Monthly Archives: November 2018

Letter From The President

I Touch the Earth, the Earth Touches Me

Kevin Connors, MS, MFT

“When I paint I am influenced by the texture of the paper, the viscosity of the paint, the condition of the brush. I reach down to make a thin line and it comes out plump. Then the picture takes a new direction – I influencing it; it influencing me.”

Hugh Prather
I Touch the Earth, the Earth Touches Me

I find it funny how the projects I take on; take on a life of their own.

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News You Can Use

News You Can Use

Kate McMaugh, Editor, ISSTD News

Paul Dell article wins Important Award

An article by ISSTD Fellow, Paul Dell, PhD, recently won the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis’ Ernest R. & Josephine R. Hilgard Award for Best Theoretical Paper on Hypnosis: “Reconsidering the autohypnotic model of the dissociative disorders [Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, 19(5)].

The article challenges the hypnosis field and the dissociation field to re-think (1) the link between autohypnosis and dissociation, and (2) the nature of the dissociative disorders.

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Clinical E-Journal

JTD and Frontiers Table of Contents (November 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

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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Partner News

7th Biennial ESTD Conference – Rome: October 24-26, 2019

We are delighted to invite you to Rome for our 7th biennial conference, October 24-26, 2019. The theme of this ESTD Conference is “The Legacy of Trauma and Dissociation – Body and Mind in a New Perspective”: a challenging notion for both clinicians and researchers! Throughout the program we will explore these issues from many different perspectives, and across all developmental phases, from childhood to old age. Go to to learn more about the conference.

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2019 Webinar Schedule and Full-Year Webinar Pass

ISSTD is pleased to announce the 2019 Webinar Schedule!

Make the most of our training opportunities by taking advantage of our Full-Year Webinar Pass! Participate in a full-year of webinars for a discounted price. Those who purchase the pass have access to all live and recorded webinars in 2019. CE Credits are included for live webinar participation but must be purchased for recorded webinars for an additional charge through our CE Co-Sponsor, CE Learning Systems.

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Special Interest Groups

SIG Update: Creative Arts Therapy SIG

Tally Tripp, CAT SIG Chair

The Creative Arts Therapies Special Interest Group (CAT SIG) is one of the “youngest” of the Special Interest Groups of ISSTD. Founded in 2017 by three art therapists (Tally Tripp, Linda Gantt and Eva Young), this enthusiastic group was formed to highlight the unique and important contribution that the creative arts (visual art, music, dance, drama, poetry) can make to the treatment of trauma and dissociation.

Our 70 or so members include creative arts therapists from across the globe, as well as clinicians from all backgrounds and disciplines, who either use or appreciate the role of the arts in healing trauma.

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Committee Spotlight

News from the Professional Training Program

Su Baker, MEd, Professional Training Program Chair

It has been about a year since our last update to members and it has been busy.

The teleseminar format for teaching in a “virtual classroom” continues to grow and is very successful. There are currently two courses on adult complex trauma and dissociative disorders available in the teleseminar format, with two parts to each course. Currently, there is at least one section of each of these four courses being taught and in some cases several sections are currently being taught.

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Committee Spotlight

Certificate Committee

Lynette Danylchuk, PhD, Certificate Committee Chair

ISSTD’s Certificate Program began in 2012. Paul Dell created a document outlining the Core Areas of Knowledge for professionals working with people with complex trauma and dissociation issues.

A Certificate from ISSTD’s Center for Advanced Studies in Trauma and Dissociation is the gold standard in trauma education. It reflects the standards of ISSTD, the oldest professional organization that is dedicated to the understanding and treatment of severely traumatized people.

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Special Interest Groups

The 2018 RAMCOA All-Day Webinar

Alison Miller, PhD, Registered Psychologist (retired)

Since I live in the Pacific Northwest, my “all-day” webinar began at 6 a.m., when Professor Warwick Middleton, from Australia, began his presentation at midnight, Australian time. As I sat bleary-eyed in front of my computer, Warwick kickstarted the day, with his talk: A Life Sentence: How the Study of Ongoing Incest During Adulthood Informs us About the Nature of Organised Abuse. This informative talk was amply illustrated by pictures of news reports of convicted abusers from all over the world, demonstrating links between ongoing incestuous families and organized abuser networks.

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