Monthly Archives: September 2017

Letter From The President

A Sad Goodbye, An Exciting Hello

Martin Dorahy, PhD

Dear ISSTD Colleagues,

It is with sadness that I communicate to you that Thérèse Clemens, CAE, our beloved Executive Director, has tended her resignation to AMG, the management firm we utilise to assist in running the ISSTD. She will start in a senior role in another management firm closer to her home which gives her exciting new challenges.

Thérèse has been with ISSTD for 10 years, beginning as our Program Manager in 2007 and moving to our Executive Director in 2010.

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Donate to ISSTD

Thank You to Our 2017 Donors – Consider a Gift to ISSTD

The ISSTD exists to better understand those with dissociative disorders and complex trauma and it naturally has an interest in all forms of psychological trauma. It provides guidelines, training, accessible literature, and ongoing professional development for those who work, and do research in our field. Our Society endeavours to make membership of our field career enhancing and as professionally safe as possible. Our office bearers are volunteers and they do many things from writing the Treatment Guidelines for DID, organising regional seminars, writing this Newsletter, through to putting together the components of our Professional Training Program (PTP) or convening great conferences incorporating cutting edge speakers and a vibrant social program.

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Welcome ISSTD New Members – September

Camille Adams
Mary Bartell
Joanne G Brumm
Laura Fontaine
Zack Hamingson
Terry J. King
Reshma Lagomarcino
Roseann Lynch
Eva J Usadi
Linda S. Jones
Sheila Klein
Jessica McDonald
Kimberly Turner

Samantha Burns
Jordan E Cart
Mae Cheung
Julianne Cusick
Stephanie Elizabeth Greenwood
Sevilla King
Jessica Walsh

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Trauma & Dissociation in the News

Vietnam War: Epic PBS Series and its Impact on Veterans

America’s Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is currently broadcasting a 10 part series on the Vietnam war, something that is likely to be both validating and triggering for Veterans. ISSTD Members Mike Dadson, PhD and Lynette Danylchuk, PhD, who have both worked with Vietnam Veterans, share with us their thoughts on the impact of this major television event.

The Vietnam War

This 10-part, 18-hour documentary series tells a war story set in a time of American division and skull-duggery.

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News You Can Use

News You Can Use

TOP DD Publishes Three Free Access Papers

The TOP DD team is pleased to announce that, in the current issue of the European Journal of Psychotraumatology, they have 3 publications based on the TOP DD study. These articles are:

Myrick, Webermann, Loewenstein, Lanius, Putnam and Brand (2017) Six-year follow-up of the treatment of patients with dissociative disorders study

• This paper shows improvements among the TOP DD patients 6 years after the start of the study.

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Clinical E-Journal

Invitation to Submit Articles to Frontiers

Andreas Laddis, Co-Editor

How to submit an article to Frontiers

Frontiers is here! How did you like it? Steve Frankel and I, Co-Editors of Frontiers in the Psychotherapy of Trauma and Dissociation, welcome your comments, judgments and suggestions. You may send them to or

Invitation to submit articles

We are eager to host articles from ISSTD members. Frontiers also welcomes articles from colleagues outside our Society, but we count on our members for a stream of thoughtful reports on your little clinical triumphs, your insights and improvisations.

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Committee Spotlight

Spotlight on the Membership Committee

Warwick Middleton MB BS, FRANZCP, MD

The ISSTD Membership Committee is co-chaired by Warwick Middleton and Adah Sachs. The Membership Committee’s primary roles are to develop and sustain membership in ISSTD, to assist colleagues in finding their way to membership of the ISSTD, and once they are members to assist them in identifying solid reasons for maintaining their membership. The Committee also encourages members to take an active role in ISSTD. In this “Spotlight” Warwick highlights the importance of ISSTD membership for all who are interested in the trauma and dissociation field.

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Regional Conferences

Regional Conference Recap – Denver

Peter Maves, PhD

The Denver Regional Conference, held on 8 September, was well-attended by an enthusiastic group of professionals who spanned all disciplines.

Steve Frankel, ISSTD’s resident attorney and clinical psychologist, spent the morning speaking about his core concepts of treating complex trauma and dissociative disorders, relating DID organization to the Warsaw Ghetto.  His many examples and lively interactive presentation style was a real hit with the audience.

The afternoon began with a presentation by Peter Maves and Julia Schwab about the theory and practice of using art in a “bottom up” fashion to inform the treatment of trauma and dissociative conditions, and the ways art can contribute to increased clarification, substantiation and validation of memory content and feelings. 

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Members Clinical Corner

Multigenerational Dissociation: A Framework for Building Narrative

In the following commentary, Deirdre Kramer offers a fascinating account of Sally McCollum’s compelling narrative approach to the healing of multigenerational dissociation. Noting that intergenerational transmission of trauma `features significantly in the therapy room’, and referencing the themes of betrayal blindness, reenactment, and revictimization, Deirdre discusses McCollum’s powerful work with the great grand-daughter of the youngest survivor of an Indian massacre of the late nineteenth century. In the course of so doing, she depicts how ‘attachment to the family narrative may create not only a blindness to the danger, but an unconscious attraction to recreating it, in order to retain symbolic attachment to the parents’.

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Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteer Spotlight: Tally Tripp, Founder of the Creative Arts Therapies SIG

Tell us a bit about yourself

I am a licensed clinical social worker and a board-certified, registered art therapist in private practice in Alexandria VA. My interest in working with people affected by trauma has its roots in my art therapy training some 35 years ago. Back then we didn’t talk about “trauma” the way we do now; but our experiential, “bottom-up” approach was essentially “trauma-informed.” To continue my professional growth, I joined ISST-D and pursued certification in both Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.

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