Dissociative Identity Disorder Training Programs

for organizations

by lived experience expert, Calion Smith

Dissociative Identity Disorder Training Programs

for organizations

by lived experience expert, Calion Smith

Gain a comprehensive understanding of dissociative identity disorder (DID) during an evidence and lived experience based training program. This is perfect for anti-trafficking, mental health advocacy, and non-profit organizations.

People with DID are frequently rejected from recovery and residential services due to lack of knowledge on how to care for them. With this training, your organization can change that.

Why learn about DID?

Dissociative identity disorder affects a surprisingly large percentage of the population, meaning that your organization likely has or will work with several living with the condition. Employing the trauma-informed perspectives this training teaches will ensure you can adequately meet the needs of people with DID.

[Sources for statistics listed: 1, 2, 3]

1-3% of the population has dissociative identity disorder

6% of psychiatric outpatients have DID


The most common cause of DID is childhood sexual trauma

63% of human trafficking victims have dissociative amnesia

This training will empower your organization to meet the needs of survivors with dissociative identity disorder

Your organization will learn from both current research and lived experience, directly from a trafficking survivor with DID

This training covers:

    • Understanding how and why dissociative identity disorder forms, and its connection to childhood trauma
    • Basic treatment protocols for DID
    • Essential terminology
    • Information about the different types of identities/alters present in someone with DID
    • How to handle dissociative amnesia, fugue, and other symptoms during care and treatment
    • Understanding how to support unique alters: abusive, non-human, protector, child, and other types
    • Tips on creating a client-oriented treatment goal to lead to independence
    • Unique experiences: voices, inner worlds, subjective experience of having multiple identities
    • Things to avoid during treatment
    • How dissociation is a protective mechanism
    • (Optional) Understanding DID in child trafficking survivors
    • (Optional) Gender and sexuality in people with DID

All trainings are customized to meet your organization’s goals and needs

Training Includes:

2-hour comprehensive presentation on dissociative identity disorder

1.5 hour
Q&A and discussion session, based in evidence & lived experience

1.5 hour practice session with realistic situations practitioners may  encounter


All trainings are provided on a sliding fee scale, dependent on the revenue of your organization. This allows us to have the broadest reach while being fairly compensated.

Training can be completed virtually or in-person. In-person training outside the Albany, NY area will include travel and accommodation costs.

Calion’s Experience & Qualifications

Calion Smith is a survivor of child trafficking who has lived with dissociative identity disorder. He has personally experienced both possible treatment paths and has been involved in the DID community since 2017. His consulting work has reached throughout Europe and the US. 


20+ years of lived experience with Dissociative identity disorder


5 years working as a speaker and trauma educator


4 years of dissociative identity disorder community advocacy


4 years of self-study with ISSTD research and related studies


Direct experience with both dissociative identity disorder treatment paths



This training laid a firm foundation in the beginning of my education on DID. My background is as educator and as a coach. Now serving as Education Coordinator, I am focused on building the infrastructure for the education paths for those choosing to be restored from trafficking. This training is a must for teams needing initial training or continuing education. My biggest take aways are that it takes a team for provide the best opportunity for restoration and the section on different types of alters has been helpful with current residents. Calion teaches and provides the platform for practical situations for groups to apply the information. Calion Consulting is worth the investment.


Reflections Ministries of Texas

The training is very comprehensive and affirming for different stages of knowledge about DID. The information is informed from the limited amount of research available about DID and goes beyond with information from multiple systems of lived experience.

I would highly recommend Calion’s training about Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) for any provider that works with folks with trauma. It is a good foundation of affirming people and meeting people where they are at. My confidence was immediately boosted in working with folks and systems.

The information learned in the trainings was instantly usable. It created relief for clients, knowing that I understood what they were explaining and being able to affirm them and their experiences. This information you can’t just read about, it is something that needs to be discussed to understand the nuances. 


Out Youth

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