Professional Beliefs about Dissociative Disorders

Dissociative disorder

  • Explain the controversy that surrounds dissociative disorders.
  • Explain your professional beliefs about dissociative disorders, supporting your rationale with at least three scholarly references from literature.
  • Explain strategies for maintaining the therapeutic relationship with a client that may present with a dissociative disorder.
  • Explain the ethical and legal considerations related to dissociative disorders that you need to bring to your practice and why they are important.

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Professional Beliefs about Dissociative Disorders

1. Controversy Surrounding Dissociative Disorders:

The controversy surrounding dissociative disorders primarily revolves around the validity and diagnosis of certain dissociative disorders, particularly Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). Critics argue that DID is overdiagnosed and may be influenced by therapist suggestion, media portrayals, or societal expectations. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) criteria for DID have also been criticized for being vague and lacking clear guidelines.

2. Professional Beliefs about Dissociative Disorders:

As for my professional beliefs about dissociative disorders, I rely on empirical evidence and current research. While there is controversy, I believe that dissociative disorders, including DID, are legitimate and valid conditions. Studies have provided evidence of neurobiological and psychological mechanisms underlying these disorders (Reinders et al., 2014; Schore, 2016). Additionally, effective therapeutic approaches such as Trauma-Focused Therapy have been developed and shown to help individuals with dissociative disorders (Brand et al., 2016).


  • Reinders, A. A. T. S., Nijenhuis, E. R. S., Paans, A. M. J., Korf, J., Willemsen, A. T. M., & den Boer, J. A. (2014). One brain, two selves. NeuroImage, 20, 201–208.
  • Schore, A. N. (2016). The science of the art of psychotherapy. Norton & Company.
  • Brand, B. L., McNary, S. W., Loewenstein, R. J., Kolos, A. C., & Barr, J. (2016). Assessment of genuine and simulated dissociative identity disorder on the Structured Interview of Reported Symptoms. Psychological Assessment, 28(4), 334–340.

3. Strategies for Maintaining the Therapeutic Relationship:

Maintaining a therapeutic relationship with a client with a dissociative disorder can be challenging but crucial. Strategies include:

  • Building trust through consistency and reliability.
  • Educating the client about dissociation to help them understand their experiences.
  • Employing grounding techniques to manage dissociative episodes during sessions.
  • Developing safety plans to address self-harm or suicidal thoughts.

4. Ethical and Legal Considerations:

Ethical and legal considerations in treating dissociative disorders include:

  • Informed consent: Ensure the client understands the nature of their condition and treatment.
  • Confidentiality: Safeguard client privacy while addressing any necessary disclosures.
  • Duty to protect: If a client poses a risk to themselves or others, take appropriate action.
  • Competence: Ensure that you have the necessary skills and training to work with dissociative disorders.
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