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Despite the significant prevalence of dissociative disorders-rates ranging from 12-38% for dissociative disorders in outpatients (Brand, Classen, Lanius, et al., 2009), as high as 18% for dissociative disorders in the general population (Sar, et al., 2006), and a prevalence rate of 1.1-3% for DID in the general population (ISST-D Guidelines, in press), professional education has not usually included training in the treatment of dissociative disorders. Because of this paucity of training, clinicians are often at a loss regarding how to recognize, diagnose, and work with their highly dissociative patients. All too frequently, when clinicians do recognize that a patient has a serious dissociative disorder, they fear that they will be unable to acquire the skills necessary to treat dissociation and that they must refer their patient elsewhere. A therapeutic relationship may thus be unnecessarily broken.