Letter From The President

Welcome to 2019: Thoughts for the Next Decade

Christine Forner, BA, BSW, MSW

Hello ISSTD Members,

I welcome everyone to our first newsletter of 2019. I cannot convey enough how honoured I am to be leading this amazing organization into the next decade. This will be my ninth year as a board member. I have been able to watch this society go through some tough times, witness some growing pains and reach a place of pleasant stability.

I often reflect on what got me and us here. One thing that is clear to me is that we are all leaders, shakers and pleasant rebels. I, as many of you will know, have spent a career fighting for the truth to be known. I have spent endless hours explaining and debating the merits and truths of dissociation. I have been told and accused many times of being wrong. I am okay with this. Examining whether I am wrong or not has made me a better clinician. I have been made to check to see if what I am doing is causing harm or not. In this critical examination I have had to check in with myself, and others in the field. With this deep investigation I know that what I do and what the ISSTD does is benefiting the human condition. We are breaking ground all the time. We are challenging the status quo. I would encourage all areas of mental health to analyze themselves with the same intensity as they analyze us.

There is a pride that comes with the deep investigation, as we continue to find evidence that supports what we see, hear, witness and experience in our offices and in our research. The people we serve are not bad, broken or deviant. They are humans who are doing the human thing as best as they can, with what they know. This pride is a tangible feeling that has been the hallmark of my experience within the ISSTD. Thank you for allowing me the privilege to lead the most amazing group of humans I have ever met.
I am excited about the new members to the Board. We have a lot of individuals who bring with them a vast amount of experience and leadership skills. By having several individuals from the UK, Australia, South Africa and Canada, the board is expanding and diversifying. I am excited about where this particular Board will lead us in the years to come.

This year one of our largest focuses will be on communication and inclusion. We are in the process of examining how to improve communication amongst our members, committees, SIGS, component groups and the Board. Expect to see information that helps us communicate to you in a more efficient manner.

The ISSTD is growing. I am happy to say that we have stabilized for quite some time now. In this year of growth we are launching a new website, adding in regional conferences to areas that we have not been before within the US and traveling to New Zealand. We are continuing our relationship with the ESTD by highlighting their conference in Rome in the fall and we are also pleased to have an ESTD representative join us in New York.

I look forward to hearing from many of you.

Warmly,
Christine

News You Can Use

News You Can Use

Kate McMaugh, Editor, ISSTD News

ISSTD Member authors two new Chapters on Trauma and Addiction

ISSTD Member Ericha Scott, PhD, has just published two book chapters in the integrative medicine text: Integrative Addiction and Recovery, edited by Shahla Modir and George Munoz.

Ericha, who has previously had her creative works published in ISSTD News Creative Space, writes – as lead author – one chapter entitled Three Dynamic Healing Modalities for the Treatment of Substance Use and Co-Occurring Disorders: Aromatherapy, Equine Therapy and Creative Arts Therapies. The chapter introduces three widely divergent treatments that have been found to be useful by culturally disparate clinical populations.

She contributes a further subchapter regarding the application of creative arts therapies in the treatment of addiction and trauma: Creative Arts Therapies: An integrative modality for addiction and trauma treatment. This focusses on a case study of a man who had a history of multiple overdoses, suicide attempts, self-mutilation, extreme piercings and near death experiences. The case is presented through his art, poetry and journal writing.

In addition Ericha is the lead author of an additional chapter with Munoz: Integrative approaches to healing in the treatment of addictive behaviors. This chapter reviews the historical problems treating addiction when it has been misperceived by the medical profession as a moral problem versus an illness. The problems of primary and secondary medical issues are addressed, which includes addressing trauma, as well as fostering emotional wellness and spirituality.

Integrative Addiction and Recovery comprehensively covers a wide variety of holistic and conventional approaches to the treatment of substance abuse and behavioral addictions, including substance abuse, trauma, food addiction, gambling and shopping. Relapse prevention strategies are also explored. The book is available from Amazon. Remember to use Amazon Smiles to raise money for ISSTD!

Welcome ISSTD’s New Members in January!

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERS
Nicole Fraine
Anita McLean
Patricia Preston
Christena Beintema
Natalee Popadiuk
Vicki Vopni
Rosaleen McElvaney
Olga Klauber
Carisa Authier
Frances Christian
Debra Eisenberg
Melissa Engle
Kim Frankln
Judith Becker Greenwald
Bethany Holder
Jennifer Joseph
Jennifer Naddell
Sarah Perkins
Rawna Romero
Nancy Rubbico
Nicole Schild
Carolyn Sharp
Julie Shewman
Tabitha Webster
Shalini Anant
Sukanya Ray
Mamatha Shetty
Kari Kokko
Mary Renwick
Emily Christensen
Laura Dawson-Fend
Christie Eastman
Goldy Gorelick
Doreen Hardy
Kathy Macchi
Stephanie Mattei
Carole Pasahow
Patricia Quinn
Marjorie Sita
EMERGING PROFESSIONAL MEMBERS
Joselito Libres
Myriam Morissette
Grace Soo
Nicole Black
Sara Klco
Lynn Price
Trina Trotter-Nussbaum
Funda Yilmaz
Sara Rourke
Allison Christie
STUDENT MEMBERS
Sandra Enck-Emmanouilides
Holly Fisher
Nikolai Pavlov
Courtney Bennett
Connie Fazzio
April Reyes
Valerie Stacy

Do You Have News ISSTD Members Can Use?
We need your help to make NYCU a great feature, full of news and connecting us all!

Do you have a book or book chapter coming out that you wish to share? Have you received an award for your work in the field? Have you been part of developing a new website or training course? Have you had a chance to develop something creative and unique that you wish to share with others in the field? If so, we want to hear from you! Don’t be shy, submit your news to us so that we can share with other members. (Please be aware: we do not offer book reviews, but a chance to share with others that your book has been published.)

Submission Deadline: 20th of the month
Send to ISSTD Editor, Kate McMaugh: katemcmaughpsychology@gmail.com

Clinical E-Journal

JTD & Frontiers Table of Contents (January 2019)

Journal of Trauma & Dissociation

Check out the entire library online of the Journal of Trauma & Dissociation – your member benefit – now!

Table of Contents
Volume 20, Issue 1
Volume 19, Issue 2
Volume 19, Issue 3
Volume 19, Issue 4
Volume 19, Issue 5

Are you interested in auto publication alerts?
To set up a quick and each way to get a ‘new content alerts’ for JTD, go to the JTD page at Taylor & Francis and click the ‘Alert me’ button under the graphic of the JTD.

For full access to the entire library of the Journal of Trauma & Dissociation (your member benefit) visit the Member’s Only section of the ISSTD website and log in with your member username & password. Need help to access? Call ISSTD Headquarters at 202-803-6332, or email info@isst-d.org for assistance.

Frontiers in the Psychotherapy of Trauma & Dissociation

Table of Contents

2019

  • Editorial: How are Memories of Entrapment in Abuse Born? (Andreas Laddis, MD)
  • Commentary: Therapeutic Neutrality, Ritual Abuse, and Maladaptive Daydreaming (Alison Miller, PhD)
  • Rejoinder: Maladaptive Daydreaming and Therapeutic Neutrality (Colin a Ross, MD)
  • Commentary: On Dissociative Identity Disorder and Maladaptive Daydreaming (Eli Somer, PhD)
  • Rejoinder: Maladaptive Daydreaming and Dissociation: Both a Continuum and a Taxon (Colin A Ross, MD)
  • Commentary: Understanding Reports of Satanic Ritual Abuse (Warwick Middleton, MB, BS, FRANZCP, MD)
  • Commentary: Truth and Neutrality in the Treatment of Extreme Abuse (Michael Salter, PhD)

2018

  • From Proximity Seeking to Relationship Seeking: Working Towards Separation from the “Scaregivers” (Orit Badouk Epstein)
  • The Relationship of Mental Telepathy to Trauma and Dissociation (Sharon K Farber, PhD)
  • A Simple Algorithm for Medication of Patients with Complex Trauma-Related Disorder (Andreas Laddis, MD)
  • Healing Emotional Affective Responses to Trauma (HEART): A Christian Model of Working with Trauma (Benjamin B Keyes, PhD, EdD)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) in Complex Trauma and Dissociation: Reflections on Safety, Efficacy and the Need for Adapting Procedures (Anabel González, MD, PhD)
  • Cross-Cultural Trauma Work With a Tribal Missionary: A Case Study (Heather Davediuk Gingrich, PhD)
  • The Potential Relevance of Maladaptive Daydreaming in the Treatment of Dissociative Disorder in Persons with Ritual Abuse and Complex Inner Worlds (Colin A. Ross, M.D.)
  • Neuroaffective Embodied Self Therapy (NEST): An Integrative Approach to Case Formulation and EMDR Treatment Planning for Complex Cases (Sandra L. Paulsen, Ph.D.)
  • The Case of the Shaking Legs: Somatoform Dissociation and Spiritual Struggles (Alfonso Martinez-Taboas, Ph.D.)
  • Treatment Outcomes Across Ten Months of Combined Inpatient and Outpatient Treatment In a Traumatized and Dissociative Patient Group (Colin A. Ross, M.D., Caitlin Goode, M.S., and Elizabeth Schroeder, B.A.)
  • Maladaptive Daydreaming: Ontological Analysis, Treatment Rationale; a Pilot Case Report (Eli Somer, Ph.D.)

2017

  • Editorial: How Close Encounters of the Completely Unanticipated Kind Led Me to Becoming Co-Editor of Frontiers (A. Steven Frankel, Ph.D., J.D.)
  • Editorial: Sources for Psychotherapy’s Improvement and Criteria for Psychotherapy’s Efficacy (Andreas Laddis, M.D.)
  • Trying to Keep It Real: My Experience in Developing Clinical Approaches to the Treatment of DID (Richard P. Kluft, M.D., Ph.D.)
  • Expanding our Toolkit through Collaboration: DIR/Floortime and Dissociation-Informed Trauma Therapy for Children (Joyanna Silberg, Ph.D. and Chevy Schwartz Lapin, MA)
  • From Passion to Action: A Synopsis of the Theory and Practice of Enactive Trauma Therapy (Ellert R.S. Nijenhuis, Ph.D.)

Please note that Frontiers has moved to the Member Resources area of ISSTDWorld. You must be logged in as a member in order to view the articles. To access please log in to isstdworld.isst-d.org using your member credentials. Once you are logged in, click on the Member Resources tab in the navigation bar at the top of the page. The archive will be located under the Publications section of this page. For questions or assistance please contact ISSTD Headquarters at info@isst-d.org

2019 Annual Conference

2019 Annual Conference – Social Events

The ISSTD 36th Annual International Conference is less than two months away! Take a look at all of the exciting social events available for conference attendees to network and recharge from all of the incredible training opportunities.

Friday, 29 March 2019

New Attendee Orientation
Join ISSTD luminaries and board members for a quick debrief on how to make the most of your first ISSTD Conference! Been to a conference before? Feel free to join us to connect with new attendees and learn about what’s new at the conference this year!

Create & Connect
Join the Creative Arts Therapy SIG for a special night of painting and networking! Create your own memento of the conference to take home with you, or donate your artwork to ISSTD’s silent auction, allowing us to continue to offer incredible trauma training. Additional registration fee applies.

Saturday, 30 March 2019

Student and Emerging Professional Lunch
Calling all students and emerging professionals! The Student and Emerging Professional Committee invites you to learn more about new opportunities to become involved in ISSTD and network with distinguished ISSTD members. ISSTD Luminaries will share their experiences in the industry and answer your questions. Lunch will be provided, RSVP required.

President’s Reception
Enjoy networking with your fellow conference participants at the President’s Reception (one drink ticket included in multi-day registrations). Following the reception, head out on the town and enjoy everything NYC has to offer, including the Broadway Tickets available as part of registration!

Broadway Show
Join conference attendees as we go see Come From Away. Come From Away is based on the true story of when the isolated community of Gander, Newfoundland played host to the world. What started as an average day in a small town turned in to an international sleep-over when 38 planes, carrying thousands of people from across the globe, were diverted to Gander’s air strip on September 11, 2001. Undaunted by culture clashes and language barriers, the people of Gander cheered the stranded travelers with music, an open bar and the recognition that we’re all part of a global family. Limited number of tickets available. Additional registration fee applies.

Sunday, 31 March 2019

Special Interest Group Breakfasts
Start the day off on Sunday by learning about the latest goings on with each of ISSTD’s Special Interest Groups! (Child & Adolescent, Creative Art Therapies, Ritual Abuse Mind Control Organized Abuse, Transitional Aged Youth, Vicarious Trauma and Self Care)

Annual Awards Luncheon
Join us for lunch on Sunday as we recognize our 2019 Annual Award Winners! Included in all multi-day registrations.

Please email info@isst-d.org for any questions.

 

Special Interest Groups

Introducing our brand-new Vicarious Trauma SIG

Kate McMaugh, Editor, ISSTD News

Irina, who has established the Vicarious Trauma SIG

Vicarious Trauma, the therapists’ traumatic stress reaction when hearing their clients’ trauma stories was described in professional literature by McCann and Pearlman during the 1990’s. However, we have long used a range of words to describe this reaction, including secondary trauma, compassion fatigue and even plain old “burn out”.

Whatever we call it, most of us have been touched by it at some stage of our therapeutic career. For me it begins to nudge me each December, just before I am due to take an annual holiday. Occasionally it pops up at other times to remind me my caseload is too big and that I need to make more time for self-care.

Perhaps those of us who work with complex trauma and dissociative disorders are particularly vulnerable, for it is well-accepted that clients with dissociative disorders tend to be among the most severely traumatised clients. Hernandez-Wolfe and colleagues maintain we are vulnerable to trauma transmission due to the empathic bond we form with our clients, the very bond that enables us to bear witness to the horrific stories of our clients. In addition, therapists working with dissociative disorders often work somewhat on the ‘outer’ of mainstream mental health services and may experience interactions with colleagues who doubt the validity and efficacy of our work, which adds to the stress of the work.

Like therapists in all areas of mental health, we are most vulnerable when we have stress in our personal lives, lack supportive networks, or if we have a background of trauma ourselves. Supervision and case consultation are enormously helpful, as is making time for self care such as exercise, spiritual practice and rest.

Even though there has been research investigating many aspects of vicarious trauma, our day to day awareness of it is still relatively new. Many of us find that the agencies we work for are also ill-equipped to deal with and prevent vicarious trauma. The rate of burnout in our profession suggests that we, as therapists, are not adequately equipped to deal with this issue. Interestingly, when I perused the many therapy books on my shelf, very few of those dealing with complex trauma and dissociation had sections on vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, burn out, or preventing and managing these.

It is fitting, then, that ISSTD is launching a new Vicarious Trauma SIG. The Vicarious Trauma and Self-Care SIG seeks to create an open forum for ISSTD members to discuss, share, learn, practice and research about:

  • the impact of clinical work with trauma on their personal selves;
  • strategies, tools, & protocols to protect and sustain one’s self in the long-term career of a trauma professional; and
  • the SIG will also work on raising awareness of and attention to the vicarious trauma in our clinical/research field.

The SIG has been started by ISSTD Member Irina Diyankova. Irina is a therapist based in Knoxville, TN. Irina works with complex and developmental trauma survivors in her private practice. She also leads continuing education workshops on the use of yoga in the treatment of trauma for Vyne Education and PESI.

Irina felt inspired to set up the SIG after dealing with her own struggles to balance clinical trauma work with the rest of her life and finding little systemic support for self-care and vicarious trauma prevention in different professional organizations and agencies. Having to find different supports and tools to remedy the negative impact of the trauma work on her own, Irina always wanted to have community to address this issue. After having conversations with several ISSTD members during 2018 conference and receiving their enthusiastic support, the SIG was born.

The SIG is very new with a small number of members, but the group is enthusiastic and keen to welcome new members. The group also needs a Secretary and welcomes applications for this position.

As this is a new SIG there is space for the scope and mission of the group to evolve as it gains in membership and is shaped by members’ specific interests. If interested in joining, please contact:
Irina V Diyankova, Ph.D: dririnadiyankova@gmail.com

More about ISSTD Special Interest Groups:
ISSTD Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are open to all ISSTD Members who have specific interest in certain areas of the field. ISSTD SIGs have been developed by members for members, and are geared to provide ISSTD members with particular in-depth interest in certain areas related to trauma and dissociation. There are five currently active Special Interest Groups:

  • Child and Adolescent Special Interest Group (C&A SIG)
  • Creative Art Therapies Special Interest Group (CAT SIG)
  • Ritual Abuse Mind Control Organized Abuse Special Interest Group (RAMCOA SIG)
  • Transitional Age Youth Special Interest Group (TAY SIG)
  • Vicarious Trauma Special Interest Group

For more information contact info@isst-d.org

References
Hernandez-Wolfe, P, Killian, K, Engstrom, D & Gangsei, D (2014). Vicarious Resilience, Vicarious Trauma, and Awareness of Equity in Trauma Work. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, May 2014, 1–20.

McCann, L & Pearlman, L (1990) Vicarious traumatization: A framework for understanding the psychological effects of working with victims, Journal of Traumatic Stress, 3(1), pp 131–149.

Creative Space

Creative Space

Noula Diamantopoulos, Curator

The Arts chose me at the age of 37 when she compelled me to leave a career as an international tax advisor. I was completing my second degree, this one in law, when the calling came and I dropped out with 1 year to go and started a career in the arts. I still don’t understand it, but here I am 23 years later, art making, creator of many different types of workshops, therapist, coach, author and at the beginning of a new chapter in my life once more. More about that later.

I am writing this about myself as a way of connecting with you, the reader. I don’t want to remain anonymous or known as that person who curates the Creative Space column you are reading.

The intention behind this column is to create a space of belonging through the lens of our creative practice lenses. Engaging in art-making practices is our personal prescription to healing self and others. I invite you to engage with me via email ilove@nouladiamantopoulos.com and send through anything which is part of your creative practice, that you feel I can publish.

This issue is a CALL AND RESPONSE contribution. I asked Dr Jan Ewing to respond to the wonderous and magical pottery creations of Rosita Cortizo entitled Earth, Water, Air.

And the poetry of Dr Jan Ewing in response to Rosita’s Earth Water Air.

Misshapen
Inside and out
You moulded me
With pain

Mistreated
Day in and out
You left behind
Your stain

Survival
In silence I shout
My shape I will
Retain

Jan Ewing

Its your turn now!

Do you write poetry or prose? Do you paint or doodle? Collage or anything else?

I would like to keep this thread going for the next edition and invite you too, to respond to Rosita’s art work in any way you wish and send me your contribution directly to my email as above.

Until next time
Keep inspired!
Noula Diamantopoulos

Committee Spotlight

Website Committee

D Michael Coy, MA, LICSW, ISSTD Treasurer and Webmaster

D Michael Coy, MA, LICSW, ISSTD Treasurer and Webmaster

We’re making great progress on the new website. What a project it has been! Hot off the presses, here are some updates:

  1. ISSTDWorld has been up and running since October 2018, and, even with the learning curve, it has really taken off. It offers opportunities for creating community within ISSTD that previously were beyond our grasp, as well as a brand new, public-facing Therapist and Treatment Facility Finder.
  2. During 2018, ISSTD’s various committees collaborated with Executive Director Mary Pat Hanlin, Program Manager Bethany Bjur, and the Webmaster (me) to overhaul pages from our existing site that fall within their focus. A small workgroup was then convened by me, which consisted of Student and Emerging Professionals (SEP) members Rachel Friedman and Shelley Hua, to ensure consistency in language usage, punctuation, etc., prior to the material making its way to the new site.
  3. SEP leadership is working to refresh the existing list of academic supervisors with a complex trauma/dissociation focus. This is a wonderful development, as, currently, this list is nearly impossible to locate. It will be featured prominently on the new site.
  4. The new site’s webpage templates were developed by HQ Staff and me in collaboration with the creative staff over the course of a couple of months during mid-2018, and the proofs were approved by the Board later in the year. The creative team is now in full swing creating the website; we actually have the ‘skeleton’ of the test website (it’s not yet ‘ready for prime time’) with some working links. Soon, we’ll begin to transfer material from our existing site to the new one.
  5. We’re refreshing our logo and color scheme, and they really are something to behold! As we moved more deeply into website development, it became increasingly apparent to us that something did not feel quite right. We realized that the new site needed something…so, we began to experiment with our existing logo and colors, and we found something that remains true to who we are—and also looks forward to where we’re going—as an organization.

We’re still on schedule for an initial rollout of the new site in March 2019, just in time for our 36th Annual Conference in New York, though we will continue to add features, such as an expanded resource area for the general public, throughout 2019.

Stay tuned for more as the official rollout nears!

Regional Conferences

Introducing our Plenary Speakers for the ISSTD Regional Conference: Christchurch (Otautahi), New Zealand

Kate McMaugh, Editor, ISSTD News

River Avon, Christchurch, New Zealand (photo courtesy of shutterstock)

This year ISSTD is pleased to offer an exciting regional conference in one of the most beautiful locations in theworld, the South Island of New Zealand.

This is a bi-national regional conference co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia. To be held from November 22nd-24th, 2019, this will be ISSTD’s first ever conference in New Zealand. Both New Zealand and Australia are at the forefront of some exciting developments in the research and treatment of complex trauma and dissociative disorders, as well as being highly active within ISSTD itself.

We have some exciting local and international presenters as plenary speakers.

Kathy Steele
Kathy Steele, MN, CS is well known to many of us as the lead author of one of the most comprehensive treatment guides available for Dissociative Disorders: Treating Trauma-Related Dissociation: A Practical Integrative Approach, which she co-authors with Suzette Boon and Onno Van Der Hart. In addition to this, she has co-authored Coping with Trauma-Related Dissociation, a very handy skills-based training manual for therapists and clients alike. She is also a co-author of The Haunted Self. Few therapists working with dissociative disorders would want to be without these wonderful books. Kathy has also published numerous journal articles and book chapters.

Throughout all this, Kathy has remained grounded in clinical practice, having been in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia for over three decades, specializing in the treatment of complex trauma, dissociation, attachment difficulties, and the challenges of complicated therapies.

She is an adjunct faculty at Emory University, and a Fellow and past President of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. Kathy teaches internationally and consults with individuals, groups, and trauma programs. She has received a number of awards for her work. Kathy is also a wonderful trainer and has presented many workshops and webinars for ISSTD. Anyone who has been at her training or read her writings will attest to her grounded compassion for traumatised individuals as well as her sophisticated grasp of research and theory. We are indeed privileged to have her come to New Zealand.

Christine Forner
Christine Forner (B.A., B.S.W., M.S.W., Registered Social Worker) is another plenary speaker visiting from the northern hemisphere. Canadian-based Christine is current President of ISSTD and we are excited that she is able to join us in Christchurch.

Christine has over twenty years of working with individuals with Trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders, Traumatic Dissociation, Developmental Trauma and Dissociative Disorders. She has specialized training in EMDR, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Psychotherapeutic Meditation techniques, Neurofeedback and Havening.

Christine teaches locally and at an international level on the issues of dissociation, complex trauma, and the intersection of dissociation and mindfulness. Christine has a special interest in mindfulness and meditation and is the author of Dissociation, Mindfulness and Creative Meditations: Trauma informed practices to facilitate growth (Routledge, 2017).

Christine has a special interest in supporting students and emerging professionals and has been instrumental in supporting both these groups within ISSTD. She established the Student and Emerging Professionals Committee of ISSTD and is the developer and lead presenter of Dissociation 101, an introductory course in dissociative disorders. She will co-present this important course with Australian researcher, Mary-Anne Kate, PhD, as part of the Christchurch conference. Christine’s warmth and enthusiasm are legendary, and she is another ‘visitor’ to our region that we feel has a great deal of exciting ideas and knowledge to share.

Michael Salter
Michael Salter (PhD) is an Associate Professor in Criminology and Scientia Fellow at the University of New South Wales, where he specialises in the study of child sexual exploitation and violence against women. A/Prof Salter is the author of two books, “Organised Sexual Abuse” (Routledge 2013) and “Crime, Justice and Social Media” (Routledge 2017), and numerous papers on violence against children and women. Current research projects include a national study of: parental involvement in the production of child exploitation material; service provision for women with complex trauma; an evaluation of treatment approaches for sibling sexual abuse; and a survey of gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer men’s experiences of intimate partner violence and sexual assault.

Dr Salter is a Board member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD). Michael brings with him a broad perspective, grounded in public health, criminology and gender studies. He has a research interest in organised abuse and is an active member of the Society’s Ritual Abuse, Mind Control and Organised Abuse (RAMCOA) Special Interest Group (SIG) and is past Chair of that group. He is a member of the ISSTD Scientific Committee, and he was the recipient of the 2018 ISSTD Morton Prince Award for Scientific Achievement. Michael also has an interest in the public health implications of complex trauma and dissociative disorders and co-chairs an ISSTD task force in this area.

Michael is an interesting and accomplished speaker, able to bring together the diverse threads of clinical practice, public health policy and criminology in an unforgettable manner. Like all the other plenary speakers, his work remains grounded in, and inspired by, his compassion for survivors.

Martin Dorahy
Our truly local presenter, Martin Dorahy (D.Clin.Psych, PhD), is able to stake a claim in both regions of this bi-national regional conference, being Australian by birth, but long term based in New Zealand, where he is currently a Professor of Psychology at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch.

Martin is well known within ISSTD as Past President and a Fellow of the Society. Martin remains extensively involved in many committees of ISSTD and is also an enthusiastic collaborator with our ‘cousin organisation’, the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation (ESTD).

Martin has published extensively in the area of trauma and dissociation. He has co-edited five books including: Psychosis, Trauma and Dissociation; Traumatic Dissociation: Neurobiology and Treatment; and The Abused and the Abuser : Victim-Perpetrator Dynamics. He has written numerous book chapters and journal articles and heads a range of research projects. Martin is well known for his interest in shame and self-conscious emotions. Like other presenters, he continues to be involved in clinical practice and clinical supervision.

At the conference Martin will present an overview of recent research about three central features of DID: voices, shame and inter-identity amnesia. Those who have heard Martin present before will attest to his ability to succinctly overview diverse areas of research, demonstrate their inter-relatedness and highlight areas for future study. We look forward to hearing him speak.

Christchurch, and its beautiful surrounds, awaits you (photo courtesy of Shutterstock)

We invite you all to join us in beautiful Otautahi (Christchurch), New Zealand, to hear these speakers, and others, across three days of conference and pre-conference workshops. The conference website will be live in February and we invite you to check it out and register with our affordable early bird rates.

Letter From The President

A Holiday Message from ISSTD

Kevin Connors, MS, MFT

Greetings ISSTD Members,

2018 has been an eventful year. Outstanding steps were taken towards meeting our Mission: “To advance clinical, scientific, and societal understanding about the prevalence and consequences of chronic trauma and dissociation.” I would like to share some of them with you and to acknowledge all the hard work done by our volunteers.

Your Board worked diligently to develop our Strategic Plan, informing and guiding our steps through 2018 and into 2019. We set important and impressive goals and have worked hard to realize them and I am confident that these goals will continue to be met.

In authorizing financial support for the ground breaking research of Simone Reinders and her team, we began to fulfill the promise of the Education and Research Fund (formerly known as the Development Fund). Some of the results of her work can be found in this article.

The Directors of our Professional Training Program took steps to stabilize their leadership for the next few years with Sandra Bouabjian as the Chair-Elect. Joan Turkus, Su Baker and others have worked hard to sharpen the focus of the classes; restructuring and renaming the adult courses to improve the scheduling and ability to deliver these classes.

Our clinical e-journal, Frontiers in the Psychotherapy of Trauma & Dissociation, continued to grow under the careful guidance of Andreas Laddis (and in the first half of the year Steve Frankel). Andreas continues as editor, maintaining a positive publication schedule. He will be adding an editorial assistant to his team in the near future. He hopes to bring our publication even more into the mainstream by utilizing DOI locators assigned to each article thereby making online searches for cutting edge information on trauma and dissociation that much more accessible. Steve will be moving on to new adventures.

Marilyn Korzekwa and her team developed a schedule of Webinars featuring some of ISSTD’s best and brightest. This past year, Marilyn recruited presentations from child and adolescent experts, from our RAMCOA Special Interest Group, and many others. Marilyn and her team have already lined up an outstanding selection of presentations for 2019 and again we are offering the Annual Pass they introduced this year so you can catch them all. You can check out the 2019 Webinar Schedule here and sign up for the Full-Year Webinar Pass here.

Treasurer D. Michael Coy, Jennifer Madere, President-Elect Christine Forner, Past President Lynette Danylchuk, Rochelle Sharpe-Lohrasbe, Marilyn Korzekwa and Gary Peterson have toiled intensely over many months in the continuing development of what will become an EMDRIA-accredited basic training in EMDR therapy that incorporates fundamental dissociative principles in line with ISSTD-endorsed treatment guidelines. This ISSTD EMDR Therapy Training Task Group will conclude its work in 2019, at which point the training will be submitted to EMDRIA for review/approval, and ultimately will be offered as a brand-new training opportunity from ISSTD in 2020.

In June, September, and October, we were able to organize and run four Regional Conferences flung across the globe from Chester, UK to Hobart, Australia; from New York, New York to San Francisco, California. Plans are already in the works for 2019, with a Regional Conference in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Our Communications and Marketing Committee, under the careful direction of Secretary Bob Slater, took significant steps to make the general public more aware of ISSTD and of the impact of trauma and dissociation on peoples’ lives through two very important activities. First, our Social Media Subcommittee has steadfastly found interesting articles and posts; sharing them on ISSTD social media pages. Accordingly, the number of followers we have on our various social media platforms has grown astronomically. Second, Bob heads our Rapid Response Team. Supported by Board Members Michael Salter and Christine Forner, together they craft important educational press releases, informing the public of the psychological and emotional aspects of key current events.

Last month’s message focused on the important and groundbreaking work of Board Members Heather Hall and Michael Salter, and the Public Health Task Force, as they push us to look beyond the consultation clinic and beyond the classroom in seeking to have a greater role in responding to trauma and dissociative disorders.

The Membership Committee spearheaded by Warwick Middleton and Abigail Percifield has helped us turn an important corner. Addressing critical issues to grow our ranks they have succeeded this year in building a steady increase in membership numbers in almost all categories. Working hard to engage new members and to help them access the many benefits of membership has paid royal dividends. Their work is augmented by the efforts of the ISSTD News Editor, Kate McMaugh. Since taking the helm, Kate has managed to produce or procure interesting articles every month on a consistent basis. Her ability to corral and coax articles from numerous authors and keep the ISSTD News coming out on deadline is astonishing.

The Annual Conference Committee has also worked diligently and dutifully. The 2019 World Congress on Trauma: Research | Intervention | Innovation promises to be one of the finest learning experiences and networking events in our history. The opportunity to meet in New York City with such a global collection of experts and thought leaders is not to be missed. Garrett Deckel has brought an entirely new aspect to the conference schedule by organizing a whole day track dedicated to training psychiatric residents and interns on recognizing and understanding dissociation and dissociative disorders. Hopefully, we will continue to educate health care professionals and ultimately first responders, helping them identify trauma survivors and being able to respond with more effective interventions. Check out the conference line-up and register for this important event here.

The success of these and so many other ISSTD projects could not have been accomplished without the tireless and extraordinary efforts of our Interel Staff, Executive Director Mary Pat Hanlin and Program Manager Bethany Bjur. They give much of their time and energy to helping us fulfill our Mission and Vision.

Your ISSTD Board of Directors keeps careful watch over all of these myriad and diverse activities. This year we are sad to see Paula Thomson and Joan Haliburn leave the Board as they complete their terms. Dana Ross has also needed to step away from Board responsibilities to focus on other pressing projects. If you run into them in New York at the Annual Conference, please be sure to thank them for all their hard work and dedication.

We will see other changes. Martin Dorahy completes his term as Immediate Past President and will get a chance to rest after many years of weekly meetings with the Executive Committee. His gentle and careful leadership has served ISSTD so well. Also leaving the Executive Committee is Secretary Bob Slater. Bob has done so much to put a public face to ISSTD with organizing and speaking for the Society as we developed videos about critical issues and insights that ISSTD can offer.

The Board will experience fresh ideas and insights from new Directors Rosita Cortizo, Valerie Sinason and Tally Tripp. Their energy and enthusiasm combined with a globally conscious awareness will greatly benefit our Society. We are also fortunate to have Peter Maves and Rick Hohfeler returning to share their wisdom.

The Executive Committee will also be undergoing changes. Christa Kruger from South Africa joins us as the President-Elect in 2019 and Lisa Danylchuk steps into her new role as ISSTD Secretary. Christine Forner will take over as President to guide ISSTD forward.

I invite and encourage you to make 2019 the year you consider contributing to ISSTD through serving on one of our committees, or by becoming an officer of our Society.

There is one more important change to share with you. Life has ways of altering plans and realigning one’s priorities. I am called to meet personal challenges brought about by health issues within my family. Needing to meet those challenges I am fortunate to be offered an exciting opportunity to take a position with a local university developing an institute on treating and studying trauma and dissociation. The chance to influence the education of so many students, to bring knowledge and awareness of complex trauma and dissociative disorders into an academic setting is a lifetime dream for me. Alas, to take on this role and to address family obligations I must step away from my duties and position with ISSTD. Serving as your President this past year has been among the greatest of honors. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of all ISSTD stands for.

I am in awe of what we all have accomplished. I am excited about how together we might shape the future. Most of all, I am appreciative of the people who make up our Society and what you give each day to helping others and making our world better.

All the best. See you in New York in March.
Kevin Connors, ISSTD President 2018

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JTD & Frontiers Table of Contents (December 2018)

Journal of Trauma & Dissociation

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Table of Contents
Volume 19, Issue 1
Volume 19, Issue 2
Volume 19, Issue 3
Volume 19, Issue 4
Volume 19, Issue 5

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Frontiers in the Psychotherapy of Trauma & Dissociation

Table of Contents

2018

  • From Proximity Seeking to Relationship Seeking: Working Towards Separation from the “Scaregivers” (Orit Badouk Epstein)
  • The Relationship of Mental Telepathy to Trauma and Dissociation (Sharon K Farber, PhD)
  • A Simple Algorithm for Medication of Patients with Complex Trauma-Related Disorder (Andreas Laddis, MD)
  • Healing Emotional Affective Responses to Trauma (HEART): A Christian Model of Working with Trauma (Benjamin B Keyes, PhD, EdD)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) in Complex Trauma and Dissociation: Reflections on Safety, Efficacy and the Need for Adapting Procedures (Anabel González, MD, PhD)
  • Cross-Cultural Trauma Work With a Tribal Missionary: A Case Study (Heather Davediuk Gingrich, PhD)
  • The Potential Relevance of Maladaptive Daydreaming in the Treatment of Dissociative Disorder in Persons with Ritual Abuse and Complex Inner Worlds (Colin A. Ross, M.D.)
  • Neuroaffective Embodied Self Therapy (NEST): An Integrative Approach to Case Formulation and EMDR Treatment Planning for Complex Cases (Sandra L. Paulsen, Ph.D.)
  • The Case of the Shaking Legs: Somatoform Dissociation and Spiritual Struggles (Alfonso Martinez-Taboas, Ph.D.)
  • Treatment Outcomes Across Ten Months of Combined Inpatient and Outpatient Treatment In a Traumatized and Dissociative Patient Group (Colin A. Ross, M.D., Caitlin Goode, M.S., and Elizabeth Schroeder, B.A.)
  • Maladaptive Daydreaming: Ontological Analysis, Treatment Rationale; a Pilot Case Report (Eli Somer, Ph.D.)

2017

  • Editorial: How Close Encounters of the Completely Unanticipated Kind Led Me to Becoming Co-Editor of Frontiers (A. Steven Frankel, Ph.D., J.D.)
  • Editorial: Sources for Psychotherapy’s Improvement and Criteria for Psychotherapy’s Efficacy (Andreas Laddis, M.D.)
  • Trying to Keep It Real: My Experience in Developing Clinical Approaches to the Treatment of DID (Richard P. Kluft, M.D., Ph.D.)
  • Expanding our Toolkit through Collaboration: DIR/Floortime and Dissociation-Informed Trauma Therapy for Children (Joyanna Silberg, Ph.D. and Chevy Schwartz Lapin, MA)
  • From Passion to Action: A Synopsis of the Theory and Practice of Enactive Trauma Therapy (Ellert R.S. Nijenhuis, Ph.D.)

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