific course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.

CE credits




What are the requirements for obtaining CEs?

Participants must have paid the tuition fee, logged in at the start of the live interactive webinar and logged out at the end, and attended the entire webinar to receive a certificate. Failure to log in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire webinar. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates will be available following webinar completion. If participants watch the recording (home study) version of the presentation, they will have access to Self-Study CE credits after completion of a short quiz.

Do I have to pay extra for CE credits?

No. The cost of CE credits is included with your workshop registration fee.​

If I cannot attend live, can I still get CE credits?

Yes. You can access the recording in the home study version, watch it in its entirety, and then pass a quiz with a score of 75% or higher. After taking the quiz, you will be able to download a certificate as proof of completion.

How do I access the home study version when it becomes available?

You will be emailed five (5) business days after the live event with instructions on how you can access Envision's online learning platform. Sign in to your online account: Locate the email and click on your personal sign-in link to set your password. You cannot locate the email we sent? Login directly through the platform. Copy and paste the link below into your web browser: To login, use the email address you provided when you registered for the workshop. To create your password, click on "Forgot Password" and set up a password for your account. If you already have an account and password, use those credentials to login.

How long do I have to review the recording?

You will have 60 days to review the recording. The recording will be made available approximately five (5) business days after the live workshop.

What is the refund policy?

Refunds on purchased tickets are available up until 15 days before the date of the live workshop. There is no refund after this date. Refunds will include the ticket price less a $50 processing fee for all refunds/price adjustments. *Prices subject to change. Refunds within 15 days of workshops will be in the form of a workshop credit. These credits do not expire. Please email if cancellation is required.

If I have special needs or require accommodations, what do I do?

Email at least five (5) business days prior to the live workshop to request accommodations or discuss your needs. Envision cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.

If I have a complaint or grievance, who do I contact?

Please email All grievances must be in writing and will be replied to within 5 - 10 business days.

Is there commercial support or a conflict of interest for this presentation?

Kathy Steele receives a speaking honorarium from Envision. There are no known conflicts of interests for this program. Envision does not receive any financial support for this presentation. Literature may be referred to during the presentation. Envision will not receive any book royalties and was not offered any financial incentives for the mention of those books. Please note that authors of these books will get a royalty from any sale made of their books as per their agreement with the publishing company. For more information on any potential conflict of interest or financial support, attendees may email Envision at

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