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Ritual Abuse, Mind Control and Organised Abuse: Examining our History and Looking Forward

Michael Salter, PhD

I was a teenager when ritual abuse was first reported in Australia. A series of newspaper articles in the mid-1990s claimed that women were entering psychotherapy only to ‘recover’ memories of grotesque and improbable abuse. The general thrust of coverage was that the movement against child abuse had gone too far, and that therapists and social workers were encouraging, and sometimes forcing, children and women to imagine abuse that had never happened.

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Trauma & Dissociation in the News

Congratulations to Kathryn Livingston on Winning Prestigious Award

Melanie Goodwin, in consultation with Sue Richardson and Remy Aquarone

Kathryn Livingston, a long-term member of the ISSTD, has been awarded the prestigious British Empire Medal in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for her ‘Services to people with dissociative identity disorder and founder of First Person Plural’. This award is for ‘meritorious service worthy of recognition by the Crown’ and is an extremely important recognition of Kathryn, and through her, trauma and dissociation work in the UK.

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Trauma & Dissociation in the News

35th Meeting of the Interpol Specialists Group on Crimes Against Children – Lyon, France 13-17 Nov 2017

Dr. Michael Salter, PhD

I recently attended the annual meeting of the Interpol working group on crimes against children, which brings together police, non-government organisations and others from around the world to share their experience and developments in the prevention, investigation, prosecution and management of child abuse. The efforts of the Specialists Group have increasingly turned to online child sexual exploitation and the disruption of child abuse material. I was asked to attend and present a seminar based on my research on adult survivors of organized child sexual abuse.

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Trauma & Dissociation in the News

Trauma, Memory and Human Dignity

The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) is the oldest organization supporting and educating therapists, researchers, and other professionals in dealing with complex psychological trauma in the world. Over the last century, the subject of psychological trauma, especially in the form of child abuse and neglect, and the sequelae on its victims, has been controversial. Yet, in the last 25 years there has been an increased research and medical evidence base on how such trauma has significant and sometimes catastrophic impacts on the physical, emotional and psychological health of its victims.

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Trauma & Dissociation in the News

Intimate Partner Violence: A Dissociative Family Dance

As part of Acknowledging Domestic Violence Awareness Month Alison Miller writes about dissociative processes in Intimate partner violence.

During the years when I worked primarily with families, I frequently encountered intimate partner violence (IPV). I remember a man who told me he had watched himself chase his wife around a tree with an axe, just as he had watched his father do to his mother; and a woman from a traditional oriental family in which displays of emotions were strictly forbidden, who came to therapy because she was abusing her husband in uncontrollable rage outbursts.

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Trauma & Dissociation in the News

Love Shouldn’t Hurt and the TwoGood Project

With October being DV Awareness month in the US, we felt it was timely to focus ISSTD News on issues of Domestic Violence.

In Australia, while it is not DV Awareness Month, media attention and focus is increasing prior to their main awareness raising campaign in November. New ISSTD member Noula Diamantopoulos is a psychotherapist and artist who is part of an innovative campaign that is sponsored by a partnership between Twogood & Deliveroo & Amex.

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Trauma & Dissociation in the News

Vietnam War: Epic PBS Series and its Impact on Veterans

America’s Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is currently broadcasting a 10 part series on the Vietnam war, something that is likely to be both validating and triggering for Veterans. ISSTD Members Mike Dadson, PhD and Lynette Danylchuk, PhD, who have both worked with Vietnam Veterans, share with us their thoughts on the impact of this major television event.

The Vietnam War

This 10-part, 18-hour documentary series tells a war story set in a time of American division and skull-duggery.

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Trauma & Dissociation in the News

Statement From ISSTD Regarding Executive Order banning foreign travel from select countries

The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) is a global community of mental health practitioners, researchers and teachers whose members are spread throughout the world and have diverse social, cultural and religious perspectives and backgrounds. The ISSTD has grave concerns about the recent Executive Order in the United States banning immigration from select countries.

The ISSTD seeks to advance clinical, scientific, and societal understanding about the prevalence and consequences of chronic trauma and dissociation.

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Trauma & Dissociation in the News

ISSTD Statement on the Movie “Split”

Last weekend marked the debut of M Night Shyamalan’s new thriller “Split”, about a deranged individual with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) who abducts and terrorizes three young women. With respect to Mr. Shyamalan’s ability to write and direct truly frightening movies, depicting individuals with this, or any other mental disorder, does a disservice to his artistic ability and to the over 20% of the population who, at some time or another, struggle with some form of mental illness.

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