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Letter From The President

Welcome Home Travelers

Kevin Connors, MS, MFT

Gooood Mornnnning ISSTD!

Welcoming in the changes as we move into 2018, I would like to acknowledge all that has been done for us by our former Board members Warwick Middleton, Christa Krüger and Michael Dadson. They leave behind big shoes to fill. Luckily we have a great crop of new Board members in Lisa Danylchuk, Dana Ross, and Michael Salter; bringing with them energy, insights, and fresh ideas.

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Letter From The President

A Holiday Message From Your Presidents – Past, Present, and Future

On Tuesday (New Zealand time) December 12th, the Executive Committee of the ISSTD had its last meeting of the year (barring any emergencies!!). Our Secretary, Bob Slater, had a foot of snow outside his upstate New York office. Christine Forner, our current treasurer and next year’s President-Elect, was hunkered down in Calgary with many layers of clothing on. Our Executive Director, Mary Pat Hanlin, was feeling the chill in Virginia. Kevin Connors, our current President-Elect, was sitting outside in Southern California enjoying the midday winter heat.

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Letter From The President

Reflections and Transistions

Martin Dorahy, PhD

Endings bring the opportunity for reflection, and as 2017 moves to an end, we may each begin to reflect on events and changes over the past 12 months in the world, in our own private and professional lives, and in the ISSTD.

At the full day, in person meeting in March, the Board adopted the idea that in our considerations and deliberations, we need to protect against our enthusiasm clouding our vision and our fear stopping our progress.

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Letter From The President

Fishing and Begging in the Service of ISSTD

Martin Dorahy, PhD

As a younger ISSTD member I fondly remember reading the president’s reports written by Rich Chefetz. Each edition of the newsletter would start with Rich’s piece, that often took us readers on a fishing expedition with him. He used to take us through the trip, helping us understand the art of fishing and the tactics that helped attract the fish to the bait and ‘convinced’ it to bite. But biting is not the end of the story, the angler then has to successfully reel the fish in, delicately working the line to ensure the fish does not get off the hook, get snagged on rocks, or break the line.

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Letter From The President

A Sad Goodbye, An Exciting Hello

Martin Dorahy, PhD

Dear ISSTD Colleagues,

It is with sadness that I communicate to you that Thérèse Clemens, CAE, our beloved Executive Director, has tended her resignation to AMG, the management firm we utilise to assist in running the ISSTD. She will start in a senior role in another management firm closer to her home which gives her exciting new challenges.

Thérèse has been with ISSTD for 10 years, beginning as our Program Manager in 2007 and moving to our Executive Director in 2010.

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Letter From The President

Exploring new ‘Frontiers’ in the treatment of dissociative disorders

Martin J. Dorahy, PhD

Dear ISSTD Colleagues,

We stand on the verge of a historic moment for the ISSTD. Very soon we will launch our long awaited, much anticipated and rigorously toiled-over E-Journal, Frontiers in the Psychotherapy of Trauma and Dissociation. Four years after the birth of ISSTD in 1984, the Society began to publish the iconic journal DISSOCIATION: Progress in the dissociative disorders. Under the stewardship of Richard P Kluft, MD, PhD, DISSOCIATION became a vehicle for communicating cutting-edge clinical insights, hard fought therapeutic wisdoms, as well as technical and process advances in the treatment of dissociative disorders.

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Letter From The President

Testing for Avalanches and Taking Safe Risks: Opportunities to Connect and Learn in ISSTD

Martin Dorahy, PhD

It’s winter in the Southern Hemisphere, and in the South Island of New Zealand snow is falling in the alps. Near the end of winter in 2011, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck the province of Canterbury, of which Christchurch is the capital. It struck just after 4:30 am and caused significant damage to houses, especially those that had brick chimneys. I had arranged to go skiing that day with a friend.

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Letter From The President

Growth and Integration in ISSTD: A Society on the Move

Martin Dorahy, PhD

Dear ISSTD Colleagues,

The Board of the ISSTD continues to work with members of the Society to solidify the strategic and functional elements of the ISSTD to provide different learning opportunities for members and a strong foundation for our ongoing growth. Most recently, our educational offerings have included a regional conference in Alaska, for which Kimber Olson and her hard-working organizational team deserve much thanks, and a webinar featuring past ISSTD president Richard Chefetz, who is one of the ‘giants’ in the field of trauma and dissociation.

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Letter From The President

Getting Together and Building Our Colony

Martin Dorahy, PhD

The recent ISSTD Annual Conference brought together over 400 delegates and some 20 additional attendees joined us for our first foray into offering live streaming for a day of the conference. It was wonderful to see so many new and old colleagues coming together to learn and network, share and connect. The warmth and curiosity on offer during both the sessions and social events has always been a hallmark of the ‘atmosphere’ of ISSTD conferences and the ‘Washington’ conference had no shortage of either.

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Letter From The President

Growing from Connection

Martin Dorahy, PhD

A key action point on the ISSTD’s current strategic plan is collaboration with other organizations that have similar interests, goals and agendas as us, or who complement the work we do. This allows ISSTD to share its expertise with other Societies, gain from what other Societies can teach us, and it increases our visibility internationally. The impact of chronic relational trauma is well known to members of ISSTD but has not fully pervaded mental health systems around the world.

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