Monthly Archives: May 2017


Welcome New ISSTD Members

Roger Carleton
Carrie Ann Carr
Anne David
Danielle Kay Dittmer
Annie Doczi
Jerald M Gottlieb
Natalie Grindy
Valarie Lynn Harris
John Levitt
Marta Muntean
Sophie Pollock
Natalie M. Walch
Elizabeth Weiss
Myra D West
Tracey Wiese

Maritza Erazo
Holly Jayamohan
Lori Johnston
Terry Kerler

Steve Miller
Bethany Neubarth
Caroline Onischak

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Members Clinical Corner

Autonomic Arousal and Emotion in Victims of Interpersonal Violence: Shame Proneness But Not Anxiety Predicts Vagal Tone

The role of shame is increasingly recognised to be major in the experience of clients with complex trauma-related conditions. Indeed, Frewen and Lanius (2015: 106) describe shame as `the core affective counterpart to extreme negative self-referential cognitions’. In the following commentary on a paper by Freed and D’Andrea published in JTD in the same year, Ken Benau shares his insights about the salience of shame and the challenges it poses to clinicians and researchers as well as to the clients who suffer with it.

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2018 Annual Conference

Save the Date – ISSTD Annual Conference Call for Proposals

ISSTD 35th Annual International Conference Call for Proposals – Opening Soon!
Submissions Accepted: August 1 – September 15, 2017

The 35th Annual International Conference of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation will be held March 22-26, 2018 at the Palmer House Hilton, located in downtown Chicago, IL!

Mark Your Calendars! Important Dates:
August 1 – September 15, 2017 – Call for Proposals Open
September 1, 2017 – Early Bird Registration Available
Around October 15, 2017 – Proposal Acceptances Announced


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Letter From The President

Getting Together and Building Our Colony

Martin Dorahy, PhD

The recent ISSTD Annual Conference brought together over 400 delegates and some 20 additional attendees joined us for our first foray into offering live streaming for a day of the conference. It was wonderful to see so many new and old colleagues coming together to learn and network, share and connect. The warmth and curiosity on offer during both the sessions and social events has always been a hallmark of the ‘atmosphere’ of ISSTD conferences and the ‘Washington’ conference had no shortage of either.

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UN Task Force

ISSTD Granted Special Consultative Status to the United Nations

Lynette Danylchuk, PhD

We are very excited to share with you the wonderful news that the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has granted ISSTD special Consultative Status.  Our acceptance letter states that consultative status enables us to actively engage with ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies, as well as with the United Nations Secretariat programs, funds and agencies in a number of ways, including consulting with Member States and the United Nations system at large.

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