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Letter From The President

Reflections on our 2019 Annual Conference

Christine Forner, BA, BSW, MSW

Hello My Fellow ISSTD members,

I am recently home from the annual conference and as I write this, the most vivid feeling I am having is that I feel ‘full’. Full of new knowledge, full of hope from the new connections, full of love for each person I met, and full of new curiosity as new perspectives are presented.

For me these conferences are so much more than yearly learning.

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News You Can Use

News You Can Use

Kate McMaugh, Editor, ISSTD News

Psychosis Trauma and Dissociation: Revised second edition
now available

Psychosis Trauma and Dissociation: Evolving Perspectives on Severe Psychopathology is a key text in the field, exploring the complex interface between psychosis, trauma and dissociation. The original edition, no doubt one many of us have on our bookshelves, is now over ten years old and the editors Andrew Moskowitz, Martin Dorahy and Ingo Schafer have updated and expanded the text in this second edition, released this month.

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Clinical E-Journal

JTD & Frontiers Table of Contents (March 2019)

Journal of Trauma & Dissociation

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

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2019 Annual Conference

And More on the 2019 ISSTD Awards

In addition to the awards already discussed, the following Awards were made at the Annual Conference.

Morton Prince Award
The Morton Prince Award is given to an individual who has made outstanding cumulative contributions to research in the area of dissociative disorders. This year’s recipient is Dr Bethany Brand. Bethany, a Professor at Towson University in Maryland, USA, conducts research in four areas: treatment of dissociative disorders (TOP DD studies); methods for distinguishing dissociative disorders from malingering; investigating the trauma vs.

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2019 Annual Conference

ISSTD Annual Awards

Lifetime Achievement Awards

The Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest recognition given to an individual or individuals who have contributed over a generous span of time to the field of dissociation and/or trauma and the ISSTD. This year the award went to Lynette Danylchuk and Ira Brenner.

Dr Lynette S Danylchuk, PhD
Lynette has been working in the trauma field since mid-80, starting with Vietnam Vets and people with DID.

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2019 Annual Conference

2019 Annual Conference Recap: A Story in Pictures

Kate McMaugh, Editor, ISSTD News

(Pictures by Warwick Middleton and Tally Tripp)

The ISSTD 36th Annual Conference in New York covered a wonderful five days, including the pre-conference and main conference as well as post conference workshops.

Attended by almost 600 people, this was the largest annual conference for quite a few years. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. As a first-time attendee, I was touched by the welcome I received from other members.

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Trauma & Dissociation in the News

Organized Abuser Groups’ Use of Supernatural Powers to Intimidate Victims

Dr. Alison Miller, PhD

Humanity’s belief in a God, or gods, and other spiritual powers, is as old as our species. Contestants on Jeopardy produce the names of gods and demons from multiple ancient cultures. Every possible human characteristic is attributed to these divine beings, from goodness and love to malignant hatred to stern judgment and punishment for offenders.

And the idea of these beings watching the lives and behaviors, even thoughts, of lesser beings like ourselves has permeated popular culture to the extent that we even make them up now: Santa Claus, according to the song, “sees you when you’re sleeping.

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Trauma & Dissociation in the News

Abuse Within a Faith Context

Dr. Valerie Sinason, PhD

“Spiritual abuse is the use or misuse of a position of power, leadership or control in which a child or adult is made to feel that they, their families or those they love are doomed in this life and in an after-life if they do not follow unquestioningly what they are asked to say or do”.
– Valerie Sinason and Asha-Kin Aduale June 2008
Safeguarding London Families

On Jan 14th, 2015, I gave a speech at a packed meeting in the House of Commons in London.

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Trauma & Dissociation in the News

The Conviction of Cardinal George Pell: Recognising the Impacts and Implications

Pam Stavropoulos, PhD

The conviction and sentencing of Australian Cardinal and high-ranked Vatican official George Pell for sexual abuse of two 13 year old choirboys in the mid-1990s is generating a tsunami of media report and debate. In stark contrast to the period prior to delivery of the verdict late last year (when a suppression order in relation to his previous trial precluded media reporting of it in Australia) commentary on the conviction and imprisonment of George Pell has, as we now say, `gone viral’.

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Trauma & Dissociation in the News

Dissociative Identities Awareness Day

Kate McMaugh, Editor, ISSTD News

March 5 was Dissociative Identities Awareness Day, also known as DID Awareness Day.

I wonder how many of us knew this? I have to admit this Awareness Day has mostly just passed us by in Australia, where I work. As a therapist who spends most of her week with highly dissociative people, I am rather embarrassed to admit that I was not aware of the day until a few weeks ago.

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