The DID Dilemma : Deny, Dismiss, Defer, Debunk, and Discredit, or Discover, Diagnose, Endure, and Address

Weekend Conference Feb 10-12, 2022 will be held online on our secure Zoom platform. Open to any mental health professional or mental health professional-in-training. Keynote speaker, Ira Brenner, MD.


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Program Date(s):

February 10, 2023 - February 12, 2023

Weekend Overview

Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), formerly Multiple Personality Disorder, Multiple Personality, Split Personality, Dual Personality, etc., is arguably the most controversial and difficult to treat mental condition that has ever been recognized. It has never quite found its place in the psychoanalytic world, despite the ironic fact that Anna O., the first psychoanalytic patient, suffered from this condition. Breuer and Freud emphasized her “hysterical” symptoms instead, and thus bypassed the deeper, more complex nature of her malady. In an effort to reconcile this considerable oversight, some contemporary analysts are studying the Dissociative Disorders. Dr. Brenner will discuss the evolution of his thinking, writing, and clinical practice on this subject matter, which spans over 40 years.

The course will use lecture, large group discussion, small group/GAM group discussion, case presentation and discussion and informal discussion to achieve the course objectives.

General weekend schedule:

Friday 9:40am – 6:10 pm US ET

Saturday 9:45am – 6:15pm US ET

Sunday 10:00am – 2:00pm US ET

Detailed schedules, reading lists, and educational objectives will be provided to registered participants

Ira Brenner, MD

Ira Brenner, MD is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, and Training and Supervising Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia, where he is Director Emeritus of the Adult Psychotherapy Training Program.

He has a special interest in the area of psychological trauma and chairs the Holocaust Discussion Group and co-chairs the Dissociative Disorders Discussion Group at the meetings of the American Psychoanalytic Association. An internationally recognized speaker, Dr. Brenner has presented at the International Psychotherapy Institute (IPI) where he is Adjunct Supervising Analyst of the International Institute for Psychoanalytic Training (IIPT). He has authored over 100 publications, co-edited three special issues of The International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, and has published six books: the latest of which include Injured Men-Trauma, Healing, and the Masculine Self (2009), Dark Matters- Exploring the Realm of Psychic Devastation (2014), and The Handbook of Psychoanalytic Holocaust Studies- International Perspectives (2020). Dr. Brenner has received numerous awards, including: the Gratz Research Prize for his work on the Holocaust, the Piaget Writing Award, the Gradiva Award, the Bruno Lima Award for his work in Disaster Psychiatry (2002), the Presidential Award from the PA Psychiatric Society (2017), the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (2019), and the Hayman Award for Holocaust Studies from the IPA (2017). He also serves as Behavioral Consultant to the San Diego Zoo. He has a private practice of adult and child analysis in the greater Philadelphia area.

Schedule of Presentations

coming soon

Educational Objectives

detailed objectives are coming soon



Registration options:

  • Full Conference:
    • $497 up to 21 days in advance; $517 thereafter
    • *Full members: $359
    • *Associate members: $410
    • Full time students: $150

  • Saturday One Day (morning and afternoon): $150

  • Saturday Morning only: $45

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Tuition and Fees

See costs above

Limited scholarship funds are available for this training:

Continuing Education Credit Hours

Weekend Conference:

14.5 CE/CME credits

Saturday One Day:

6 CE/CME credits

Saturday Morning only:

2.5 CE/CME credits

Program Chairs

Anabella Sosa de Brostella, Ph.D.

Lea Setton, Ph.D.

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Membership Benefits

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Continuing Education Information

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and the International Psychotherapy Institute. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 14.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

The International Psychotherapy Institute, IPI, is approved by The American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. IPI maintains responsibility for the program and its content. The International Psychotherapy Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6017. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The International Psychotherapy Institute is responsible for all aspects of the programs. The International Psychotherapy Institute is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. The International Psychotherapy Institute is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0299.

Participants are responsible for verifying that IPI CE credit is accepted by the licensing boards in their own states. Please note: At this time we are aware that CE credit for IPI events will not be accepted by the New Jersey Board of Social Work.