ISSTD News

Letter From The President

Welcoming a New Year

Dear ISSTD Community: It is a pleasure to write as the incoming President of ISSTD for 2024, and I am fortunate to have Michael Salter as the Past President and Michael Coy, as the President Elect to bookend my presidency.  It’s comfortable to know I can rely upon their wisdom and experience to guide me […]

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News You Can Use

News You Can Use – January, 2024

The 2024 Institutional Courage Research Grant is Accepting Applications The Center for Institutional courage is committed to sharing and supporting scientific research that already exists and producing new research that focuses on institutional courage, institutional betrayal, betrayal trauma, cultural betrayal trauma and DARVO. The 2024 Institutional Courage Research Grant is accepting applications until April 1, […]

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Research Recruitment

Seeking research participants who have experienced trauma for a study on social reactions to trauma disclosure

My name is Will Ewing, and I am a counseling psychology doctoral student at Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI). I am seeking participants to complete a study on their experiences talking about their trauma to others. I am recruiting participants who are 18 years or older, have experienced a trauma in their lifetime, are able to […]

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Committee Update

Membership Committee Update

The central reason for the existence of any organization is its membership. The questions facing any organization include – how do we most effectively connect with those who would be motivated to join those who are already working within the organization to further collective goals? In our case, how do we, as a group of […]

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Clinical Reflections

Shame, energy, and holding contrasts: Moving from “Do it!” to “We can do it”

Introduction When considering shame as a consequence of relational trauma (Schore, 2001), therapists often think in terms of beliefs, implicit and/or explicit, about self in relation to others. These might include such beliefs as “I am… inferior, defective, damaged, worthless, unwanted, unlovable, etc.” Traumatic, shame states, or shame states for short (Benau, 2022; Herman, 2006, […]

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Donate to ISSTD

Thank You to Our 2023 Donors

The ISSTD is an international, non-profit, professional society who seeks to advance clinical, scientific, and societal understanding about the prevalence and consequences of chronic trauma and dissociation. We do this by creating educational materials and providing opportunities for clinicians, researchers and students to learn from one another within the field of complex trauma and dissociation.  […]

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Creative Space

Poet’s Corner

Lost and Found through GriefBy George Halasz I reassured myself, if I prepare well enoughI reassured myself, if I rehearse my reactionsI reassured myself, I might lessen the anticipated piercing painthe moment which will catch my breath, my mother’s death. For many weeks before I lived my life on probationhovering beween privation I learnt to […]

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