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Recorded Webinar with Eli Somer & Gaia Polloni - Trauma & Addictive Behavours

Recorded Webinar with Eli Somer & Gaia Polloni - Trauma & Addictive Behavours

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Dr. Eli Somer is a full clinical professor of psychology at the University of Haifa School of Social Work and director of the Maladaptive Daydreaming Research Laboratory. He is founder and scientific advisor of Trauma and Dissociation Israel (TDIL), associate-founder and past president of the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation (ESTD). Dr. Somer is also past president of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD). He has published over 100 scientific publications in the field.

Gaia Polloni is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist with the Italian Psychological Society, a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Associate Fellow with the British Psychological Society, a registered Clinical Sexologist with the Italian Federation of Scientific Sexology, and a Chartered European Psychosexologist. She is a teacher at the following Psychotherapy and Sexology schools: Centro Terapia Cognitiva in Como; Centro Terapia Cognitiva in Turin; and Associazione Italiana Sessuologia Psicologia Applicata in Milan. She is also an EMDR Therapist and a member of the following professional organizations: Italian Society of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; Italian Society of Andrology; European Federation of Sexology; European Society for Sexual Medicine; Associazione Italiana Sessuologia Psicologia Applicata, and European Society for Trauma and Dissociation. Gaia lived in England for a number of years and is fluent in English.

What is this webinar about? 
This live webinar was recorded on September 15, 2018. In the first half of this webinar, Eli Somer, PhD, will give a talk titled, 'Maladaptive Daydreaming: an unrecognized mental health problem'. This webinar will focus on maladaptive daydreaming (MD), or daydreaming disorder, a psychological concept first introduced in 2002 to describe a time consuming absorption in fantasy that can create distress and/or interfere with social, academic, vocational or other important areas of functioning. Research findings show a relationship between MD and dissociative absorption, ADHD, OCD, depression and anxiety. Evidence suggests MD could fit the description of a behavioural addiction. Studies indicate that a subgroup of individuals with MD have been subjected to adverse childhood experiences such as emotional neglect or abuse, or social anxiety and isolation suggesting a potential emotional regulation role for MD. Participants in this webinar will be able to identify MD, know how to assess it and consider possible relevant intervention strategies.

In the second half of the webinar, Gaia Polloni, MSc, DClinpsy will discuss 'Trauma, Sexuality, and Sex Addiction'. Though dissociation is currently a topic of great interest in the world of psychology, there is not much literature that explores the correlation between dissociative disorders and sexuality. Dissociative patients with a history of sexual traumas can suffer from a variety of problems, such as sexual dysfunctions, sexual orientation or gender identity conflicts, compulsively compliant sexuality, sexual addiction and even somatoform dissociation. Sexual addictions can take many forms and can involve both criminal and non-criminal behavior. Ms. Polloni will explain in detail her clinical approach to individuals for whom disturbed sexuality is intertwined with their trauma histories. She will present case examples and specific strategies and interventions she uses in her practice.

Objectives: By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the diagnostic criteria for maladaptive daydreaming disorder.

  2. Explain the role of psychological trauma in a subgroup of people with maladaptive daydreaming.

  3. Understand the relationship between psychological trauma and sexual addictions.

  4. Utilize treatment strategies for sexual addiction reviewed in the webinar.

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Recorded Webinar Registration Fee (available for viewing until December 15, 2018) 

  • Regular Registration $69 USD

  • Students $39 USD

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