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Special Interest Groups

Transgender and Nonbinary SIG Update

The Transgender and Nonbinary Special Interest Group was launched last year and currently has 56 members. It is dedicated to supporting clinical work and research around clients who identify as Transgender or Nonbinary and experience dissociation from their trauma histories. Often, just the fact of being transgendered or nonbinary in our current environment can expose […]

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Community Spotlight

Scientific Committee Update

The Scientific Committee serves as the executive committee of the scientific area of ISSTD – advising the Board and other committees on all matters of science, research, and further development of theory and clinical practice guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of complex trauma and dissociative disorders.  We are involved in all strategic endeavors and help […]

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Special Interest Groups

EMDR SIG Update

ISSTD welcomed the EMDR Special Interest Group in October 2021 as one of the largest SIGs in the organization. This SIG is intended to work to further understanding of research and clinical application of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy in an integrative treatment approach when working with complex trauma, dissociation, and dissociative disorders by collaboratively […]

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Research Recruitment

Research Participation Opportunity – June 2022

All articles requesting research participation must be approved by the ISSTD Scientific Committee prior to posting. This proposal was approved by the ISSTD Scientific Committee in May 2021. ISSTD member Negar Fani, Ph.D. is looking for participants for her research study. The study title is “Mechanistic Interventions and Neuroscience of Dissociation” and the purpose of […]

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News You Can Use

News You Can Use – May 2022

New Picture Book and Treatment Guide for Trauma and Dissociation ISSTD Member, Lindsay Schofield, a consultant psychotherapist practicing in Surrey, England, has launched two inter-linked books which describe trauma-related dissociation in a clear and concise way.  Also venturing into new territory, including the voices and endorsements of survivors as well as experts, both books are written […]

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Committee to the UN

Knowing and Not Knowing About Climate Change: ISSTD’s UN Committee Participate in Innovative Mental Health Webinar

In February 2022, ISSTD co-sponsored a United Nations affiliated presentation organized by the NGO Committee on Mental Health.  Karen Hopenwasser,  Co-Chair of the ISSTD UN Committee and Co-Convener of the Trauma Working Group of the NGO Committee on Mental Health organized the event, “Knowing and Not Knowing about the Climate Crisis: Through the Lens of Trauma and Dissociation”.  […]

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Community Spotlight

EMDR Therapy Training Committee

The EMDR Therapy Training Committee is charged with maintaining/updating ISSTD’s EMDR Therapy Training course, as well as developing new, advanced material. It is also responsible for developing, presenting, and/or coordinating periodic webinars and conference workshops on the specialized use of EMDR therapy with persons with complex trauma and dissociative symptoms. For those not yet familiar […]

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Community Spotlight

Virtual and Regional Conference Committee

Happy May ISSTDWorld! Thank you for stopping by to read about what the Virtual and Regional Conference Committee (VRCC) has been up to in its first year! The goal of the VRCC committee is to support the continued growth of ISSTD’s regional and virtual trainings.  As a group, this committee includes both ISSTD staff and […]

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Clinical Reflections

A Multi-Modal Integrative Approach in Treatment of Children with Complex Trauma & Dissociation

This article will describe a multi-modal and integrative approach combining Art and Animal-Assisted Activities/Interventions, EMDR Phase 2 resourcing, (Shapiro, 1995), The Flash Technique, (Manfield et al., 2016), and Play Therapy with children who have Complex Trauma/Dissociation throughout the Four Phases of Treatment. Many of the techniques can be adapted for use in all phases and […]

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