Monthly Archives: June 2019

Letter From The President

Presence, Patience, Dignity and Compassion: Unspoken Requirements of Being a Human

Christine Forner, BA, BSW, MSW

As I write this month’s Letter, I am struck by the mini-series: ‘When they see us.’ This mini-series leads me to examine the role of parents within the area of complex trauma and dissociation. What is really circling around in my mind is how much children need their parents and the consequences which occur when parents are removed. Conversely, what also happens when parents are around.

The Netflix movie “When they See US” is a docudrama about the “Central Park Five”, a group of boys ages 14-16, who were accused of raping a woman, and the subsequent trial and jail time they all faced.

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Donate to ISSTD

Donations Help ISSTD Complete Major Projects

Thank you to everyone who donated to ISSTD in 2017-2018 as part of our 35 for the 35th Donation Campaign. Through the generous donations of more than 100 individuals, we were able to raise $21,826.80 towards our $35,000 goal. While we did not meet our overall goal, these funds enabled us to complete a number of new projects including:

Introduction of the redesigned ISSTD website, including an update to our branding;
Launch of the ISSTDWorld platform where members can now access member resources, update their Find-a-Therapist listing and participate in community discussions, all in one location;
Increase of the number of online educational offerings including webinars and teleseminar courses;
Capture of slides and audio for a limited number of conference presentations which will be available individually and in packages for purchase with continuing education credits;
Development of additional content specifically for students and emerging professionals, including a conference track for psychiatric residents; and
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2020 Annual Conference

Announcing Our 2020 Annual Conference Plenary Speakers

ISSTD 37th Annual International Conference
The World Congress on Complex Trauma and Dissociation
2020: Envisioning the Coming Decade
March 12 – March 16, 2020
InterContinental Hotel San Francisco

2020 Call for Proposals and Plenary Speaker Information

The International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation is pleased to announce our Call for Proposals for our 2020 Conference will run August 1 through September 23, 2019.

We are looking for creative, innovative, and exciting presentations on all aspects of understanding, researching, and treating complex trauma and dissociative disorders.

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Committee Spotlight

The Goodwin Fund: Increasing Access to Training in Trauma and Dissociation

Christine Forner, BA, BSW, MSW

The Goodwin Fund was created in the name of Jean Goodwin. Jean Goodwin is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst specializing in the treatment of patients suffering from the consequences of sexual abuse, incest and family violence. A co-founder of the Houston Galveston Trauma Institute, Dr. Goodwin is currently a faculty member of the Houston Galveston Psychoanalytic Institute and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

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Trauma & Dissociation in the News

World Refugee Day

Mary-Anne Kate, PhD

World Refugee Day, held every year on June 20th, commemorates the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees, shows support for refugees, and requests that governments work together and do their fair share for refugees.

Who is a refugee?
A refugee is a person who has been forced to flee their country because of persecution, war or violence. Refugees by definition are traumatised individuals, with the legal criteria for refugee status requiring the person to have a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group and that, for these reasons, they are unable to return home or are afraid to do so.

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Publications of Interest

Publications of Interest Refugees, Trauma and Dissociation

 Kate McMaugh, Editor ISSTD News

Introducing our new Assistant Editor of Publications of Interest

I am really delighted to introduce our new Assistant Editor of Publications of Interest, our quarterly feature where we draw attention to a small selection of recently published articles around a certain theme.

Michael Serpico has kindly volunteered for this role and will be taking over POI from next quarter. Michael is a fourth year doctoral student at Nova Southeastern University, located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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Committee Spotlight

Scientific Committee

Vedat Şar

ISSTD Scientific Committee has been active since 2012. Members of the Committee are selected for a three year term, which can be extended. One third of the Committee is replaced every year, enabling continuity. It is international and global in composition, and both clinicians and researchers are represented.

Former presidents of ISSTD, Vedat Şar, MD (Turkey) and Warwick Middleton, MD (Australia) serve as Chair and Vice-Chair of the Committee.

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Volunteer Spotlight

Spotlight on Volunteers: Michael Salter

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m an Associate Professor of Criminology and research fellow based at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. My research is focused on the the organised sexual abuse of children. A lot of my research involves detailed interview work with adult survivors, and I’m really interested in survivor experiences of the mental health system, law enforcement and other key agencies.

Tell us something most of us may not know about you.

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