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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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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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Organized Abuser Groups’ Use of Supernatural Powers to Intimidate Victims

Dr. Alison Miller, PhD

Humanity’s belief in a God, or gods, and other spiritual powers, is as old as our species. Contestants on Jeopardy produce the names of gods and demons from multiple ancient cultures. Every possible human characteristic is attributed to these divine beings, from goodness and love to malignant hatred to stern judgment and punishment for offenders.

And the idea of these beings watching the lives and behaviors, even thoughts, of lesser beings like ourselves has permeated popular culture to the extent that we even make them up now: Santa Claus, according to the song, “sees you when you’re sleeping.

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Abuse Within a Faith Context

Dr. Valerie Sinason, PhD

“Spiritual abuse is the use or misuse of a position of power, leadership or control in which a child or adult is made to feel that they, their families or those they love are doomed in this life and in an after-life if they do not follow unquestioningly what they are asked to say or do”.
– Valerie Sinason and Asha-Kin Aduale June 2008
Safeguarding London Families

On Jan 14th, 2015, I gave a speech at a packed meeting in the House of Commons in London.

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The Conviction of Cardinal George Pell: Recognising the Impacts and Implications

Pam Stavropoulos, PhD

The conviction and sentencing of Australian Cardinal and high-ranked Vatican official George Pell for sexual abuse of two 13 year old choirboys in the mid-1990s is generating a tsunami of media report and debate. In stark contrast to the period prior to delivery of the verdict late last year (when a suppression order in relation to his previous trial precluded media reporting of it in Australia) commentary on the conviction and imprisonment of George Pell has, as we now say, `gone viral’.

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Dissociative Identities Awareness Day

Kate McMaugh, Editor, ISSTD News

March 5 was Dissociative Identities Awareness Day, also known as DID Awareness Day.

I wonder how many of us knew this? I have to admit this Awareness Day has mostly just passed us by in Australia, where I work. As a therapist who spends most of her week with highly dissociative people, I am rather embarrassed to admit that I was not aware of the day until a few weeks ago.

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And more on the Wildfires

Kate McMaugh, ISSTD News Editor

Just as we reflect on how the Wildfires have come so close to some ISSTD members, and effected the very therapists who are usually there to support others in their trauma, some feel-good news surfaces.

ISSTD Member Susan Pease Banitt, LCSW was contacted by a childhood friend, who is a Social Worker in California, who wanted to know if she could get some copies of Sue’s book: The Trauma Tool Kit: Healing PTSD From the Inside Out (Quest, 2012).

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Fire is the Greatest Purifier: A Therapist Reflects on Surviving the California Wildfires

Ericha Scott, PhD

I have wondered, before now, if the dystopian stories embedded in our lives and creative culture prepared us or numbed us for disaster. Now, I can say, they do not do either.

The day before the fire, I noticed and commented on an odd vacuous energy in the air – as if the oxygen had been removed. My colleague noticed it as well. We both knew about the fires in Thousand Oaks, but neither of us imagined the fires were coming our way with a wall of flames – sometimes 100 feet high – in less than 24 hours.

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Bringing Trauma Sensitive Art Therapy to Croatia

Tally Tripp, MA, MSW, ATR-BC

This past September, I spent several weeks in Croatia teaching in a first-of-its-kind art therapy postgraduate program at the J.J. Strossmayer University of Osijek, Academy of Arts and Culture. This new art therapy training program was created in collaboration with faculty from the Art Therapy Program at the George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Located in the far northeastern corner of country, and far from the scenic coastal cities that beckon hordes of tourists, Osijek and the surrounding region share a rich history, but one that is also marred by cultural upheaval and violent warfare.

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Trauma, Dissociation and Disability: A double-dose of complexity

Valerie Sinason, PhD MACP MInstPsychoanal FIPD

Today, December 3, is International Day for People with Disabilities. What does it mean to have an international disability day?

For those I have spoken to in the U.K., Europe, Australia and South Africa – being named means being seen, valued, represented. We know the impact on black citizens in the U.K. before black actors appeared on television. What does it mean to see no one like you in magazines, comics and films?

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