About this presentation

Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) is a diagnosis that has been mired in controversy even before social media has broadened awareness of it in recent years. Research has encompassed empirical investigation into its etiology, including trauma-dissociation and malingering/suggestion models.

With more adolescents and young adults presenting with traits of DID, it is imperative for clinicians to have the tools for accurate assessment and diagnosis and for supporting our clients in engaging in evidence-based treatment.

This talk will address barriers to accurate DID diagnosis, including limitations in research on BIPOC and minority populations, tools to support DID assessment that address potential malingering, and strategies for communicating case conceptualizations to clients, who may have a strong attachment to a DID diagnosis.

This talk will also provide a brief overview of evidence-based intervention for individuals with DID and individuals with traits of dissociation, but who do not necessarily fit a DID diagnosis.

What you'll learn

At the conclusion of this presentation, attendees should be able to describe barriers to accurate DID assessment, identify tools in the research for accurate assessment and diagnosis, and identify evidence-based interventions to support individuals with dissociation.

Learning Objectives:

  • List evidence for proposed etiology models of DID
  • Describe at least 3 barriers to accurate DID diagnosis
  • List 3 assessment tools that have research-supported specificity and sensitivity for DID
  • Describe the basic principles for at least 2 evidence-based interventions for DID

About your presenters

Laura Rowley, Ph.D., licensed clinical psychologist. Laura obtained her doctorate from Wayne State University. She completed her APA-accredited internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Primary Children’s Hospital. Laura is currently the Program Director for the Assessment and Testing Team at Utah Center for Evidence Based Treatment. Her expertise in assessment includes assessment and differentiating diagnosis of developmental vulnerabilities, complex trauma and dissociation, and personality disorders.

Triona McMaster, LCSW is the Executive Clinical Director at Life Stone Counseling Centers. Triona received her Master's of Social Work from the University of Utah and has worked in both the inpatient and outpatient settings for over a decade. She is an approved EMDRIA Consultant and Trauma Recovery/HAP Facilitator and provides consultation to other clinicians as they work to improve their knowledge and practice in EMDR. She is passionate about working with those who suffer from anxiety, depression, dissociation, and who have experienced trauma; and has extensive training in these areas. 

CE Approval

UCEBT is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. UCEBT maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Additionally, this presentation is approved for homestudy CE credit through NASW-UT, UAMFT, and UMHCA.

Program Notices

This program discusses ethical codes in clinical practice for psychologists. It may not include information on all mental health professions. Misapplication of the materials, or errors in the materials, could result in non-compliance with applicable laws or ethics code.

There are no known risks to attendees or patients. As with all clinical work, attendees should be thoughtful about applying clinical strategies and obtain appropriate training and supervision.

Conflicts of Interest: None noted.

Commercial Support: None.


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