Understanding and Working Effectively with Distress, Dissociation, and Numbing


Wednesday, August 7, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

NYU Silver School of Social Work 
1 Washington Square North
New York, NY 10003

NYSED and ACE Approved for 3 CE contact hours


Many people with histories of trauma, borderline presentation, or intense anxiety often struggle with significant distress and dissociative experiences. They also tend to (naturally) engage in strategies to numb themselves from such experiences, for example cutting, binge behaviors, and substance use. This training will provide a clinical understanding of the interrelationship among distress, dissociation, and numbing. It will also provide best practice strategies, primarily drawn from Acceptance Commitment Therapy, to help clients experience dissociation and distress differently, as well as interrupt
problematic coping patterns.

Learning Objectives


  • Understand dissociation and its applications in practice.
  • Help clients map their distress and dissociation experiences to their learning histories in order to effectuate treatment.
  • Teach clinicians to validate numbing strategies with their clients while also supporting them to change behavior and improve outcomes.

Keynote Presenters

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Brian Mundy, LCSW-R

Brian Mundy, LCSW-R, practices individual, couples, and family behavioral therapy in private practice, and is the recipient of the 2012 National Association of Social Workers-NYC Emerging Leader Award. He is a co-author of the Guilford Press book, Therapy in the Real World, and has authored peer-reviewed chapters and articles on trauma, family therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy. He is a co-founder of Sound Behavioral Health, a New York state accredited trainer, and an adjunct professor at the New York University Silver School of Social Work.

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Matt Wofsy, LCSW-R

Matt Wofsy, LCSW-R is a therapist with over 20 years of direct practice experience. He is an adjunct professor at the New York University Silver School of Social Work and the co-founder of Sound Behavioral Health in New York City. Mr. Wofsy has advanced training in cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness & acceptance-based work, and family therapy. He is the co-author of Therapy in the Real World on Guilford Press, and the recipient of the National Association of Social Workers Exemplary Mid-Career Social Work Leader Award