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MCC Commentary: Ruth Blizard

For this edition of MCC, Ruth Blizard discusses a challenging conceptualisation and topic in her commentary on the paper `Weaponized sex: Defensive pseudo-erotic aggression in the service of safety’ by Rick Kluft (JTD, 18, 3, 259-283).
Pam Stavropoulos
Editor, MCC

Ruth A. Blizard, PhD, is a psychologist practicing over 35 years in the Binghamton, NY. She has published articles integrating psychoanalytic concepts and attachment theory in the treatment of trauma, borderline personality, psychosis and the spectrum of dissociative disorders.

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Members Clinical Corner

Commentary on Lisa Butler PhD & Oxana Palesh PhD, `Spellbound: Dissociation in the Movies’, JTD, Vol.5 (2) 2004, pp.61-88.

Pam Stavropoulos, Editor, Member’s Clinical Corner

Dear Fellow ISSTD Members,

For this edition of MCC I have taken the liberty, as MCC editor, of contributing a commentary myself. This is largely because despite a few invitations from both myself and ISSTD News Editor Kate McMaugh, few readers have volunteered to contribute a short commentary on a paper of their choice from any past issue of JTD or the new clinical e-journal, “Frontiers”.

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Multigenerational Dissociation: A Framework for Building Narrative

In the following commentary, Deirdre Kramer offers a fascinating account of Sally McCollum’s compelling narrative approach to the healing of multigenerational dissociation. Noting that intergenerational transmission of trauma `features significantly in the therapy room’, and referencing the themes of betrayal blindness, reenactment, and revictimization, Deirdre discusses McCollum’s powerful work with the great grand-daughter of the youngest survivor of an Indian massacre of the late nineteenth century. In the course of so doing, she depicts how ‘attachment to the family narrative may create not only a blindness to the danger, but an unconscious attraction to recreating it, in order to retain symbolic attachment to the parents’.

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Members Clinical Corner

Spotlight on the Member’s Clinical Corner

Member’s Clinical Corner provides a unique benefit for members. Each quarter an expert commentary is provided on an article from one of ISSTD publications (Journal of Trauma & Dissociation and now the new clinical e-journal, Frontiers in the Psychotherapy of Trauma & Dissociation). This provides an opportunity for members to learn more about the field and to reflect upon the chosen article more deeply.

Members may not be aware that Member’s Clinical Corner is archived on the ISSTD website and available once you have logged into Member’s Corner.

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Members Clinical Corner

Autonomic Arousal and Emotion in Victims of Interpersonal Violence: Shame Proneness But Not Anxiety Predicts Vagal Tone

The role of shame is increasingly recognised to be major in the experience of clients with complex trauma-related conditions. Indeed, Frewen and Lanius (2015: 106) describe shame as `the core affective counterpart to extreme negative self-referential cognitions’. In the following commentary on a paper by Freed and D’Andrea published in JTD in the same year, Ken Benau shares his insights about the salience of shame and the challenges it poses to clinicians and researchers as well as to the clients who suffer with it.

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Members Clinical Corner

Members’ Clinical Corner (MCC): From the New Editor

Pam Stavropoulos, PhD

I am delighted to introduce myself as the new editor of MCC. I take over this position from Andreas Laddis, who now edits the new Clinical E-journal. I am a Sydney-based psychotherapist who specialises in complex trauma. I am also Head of Research at Blue Knot Foundation, the premier advocacy organisation for adult survivors of childhood trauma in Australia. A member of the Advisory Board of the ISSTD Scientific Committee, I have co-authored several publications with members of this committee and wrote an Expert Commentary for MCC on an article by Vedat Sar and Erdinc Ozturk in 2014.

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Measuring Trauma: Considerations for assessing complex and non-PTSD criterion for childhood trauma

In the “tradition” of having tested this format once before, this column presents three brief commentaries on the same article of the JTD. I am pleased to notice that the three commentaries are from different, even opposite angles.

Happy reading!

Pam Stavropoulos
Editor

Focus article:

McDonald, M.K., Brontrager, C.F. & Rostad, W. (2014) Measuring Trauma: Considerations for assessing complex and non-PTSD criterion for childhood trauma, Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, Vol.15 pp184-203

Expert Contributors: Na’ama Yehuda, Richard Hohfeler, Andreas Laddis

Commentary 1
Commentary by: Na’ama Yehuda

Many stressful experiences do not qualify as traumatic events according to the DSM-5’s PTSD diagnostic criteria, yet may be considered traumatic by those who have endured them (D’Andrea et al 2012, Felitti et al 1998).

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