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Dissociation : The distinction between Primary and Secondary dissociation.

Emeritus Professor Russell Meares

Despite recent advances, dissociation remains, in the words of one authority “an elusive concept….vague, confusing, and even controversial” (Dell, 2009, p.225). It is found in about 30% of psychiatric inpatients but is typically unrecognized. The aim of this talk to clarify the concept using current research data, including those generated on this campus. The discussion is woven about the distinction between “primary” and “secondary dissociation,” the former having the cardinal characteristics of psychic, neural and interpersonal disconnectedness.

Master of Medicine and (Psychotherapy); Master of Science in Medicine (Psychotherapy)
Psychotherapy Think Tank / Grand Rounds 
Mental Health Sciences Centre, 
Building 112, Cumberland Hospital. NSW, Australia
Recorded: 15 September 2011

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Emeritus Professor Russell Meares

Russell Meares is an Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at Sydney University and Director of Mental Health Sciences at Westmead Hospital in Sydney. 

  • Trained at Maudsley and Bethlem Royal Hospitals, 1963 -1968, co-founding with Robert Hobson the   Conversational Model of psychotherapy
  • Founder of the academic department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne, at the Austin Hospital   1969
  • Foundation Chair of Psychiatry of Sydney University at Westmead Hospital, 1981, Foundation President   of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychotherapy in 1989

His most recent books are: “Intimacy and Alienation”, 2000; “Metaphor of Play”, revised and enlarged edition, 2005.  Awarded Distinguished Psychiatrist of the Year, at UCLA, 2007 and the RANZCP NSW Branch, Meritorious Service Award, 2009.

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