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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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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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Letter From The President

International Day of Living together in Peace

Christine Forner, President

May 16th was the International Day of Living Together in Peace and I thought this would be a timely topic to reflect on. I do not think that commenting on the state of the world is off limits for trauma researchers and therapists. I would actually reach out and make the statement that it is, in part, our responsibility to assist in researching the effects of not living together in peace, spreading the information that we have learned, and use this knowledge and wisdom to effect policy.

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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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Letter From The President

Reflections on our 2019 Annual Conference

Christine Forner, BA, BSW, MSW

Hello My Fellow ISSTD members,

I am recently home from the annual conference and as I write this, the most vivid feeling I am having is that I feel ‘full’. Full of new knowledge, full of hope from the new connections, full of love for each person I met, and full of new curiosity as new perspectives are presented.

For me these conferences are so much more than yearly learning.

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Letter From The President

Holding the Line: Battling DID Myths and Misconceptions

Christine Forner, BA, BSW, MSW

 

A note from the Editor: After publication of the following article by Christine Forner in ISSTD News, Feb 2019, the authors of the article she critiques have contacted ISSTD. They have reflected upon the Christine’s article and in particular the question Christine Forner poses: ‘What if they (those who deny the existence of DID) are wrong?’ After considering this question, the authors made the decision to take their own article off line.

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Letter From The President

Welcome to 2019: Thoughts for the Next Decade

Christine Forner, BA, BSW, MSW

Hello ISSTD Members,

I welcome everyone to our first newsletter of 2019. I cannot convey enough how honoured I am to be leading this amazing organization into the next decade. This will be my ninth year as a board member. I have been able to watch this society go through some tough times, witness some growing pains and reach a place of pleasant stability.

I often reflect on what got me and us here.

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Letter From The President

A Holiday Message from ISSTD

Kevin Connors, MS, MFT

Greetings ISSTD Members,

2018 has been an eventful year. Outstanding steps were taken towards meeting our Mission: “To advance clinical, scientific, and societal understanding about the prevalence and consequences of chronic trauma and dissociation.” I would like to share some of them with you and to acknowledge all the hard work done by our volunteers.

Your Board worked diligently to develop our Strategic Plan, informing and guiding our steps through 2018 and into 2019.

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Board Briefs

Introduction to the 2019 Board of Directors

Christine Forner, BA, BSW, MSW

Hello ISSTD Members,

I would like to take this time to introduce myself and all of our new 2019 Board Members. Before I introduce your new leadership, I would like to send my heartfelt gratitude to the Board Members who have completed their service commitments to the ISSTD.

Dr. Paula Thompson served on the board for 6 years. Paula was dedicated to expanding our language and understanding of dissociation, dissociation within the creative arts and dissociation and attachment.

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Letter From The President

I Touch the Earth, the Earth Touches Me

Kevin Connors, MS, MFT

“When I paint I am influenced by the texture of the paper, the viscosity of the paint, the condition of the brush. I reach down to make a thin line and it comes out plump. Then the picture takes a new direction – I influencing it; it influencing me.”

Hugh Prather
I Touch the Earth, the Earth Touches Me

I find it funny how the projects I take on; take on a life of their own.

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