“Working with the D Stream: Dissociation and Disability” presented by Valerie Sinason

When: Saturday 8th February

Where: Watershed, 1 Canon’s Road, Bristol, BS1 5TX

Get tickets: Tickets £10 – £35, available through Eventbrite


Just as schools once devalued less academic pupils by placing them in the D stream, this talk asks whether psychotherapy trainings exclude those with disabilities? Are those who experience dissociation disorders also on the margins of the psychotherapy training world?


This talk will explore these two challenging questions, looking at the reasons we might avoid asking them and the hope that lies in moving from exclusion to inclusion.


“The existence of disability, handicap and handicapping processes is so painful that each culture and historical period has tried to evade the issue by a frequent change of terms.”

Dr Valerie Sinason PhD PGTC MACP M Inst Psychoanal is a poetwriter, child psychotherapist and adult psychoanalyst. She was Founder Director of the Clinic for Dissociative Studies, until her retirement from long-term clinical work in December 2016. She is registered with the BPC, ACP and UKCP. Dr Sinason specialised in work with abused, abusing and dissociative patients, including those with a learning disability. 

Dr Sinason has been at the forefront of research into areas of organised abuse that are so shocking they can be hard to believe, with survivors often accused of false memories, and has been used as an expert witness in court cases.


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