Clinical Reflections

Announcing a New Clinical Reflections Feature

ISSTD News is excited to announce the launch this month of a new feature – a Clinical Reflections column which will be published quarterly. This month we kick off with a fascinating article by Michele Yarberry, in which she describes a playful and creative approach to treatment with a traumatized child. I hope this article is an enjoyable and informative read, and that it inspires some of you to write an article, sharing the work you do, or your reflections on clinical issues.

Clinical Reflections will publish articles relating to the assessment and treatment of complex trauma and dissociation. We aim to make this column a place where clinicians can write, read, reflect upon, and discuss issues and ideas related to their work in the field of complex trauma and dissociative disorders. We hope this feature will enable us to write and read about the type of cases or clinical issues that are most relevant to us.

However, in order to make Clinical Reflections happen, we need your help! Contributions will only be open to ISSTD Members, so we need you, our members, to contribute articles sharing their treatment tips, thoughts, and reflections.

Clinical Reflections aims to publish articles written by practicing clinicians to share clinical knowledge and experience. Priority is given to articles with an applied clinical focus, that can be used by clinicians to enhance their practice. This of the type of article that a clinician-in-practice can write, from their own clinical experience. Examples could include:

  • A discussion of a clinical case/cases you have worked with (obviously with written permission and carefully de-identified).
  • Exploration of themes or issues that occur in therapy.
  • General discussions of clinical issues – e.g. a review and discussion paper.
  • Clinical reflections which thoughtfully explore your own experience and learnings in therapy.
  • Opinion pieces on clinical issues relevant to the complex trauma and dissociation field.
  • A written summary of a conference presentation you have given.

Articles will be peer-reviewed and are expected to be original articles and based on sound psychological concepts. Articles should demonstrate scholarly, professional writing, but can be somewhat more informal than a standard journal article. We also welcome photos where relevant and when you read Michele’s article you will see some cute pics of her therapy dog Boaz, hard at work!

For more information and specific guidelines for submissions please contact the editor of ISSTD News at