Monthly Archives: December 2018

Letter From The President

A Holiday Message from ISSTD

Kevin Connors, MS, MFT

Greetings ISSTD Members,

2018 has been an eventful year. Outstanding steps were taken towards meeting our Mission: “To advance clinical, scientific, and societal understanding about the prevalence and consequences of chronic trauma and dissociation.” I would like to share some of them with you and to acknowledge all the hard work done by our volunteers.

Your Board worked diligently to develop our Strategic Plan, informing and guiding our steps through 2018 and into 2019.

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Clinical E-Journal

JTD & Frontiers Table of Contents (December 2018)

Journal of Trauma & Dissociation

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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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News You Can Use

News You Can Use

Kate McMaugh, Editor, ISSTD News

ISSTD Fellow Inspires a New Book Exploring her Influence

ISSTD Fellow Valerie Sinason, PhD, is a world-renowned pioneer in the field of therapy for those with disabilities. Editor Alan Corbett has produced a book in tribute to her influence on this emerging and important field. The book Intellectual Disability and Psychotherapy: The Theories, Practice and Influence of Valerie Sinason, 1st Edition, has just been published by Routledge.

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Board Briefs

Introduction to the 2019 Board of Directors

Christine Forner, BA, BSW, MSW

Hello ISSTD Members,

I would like to take this time to introduce myself and all of our new 2019 Board Members. Before I introduce your new leadership, I would like to send my heartfelt gratitude to the Board Members who have completed their service commitments to the ISSTD.

Dr. Paula Thompson served on the board for 6 years. Paula was dedicated to expanding our language and understanding of dissociation, dissociation within the creative arts and dissociation and attachment.

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Donate to ISSTD

Consider a Gift to ISSTD this Holiday Season

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 including writing the Treatment Guidelines for DID, organising regional seminars, writing the ISSTD Newsletter, putting together the components of our Professional Training Program (PTP), and convening great conferences incorporating cutting edge speakers and a vibrant social program.

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Clinical E-Journal

Editorial Assistant Needed – Frontiers Clinical E-Journal

ISSTD’s clinical E-Journal, Frontiers in the Psychotherapy of Trauma & Dissociation, is looking for an editorial assistant! This is a great opportunity for all members, including students or emerging professionals to get involved with ISSTD and receive discounted and free trainings with ISSTD! This person will provide support to the Frontiers Editor Andreas Laddis and the ISSTD staff as we continue to grow the e-journal. Job description and requirements are below.

Job Description: Under the direction of the Frontiers Editor and ISSTD staff, the editorial assistant will:

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Spreading the Word

The Trauma and Mental Health Report

Shelley Hua

Welcome back. This month I’m delighted to interview Dr. Robert T. Muller, PhD.

Dr. Muller trained at Harvard, was on faculty at the University of Massachusetts, and is currently at York University in Toronto. He is a Fellow of the ISSTD for his work on trauma treatment, and his bestseller, Trauma & the Avoidant Client won the 2011 ISSTD award for the year’s best written work on trauma.

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Trauma & Dissociation in the News

And more on the Wildfires

Kate McMaugh, ISSTD News Editor

Just as we reflect on how the Wildfires have come so close to some ISSTD members, and effected the very therapists who are usually there to support others in their trauma, some feel-good news surfaces.

ISSTD Member Susan Pease Banitt, LCSW was contacted by a childhood friend, who is a Social Worker in California, who wanted to know if she could get some copies of Sue’s book: The Trauma Tool Kit: Healing PTSD From the Inside Out (Quest, 2012).

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Trauma & Dissociation in the News

Fire is the Greatest Purifier: A Therapist Reflects on Surviving the California Wildfires

Ericha Scott, PhD

I have wondered, before now, if the dystopian stories embedded in our lives and creative culture prepared us or numbed us for disaster. Now, I can say, they do not do either.

The day before the fire, I noticed and commented on an odd vacuous energy in the air – as if the oxygen had been removed. My colleague noticed it as well. We both knew about the fires in Thousand Oaks, but neither of us imagined the fires were coming our way with a wall of flames – sometimes 100 feet high – in less than 24 hours.

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Publications of Interest

Animal Assisted Therapy for Trauma

Lynn Hazard, LCSW, Coordinator, POI

This quarter we are taking a look at the recent information regarding animal-assisted therapy. You may have read Michelle M. Yarberry’s article in ISSTD News’s Kid’s Korner July 2018: Squeaks, nuzzles, tail wags, woofs, and whinnies: An experiential glimpse into animal/equine-assisted psychotherapy/play therapy.

Our trauma and dissociative clients have many unique challenges that often include difficulty with self-regulation, grounding, social interaction, bonding, and self-confidence. Animals are increasingly recognized as a valuable support system for social and emotional growth and healing for these clients.

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