2017 Annual Conference

Conference Committee Update

We have reached a critical point in the planning for the 2017 Annual ISSTD Conference. Our plenary speakers have been confirmed, our pre & post conference workshops are lined-up. The Call for Submission has closed and we are starting the review process as a precursor to building the program schedule.

The review process is managed by the ISSTD Scientific Committee. Scientific Committee Chair Vedat Sar selects members of the Scientific Committee to serve as reviewers. Every submission is assigned two reviewers who rate the proposed presentations along a scoring rubric.  When the scores are compiled and sorted we have a short list of exceptionally highly rated proposals that make the cut.  From these the committee selects a broad range of diverse topics to offer our attendees the widest and most robust selection of presentations on complex trauma and dissociation.

The Mission of our Society and the Conference is to further the understanding and knowledge of trauma and dissociation. The best way to do so is by having the widest range of presentations, the most extensive faculty, and the most diverse points of view contributes to the broadest and most vigorous discussion. Differing opinions and new ideas are sought out and given a platform to enter into our on-going investigation.

This year’s conference centers around the theme: The Ripple Effect: Trauma and Dissociation in the Mainstream.  Our plenary line-up begins with Bruce Perry speaking on Trauma and the Developing Brain. Day Two has a distinguished panel including Julian Ford, Dolores Mosquera, and Warwick Middleton, moderated by John O’Neil exploring BPD, cPTSD, & DID. We close on Day Three with Pam Alexander discussing the Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma. Combined with a stellar line-up of pre& post conference workshops, we once again offer the finest trauma conference available.

Your Conference Committee invites you to stay tuned.  We plan to announce the conference schedule in late October. We invite you to join us in Washington D.C. this coming April of 2017 for the premier learning opportunity on Complex Trauma and Dissociation.


Registration Now Open!
Early Bird Registration September 1, 2016 – January 31, 2017
Regular Registration February 1, 2017 – March 29, 2017
On-Site Registration March 30, 2017 – April 3, 2017

Invited Plenary Speakers and topics include

Bruce Perry, MD
Trauma and the Developing Brain

Julian Ford, PhD; Warwick Middleton, MD; Dolores Mosquera, PhD; and John O’Neil, MD (Moderator)
Plenary Panel – The Borderline Question

Pamela Alexander, PhD
Intergenerational Trauma

Other featured topics to be addressed include an introduction to dissociation; child & adolescent trauma and dissociation issues, EMDR, neurofeedback, trauma and addictions, shame, stabilization, military trauma, LGBTQ, intimate partner violence, and traumatic stress of the therapist. Typically over 20 hours of continuing education credit can be earned at ISSTD conferences.

To view the preliminary schedule, view our Schedule at a Glance!

The 2017 ISSTD Annual Conference will be held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in metro Washington, DC! Just one metro stop from Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, the Crystal Gateway Marriott is a beautiful hotel and ISSTD has negotiated the very affordable rate of $164 single/double (plus tax) for attendees! Enjoy easy access to all the sights and sounds of the USA Capital City! Take advantage of the renowned Cherry Blossom Festival events that begin Monday, March 20th and end Sunday, April 16th!
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