Central Coast Therapists

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RECORDED: Subtle Dissociation — Easy to Miss, Important to Treat

  • Thu, July 14, 2022
  • Sun, August 14, 2022
  • via Zoom on your computer / device


  • Current Chapter Members
  • General Admission Cost
  • Not Current Central Coast Chapter Members


Central Coast–CAMFT


Subtle Dissociation —
Easy to Miss, Important to Treat

Presented By:
Craig Penner, LMFT

July 14 - August 14, 2022

2 CEUs

Our Presentation
We all can disconnect from being fully present at times.  In therapy, the challenge of trying to focus on activating material often exceeds our clients' resiliency to stay present.  This often shows up in subtle ways, that are easy to miss for the therapist, which then creates even more challenging dynamics.  The client can still hold a conversation, but often lacks the engaged presence to sustain the awareness needed to facilitate lasting growth.  Do you ever have clients where you wonder why there is less progress than you'd expect?  This workshop will help you to identify signs of "subtle dissociation," and learn ways to actively target and do effective therapy with these dynamics.

For more information, contact Lynlee Oliver at

Measurable Objectives

  1. Describe 2 ways using the Window of Tolerance is a valuable lens in therapy.
  2. Define “subtle dissociation”
  3. Describe 2 difficulties that happen in sessions if subtle dissociation is missed.
  4. Describe 2 differences between “thinking” and “noticing” questions.

About Our Presenter
Craig Penner, LMFT, is a psychotherapist, consultant, and trainer, in private practice in Cambria, CA, after 40 years in Santa Barbara.  He brings a process-oriented approach to therapy, with a strong somatic (body/nervous system) focus, and integrates EMDR and other uses of “bilateral stimulation,” to help the therapy be as efficient and effective as possible.

He has always believed that we have a natural drive to completion and resolution.  This has inspired his commitment to develop “Natural Processing,” which is an integration of ways to utilize our own awareness to facilitate that drive.  He has been training therapists in this approach across the US and Canada since 2014, and has led consultations and other trainings for over 25 years.

Craig is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, and a Somatic Experiencing Touch Therapy Practitioner. He has been a Facilitator with the EMDR Institute since 1995, and is an Approved Consultant and Therapist with the EMDR International Association. He was a presenter at the EMDRIA Conferences in 1996, 1997, 2019 and 2020.

$30 Central Coast-CAMFT Members (CEUs*)
$35 for Non-Chapter Members (CEUs*)
$15 General Admission (No CEUs)

Note: One to two days after you have watched the recording, a link to an evaluation form will be sent to you. Upon submission of the form your answers will be reviewed and scored and a response sent you you within 48 hours. It is necessary that you answer 70 percent of the questions correctly in order to receive your CEU certificate. 

Unless otherwise specified, our courses meet the qualifications for hours of continuing education credits for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs as required by the Board of Behavioral Sciences. Completion of this course earns a discount on liability insurance.  You will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the workshop.

The Central Coast Chapter of CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for MFTs, Associates and students, MSWs, LEPs and LPCCs. The Central Coast Chapter of CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

While the Central Coast Chapter of CAMFT makes every effort to assure fair treatment for all participants and attempts to anticipate problems, there will be occasional issues with regard to presentations/workshops which will require intervention and/or action on the part of the board. This procedural description serves as a guideline for handling such grievances.

When a participant files a grievance and expects action on the complaint, the following actions will be taken:

  1. The participant(s) will be asked to put concerns in writing (this can be in electronic form, such as an email).
  2. If the grievance concerns a presenter, the content presented by the speaker, or the style of presentation, the individual filing the grievance will be asked to put his/her comments in written format. The Board will then pass on the comments to the speaker, assuring the confidentiality of the grieved individual.
  3. If the grievance concerns a presentation/workshop offering, its content, level of presentation, or the facilities in which the workshop was offered, the Board will mediate and will be the final arbitrator. If the participant requests action, the Board will:
      • provide a credit for a subsequent presentation/workshop or
      • provide a partial or full refund of the presentation/workshop fee

      Refund Policy
      Refund policy for all events: Registrants who do not attend or fail to cancel registration seven days prior to scheduled event will be charged full fee.  The only exception will be for registrants who are unable to attend due to an emergency.  If you need to cancel, please contact Chapter President Kim Richards within 10 days of the upcoming event at 805.458.8063 or email Kim Richards at

      Special Accommodations
      If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in any of our events, please contact Chapter President Kim Richards within 10 days of the upcoming event at 805.458.8063 or email Kim Richards at

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