Happy May ISSTDWorld! Thank you for stopping by to read about what the Virtual and Regional Conference Committee (VRCC) has been up to in its first year! The goal of the VRCC committee is to support the continued growth of ISSTD’s regional and virtual trainings. As a group, this committee includes both ISSTD staff and volunteers who meet to recommend locations for future conferences, brainstorm and develop conference themes and their corresponding branding, and support marketing initiatives to get the word out to the regions where conferences will be held. This committee also works closely alongside the Webinar Committee to create continuity between regional conferences and the yearly webinar series. We also work closely with the Member Engagement Committee, to coordinate volunteer needs and develop fun social events to create connection and build community, both during and after the conferences. Over 2021, we had successful regional conferences in Toronto, Nashville, and the Asia-Pacific, as well as the annual virtual conference and ASCH level 1 training.
We are now well underway for planning for 2022, with Regional Conferences set to take place in Denver (June 17-18, 2022), New York (September 8-9, 2022) Phoenix (October 7-8, 2022), and Melbourne (November 11-13, 2022). The 2022 Virtual Conference will take place from October 22-23, 2022, with the theme: “Compounding and Confounding Components in the Assessment, Treatment, and Healing from Complex Trauma and Dissociation.” The VRCC is currently working to build out an amazing program for participants and we look forward to sharing this information with you soon. Please stay tuned for email and ISSTDWorld updates containing information about plenary speakers and presentation line-ups for the 2022 Virtual and Regional Conferences. As a group, we are additionally committed to ongoing monitoring of the status of Covid-19 and provide updates around ISSTD’s safety plans. We look forward to sharing the amazing ongoing learning options we will have for you!