The Trauma Institute of Virginia promotes a highly collaborative community where researchers, educators, mental health advocates, policy makers, administrators, and therapists have a forum to advance the treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder and other trauma-related syndromes.

DID training and Treatment

The Trauma Institute of Virginia is a multifaceted clinic devoted to the training and treatment of trauma. At our center, we provide treatment to adults who were abused as children. We also train therapists how to understand the effects of early childhood trauma, later childhood trauma, and neglect on the personality of the abused or neglected adult.

We teach therapists the process of treating trauma from the beginning of treatment through termination for all levels of trauma, from a one-incident trauma to Dissociative Identity Disorder.

Dissociative Identity Disorder is a trauma-induced condition that seriously impairs daily functioning and, at its worst, places all individuals at increased risk of suicide.

The Trauma Institute of Virginia promotes a collaborative community where researchers, educators, mental health advocates, policymakers, administrators, and therapists have a forum to advance the treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder and other trauma-related syndromes.

To find out more about our professional development courses for trauma therapists or our treatment programs for individuals with DID and Complex Trauma, please contact our Director.

Learn How to Treat trauma-related issues
from PTSD to Dissociative Identity Disorder

The Institute provides educational programs that nurture the training of practitioners who are currently in the field. It also provides a place where professionals coming into the field can develop the therapeutic skills to treat complex trauma-related conditions.

We would like to invite you to join us in a new initiative to improve the diagnosis and treatment of trauma-related pathologies. As a member of the community of mental health professionals, we encourage you to sign up for our program alerts and community information. You will become part of a new consortium aimed at encouraging cooperation and coordination between therapists and other behavioral health care providers.

When you join, you will gain access to valuable commentary, professional speaking events, and a comprehensive community calendar—all designed to promote more interaction between those committed to care for the victims of traumatic life events. From PTSD to Dissociative Disorders, together we can share our knowledge to improve outcomes for those who come to us to repair their lives.

Contact us for more information. Based in Charlottesville, Virginia, our programs are available to clients around the world.

Course Offerings and Programs

The Institute’s core curriculum is a series of four ten-session modules devoted to providing therapists trained in EMDR with progressively greater understanding and confidence in treating clients who are victims of extreme neglect or abuse. This coursework involves not only in-depth trainings on the intricacies of treating DID and Complex Trauma, but also personal supervision through extensive case discussions by participants.

The sessions are delivered via webinar at specific dates and time to provide a richer, discussion-based learning environment. However, participants have access to the materials in the event they cannot attend the live presentation. (See our Registration Page for details)

In addition to courses, the Institute offers an EMDR Supervision program for practicing professionals who want to maintain their skills at a high level. The institute also has programs to provide Supervision for MSWs working toward licensure. For more information on EMDR Supervision or MSW Supervision, contact


Participating in Onnie's class has been invaluable to me. It has taken my trauma therapy to a new level. I'm now using her method exclusively with my EMDR clients. Working with the parts first, by identifying their individual wounds, adds a new dimension to this work. I have found that my client's are able to integrate the work we do without becoming overwhelmed when using this process. It is not only a more thorough approach than traditional EMDR, it is much gentler as well. A win-win combination. I am already able to see how this work is having an empowering and transformative effect on my client's day-to-day lives.

-- Cindy Stegmeier, LPC

Onnie’s creative, comprehensive methodology covers all phases of the therapeutic process for working with a full range of trauma clients and dissociative disorders. I especially appreciate the weaving together of EMDR with resourcing, parts work and the conference room. The approach is applicable to a full range of trauma clients and dissociative disorders. The training has been directly applicable to my work with trauma clients. Onnie’s openness to working with participants' client cases has been very helpful in regard to how to employ her approach.

-- James Yates, Ph.D.

Being in Onnie’s class has been delightful. Her lectures and case studies are highly informative and educational. Onnie’s professional grasp of how to treat DID is all-encompassing. Her enthusiasm and love of her clients and her work is infectious. I certainly feel less intimidated and less uncertain about DID clients and what is involved in helping them. She was open to any questions and gave wonderful examples to make things real and accessible. It’s a wonderful class!

-- Betsy Cochran, LPC

Learning about Dissociative Identity Disorder from Onnie Baldwin has been a career-enhancing experience. Much like Bessel van der Kolk‎, she has the unique ability to make complex material extremely accessible. Her perspective on the neurological effects of trauma opened my eyes to a whole new way to approach my clients’ problems. At the same time, I learned how to apply my EMDR training to cases beyond PTSD and Complex Trauma. I recommend this course to any trauma therapists that have been aching to find more effective therapeutic techniques with which to help their clients.

-- Chris Nufer, MA, LMHC

Posts From The Institute

When Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder, What Do You Do First?

One of the toughest challenges therapists face when they begin to work with clients who are DID is deciding where to begin. The first thing you want to do after you’ve assessed and diagnosed them is to carefully explain the concept of “parts” and the physiological mechanisms that create them. I say carefully because it…

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