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Volunteers Build Resilient Communities

Kate McMaugh, Editor, ISSTD News

“Volunteers build Resilient Communities”. This is the slogan for the UN International Volunteer Day in 2018. It certainly is true. Communities with a strong volunteer culture are happier, stronger, more connected, more resilient.

This is why December the 5th is International Volunteer Day. This international day, developed by the United Nations, celebrates volunteers who strengthen communities. To quote the UN on International Volunteer Day:

“It is viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and organizations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work among their communities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), United Nations agencies, government authorities and the private sector” (http://www.un.org/en/events/volunteerday).

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Volunteer Spotlight

Abigail Percifield

An Interview with Kate McMaugh, Editor, ISSTD News

ISSTD Member Abigail Percifield is well known to many of us through her various volunteer roles in ISSTD. What many may not realise is that Abigail is actually a Student Member of ISSTD and is currently completing her Doctoral studies! We think it is only too fitting, this being Student and Emerging Professional Month, to focus this month’s ‘Volunteer Spotlight’ on a member who is still a student.

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Volunteer Spotlight

Spotlight on Volunteer: Susan Hykes

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I was raised in Lorain, Ohio, and am a graduate of the University of Michigan (1963) with a BA in Mathematics. I worked for IBM and moved to Oklahoma. I ‘retired’ to raise five children -two adopted children from my first marriage and three step-children from my second marriage.

I’ve been sober since 1970. After my second divorce it was suggested by a pastor and a good friend that I become a counselor.

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Volunteer Opportunities for ISSTD News

Wanting to hone those writing skills? Ever wanted to co-ordinate a regular feature of a publication? ISSTD News is looking for assistance from members who want to be engaged in helping this rapidly developing publication continue to flourish.
Opportunities to Co-ordinate a Feature
Feature Coordinators, with the support and direction of the ISSTD News Editor and the Board of ISSTD News, seek content for our regular features; liaise with writers; edit content; and may sometimes choose to write for the feature themselves.

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Spotlight on Volunteer: Logan Larson

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I never wanted to be a therapist… Growing up I had my eyes and heart set on being a medical doctor. As the daughter of an OB/GYN, becoming an MD was a self-imposed expectation. After four years of undergraduate work and no degree, I decided I needed to find my fastest way out of college… A Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Although I continued to study for the MCATs I began working at Providence Adolescent Residential Treatment Program (PARTP).

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Volunteer Spotlight

Rochelle Sharpe Lohrasbe – Chair of Social Media Sub-Committee

Tell us a bit about yourself
I think I have been a wanderer, though not lost. I took many backdoor routes on this journey of learning, exploring and working with Trauma and Dissociation. I got my first exposure to the realm of trauma and dissociation through personal experience. Then later, as a student psychiatric nurse aged 19 years old, I was posted to a male maximum security ward and assigned to complete court-ordered assessments on men with mental illness who came into conflict with the law.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Tally Tripp, Founder of the Creative Arts Therapies SIG

Tell us a bit about yourself

I am a licensed clinical social worker and a board-certified, registered art therapist in private practice in Alexandria VA. My interest in working with people affected by trauma has its roots in my art therapy training some 35 years ago. Back then we didn’t talk about “trauma” the way we do now; but our experiential, “bottom-up” approach was essentially “trauma-informed.” To continue my professional growth, I joined ISST-D and pursued certification in both Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.

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Volunteer Spotlight

Sign Up Today to be an ISSTD Volunteer

Logan Larson, LPC
ISSTD Volunteer Committee

The ISSTD is only as strong as its members and volunteers! We are rolling out a member interest questionnaire, and calling for volunteers! There are opportunities for students, researchers, clinicians and other professionals to get involved and contribute to our community. Members of the ISSTD have established several committees that are dedicated to creating awareness of complex trauma and dissociation, educating professionals, and growing the organization so it can continue to benefit members and the people they serve.

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