Monthly Archives: June 2016

Letter From The President

The Safety of Our Field

I thought that I might share a semi-random assortment of the feedback you gave in respect to our recent 33rd Annual Conference in San Francisco:

“Excellent meeting spaces, well-provisioned, good climate control”

“San Francisco is one of my favorite cities to visit. My husband even joined me, and we made it into a mini-vacation. Go Giants!”

“I found the practical application of neurobiology within the therapeutic relationship very helpful.”

“It was also great to see Dan Siegel again, I loved the presentation by Mary Main and Erik Hesse; I especially enjoyed the LGBT trainings with Julie Graham – I thought they were terrific.”

“The bag lunches in pre-conference were AWESOME!

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Board Briefs

Summer 2016 Board Briefs

Paula Thomson, PhD, ISSTD Board Member

The Board of Directors continues to meet monthly, attending to many ongoing and new projects. Our new board members rapidly assimilated with the previous board members, in large part because of our day-long board meeting held at the San Francisco Conference in April. Some of the activity highlights from your current board include:

We are excited to announce the start of a new E-Journal.

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UN Task Force

Task Force Update

At the UN Task Force conference call on Friday, May 20, 2016, Sonia Smuts hit ‘send’ on our UN ECOSCO (UN Economic and Social Council) application. We now have an ISSTD homepage on the UN website. Vivian Pender spent a great deal of time sharing with us how to use our time and energy at the UN. Vivian has been representing APA at the UN for 20 years and was awarded the ISSTD President’s Award of Distinction at the San Francisco annual conference for her work with this Task Force.

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Clinical E-Journal

Update on Launch of Clinical E-Journal

Over the past several years the ISSTD has been working to instigate the development and publication of an E-Journal that would specifically target the treatment of complex trauma and dissociative disorders. This publication would complement the Society’s other Journal, the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, which has a more empirical-focus. The development of the E-Journal has required the involvement of many different individuals within ISSTD and some outside it, and most recently has been moved forward by the ‘E-Journal Task Force’, whose members were Victor Welzant, Christa Krϋger, Warwick Middleton, Michael Salter and Vedat Şar.

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Scientific Committee

Four Years of Progress

Dear ISSTD Members,

In 2012, the ISSTD Board approved establishment of two new organizational structures: the Scientific Committee and the Scientific Advisory Board. The immediate goal of this initiative was to create a roster of international experts to represent the field publicly. This goal has exceeded all expectation, with the Scientific Committee, for example, being very proactive in promoting the understanding and treatment of dissociative disorders.

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Publications of Interest

Summer 2016 Publications

Kazlauskas E, Javakhishvilli J, Meewisse M, Merecz-Kot D, Şar V, Schäfer I, Schnyder U, Gersons BP. (2016). “Trauma treatment across Europe: where do we stand now from a perspective of seven countries.” European Journal of Psychotraumatology. 2016 Mar 18;7:29450. doi: 10.3402/ejpt.v7.29450. eCollection 2016. PubMed PMID: 26996534; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4800285.

There is a lack of knowledge about the state of affairs of the trauma treatments in Europe.

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Membership Growth Around the Globe

G’day from the Membership Committee!! Co-chaired by two Australian members, Sonia Smuts and Warwick Middleton. We are very pleased with the growing interest in the study of trauma and dissociation, which is being mirrored in our Society’s growing membership. Currently, the ISSTD has 1,297 members from across 35 different countries, with at least 250 new members joining the ISSTD in the past year. That represents a growth rate of 23%!

Interest in membership of our Society has always been strong in North America, and this has now grown to 958.

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New ISSTD Member “Finds Her Tribe”

As a therapist I have always felt like “the only trauma person in the village.” But at the ISSTD Regional Conference in Sydney last year, I felt like I had finally found my tribe. It was a delight and a comfort to come to San Francisco, my home-away-from-home, for the Annual Conference.

I arrived a little late to day one, and got to chat with Na’ama Yehuda in the hall.

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Center for Advanced Studies in Trauma & Dissociation

Announcing the 2016 ISSTD Regional Conference in Chicago this November!

Richard A. Chefetz, M.D., is a psychiatrist in private practice in Washington, D.C. He was President of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (2002-03), and is a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, and Psychology. He is a faculty member at the Washington School of Psychiatry, the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis, and the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis. Workshop Summary
In this daylong workshop, Dr.

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2017 Annual Conference

Save the Date! March 30 – April 4, 2017

ISSTD Annual Conference 2017 will be at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in metro Washington, DC! Just one metro stop from Reagan National Airport in Crystal City, Virginia, the Gateway Marriott is a beautiful hotel and ISSTD has negotiated the very affordable rate of $164 single/double (plus tax) for attendees! Enjoy easy access to all the sights and sounds of the USA Capital City! Take advantage of the renowned Cherry Blossom Festival events that begin Monday, March 20th and end Sunday, April 16th!

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