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Communications and Marketing Committee

Kate McMaugh, Committee Chair

The Communications and Marketing Committee has two main roles. The first of these is promoting ISSTD including its activities and services, both internally and externally. It also has a role in promoting issues relating to complex trauma and dissociation in the wider community, targeting health professionals, other relevant professionals and the general public. This includes increasing public awareness of complex trauma and dissociation.

The Committee had a little period of hiatus in between Chairpersons, but now is back in full swing.

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Finance Committee

D Michael Coy, MA, LICSW, Treasurer and Chair, Finance Committee

Hello again from ISSTD’s Finance Committee! It’s hard to believe that a whole year has passed since my last update.

As I near the completion of my two-year appointment to the role of Treasurer (after Christine Forner was voted President-Elect in late-2017), I am pleased to share with you where we’ve been over the past year and where we’re headed in 2020 and beyond.

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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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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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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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Member Engagement Committee

Lisa Danylchuk

The Member Engagement Committee serves the membership by connecting new members, and those interested in becoming more involved, with Committee Chairs who are seeking assistance. We seek to match the talents of our membership with the needs of leadership, to help move the organization and its members forward together.

ISSTD is an organization hugely dependent on the involvement and assistance of its membership. Without our volunteers – which include our entire Board, our Presidents, all our Committee Chairs and all our Committee Members – ISSTD would not function the way it does now.

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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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Website Committee

D Michael Coy, MA, LICSW, ISSTD Treasurer and Webmaster

We’re making great progress on the new website. What a project it has been! Hot off the presses, here are some updates:

ISSTDWorld has been up and running since October 2018, and, even with the learning curve, it has really taken off. It offers opportunities for creating community within ISSTD that previously were beyond our grasp, as well as a brand new, public-facing Therapist and Treatment Facility Finder.  » Read More

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News from the Professional Training Program

Su Baker, MEd, Professional Training Program Chair

It has been about a year since our last update to members and it has been busy.

The teleseminar format for teaching in a “virtual classroom” continues to grow and is very successful. There are currently two courses on adult complex trauma and dissociative disorders available in the teleseminar format, with two parts to each course. Currently, there is at least one section of each of these four courses being taught and in some cases several sections are currently being taught.

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Certificate Committee

Lynette Danylchuk, PhD, Certificate Committee Chair

ISSTD’s Certificate Program began in 2012. Paul Dell created a document outlining the Core Areas of Knowledge for professionals working with people with complex trauma and dissociation issues.

A Certificate from ISSTD’s Center for Advanced Studies in Trauma and Dissociation is the gold standard in trauma education. It reflects the standards of ISSTD, the oldest professional organization that is dedicated to the understanding and treatment of severely traumatized people.

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