Peter M. Barach, Ph.D.
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Cleveland, Ohio

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Ohio Psychology License Number 3280 1983-present

Faculty appointment

Senior Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry, Case Western Reserve University School Of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio. Appointed 1999.

Professional Activities

Member of Advisory Committee, American Psychological Association Task Force on Ethics in Forensic Practice with Trauma Survivors.

Member, Awards Committee, American Psychological Association Division 56 (Trauma).

President, International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), 1998-1999.

Board Member, Leadership Council (a nonprofit organization of leading mental health professionals that disseminates accurate information to the media and other interested parties concerning mental disorders and their treatment), 1998-2001.

Executive Council, ISSD, 1994-2000.

Chair, ISSD Nominating Committee, 1999-2000.

Editorial Board member, Journal of Trauma Practice.

Former Internet Associate Editor and Editorial Board member, Journal of Trauma and Dissociation.

Consultant to Treatment Guidelines Committee, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, 1998-1999.

Advisory Board member of InterPsych, the first international consortium of psychology-related Internet forums, 1996-2000.

Moderator of the first Internet professional forum on dissociative disorders, 1994-2000, 2002-2004 (over 560 subscribers worldwide).

Chair, Committee on Standards of Practice, ISSD, 1991-1996.

Member, Treatment Guidelines Task Force, 2004-2005 .

Member, Awards Committee, ISSD, 1997.

Member, Constitution and Bylaws Committee, ISSD, 1993-1999.

Member, Committee on Legal and Ethical Issues, ISSD, 1990-1993.

Member, Critical Issues Committee, ISSD, 1993-1996.

Member, Nominating Committee, ISSD, 2001-2002.

Member, Program Committee, ISSD, 1993-1995.

Ad hoc reviewer, Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, 1990-1993.

Ad hoc reviewer, DISSOCIATION, 1990-1998.

Editorial Board, ISSD News, 1991-1996.

Contributing Editor, Trauma and Recovery Newsletter, 1991-1993.

Awards

Georgetown University Medical Center

Advancement of Science Award (1996), presented by the Trauma, Loss and Dissociation Conference for “work towards advancing an integrative exchange of ideas and building a community of science.”

International Society for the Study of Dissociation (ISSD)

Distinguished Service Award (2000).

President’s Award of Distinction, in Recognition of Distinguished Service in Facilitating Communication Among Clinicians in the Dissociative Disorders Field (1996).

Distinguished Achievement Award (1995).

Fellow (1994).

President’s Award of Distinction, in Recognition of Service and Contributions to ISSD (1993).

Ohio Society for the Study of Dissociation

David S. Caul, M.D. Memorial Award for Clinical Excellence (1992).

Clinical Practice

Cuyahoga County Court Psychiatric Clinic
September, 2004-Present
Cleveland, Ohio (Part time; full time since 9/06).

Conducts evaluations for use in determining competency to stand trial, sanity at the time of the act, sexual predator status, mentally disordered offender status, movement to nonsecured status, and mitigating factors. Provides expert testimony.

Horizons Counseling Services, Inc.
April, 1985-present
Parma Heights, Ohio

Private practice with adults and adolescents: Individual, couples, and family therapy; psychological assessment; hypnotherapy; EMDR; forensic assessment and expert testimony in local, state, and Federal cases. Treatment of anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders, mood disorders, phobias, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, dissociative disorders, somatoform disorders.

Marymount Hospital Mental Health Center
March, 1983-April, 1985 (full time; member of medical staff until 2007)
Garfield Heights, Ohio

Psychotherapy with adult and adolescent inpatients, psychological assessment of in- and outpatients. Supervision of psychology assistants. Development and implementation of a program evaluation system. Treated anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders, mood disorders, phobias, dissociative disorders, somatoform disorders, chronic schizophrenia, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder; individual adult and adolescents, couples, groups, and families.

Cleveland State University Counseling Center
August, 1981-March, 1983
Cleveland, Ohio

Psychotherapy and vocational counseling for students. Coordination of inservice training and graduate interns. Biofeedback and hypnotherapy. Treated anxiety disorders, mood disorders, adjustment disorders, phobias; individual adults and groups.

Pittsburgh VA Psychology Internship Consortium 1980-1981
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

APA-approved Clinical Psychology internship. Psychotherapy with individual adults, couples, and groups; biofeedback, hypnotherapy, and medical consultation-liaison rotations; psychological assessment. Treatment of anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders, mood disorders, phobias, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, dissociative disorders, somatoform disorders.

Education

Case Western Reserve University 1976-1982

Cleveland, Ohio

APA-approved doctoral program in Clinical Psychology. M.A. (1979); Ph.D. (1982).

University of Michigan 1972-1974

Ann Arbor, Michigan

B.A. with Distinction in Psychology (1974); Elementary school teaching certificate.

Johns Hopkins University 1970-1972

Baltimore, Maryland

Majored in Psychology.

Publications

(2005). Guidelines for treating Dissociative Identity Disorder in adults (2005). (Co-author and member of Treatment Guidelines Task Force). ISSTD: McLean, Va.

(2003). Review of Krakauer. Treating dissociative identity disorder: The power of the collective heart. Journal of Trauma Practice, 2(1).

(2001). Review of Gold. Not trauma alone. Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, 157-159.

(2001). Review of Chu. Rebuilding shattered lives. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 44, 78-80.

(2001). The therapist’s Internet handbook (with Robert F. Stamps). New York: W. W. Norton & Company.

(1998). Review of Pope & Brown. Recovered memories of abuse: Assessment, therapy, forensics. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 40, 325-327.

(1997). Review of Zeig (ed.). The evolution of psychotherapy: The third conference. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 40, 157-158.

(1997). Guidelines for treating dissociative identity disorder (multiple personality disorder) in adults (1997). (Co-author and coordinator of revisions). Skokie, IL: ISSD. Also published in 2000 in Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, 1(1).

(1996). Review of Bryant & Kessler. Beyond integration: One multiple’s journey. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 39, 69-70.

(1996). Current approaches to the outpatient treatment of dissociative identity disorder. Directions in Psychiatry, 16(23), 1-7.

(1996). Psychodynamic psychotherapy of dissociative identity disorder (with Comstock, C. M.). In L. K. Michelson & W. J. Ray (Eds.). Handbook of dissociation: Clinical, theoretical, and empirical perspectives (pp. 413-429). New York: Plenum.

(1995). Review of Lynn & Rhue (Eds.) Dissociation. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 38, 132-135.

(April, 1995). “False memory” legislation jeopardizes the provision of psychotherapy. ISSD News.

(1994). Guidelines for treating dissociative identity disorder (multiple personality disorder) in adults (1994). (Committee on Standards of Practice, P. Barach, Chair). Skokie, IL: ISSD.

(October, 1993). Recommendations for treating dissociative identity disorder. (Committee on Standards of Practice, P. Barach, Chair). ISSD News.

(Spring, 1993). “False memories and false mammaries.” Dissociation in Ohio, 1(1).

(October, 1992). “Therapist’s page.” Many Voices.

(August, 1992). “Critical issues task force report.” ISSD News.

(1991). “Multiple personality disorder as an attachment disorder.” Dissociation, 4, 117-123.

(October, 1989). “Emotional induction: a common phenomenon in the treatment of dissociative disorders.” Trauma and Recovery Newsletter, 2 (2), 6-8.

(October, 1990). “Specialized hypnotic techniques in the treatment of dissociative disorders and states.” Trauma and Recovery Newsletter, 3 (2), 12-15.

 

Presentations

"Diagnosis and Treatment of Dissociative Disorders in Adults" (invited full-day workshop). Annual Conference of Centre for Treatment of Sexual Abuse and Childhood Trauma, Ottawa, Ontario, April, 2006.

"Survey: Experiences of Therapists in Dealing with Managed Care Organizations Concerning Clients with Dissociative Disorders" (panel). International Society for the Study of Dissociation, Toronto, Ontario, November, 2005.

"Adult Dissociative Disorders in Response to Childhood Maltreatment: Diagnosis and Treatment" (invited full-day workshop). Midwest Conference on Child Sexual Abuse and Incest, Madison, WI, October, 2005.

Third Annual Pierre Janet Memorial Lecture (invited plenary presentation). International Society for the Study of Dissociation, New Orleans, LA, November, 2004.

“Risk Management in the Treatment of Dissociative Disorders” (panel). International Society for the Study of Dissociation, New Orleans, LA, November, 2004.

“Conversation Hour: Attachment Issues in the Treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder.” International Society for the Study of Dissociation, New Orleans, LA, November, 2004.

“An Update on Treatment of Dissociative Disorders.” Ohio Psychological Association Spring Institute, Cincinnati, OH, April, 2002.

“Introduction to Dissociation.” Continuing Education workshop for Nova Southeastern University, Tampa, FL, May, 2001.

“Introduction to Dissociation.” Featured speaker at Annual International Conference, EMDR International Association, Toronto, Ontario, September, 2000.

“Attachment/Developmental Model for Treating Adult Survivors of Chronic Childhood Trauma.” Workshop for Pittsburgh Area Chapter, ISSD, Pittsburgh, PA, May, 2000.

“Dissociation and Attachment.” ½-day workshop presented for Southeastern Michigan Society for the Study of Dissociation, Detroit, MI, March, 2000

Plenary presentation. ISSD 16th Annual International Conference, Miami, FL, November 1999.

“Introduction to Diagnosis and Treatment of Dissociation.” Workshop given under auspices of Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, Cleveland, OH, Fall, 1999.

“Threshold of Vulnerability for Dissociation: Etiological and Treatment Considerations.” ISSD-UK Conference, Manchester, United Kingdom, May, 1999.

Plenary Address. ISSD-UK Conference, Manchester, United Kingdom, May, 1999.

“Introductory Workshop on Treating DID.” Given with James A. Chu, M.D., and Maggie Phillips, Ph.D. at ISSD 15th Annual International Conference, Seattle, WA, November, 1998.

Invited Address: “Dissociation 2008: Clinical State of the Art.” ISSD 15th Annual International Conference, Seattle, WA, November, 1998.

“Attachment Issues in the Etiology and Treatment of DID.” Presented at American Academy of Psychoanalysis Annual Conference, New York, January 10, 1998.

Workshop on attachment issues in trauma; workshop on trauma and memory. Kingston Psychiatric Hospital, Kingston Ontario Canada, March 21, 1997.

Workshop and panel discussion (invited presentations). San Diego Conference on Child Maltreatment, Childrens Hospital, San Diego, January 30, 1997.

Grand Rounds. MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio; January 23, 1997.

“The Problem of Unlived Lives: Helping DID Patients Grow Into Wholeness and Relatedness.” Workshop presented at ISSD 13th Annual International Conference, San Francisco, November, 1996.

“Therapeutic Techniques Used By Therapists Treating Their First Patient With Dissociative Identity Disorder: Diagnostic Indicators, Memory Recovery Techniques, Therapeutic Boundaries.” Research paper presented at ISSD 13th Annual International Conference, San Francisco, November, 1996.

“Adventures in the Memory Zone.” Regional Conference on Dissociation and Trauma, Akron, Ohio, 1996.

“Addressing Attachment Dynamics in Trauma Treatment” (presented with Anne Speckhard, Ph.D.). Master Class presented during Second Annual Conference on Trauma, Loss, and Dissociation, Alexandria, Virginia, 1996.

“Pushed to the Limit: Surviving ‘Borderline’ Dynamics in Trauma Treatment” (presented with Anne Speckhard, Ph.D.). Master Class presented during Second Annual Conference on Trauma, Loss, and Dissociation, Alexandria, Virginia, 1996.

“‘Who Put the Trauma In?’ Can We Treat Patients When We Don’t Know What Happened to Them?” Master Class presented during Second Annual Conference on Trauma, Loss, and Dissociation, Alexandria, Virginia, 1996.

“Effective Psychotherapy For Dissociative Identity Disorder:
Strategies, Interventions, And The Working Alliance.” Presented with Moshe S. Torem, M.D., at ISSD Twelfth International Fall Conference, Orlando, Florida.

“Attachment Issues and DID: Helping Patients Achieve Internal and External Relatedness.” Presented at ISSD Twelfth International Fall Conference, Orlando, Florida.

“Finding the Context: An Integrative Model for the Treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder.” Presented at ISSD Fifth Spring International Conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1995.

“The Problem of ‘Unlived Lives.’” Presented with C. M. Comstock at Regional Conference on Dissociation and Trauma, Akron, Ohio, 1995.

“Tools for the Therapist’s Survival Kit.” Presented at Regional Conference on Dissociation and Trauma, Akron, Ohio, 1995.

“Managing the Impact of Legal Concerns in the Treatment of Dissociative Disorders: The ISSD Treatment Guidelines, the Lawyers, and the FMS.” Presented at Southeastern Regional Conference on Dissociation, Atlanta, Georgia, 1995.

“The Emperor’s New Clothes Were Nearly Good Enough.” Presented with C. M. Comstock at Southeastern Regional Conference on Dissociation, Atlanta, Georgia, 1995.

“Attachment and Dissociation.” Co-presenter at workshop during First Annual Conference on Trauma, Loss, and Dissociation, Alexandria, Virginia, 1995.

“Finding the Context: An Integrative Model for Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder.” Presented at First Annual Conference on Trauma, Loss, and Dissociation, Alexandria, Virginia, 1995.

“Memories True and False.” Grand Rounds in Psychiatry, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio, 1994.

Consultation group. Presented at International Conference on the Study of Multiple Personality and Dissociative States, Chicago, 1994.

“Legalistic Impingements on the Treatment Alliance in the Treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder.” Presented at International Conference on the Study of Multiple Personality and Dissociative States, Chicago, 1994.

Plenary Panel on Standards of Practice. Presented with Richard P. Kluft, M.D., and Jean Olson, M.S.N., at International Conference on the Study of Multiple Personality and Dissociative States, Chicago, 1994.

“The ‘Negative Symptoms’ of Dissociation.” Presented at International Conference on the Study of Multiple Personality and Dissociative States, Chicago, 1994.

“Working with Traumatic Memories.” Presented as part of Continuing Professional Education Program, Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, Ohio, 1994.

“Finding the Context for Dissociative Symptoms: An Integrative Approach to Treating Dissociative Disorders.” All-day workshop presented to New Jersey Society for the Study of Multiple Personality and Dissociation, 1994.

Workshop: “Advanced Psychotherapy with Traumatic Dissociative Disorders.” Presented with Christine Comstock at Regional Conference on Trauma, Dissociation, and Multiple Personality, Akron, 1994.

“Professional Responsibilities and Standards of Practice with Trauma Survivors.” Keynote address at 1994 Regional Conference on Trauma, Dissociation, and Multiple Personality, Akron, 1994.

“Working with Traumatic Memories.” Presented at Marymount Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio, 1994.

Workshop: “Outpatient Psychotherapy of DID: An Integrative Approach.” Presented with Christine Comstock at Southeastern Regional Conference on Dissociative Disorders, Atlanta, 1994.

“Dissociative Disorders.” Seminar for Ohio Society for Clinical Social Work, Cleveland, Ohio, 1993.

Workshop: “Outpatient Psychotherapy of MPD: An Integrative Approach.” Presented with Christine Comstock at the Tenth International Conference on Multiple Personality and Dissociation, Chicago, IL, 1993.

Consultation Clinics. Presented at the Tenth International Conference on Multiple Personality and Dissociation, Chicago, IL, 1993.

“The Validity of Repressed Memories: Who Bears the Burden of Proof?” Presented to Cleveland Psychological Association, 1993.

Workshop: “Getting Beyond the Trauma: Outpatient Treatment of MPD.” Presented with Christine Comstock and Christine A. Courtois, Ph.D., at Eastern Regional Conference on MPD, Alexandria, Virginia, 1993.

Consultation Groups. Presented at Eastern Regional Conference on MPD, Alexandria, Virginia, 1993.

Workshop: “Outpatient Psychotherapy of MPD: An Integrative Approach.” Presented with Christine Comstock at 1993 Regional Conference on Multiple Personality and Dissociation, Akron, Ohio.

“Ethical Dilemmas in the Treatment of MPD.” Presented at 1993 Regional Conference on Multiple Personality and Dissociation, Akron, Ohio.

“Treating the ‘Negative Symptoms’ of Dissociation.” Presented at 1993 Regional Conference on Multiple Personality and Dissociation, Akron, Ohio.

Workshop: “Outpatient Psychotherapy of MPD: An Integrative Approach.” Presented with Christine Comstock at 1993 Southeastern Conference on Multiple Personality and Dissociation, Atlanta.

Workshop: “Outpatient Psychotherapy of MPD: An Integrative Approach.” Presented with Christine Comstock at 1992 International Conference on Multiple Personality and Dissociation, Chicago.

Consultation Groups. Presented at 1992 International Conference on Multiple Personality and Dissociation, Chicago.

“MPD as an Attachment Disorder.” Presented at 1992 Southeastern Regional Conference on MPD, Atlanta.

Workshop: “Outpatient Psychotherapy of MPD: An Integrative Approach.” Presented with Christine Comstock at 1992 Southeastern Regional Conference on MPD, Atlanta.

Workshop: “Outpatient Psychotherapy of MPD: An Integrative Approach.” Presented with Christine Comstock at 1992 Eastern Regional Conference on Trauma and Dissociation, Washington

Consultation Groups. Presented at 1992 Eastern Regional Conference on Trauma and Dissociation, Washington.

Grand rounds in psychiatry at St. Vincent Charity Hospital, 1992, Cleveland, Ohio.

“Integration Redefined.” Presented at 1991 International Conference on Multiple Personality Disorder/Dissociative States, Chicago.

“Multiple Personality Disorder: Diagnosis and Treatment.” Presented at Cleveland Chapter, Ohio Society for Clinical Social Work, Marymount Hospital Mental Health Center, University Hospitals Psychology Service, and Lake County Mental Health Center Continuing Education Program, 1988, 1989, 1991.

Grand rounds in psychiatry at MetroHealth Medical Center, 1990, Cleveland, Ohio.

“The Effects of Altering the Treatment Frame During the Ongoing Treatment of Multiple Personality Disorder” (with C. Comstock). Presented at 1990 International Conference on Multiple Personality Disorder/Dissociative States, Chicago; and 1990 Regional Conference on Multiple Personality and Dissociative States, Akron, Ohio.

“Transference and Countertransference Issues in the Treatment of Dissociative Disorders.” Presented at 1989 and 1990 Regional Conference on Multiple Personality and Dissociative States, Akron, Ohio.

“Clinical Hypnosis.” Five-week seminar for staff members of an agency in Erie, PA, 1989.

“Emotional Induction: A Phenomenon in the Treatment of Multiple Personality Disorder.” Presented at the Fourth Regional Conference on Multiple Personality and Dissociative States, Akron, Ohio, 1988

“Specialized Hypnotic Techniques in the Treatment of Dissociative Disorders.” Presented at the Presented at the Fifth International Conference on Multiple Personality/Dissociative States, Chicago, 1987; and at the Fourth Regional Conference on Multiple Personality and Dissociative States, Akron, Ohio, 1988.

“Transference Reenactments of Sexual Abuse in the Treatment of Multiple Personality Disorder.” Presented at the Fourth International Conference on Multiple Personality/Dissociative States, Chicago, 1987; and at the Third Regional Conference on Multiple Personality and Dissociative States, Akron, Ohio, 1988.

“Rorschach Signs of Multiple Personality Disorder in MPD and Non-MPD Victims of Sexual Abuse.” Presented at the Third International Conference on Multiple Personality/Dissociative States, Chicago, 1986.

“Clinical Hypnosis: Intermediate Workshop.” Presented at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 1984.

Professional Membership

American Psychological Association