Speaker Bio & Presentations

Karol Darsa, PsyD

Special Speaker

Dr. Karol Darsa

Dr. Darsa is a licensed psychologist, an author, creator of RITTM (Reconnect Integrative Trauma Treatment Model), and founder of Reconnect Treatment Center, in CA. She has more than 20 years of clinical and administrative experience in trauma and mental health disorders. Dr. Darsa began her career in 1998 as a foster care social worker and continued her work with abused children and their families and adults abused as children.

In 2012 Dr. Darsa became the co-creator of Invisible War Recovery, a program designed to treat military sexual trauma survivors.  She has been interviewed by Katie Couric, Susan Ortolano, and Lisa Tahir, and was featured on the Voice of America. She lectures about trauma treatment at various universities such as the University of Southern California, UCLA and Cal Lutheran. She also speaks at treatment centers and conferences.

A native of Turkey, Dr. Darsa has been living in the United States for 25 years. She has also lived in Spain, France and Brazil. Dr. Darsa’s exposure to numerous ethnic and social groups allows her to understand the cultural differences in human thought and behavior. She can provide therapy in English, Spanish, French and Turkish and is able to converse in Italian and Portuguese as well.

Presentations & Workshops

Ritual Abuse and Mind Control

This presentation delves into the topic of ritual abuse, exploring its connection to dissociative symptoms and the development of complex trauma. It aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of ritual abuse, mind-control, dissociative identity disorder (DID), and complex post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), while also introducing effective treatment approaches and evidence-based modalities to alleviate symptoms and stabilize individuals who have experienced such trauma.
The presentation begins by defining ritual abuse, which involves systematic, organized abuse often characterized by repetitive patterns, specific rituals, and the use of mind-control techniques. Participants will gain insights into the dynamics and prevalence of ritual abuse, enabling them to recognize the signs and symptoms associated with these experiences.

A significant focus of the presentation is on the relationship between ritual abuse and dissociative symptoms. Participants will explore how the intense and prolonged trauma associated with ritual abuse can result in dissociative processes as a defense mechanism. The seminar will provide an in-depth exploration of dissociation, dissociative identity disorder (formerly known as multiple personality disorder), and its correlation to ritual abuse, emphasizing the role of trauma in the fragmentation of identity and the development of distinct alters.

Complex trauma, another central theme, will be thoroughly discussed, as participants learn how ritual abuse can lead to the formation of complex post-traumatic stress disorder. Attendees will gain an understanding of the specific symptoms and challenges faced by individuals who have endured ritual abuse and how these symptoms can manifest across various areas of their lives. The latter part of the presentation focuses on treatment approaches and evidence-based modalities to alleviate symptoms and stabilize individuals who have experienced ritual abuse. Participants will explore a range of therapeutic modalities such as somatic-based approaches, Gestalt therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Parts Work, and more. These modalities have demonstrated efficacy in addressing trauma-related symptoms, promoting integration and healing, and enhancing overall well-being.

Through presentations, case studies, interactive discussions, and practical exercises, this seminar aims to equip mental health professionals, researchers, and anyone interested in the field with a comprehensive understanding of ritual abuse, its impact on dissociative symptoms and complex trauma, and effective therapeutic approaches to facilitate healing and recovery.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to understand the dynamics and characteristics of ritual abuse and mind control.
  • Participants will be able to understand the relationship between ritual abuse and dissociative symptoms, gain knowledge about dissociation as a defense mechanism in response to extreme trauma.
  • Participants will be able to identify symptoms and challenges associated with complex PTSD and dissociation in survivors of ritual abuse.
  • Participants will be familiarized with evidence-based treatment methods and modalities for treating complex PTSD and DID.

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