Despite recent advances, dissociation remains, in the words of one authority “an elusive concept….vague, confusing, and even controversial” (Dell, 2009, p.225). It is found in about 30% of psychiatric inpatients but is typically unrecognized. The aim of this talk to clarify the concept using current research data, including those generated on this campus. The discussion is woven about the distinction between “primary” and “secondary dissociation,” the former having the cardinal characteristics of psychic, neural and interpersonal disconnectedness.
This presentation, "Responding to the needs of consumers with complex trauma histories a consumer perspective" focuses on the needs of adult survivors of child abuse, highlighting the frequent