Monthly Archives: July 2018

Letter From The President

Getting Ready for the 2019 Conference: Our Call for Proposals opens August 1

Kevin Connors, MS, MFT

Greetings Dear Colleagues,

I have the joy of wearing two hats; the shiny president’s chapeau and a hard hat for the hard working Annual Conference Committee. I am going to focus on the latter role and the current plans and progress of the Conference Committee as we prepare for the 2019 World Congress on Complex Trauma: Research | Intervention |  Innovation.

I hope you are all aware that the 2019 conference will be held in New York City from March 28th through April 1st at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel in the heart of New York’s theatre district.

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News You Can Use

News You Can Use

Kate McMaugh, Editor, ISSTD News

Re-launch of Popular Attachment Journal

In news that will bring relief to many of its fans, Attachment: New Directions In Psychotherapy and Relational Psychoanalysis is once more up and running, with the first new edition due out in August.

Attachment, edited by ISSTD member Orit Badouk-Epstein, and produced by the Bowlby Centre in London, has developed a following among those interested in attachment, and its strong trauma informed focus made it of particular interest to ISSTD Members, a number of whom have written articles for the journal.

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Clinical E-Journal

JTD and Frontiers Table of Contents (July 2018)

Journal of Trauma & Dissociation

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

Table of Contents
Volume 19, Issue 1
Volume 19, Issue 2
Volume 19, Issue 3
Volume 19, 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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Regional Conferences

Regional Conference Recap: Chester, UK

Jeanie McIntee, PhD

In June this year ISSTD and UK-based CTC Psychological Services joined forced to celebrate ISSTD’s 35th anniversary and CTC’s 30th anniversaries by holding a joint conference, in Chester UK.

The conference focused on the topic of Developmental Trauma and Dissociation, whilst also promoting the UK Government strategy of child mental health.

The conference was held in Chester’s prestigious, Grosvenor Hotel and Spa, located within the picturesque Roman walled city.

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Retired . . . but Still a Member

Kate McMaugh, Editor, ISSTD News

Members of ISSTD who retire are still able to enjoy connection with colleagues working in the field of trauma and dissociation, through the ISSTD Retired Membership category. The Retired Membership is open to members who have retired from active practice or research. To be eligible for Retired Membership, the member must be at least 65 years of age and have paid dues to the Society for 10 or more years.

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Special Interest Groups

Ritual Abuse, Mind Control and Organised Abuse (RAMCOA) SIG

Kate McMaugh and Michael Salter

The RAMCOA SIG is a special interest group for those members of ISSTD who research or provide clinical services to those affected by all forms of organised and extreme abuse.

With over 150 members this is a vibrant online meeting place where clinical and other relevant issues can be discussed in a supportive and safe manner. The SIG is supported by the Executive made up of Michael Salter (Chair), Alison Miller (past Chair), Susan Hykes (moderator), Rosita Cortizo (moderator-elect), Kate McMaugh (Secretary), Valerie Sinason (Chair elect) and Lynette Danylchuk (secretary elect).

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Special Interest Groups

Ritual Abuse, Mind Control and Organised Abuse: Examining our History and Looking Forward

Michael Salter, PhD

I was a teenager when ritual abuse was first reported in Australia. A series of newspaper articles in the mid-1990s claimed that women were entering psychotherapy only to ‘recover’ memories of grotesque and improbable abuse. The general thrust of coverage was that the movement against child abuse had gone too far, and that therapists and social workers were encouraging, and sometimes forcing, children and women to imagine abuse that had never happened.

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Creative Space

Self Care and the Therapist

Noula Diamantopoulos, Editor

How do you take care of yourself as a therapist to prevent burnout and bring the best version of yourself to each therapeutic encounter?

Bringing the mind to rest, to pause, to fallow is important. Creating an intentional rest time also allows for new ideas to sprout. We need to fallow.

One of the ways to do this is to engage with a creative process.

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Committee Spotlight

Communications and Marketing Committee

Robert B. Slater, MSW, LCSW-R, Chair, Communications and Marketing Committee

We hope that everybody in the northern hemisphere is having a good summer, while those in the south are surviving their winter.

The Communication and Marketing Committee is getting ready for what looks to be one of the most exciting years in ISSTD history. We are, for the first time, going to be having our annual conference for 2019 in the Big Apple, New York City!

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Members Clinical Corner

MCC Commentary: Ruth Blizard

For this edition of MCC, Ruth Blizard discusses a challenging conceptualisation and topic in her commentary on the paper `Weaponized sex: Defensive pseudo-erotic aggression in the service of safety’ by Rick Kluft (JTD, 18, 3, 259-283).
Pam Stavropoulos
Editor, MCC

Ruth A. Blizard, PhD, is a psychologist practicing over 35 years in the Binghamton, NY. She has published articles integrating psychoanalytic concepts and attachment theory in the treatment of trauma, borderline personality, psychosis and the spectrum of dissociative disorders.

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