Monthly Archives: October 2017

Letter From The President

Fishing and Begging in the Service of ISSTD

Martin Dorahy, PhD

As a younger ISSTD member I fondly remember reading the president’s reports written by Rich Chefetz. Each edition of the newsletter would start with Rich’s piece, that often took us readers on a fishing expedition with him. He used to take us through the trip, helping us understand the art of fishing and the tactics that helped attract the fish to the bait and ‘convinced’ it to bite. But biting is not the end of the story, the angler then has to successfully reel the fish in, delicately working the line to ensure the fish does not get off the hook, get snagged on rocks, or break the line.

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Welcome ISSTD New Members – October 2017

Susan Adams
Laura Ballard
Cassandra Bransford
Todd Coryell
Noula Diamontopoulos
Heather Hruby
Amy Huddleston
Cathy Kezelman
Veronica Mollere
Jennifer Raymond
Rachel Thomas
Sophie Fink
Natile Hung
Kristi Lynne Koerner
Brooke Lopes
Andrea Scudder
Paula Soto
Jennifer Cochran
Cassandra Colbert
Christine Hill
Liz Ornelas
Michelle Saelin
Lee-Anne Woznak

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Annual Awards

2018 ISSTD Awards to Honor Your Colleague’s Efforts

Richard Chefetz, M.D.

The time is upon us to honor those amongst us who have taken their energy and invested it in the creation of a gift for the rest of us: a work of literature, visual arts, a work from the heart. Each year some people have the temerity to believe that others might be interested in what they have to say about something, or they are just so filled with energy about something important to them that they can’t help but do something about it.

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Trauma & Dissociation in the News

Intimate Partner Violence: A Dissociative Family Dance

As part of Acknowledging Domestic Violence Awareness Month Alison Miller writes about dissociative processes in Intimate partner violence.

During the years when I worked primarily with families, I frequently encountered intimate partner violence (IPV). I remember a man who told me he had watched himself chase his wife around a tree with an axe, just as he had watched his father do to his mother; and a woman from a traditional oriental family in which displays of emotions were strictly forbidden, who came to therapy because she was abusing her husband in uncontrollable rage outbursts.

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Trauma & Dissociation in the News

Love Shouldn’t Hurt and the TwoGood Project

With October being DV Awareness month in the US, we felt it was timely to focus ISSTD News on issues of Domestic Violence.

In Australia, while it is not DV Awareness Month, media attention and focus is increasing prior to their main awareness raising campaign in November. New ISSTD member Noula Diamantopoulos is a psychotherapist and artist who is part of an innovative campaign that is sponsored by a partnership between Twogood & Deliveroo & Amex.

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2018 Board of Directors Elections

Elections for the 2018 Board of Directors close on November 17, 2017.
These are the Board-approved candidates for the vacancies:

President Elect:
Christine Forner, BA, BSW, MSW, Registered Social Worker

Director Member:
Lisa Danylchuk, EdM, MFT, ERYT
Dana Ross, MD
Michael Salter, PhD

For more information about candidates click here.

In addition to the candidates for the Board of Directors, there is also a proposed amendment to the bylaws on the ballot.

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Regional Conferences

Baltimore Regional Conference: A Great Success! Recordings Available!

On Saturday, October 21, 2017, ISSTD, in partnership with Sheppard Pratt Health System, Towson University, and the TOP DD Study, hosted a one day Regional Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

More than 100 therapists and 15 students and trainees from across the United States gathered to hear conference speakers which included Bethany Brand, Richard Chefetz, Kathy Steele, Richard Loewenstein, and Ruth Lanius. It was a particular joy for attendees to listen to a special post-lunch conversation with Frank Putnam.

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Committee Spotlight

Spotlight on the Marketing Committee

Peter Maves, Marketing Committee Chair

The ISSTD Marketing Committee has a dual purpose – to promote ISSTD both ‘outwards’ and ‘inwards’.

By promoting ‘outwards’ it has a mission to promote ISSTD as the premier place to learn about the phenomenology, diagnosis and treatment of Complex Trauma and Dissociation, and finding ways to increase ISSTD membership and income streams.

It also aims to ‘promote inwards’ by keeping members informed of events and the opportunities available through ISSTD (conferences, webinars, regional seminars, PTP’s, the Book Club/ISSTD World)

The Committee is chaired by Peter Maves and members include: Jade Barclay, Michael Coy, Victoria Donahue, Mary-Anne Kate, Gary Peterson, Rochelle Sharpe Lohrasbe, with assistance from Bob Slater , Mary Pat Hanlin and Bethany Bjur.

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Journal of Trauma & Dissociation

Journal of Trauma & Dissociation: Table of Contents (October 2017)

Check out the entire library online of the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation – your member benefit – now!

Table of Contents

Volume 18, Issue 1
Volume 18, Issue 2
Volume 18, Issue 3
Volume 18, Issue 4
Volume 18, Issue 5

Are you interested in auto publication alerts?
To set up a quick and each way to get a ‘new content alerts’ for JTD, go to the JTD page at Taylor & Francis and click the ‘Alert me’ button under the graphic of the JTD.

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ISSTD’s First Ever All Day Webinar

The ISSTD Webinar committee was very excited to host our first ever all day Webinar. The Ritual Abuse, Mind Control and Organized Abuse (RAMCOA) special interest group (SIG) was initially asking to do a series of Webinars because they had so many topics that they wanted to talk about and there was such a demand for basic information on RAMCOA. Therese and Mary Pat suggested we do it in a day long format. It was a huge success with over 40 people registered and lively questions and discussions.

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