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Talking About Trauma and Dissociation in All Corners of the World

Joan Haliburn, MD, and Kate McMaugh

Some might argue that it is a challenge to organise and present a conference in an island off the southern coast of … another island, quite literally on the edges of the world. But ISSTD is keen to reach all corners of the globe and we were fortunate that members Joan Haliburn MD and Jan Ewing PhD, were prepared to organise and lead a regional conference in Hobart, Tasmania last month.

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First ever ISSTD Conference in New Zealand | Haere Mai o Otautahi (Welcome to Christchurch)

Diane Clare, Chair, Conference Coordinating Committee

ISSTD is excited to announce that from November 22nd-24th, 2019, it will offer its very first regional conference in New Zealand. Save the date as this conference promises to be something special.

The people of Christchurch, New Zealand would like to offer a warm welcome to ISSTD members and all conference attendees from around the world, with the Maori welcome: “Haere Mai o Otautahi”.

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Regional Conference Offers Holistic Approach to Treating Trauma

Join ISSTD for “Treating the Dissociative System: Healing Body, Mind and Culture in the Wake of Complex Trauma” a regional conference in San Francisco, CA on October 20, 2018!

Located in the new Mission Bay Conference Center at UCSF, this one day conference features excellent presentations from Lisa Danylchuk, Lynette Danylchuk, Christine Forner, julie graham, A. Steven Frankel, and Ericha Scott.

The day will kick off with “How Dissociative Patients Found Me and Taught Me What I Needed to Know,” a joint presentation in which Lynette Danylchuk and Steve Frankel will discuss how they stumbled into the world of dissociation and offer tools and approaches they have found helpful in working with this population.

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Regional Conference Recap: Chester, UK

Jeanie McIntee, PhD

In June this year ISSTD and UK-based CTC Psychological Services joined forced to celebrate ISSTD’s 35th anniversary and CTC’s 30th anniversaries by holding a joint conference, in Chester UK.

The conference focused on the topic of Developmental Trauma and Dissociation, whilst also promoting the UK Government strategy of child mental health.

The conference was held in Chester’s prestigious, Grosvenor Hotel and Spa, located within the picturesque Roman walled city.

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ISSTD Regional Conference – New York City, October 5, 2018

Join ISSTD for “Relational Healing in Complex Trauma and Dissociation: Psychoanalytic and Integrationist Perspectives”, an ISSTD Regional Conference in New York City on October 5!

The day will kick off with “Six Relational Crises: The Relational Healing of Complex Trauma” with Philip Kinsler. Dr. Kinsler will examine six choice points in the therapy of chronically traumatized patients that present relational challenges, including presentation of countertransference struggles throughout the process.

After a brief break, the conference will reconvene with Sheldon Itzkowitz’s presentation, “An Interpersonal-Relational Approach to Working with Critical and Aggressive Dissociated Self States”.

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New Regional Conference in Hobart, Australia Planned for September 2018!

In a first for both ISSTD and Australia, an exciting regional conference on Complex Traumatic Stress Disorder (CTSD) will be held in Hobart, Tasmania in September 2018.

This regional conference will be in workshop format and will be presented by ISSTD members and complex trauma experts, Dr. Joan Haliburn and Dr. Jan Ewing. Delivered over one and half days on 14-15 September, 2018, this conference will deliver cutting-edge professional development in a unique setting, the delightful island-state of Tasmania, located off the south coast of mainland Australia.

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Focus on ISSTD History

Reminiscence from the UK: 30 years on

Dr Jeanie McIntee, Consultant Clinical & Forensic Psychologist & Psychotherapist
CTC Psychological Services, Chester UK

ISSTD in the UK: A History
My interest in Trauma and Dissociation began more than 33 years ago. Like most people I did not seek it out. I had a client whom I knew was quite complex and I had engaged a very experienced supervisor because of this. One night, in supervision, he suggested my client may have Multiple Personality Disorder (now more aptly called Dissociative Identity Disorder).

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International Conference on Developmental Trauma & Dissociation 2018!

ISSTD is pleased to join with CTC Psychological Services for a special conference in the UK at the luxurious Grosvenor Hotel and Spa in the heart of the beautiful and historic city of Chester!

The conference will take place June 23-24, 2018, from 9:00AM – 4:30PM.

2018 sees both the 30th anniversary of CTC Psychological Services and the 35th anniversary of the ISSTD. To celebrate, we are presenting a two-day conference featuring four incredible keynote speakers: Richard Chefetz, Martin Dorahy, Ruth Lanius, and Joyanna Silberg.

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Baltimore Regional Conference: A Great Success! Recordings Available!

On Saturday, October 21, 2017, ISSTD, in partnership with Sheppard Pratt Health System, Towson University, and the TOP DD Study, hosted a one day Regional Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

More than 100 therapists and 15 students and trainees from across the United States gathered to hear conference speakers which included Bethany Brand, Richard Chefetz, Kathy Steele, Richard Loewenstein, and Ruth Lanius. It was a particular joy for attendees to listen to a special post-lunch conversation with Frank Putnam.

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Regional Conference Recap – Denver

Peter Maves, PhD

The Denver Regional Conference, held on 8 September, was well-attended by an enthusiastic group of professionals who spanned all disciplines.

Steve Frankel, ISSTD’s resident attorney and clinical psychologist, spent the morning speaking about his core concepts of treating complex trauma and dissociative disorders, relating DID organization to the Warsaw Ghetto.  His many examples and lively interactive presentation style was a real hit with the audience.

The afternoon began with a presentation by Peter Maves and Julia Schwab about the theory and practice of using art in a “bottom up” fashion to inform the treatment of trauma and dissociative conditions, and the ways art can contribute to increased clarification, substantiation and validation of memory content and feelings. 

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