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Understanding Multiplicity: A Psychoanalytic Discussion of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)

May 24, 2024 — 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT

Sheri Perlman, OT, LCSW
Debbie Merav, LMHC

This clinical seminar offers an overview of dissociation and Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), highlighting the latest diagnostic criteria and therapeutic approaches. Discussion will explore the psychoanalytic underpinnings of dissociation, exploring how traumatic experiences can lead to the development of DID. Participants will learn about the various manifestations of dissociation, ranging from amnesia to identity fragmentation, through case studies and interactive discussions.  A key component of the seminar will be addressing the challenges and controversies surrounding the diagnosis of DID, providing a balanced view on its recognition in the clinical community. Attendees will gain practical skills for assessing and treating dissociative symptoms, enhancing their competency in managing these complex conditions.

Sheri Perlman, OT, LCSW is an adult psychoanalyst, and received her psychoanalytic informed child and adolescent training from ICAF.  She sees patients in her full time private practice in person and online from her offices in New Rochelle and Israel. Sheri’s particular areas of interest include Dissociative Identity Disorder, parent-child relationships, trauma and learning differences. She incorporates a myriad of tools in an eclectic approach to her work while maintaining an analytic and a neuropsychoanalytic frame. Sheri graduated from Washington University with a Bachelors of Science in Occupational Therapy, New York University with a Masters in Social work, and from both the Institute for Child, Adolescent and Family Studies (ICAFS) and the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR). She is a member of CFS and an affiliate of WCSPP.  Sheri has also trained in trauma work and in alternative treatment modalities.

Debbie Merav, LMHC is a 4th year candidate at the Contemporary Freudian Society. She received her masters degree in rehabilitation counseling from Hunter College and is a certified vocational rehabilitation counselor. Debbie worked in the field of substance abuse and addiction for several years before returning to school at the University of Buffalo for an Advanced Certification in Mental Health Counseling. After earning her New York State License, she pursued advanced postgraduate training in Adult Psychodynamic Psychotherapy from the  psychoanalytic Association of New York(PANY) and received an Advanced Certificate in the treatment of eating disorders, compulsions, and addictions from the William Alanson White Institute. She has a full time practice in Manhattan specializing in the treatment of eating disorders and early childhood trauma.


  • Bromberg, P. (1996). “Standing in the Spaces: The Multiplicity of Self And The Psychoanalytic Relationship.” Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 32: 509-535.
  • Kluft R. (2000). “The Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy of Dissociative Identity Disorder in the Context of Trauma Therapy.” Psychoanal. Inq., (20)(2):259-286
  • Brenner, I. (1999). “Deconstructing DID.” American Journal of Psychotherapy,Vol.53, No.3.

Program Fee:
$60 General
$50 CFS Members
$30 Candidates & Students

Learning objectives:

At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for DID, including the presence of two or more distinct personality states or identities and the recurrent gaps in the recall of everyday events, important personal information, and/or traumatic events.
  2. Learn about the factors that contribute to the development of DID, focusing on the interplay of psychological, biological, and environmental factors, and the role of severe trauma during early childhood.
  3. Gain knowledge of various therapeutic strategies used in the treatment of and the integrative approach of phase-oriented treatment

Who Should Attend: The instructional level for this activity is advanced.  Mental Health Professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, licensed professional counselors, e.g. LPs, LCATs, and pastoral counselors) and those with an interest in psychodynamic and psychoanalytic thinking and clinical applications.

Continuing Education Credits:

NY Social Workers: The PTI-CFS is recognized by the NYS Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0087

NY Psychoanalysts: The PTI-CFS is recognized by the NYS Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts #P-0021.

NY Licensed Psychologists: The PTI-CFS is recognized by the NYS Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provide of continuing education for Licensed Psychologists #PSY-0017.

Psychologists: The CFS is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The CFS maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  (DC, MD and VA Psychologist licensing boards accept CE credits provided by an APA approved Sponsor.  All other psychologists should check with their licensing boards.)

DC, MD and VA Social Workers: The Social Work Boards of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia will grant continuing education credits to social workers attending a program offered by an APA authorized sponsor.

CE credits will only be granted to participants with documented attendance of the entire program and completed online evaluation form. No partial credit will be offered. It is the responsibility of the participants seeking CE credits to comply with these requirements.  Upon completion of this program and online evaluation form, participants will be granted CE credits.

Important Disclosure Information: None of the planners and presenters of this program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.


May 24, 2024
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT
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