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ISSTD News You Can Use – August 2017

JTD Special Edition to Become a Book

The third issue of the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation (JTD) for 2017 represented the journal’s first Special Double Issue and it was titled, “The Abused and the Abuser: Perpetrator-Victim Dynamics”. The editorial grouping involved in assembling this grouping of papers was Prof Warwick Middleton, Dr Adah Sachs and Prof Martin Dorahy. The assistance of Prof Jennifer Freyd, Alec Smidt and their JTD team is gratefully acknowledged.

Following negotiations with the journal’s publishers, agreement was reached for a book based on the content of the Special Issue, to be published by Taylor and Francis (Rutledge), with the estimated publication date being late January/early February 2018.

This volume includes multiple perspectives from highly experienced clinicians/researchers/writers on the nature of the relationship between the abused and their abuser(s). No less than five of this international grouping of authors have been presidents of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, the world’s oldest international trauma society. Many of the papers are authored by members of the ISSTD RAMCOA SIG.

This book, which opens with a highly original clinical paper on “weaponized sex” by one of the foremost pioneers of the modern dissociative disorders field (Richard Kluft); concludes with a gripping historical perspective written by Jeffrey Masson as he reengages with issues that first brought him to world-wide prominence in the 1980’s. In between these two, the other authors, all highly acclaimed for their clinical, theoretical or research work, present utterly original, cutting edge papers on this complex and challenging subject.

New MID Website is Launched

A new website dedicated to the Multidimensional Inventory of Dissociation has been launched. This website, developed by ISSTD members D. Michael Coy and Jennifer Madere, is a comprehensive and easy to use showcase for this essential assessment tool.

The website contains a significant amount of resources freely available to therapists and researchers. This includes some newly updated materials:

  • The Multidimensional Inventory of Dissociation, developed by past ISSTD president Paul F. Dell, PhD, in the original English and a number of other languages. (Only the English and Hebrew versions have been normed at this point.)
  • The Multidimensional Inventory of Dissociation (Adolescent version) in English.
  • MID Analysis v4.0. Updated from v3.8 by Michael Coy, v4.0 contains minor calculation corrections and major reformatting of The MID Report.
  • An Interpretive Manual for the Multidimensional Inventory of Dissociation, 2nd Edition (released August 2017). Originally a 22-page ‘mini-manual’ written by Paul Dell, the 2nd edition is a comprehensive, fully-indexed, 86-page document complete with relevant illustrations.
  • Resources for consultation on interpreting The MID Report
  • A full list of references relevant to the MID

The MID itself (including item language) remains unchanged. Dr. Dell provided essential feedback and guidance throughout the 14 month project, and approved the development of the website. For more information or to download these materials, please visit the website at:

An In-Depth Exploration of RAMCOA: Five-In-A-Day Webinar Series

ISSTD is happy to announce its first ever all-day webinar!

This webinar will focus on ritualistic, religious, spiritual and organised abuse.

The webinar will be held on Friday 6th October, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (USA EDT). It is also possible to listen to the webinar later if this time does not suit you.

Speakers will include leading thinkers and practitioners in this field. Presenters and Topics include:

  • Valerie Sinason – An Introduction to Ritual, Religious & Spiritual Abuse: Definitions, Discussion of Meaning & Attachment Patterns
  • Alison Miller – Internal and External Safety
  • Eileen Aveni – The Complexities of Diagnosing Ritual Abuse and Mind Control in Your Clients
  • Lynette Danylchuk – Working with Ritual Abuse Survivors: Patterns and Challenges
  • Michael Salter – Organised Abuse in Adulthood: Towards a Cooperative Interagency Response

Registration Fees (All Five Sessions)
$99 Professional Members   |   $149 for Professional Non-Members
$49 Student Member   |    $99 Student Non-Members
$79 Retired & Emerging Professional Members   |   $129 Retired & Emerging Professional Non-Members
The recordings cost per session is $25 For ISSTD members and $45 for non-members.

To Register:

If you require additional information, contact ISSTD headquarters, 

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