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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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Letter From The President

January 2017 President’s Letter

Martin Dorahy, ISSTD President

Dear ISSTD colleagues,

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to not only our first newsletter of 2017, but our first newsletter in a blog format. It shows the ongoing developments within ISSTD as we work to provide up-to-date information on multiple social media platforms (e.g., Facebook, Twitter), through annual and regional conferences along with webinars, and through different publication outlets, including this newsletter blog, our official scientific journal, the Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, and our soon-to-be published clinical E-Journal, Frontiers in the Psychotherapy of Trauma & Dissociation.

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Letter From The President

A Baker’s Dozen: New Things Your Society Is Doing

By Warwick, President, ISSTD

A lot is happening in our Society.

The ISSTD is about to launch its Clinical E-Journal, “Frontiers in the Psychotherapy of Trauma and Dissociation”, edited by Andreas Laddis and Steve Frankel. (Prof Martin Dorahy has chaired the E-Journal Task Force that has initially steered this development.)

The ISSTD Regional Seminar, “Treating the Intricate Trauma Client”, Langley, British Columbia, has introduced the use of the Zoom conference platform to livestream the opening “Dissociation 101” session, the first occasion that geographically remote colleagues will be able to join an ISSTD conference live.  » Read More

Letter From The President

The Safety of Our Field

I thought that I might share a semi-random assortment of the feedback you gave in respect to our recent 33rd Annual Conference in San Francisco:

“Excellent meeting spaces, well-provisioned, good climate control”

“San Francisco is one of my favorite cities to visit. My husband even joined me, and we made it into a mini-vacation. Go Giants!”

“I found the practical application of neurobiology within the therapeutic relationship very helpful.”

“It was also great to see Dan Siegel again, I loved the presentation by Mary Main and Erik Hesse; I especially enjoyed the LGBT trainings with Julie Graham – I thought they were terrific.”

“The bag lunches in pre-conference were AWESOME!

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