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The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) provides this listserv as forums for ISSTD Members within the study and practice of treating childhood and adult trauma and dissociation.

Membership Requirements
Membership in theISSTD listserv is open to members involved in the study and practice of treating childhood and adult trauma and dissociation on the respective lists. Prospective list members should send an e-mail to list moderators at info@isst-d.org

The Dissociative Disorders Internet Forum (DISSOC):

The Dissociative Disorders Internet Forum, is a privately owned list not affiliated with ISSTD. It is a popular way of networking with colleagues around the world concerning clinical and research issues that relate to trauma and dissociation. The list was originally one of the St.Johns University Maelstrom lists. It was started by Peter Barach, PhD. Current List owner/moderator is Richard A. Chefetz, MD. Co-moderators are Sharon Hofferer, Gloria Rodberg, Tedi Grace Spencer, and Ava Schlesinger.

Forum membership is free and open to licensed mental health professionals and their supervisees, graduate students enrolled in a mental health curriculum, and researchers who have published on relevant topics in peer-reviewed journals.

You have two choices in regard to how to sign up for this listserv:
  1. Click here to send an email message containing only the following line in the text box (leave the subject line blank):

    SUB DISSOCIATIVE-DISORDERS Pat Smith, Ph.D. (replace “Pat Smith” with your own full name and professional degree, of course).

    You will receive a response telling you how to submit proof of professional credentials to the list moderator.

  2. Write to [email protected] about your wish to be on the listserv, and either email him a copy of your license to practice your profession, send him the link and info to confirm your online license verification ([preferred), or fax it to him at 202.244.5676. If you choose to fax, then please write your name clearly on the fax, as well as your email address, and "DISSOC."
Once you are accepted to this listserv you will receive an email with full information about list norms and expectations for this active learning community.

ISSTDWorld Rules and Privacy Policies:

The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) provides this listservs as a forum for students and professionals in the study and practice of treating trauma and dissociation.

By subscribing to and receiving any ISSTD email list, including having access to listserv posts through email and the archives, you acknowledge and agree to the following rules. Address questions about the rules or list to list moderator at info@isst-d.org.

Please read the following Listserv rules which apply to the ISSTDWorld listserv.

Netiquette Rules

Subscribers may not forward ISSTDWorld posts, or personal content from them, without the original posters prior written permission. If an email contains posts from more than one person, you must get prior permission from all posters. Do not "flame." "Flaming" includes derogatory comments, ridicule, excessive sarcasm, and belittling others. Respectful disagreement is not flaming. Every subscriber must be respected; no subscriber should be ridiculed or belittled on the listserv or by private email. Keep posts on-topic. The general guidelines for topics are discussion of trauma and dissociation for the respective areas of adult and child. Please keep posts brief and to-the-point. Use a descriptive subject line. Posts to a single person, such as "thank you," "I agree," or sharing stories and lengthy personal anecdotes, should be sent privately off-list.

Please include your name and email address in all posts to the listservs.

Privacy Policies:

Subscribers may not forward ISSTDWorld posts, or personal content from them, without the original posters prior written permission, as stated above. If an email contains posts from more than one person, you must get prior permission from all posters. Forwarding list posts or sharing personal content in them without prior permission from the original poster(s) will be grounds for removal from the lists.

It is generally wise to avoid using personal names or other identifying details in describing cases or situations. ISSTD takes no responsibility for personal information included in list posts. It is the list members responsibility to exercise care in sharing information via the listservs and to be aware of the practical limits of confidentiality on any listserv. Do not post anything in a Listserv message that you would not want the world to see or that you would not want anyone to know came from you.

Additional Rights and Responsibilities:

By subscribing to ISSTD lists, you agree not to send posts that infringe upon the copyrights belonging to others. Do not post full articles to the lists. If there is an article you wish to share, please post 1-2 paragraphs and the link to the article, for other list members to read. You further agree not to post to the lists any message or other text from outside the list without the authors express permission, unless the item is clearly for public dissemination (example: a press release or public event announcement), or is within the fair-use limitations as set by international copyright conventions. You acknowledge that in most cases this prohibits posting complete articles from newspapers, magazines, or web sites, and that you will generally need to provide a link to the material, instead of posting the full text to the list. If there is no link, you may offer to send it backchannel to persons who email you privately as long as you comply with copyright and fair use requirements. It is your responsibility to determine if you are complying with these requirements; ISSTD takes no responsibility for such forwarding of materials.

Advertising is expressly forbidden. No commercial use shall be made of these Listservs or their membership. This includes, but is not limited to, using names, email addresses, or other information from the ISSTD lists or membership directory to advertise or sell any product or service, or to assist another in doing so. Sending unsolicited advertisements or information of a commercial nature (selling any product, service, or anything else for a fee) to other subscribers, whether through the lists or privately, is a violation of these rules. An exception to the advertising ban are notices of conferences, trainings, and the release of new books on trauma and dissociation.

The opinions and information expressed on these Listservs are solely those of the email authors alone. The use of ISSTD listservs does not create supervisory relationships or client/therapist relationships between listserv members. ISSTD is also not responsible for private email or other communications backchannel or off-list. Questions or concerns about the list should be sent to the List Moderators.

List Moderation and Enforcement
The ISSTD lists are private, moderated Listservs, moderated by at least one experienced therapist on the moderation team that is trained intrauma and dissociation. Participation in the listservs is a privilege and not a right. These rules are intended to improve the usefulness of the Listservs for all subscribers. Therefore, each subscriber is expected to be familiar with these rules and to abide by them. Subscribers who consistently have problems adhering to the rules of the ISSTD Lists may be put on moderated status indefinitely. "Moderation" is a process by which email messages sent to the list must be approved by the List Moderation Team or moderators before being sent to the list. Posts are moderated for adherence to list rules, not for point of view. Violations of listserv rules may also result in suspension or exclusion from the Listservs if warranted. The ISSTD list moderation teams may unilaterally change a members listserv options, including placing the member on moderated status, or removing a member from a ISSTD List, for any reason. If the member disagrees with this action, he or she may ask the list moderation team to reconsider the decision. After this, if the member disagrees with the final decision, he or she may file a complaint with the Executive Committee of ISSTD by sending an email to the ISSTD Executive Director. The Executive Council of ISSTD has the final determination concerning the Listservs.

Do not send complaints about other listmembers to the Listservs. Complaints about compliance with Listserv rules should be sent to info@isst-d.org Complaints should include a copy of the message in question and should describe specifically the reason for the complaint. Following receipt of a complaint, the list moderation team may use its discretion in determining whether a violation has occurred, whether further action is required, and how to implement that action. The list moderation team will consult with the ISSTD Executive Council as needed.


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