Monthly Archives: October 2018

Letter From The President

This is the Sound of All of Us

Kevin Connors, MS, MFT

Greetings ISSTD

How do we advocate for survivors?

Our mission is to promote understanding and treatment of complex trauma and dissociative disorders. Our clients are among the most traumatized people in the world. Their experiences shake even the most seasoned of us. Yet despite the growing mountain of evidence, we find that some sectors of society still won’t hear or acknowledge what happens in the dark corners of human relationships.

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News You Can Use

News You Can Use

Kate McMaugh, Editor, ISSTD News

Website on Psychogenic Seizures

ISSTD Member Lorna Myers, PhD, developed a comprehensive website ( on dissociative seizures (also known as, psychogenic non-epileptic seizures-PNES). It features a diverse array of informational topics including frequently asked questions (FAQs), reading recommendations both for professionals and patients, webinars, useful links and downloadable information forms for patients and caregivers. There is also an associated Facebook page and blog on PNES that can be visited from the launching site.

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Clinical E-Journal

JTD and Frontiers Table of Contents (October 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 19, Issue 5

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Donate to ISSTD

The Gift that Keeps on Giving

ISSTD is in the midst of some major changes, as many have noticed with the launch of ISSTDWorld, the new online community for ISSTD members. These changes are designed to benefit our membership in new and exciting ways by increasing training opportunities, improving technology and the resources it provides, and better representing the mission of the Society to the public.

As many of you know, ISSTD is celebrating it’s 35th Anniversary in 2018.

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2019 Annual Conference

2019 Annual Awards Nominations Now Open!

The Annual Awards Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2019 ISSTD Annual Awards and for ISSTD Fellow status to deserving recipients.

For more information on the all of the ISSTD award categories including a list of past recipients, please visit the Annual Awards page.

Award nominations will be accepted until December 17, 2018 at 11:59pm EST.

Please link to the following forms for your nominations:
Annual Awards Nomination Form
Fellow Endorsement Form

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Trauma & Dissociation in the News

A Nation Apologises to Institutional Sexual Assault Survivors

Kate McMaugh, Editor, ISSTD News

In a world where children (or adult survivors) reporting sexual abuse are frequently ignored, accused of lying, or of having over-active imaginations, Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse has been a beacon of hope.

The Royal Commission was announced in 2012 and the scope of the 6-year process was enormous, with over 42, 000 calls taken, over 25, 000 letters and emails received, and over 8000 private sessions held for survivors to tell their story.

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Strengthening the ISSTD International Community

On Monday, October 5 ISSTD officially launched its new membership community platform, ISSTDWorld. This new platform is designed for members to engage with each other through discussions, resource sharing, committee involvement, and learning opportunities such as the member-only virtual book club.

We are thrilled to report that in just the first three weeks, nearly a third of members have logged into the new system, updated their profile, participated in a discussion, shared a resource or visited the new Member Resources area.

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Spreading the Word

The Blue Knot Foundation, Australia

Shelley Hua

Welcome back. October brings us to the great work of the Blue Knot Foundation, Australia’s National Centre of Excellence for Complex Trauma, with a focus on those who have experienced childhood trauma. Blue Knot Foundation was founded in 1995, as a self-help organisation called ASCA (Advocated for Survivors of Child Abuse). It was developed by survivors for survivors but over its 23 year history has combined the composite voice and passion of survivors with that of academics, clinicians and researchers.

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Creative Space

Creative Space

Noula Diamantopoulos, Curator

The issues that we delve into as clinicians seep through our being and an alchemical process takes place, with the issues expressed again in a process we call Art.

Ruined and Improved

In this first piece, Ericha shares with us an expression of that mystical process – symbolic brush marks and colours that invite us to pause and mindfully reflect. We are able to experience with our own senses and are gifted the opportunity to narrate our own meaning from it.

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Trauma & Dissociation in the News

The Role of Shame within Domestic Violence Relationships

Christine Forner, BA, BSW, MSW, RSW

October is Domestic Violence (DV) Awareness Month in the USA. Many other countries have similar months at different times of the year. During this time it is very important to bring these situations and circumstances to the forefront of our minds.

We know that interpersonally violent situations are very damaging for everyone involved, and children especially. Brain images show us that the brains of children look very similar to the brains of war vets who have PTSD (McCrory, et al., 2011).

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