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The Necessary Disclaimer Before the Search for Therapists

A letter from the ISSTD Explaining and Exclaiming our Disclaiming
The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation was founded as a membership organization. However, our members have recognized that this also means providing services. We do that now for our members, and for the community at large. We have had so many requests for the names of therapists who understand dissociative disorders that we finally decided to automate the process and free up time for other tasks at Headquarters. But, in doing that, there is no opportunity, other than this message, to tell you that we legally cant recommend anyone to you, even if we would like to do that. We neither rate, nor qualify therapists for practice. That is the job of licensing agencies in local jurisdictions. Like it or not, we live in a litigious society.

So here is the statement our legal consultant thinks is a reasonable, plain English effort to tell you what we cant tell you, and also tell you what you might find useful. But, you still need to make your own judgment. We cant do that for you.

Now here is the disclaimer part:

The ISSTD is providing this list of ISSTD members within or close to the geographical area that you have specified. We are merely providing these names for your convenience and do not endorse any of the individuals listed nor do we make any judgment about the appropriateness of any therapist for your particular needs. The people on the list have shown enough interest in the fields of trauma and dissociation to join the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. You should expect to gather your own information about the level of skill, interest, experience and/or other qualities of the people listed as you make your own decision about a psychotherapist. The ISSTD takes no responsibility for any decisions you make, nor do we take responsibility for the outcome of any decisions you make.

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