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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.

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Board Briefs

Introduction to the 2019 Board of Directors

Christine Forner, BA, BSW, MSW

Hello ISSTD Members,

I would like to take this time to introduce myself and all of our new 2019 Board Members. Before I introduce your new leadership, I would like to send my heartfelt gratitude to the Board Members who have completed their service commitments to the ISSTD.

Dr. Paula Thompson served on the board for 6 years. Paula was dedicated to expanding our language and understanding of dissociation, dissociation within the creative arts and dissociation and attachment.

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Letter From The President

I Touch the Earth, the Earth Touches Me

Kevin Connors, MS, MFT

“When I paint I am influenced by the texture of the paper, the viscosity of the paint, the condition of the brush. I reach down to make a thin line and it comes out plump. Then the picture takes a new direction – I influencing it; it influencing me.”

Hugh Prather
I Touch the Earth, the Earth Touches Me

I find it funny how the projects I take on; take on a life of their own.

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Letter From The President

This is the Sound of All of Us

Kevin Connors, MS, MFT

Greetings ISSTD

How do we advocate for survivors?

Our mission is to promote understanding and treatment of complex trauma and dissociative disorders. Our clients are among the most traumatized people in the world. Their experiences shake even the most seasoned of us. Yet despite the growing mountain of evidence, we find that some sectors of society still won’t hear or acknowledge what happens in the dark corners of human relationships.

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Letter From The President

Increasing Diversity: ISSTD Rising to the Challenge

Kevin Connors, MS, MFT

September is Student and Emerging Professional Month here at ISSTD, a month where we highlight and celebrate the work of this important member component.

I am particularly proud of the work done by incoming President Christine Forner in establishing and developing this vital group. Today this group is an active part of the ISSTD landscape with 200 Student and Emerging Professional Members. After many years of dynamic leadership, Christine has invited Christianna Flynn-Christianson to serve as co-chair of the Student and Emerging Professional Committee.

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Letter From The President

Roll Up Your Sleeves! Time to Make a Difference in ISSTD

Kevin Connors, MS, MFT

Greetings Friends and Colleagues,

August is winding down and as we enter a new season, new starts and exciting changes are happening in our Society. Now is the time we start the ISSTD election process. If you have ever thought of having a voice in the direction of our Society and in the field of trauma and dissociation, now is your time.

Our first step is to identify a cohort of potential candidates.

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Letter From The President

Getting Ready for the 2019 Conference: Our Call for Proposals opens August 1

Kevin Connors, MS, MFT

Greetings Dear Colleagues,

I have the joy of wearing two hats; the shiny president’s chapeau and a hard hat for the hard working Annual Conference Committee. I am going to focus on the latter role and the current plans and progress of the Conference Committee as we prepare for the 2019 World Congress on Complex Trauma: Research | Intervention |  Innovation.

I hope you are all aware that the 2019 conference will be held in New York City from March 28th through April 1st at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel in the heart of New York’s theatre district.

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Letter From The President

Acknowledging the Hard Work of our Society Members

Kevin Connors, MS, MFT

John Kennedy stirred millions with; “Ask not what America can do for you, but what you can do for America.” I invite you to consider what you can do for ISSTD and for the field of trauma treatment.

ISSTD is, at our heart, a volunteer-based organization. While we enjoy working with some of the finest association management executives and staff (Mary Pat Hanlin, Bethany Bjur, Therese Clemens in recent memory), we need to stay mindful of the breadth and range of our endeavors.

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Letter From The President

Coming of Age in an Age of Interesting Times

Kevin Connors, MS, MFT

Greetings friends & colleagues,
There is a saying of dubious origins: “May you live in interesting times”.

I fear that this is more relevant today than at any other time in the past half-century. Without stirring the political pot, I am mindful that we confront numerous challenges to our fundamental human dignity. Groups attack each other with disregard to facts. Ad hominem attacks and mockery have replaced civil discourse.

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Letter From The President

On Responding to the Need for Greater Diversity within ISSTD

Kevin Connors, MS, MFT

One of the important events at our annual conference is the “Town Hall Meeting”.
This is an opportunity for everyone attending to comment on the state of our Society and the field of traumatology in general. This is an opportunity to comment on where we are going and where we would like to be.

This year’s Town Hall Meeting presented a sobering observation with respect to the lack of diversity within our Society.

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