Monthly Archives: July 2019

Letter From The President

Life at the Border

Christine Forner, BA, BSW, MSW

This month I had the privilege of visiting the city of El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. As one of the keynote speakers at the Trauma and Resilience in the Border Land Conference I was able to see and hear first-hand stories of what is happening at the Border. What I witnessed is both horrifying and brilliant. As a Canadian who lives very far from the US/Mexican Boarder, I have been shown terrible images that depict a very clear racism.

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Regional Conferences

‘Changing Landscapes’ Conference, Otautahi/Christchurch, New Zealand: Early Bird Deadline Approaches

Kate McMaugh, Editor, ISSTD News

There is just one month to go until the early bird deadline expires on the ISSTD conference in Otautahi/Christchurch, New Zealand: Changing Landscapes – Innovations in the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation. Don’t miss this last chance to join the world’s leaders in complex trauma and dissociation, for a very affordable price.

While previous bi-national ISSTD conferences have been held in Australia, this is the first ever ISSTD conference to be held in New Zealand.

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Trauma & Dissociation in the News

Prostitution, Modern Sexual Slavery, Sex Trafficking and Bondage of the Human Mind: A Reflection Regarding Our Times

E Hitchcock Scott, PhD, LPCC917

Other than TV, the first time I heard about sex for hire, I was sixteen years old. I had just interviewed for my first job. During the interview, I quickly decided that I was not interested in the advertised role of emptying vender machines. As I was preparing to leave the interviewer said, “I have an escort service”. When I asked what that meant he explained, “All you have to do is get dressed up and go out with men for dinner and a show.

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Special Interest Groups

Potential New SIG: Trauma and Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) Experience

H.L. “Lou” Himes, PsyD

Gender is a complex aspect of human development and identity, which forms in concert with, but independently from biological sex and sexuality. Yet, gender is often equated with biological sex and/or reduced to a simple rigid, binary construct which imposes separate, distinct sets of norms on those deemed men or women. More and more, with the help of good theory and the patience of our clients, mental health professionals are beginning to understand the true complexities of gender, the distinct developmental processes inherent in gender identity development, and the detrimental effects experienced by those whose experiences of gender do not fit neatly into an overly simplified gender-construct.

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Committee Spotlight

Committee Spotlight: UN Taskforce

Karen Hopenwasser, MD

These past months have been busy times for our ISSTD activity at the U.N. On April 29, 2019 we (Karen Hopenwasser, Ariel Lublin and Robert Schwab) participated in a day long activity, Interactive Multi-Stakeholder Hearing on Universal Health Coverage. We submitted a jointly written statement with the Committee on Mental Health on the necessity of universal, trauma-informed mental health care. Though we were not called upon to read our statement it was an opportunity to network and dialogue with others.

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Regional Conferences

Austin Regional Conference: Early Bird Registration Now Open

ISSTD’s next Regional Conference will be held in Austin, Texas on October 4, 2019. This workshop Dissociative Identity Disorder: How To Recognize It and Principles of Treatment will be a full day event led by ISSTD Fellow and Past President, Dr. Colin Ross, known as a world-leader in the treatment of Dissociative Disorders, and Melissa Engle, who is co-founder and co-owner of Healing Springs Ranch, a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Registered Art Therapist.

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Clinical E-Journal

JTD & Frontiers Table of Contents (June 2019)

Journal of Trauma & Dissociation

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

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Kid's Korner

Therapy with Dissociated Youth, Using the STAR Model

Giles Sieburg, MFTLP

Treating dissociation at times can feel like groping around in the dark. We know we are in the right ballpark, but every session can be an act of straining to interpret and understand what is being presented.

Ever since I started doing treatment and parenting as a therapeutic foster parent, I wanted desperately to have a decoder ring to understand what was going on, and how to engage and respond.

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News You Can Use

News You Can Use

Kate McMaugh, Editor, ISSTD News

Trauma Workshop Series at Sheppard Pratt Health System
The Trauma Disorders Program is delighted to begin the Trauma Workshop Series at Sheppard Pratt Health System this September.

The first speaker, on September 6, 2019,  is Robert Ursano, M.D. former chair of psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, MD. Dr. Ursano is one of the most senior clinicians and researchers in the world of trauma studies.

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