Monthly Archives: April 2019

Letter From The President

Healing the Wounded Child: A Common Thread for all of us

Christine Forner, President

The Month of April is Child Abuse Prevention Month in the USA, and so in April each year our Newsletter has a special focus on child and adolescent issues. This provides an opportunity to review what brings us all here in the first place. The field of complex trauma and dissociation is born in the realm of the lost child. It is the hurt, abused and neglected child that draws us all to the halls of the ISSTD.

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News You Can Use

News You Can Use

Kate McMaugh, Editor, ISSTD News

Rediscovering Pierre Janet

Pierre Janet is well-recognised as a pioneer of our field. Once seemingly near-forgotten by the psychological sciences, he is being discovered anew in recent years.

Esteemed ISSTD Fellow Onno van der Hart, PhD has long been a champion of furthering our knowledge of Janet. He joins Giuseppe Craparo and Francesca Ortu in editing a newly released book: Rediscovering Pierre Janet: Trauma, Dissociation, and a New Context for Psychoanalysis.

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Clinical E-Journal

JTD & Frontiers Table of Contents (April 2019)

Journal of Trauma & Dissociation

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Table of Contents
Volume 20, Issue 1
Volume 20, Issue 2
Volume 19, Issue 3
Volume 19, Issue 4
Volume 19, Issue 5

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2019 Annual Conference

Special Thanks to our Outgoing Board Members

Kate McMaugh, Editor, ISSTD News

Our Annual Conference saw us honour our outgoing Board Members. Our Board Members generously give of their time, for years, to lead our organisation, fitting this role in around their clinical, teaching and research roles. Many continue to be involved in ISSTD both before and after their time on the Board. At each Annual Conference we take a moment to thank those departing the Board after their period of Service.

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Committee Spotlight

Child & Adolescent Committee – An Update

Na’ama Yehuda, Committee Co-Chair

The ISSTD Child & Adolescent Committee (C&A Committee) is co-chaired by Fran Waters and Na’ama Yehuda, and includes members from around the world: Argentina, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, the US, and the UK.

The C&A Committee’s mission is to improve awareness, knowledge, training, and information about child and adolescent trauma and dissociation; and to work to increase the number of child professionals who specialize in research, education and treatment of developmental trauma and dissociative disorders, internationally.

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Caul Awards

David Caul Graduate Research Grants – Application Period Open Now!


The application period is open now for the David Caul Graduate Research Grant! The award is named for David Caul, MD, the fourth president of ISSTD in 1987, (then known as the International Society for the Study of Multiple Personality & Dissociation) a dedicated and beloved leader in the field of dissociation. This grant is designed to support research that is primarily concerned with dissociation or closely related topics.

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2019 Annual Conference

ISSTD Annual Conference: Reflections of First-time Attendees

Learning and Connecting with Colleagues Across the Globe

Cheryl Nifoussi, LCSW, LMFT, Retired Psychoanalyst

I attended the three-day ASCH Basic Hypnosis Training and the first day of the ISSTD conference. The training surpassed all of my positive expectations. The combination of didactic and experiential learning was very well-balanced and the facilitators created a safe environment for learning.

Saturday’s Plenary address was by Dr. Gabor Maté, author of the book, “When the Body Says No.” (For those who missed his lecture, similar talks are available on YouTube.) He is an engaging speaker, and he was at his best when he invited Rosita Cortizo to participate in a demonstration illustrating the constructive use of anger to set boundaries.

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Kid's Korner

Reading the Child Within: How Bibliotherapy can Help the Victim of Child Sexual Abuse

Agnes Wohl, ACSW, LCSW and Gregory W Kirschen, PhD

Child sexual abuse is an extensive health problem in the United States (U.S.) and leads to a variety of serious mental and physical health issues throughout the lifetime of the individual (Townsend & Rheingold, 2013). Short and long term consequences include exacerbation of autoimmune diseases, labile affect, dissociation, mood dysregulation, poor self-esteem, and problems related to boundary formation (Bass & Davis, 2008; Chew, 1998; Courtois, 2014; Dube et al., 2009; Finkelhor, 1986; Kaufman & Wohl, 1992).

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