Willa Wertheimer, PsyD
Hello Fellow Members,
Another season has come to ISSTD, after a very successful celebration of our 35th anniversary. Your Board has been very busy as there is much on the move, with new developments in resources and training for our members.
This year is proving to be a busy year for regional conferences. In June ISSTD, in conjunction with CTC Psychological Services, held a very successful conference in Chester, England. In addition, there will be three more regional conferences before year’s end: in San Francisco and New York, USA and Hobart, Australia. In addition, our 2019 Annual Conference in New York promises to be an amazing experience, bringing together members from South America, India, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, Canada, and America to name a few. It is amazing that technology and a common vision can connect us all around the globe.
What you will notice from your own desk, is that our online platform is changing. We are moving into a new way of connecting people and groups within our organization, via Higher Logic, an online community management system. By mid-October, we will have a much more “at your fingertips” way of connecting with our membership, groups and many training resources. No matter how remote, community and support will be there with a click! Seeing the demonstration of how members can communicate and interact was exciting and we anticipate many “likes”! If you want to read more about Higher Logic click here.
Our current SIGs (Special Interest Groups) include: RAMCOA, Child & Adolescent and Creative Arts Therapy, with the application for the Vicarious Trauma SIG being reviewed by the board and additional SIGs being planned.
Currently, there are 13 Professional Training Program courses being offered in various areas, including five teleseminar classes. In 2019 ISSTD will be offering several webinars, by Dolores Mosquera, Niki Gomez-Peralez, Colin Ross, Kevin Connors, Lynnette Danylchuk, and Richard Kluft, with new ideas always on the horizon.
This has been a signature year in creating many ways for us to relate and learn in our community. We hope that each member can feel we are available to them in many ways, all around the world.
Finally, as you will know by now, 2019 nominations for the Board are now open. Serving on the ISSTD Board is a great opportunity to connect with colleagues and support members as they undertake the challenging work of therapy, research and training in the trauma and dissociation field. Being a board member is rewarding and exciting. If you are interested click here for more information!