1 - The link to access the ballot for you to cast your vote is found at the bottom of this page.
2 - You must be a member of ISSTD in order to cast your vote.
3 - A description of the responsibilities of officers and board members can be reviewed here.
4 - A copy of the current ISSTD Bylaws can be opened here.
5 - Use Quick Links or scroll down this page to review Candidate Profiles and Recommended Bylaws Revisions.
|Open Positions & Candidate Profiles ||Recommended Bylaws Revisions |
|OPEN BOARD POSITIONS & CANDIDATE PROFILES|
Term of office is one year, followed by a one-year term as President, and then a one-year term as Immediate Past President.
Current Professional Activities: Lynette Danylchuk lives in San Mateo, California in the USA (near San Francisco), has been in private practice for the past 28 years, and is now spending more time teaching and writing. Over the years, she has worked with war veterans, survivors of physical, sexual, emotional abuse, kidnapping, sex trafficking, and severe neglect. She has chaired dissertation committees, supervised doctoral interns, taught workshops for groups, and worked with her county’s trauma-informed task force to put on two annual conferences and many small group trauma-informed learning sessions.
| Lynette Danylchuk, Ph.D. |
ISSTD Involvement: A member since 1996, Lynette is Chair of the Volunteer committee,
Director of the Professional Training Program, Co-Chair of the
Certificate Program, and is completing the first year of her second term as a member of the Board of
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Term of office is three years.
| Current Professional Activities: Christine Forner lives in
Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and is the owner, lead therapist and
supervisor in private practice at Associated Counselling. Christine
has over 14 years of clinical experience specializing in working with
individuals with Trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders, Traumatic
Dissociation, Developmental Trauma, Dissociative Disorders. Christine
has also taught locally and at an international level on the issue of
Trauma and Traumatic Dissociation. Christine’s master's thesis
concentrated on Creative Meditation techniques and the relationship
between mindfulness and dissociative disorders.
|Christine Forner, BA, BSW, MSW, Registered Social Worker|
ISSTD Involvement: Christine became a student member in 2006,
attending her first conference in 2008. In 2009, Christine noticed that
there were few students at the town hall meeting and the business
meeting and volunteered to help with participation and development of a
stronger student presence. The board supported her suggestions and
created the Student and Emerging Professional Committee, making her the
chair of the committee. In 2010 Christine was asked to fill in a 1 year
position on the Board, then being officially elected to the ISSTD Board
of Directors in 2011. In 2012, the president of ISSTD appointed her to
complete the term of the vacated Treasurer's position with full board
approval. In 2012, she was also awarded an ISSTD Fellowship. She is an
active participant on the Conference Committee, the Governance
Committee, and is chair of the Finance Committee.
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Director Member Candidate 1
|Current Professional Activities: Adah Sachs, lives in United Kingdom, has been practicing since 1994, and is a UKCP registered psychoanalytic
psychotherapist. Her first encounter with DID occurred while working in a
psychiatric hospital that had never (to date) made this diagnosis. Like
many DID specialists, she has ‘learned on the job,' struggling between confusion,
mistakes, misdiagnosis, anxiety and sleepless nights. Gradually, her
interest, understanding and commitment to this field deepened, and in
2004 she left the hospital to work at the Clinic for Dissociative Studies,
one of the only two UK specialist NHS providers for the diagnosis and
treatment of DID.
|Adah Sachs, M.A.|
She has since carried out nearly a hundred teaching session,
lectures, training days and conference papers, in the UK and
internationally, and she assesses and supervises extensively. This includes
risk assessments for offenders with DID and expert witness reports to
the court. She also has contributed numerous book chapters, journal
articles and a co-edited book. Her main interest is in the dynamics of
on-going, intergenerational abuse and their implications for treatment.
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|Director Member Candidate 2|
Current Professional Activities: Victor Welzant is located in Baltimore Maryland, USA, and his current professional activities include providing psychotherapy, supervision, and consultation in a private practice setting. The focus of his clinical work has been the treatment of clients with Dissociative and Post Traumatic conditions since 1991. Additionally, he serves as the director of education for a nonprofit crisis intervention organization, providing trauma training for professional development. His commitment to serving clients with trauma disorders infuses and energizes all aspects of his professional life.
|Victor Welzant, Psy.D.|
ISSTD Involvement: ISSTD has served as a
professional home in several important ways. The colleagues and friends
have provided a network of education, support, and collaboration. As a
member of the Professional Training Program, Victor has been involved in
providing education to clinicians in the Baltimore area. Previously, he
participated in ISSTD’s online commentary of the United States of Tara
HBO television show. As always, participation in the ISSTD annual
meetings has been a source of inspiration and collegiality that provides
a professionally and personally meaningful yearly boost.
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Dear Fellow ISSTD Members,
Your Board of Directors has directed the ISSTD Governance Committee to review the current ISSTD Bylaws and identify areas for which revisions will improve several areas of managing our organization. Your Board of Directors has reviewed proposed revisions and has recommended the following changes and recommends that the membership approve them in accordance with our current bylaws:
The Bylaws may be amended by a simple majority of the members voting."
I would like to explain briefly why your Board of Directors has recommended these changes to Articles V, VI and VIII of the Bylaws.
· Article V updates the Bylaws with regard to the Board of Directors.
o V.2: The position of an appointed International Director was created in 1989, at a time when ISSTD (then with a different name) was still largely governed by its American founders. The position of an appointed International Director has been rendered obsolete by the increasingly international composition of the Board. Since I joined the Board of Directors, we have had Directors from every continent except Antarctica. The Board currently includes elected Directors from Africa, Europe, North America and Oceania. With this amendment, all ISSTD Directors will be elected by the membership.
o V.8.1 addresses an omission in the Bylaws. The term of Board members somehow disappeared with the shift from Constitution and Bylaws to Bylaws and Policies.
o V.8.2 clarifies the intent that a person may be elected to two consecutive terms by the Membership and that the term is determined by calendar years to be consistent with the ISSTD fiscal year.
· Article VI.1 adds a clarification that the term of office is counted in calendar years to be consistent with the ISSTD fiscal year.
· VIII is just a “clean-up” of omitted terms and a clarification about the Audit Committee.
o VIII.1 provides some flexibility in the number of members on your Finance Committee.
o VIII.2 now allows for appointment of advisors to your Audit Committee, to provide your Audit Committee with additional expertise.
o VIII.3 simply adds a clarification regarding the role of the President.
In the text below,
changes are in red font. Deletions are indicated
strikethrough and additions are
indicated by underlining.
Thank you for your time and attention to ISSTD.
Thomas G. Carlton, MD
Immediate Past President
Chair, Governance Committee
PROPOSED CHANGES TO BYLAWS – September 30, 2013
ARTICLE V and
ARTICLE VI DRAFT
Section 1. Function
The Society shall be governed by a Board of Directors which shall establish the goals and policies of the Society, and oversee the management and finances of the Society.
The Board of Directors shall consist of a President, President-Elect, Immediate Past President, Vice President, Treasurer,
International Director, and eight to twelve (8 to 12) elected
A simple majority of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum for the purposes of meeting and voting on motions so long as the simple majority includes one of the following: President, President-Elect, Immediate Past President, Vice President, or Treasurer
The Board of Directors shall meet in person at least once per year at a designated time at the Annual Conference. All Board members are expected to attend. The Executive Committee shall call other meetings of the Board with at least a two-week notification. Additional board meetings may occur in person or via electronic means.
Minutes of all Board Meetings shall be kept in writing at the headquarters of the Society, and shall be approved by the Board.
6. Standing Rules
Standing rules may be passed by a simple majority of the Board of Directors, provided that a quorum (simple majority) is present and that a proper announcement of the vote has been sent to each member of the Board of Directors.
Members of the Board of Directors shall vote in person during convened Board meetings and via telephone or electronic media at other times.
Section 8. Term of Office
8.1 Election and Tenure of Directors. Directors are elected for a term of three (3) calendar years and may be elected for no more than two consecutive terms, after which they may not stand for election to Director for a period of three years. This does not prohibit standing for election to an Officer position.
8.2 Vacancies and Succession. If a Director leaves the Board of Directors before the completion of his/her three-year term, the Board of Directors may appoint a replacement. The time spent as an appointed replacement shall not be counted toward the two-term limit.
Section 1: Officer Definitions
The Officers of the Society shall be:
1.1. President. The President shall be the chief elected officer of the Society and shall preside over all meetings of the Board of Directors and the Annual Business Meeting. Term of office is one calendar year. The President shall not succeed himself/herself in office, nor be elected to this office more frequently than every fifth year.
1.2. Immediate Past President. The Immediate Past President shall advise the President. He/she shall chair the Nominating Committee and the Governance Committee. Term of office is one calendar year.
1.3. President-Elect. The President-Elect shall succeed to the Presidency after completing a one-year term as President-Elect. Term of office is one calendar year. The President-Elect shall assume the President’s duty in case of the latter’s absence, resignation, disability, or death. Immediate election of a new President-Elect may take place at the discretion of the Board.
1.4. Vice-President. The Vice-President shall assist the President in coordinating and directing the activities of the Board of Directors. Term of office is three calendar years. The Vice President may serve a maximum of two consecutive terms.
1.5. Treasurer. The Treasurer shall have stewardship over the financial standing of the Society. The Treasurer shall prepare in conjunction with Staff an annual budget, ensure an accurate accounting of all Society income and expenses, and shall make recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding the annual budget. The Treasurer shall serve as an ex-officio member of the Audit Committee. Term of office is three calendar years. The Treasurer may serve a maximum of two consecutive terms.
2. Vacancies and Succession
Vacancies in the Board of Directors, other than the President and the President-Elect, shall be appointed by a vote of the Board. In the case of death or disability of the President or prolonged unavailability of the President, the duties of the President shall fall upon the following officers, in the order stated: President-Elect, Immediate Past President, Vice-President, and Treasurer. Should all officers be rendered unable to serve by force majeure or otherwise, the Board will elect one of their number to assume the duties of the President until an election by the general membership can be held.
3. Nomination and Election
The Nominating Committee shall recommend annually a slate of 2 or more nominees for each elected office and vacant board position. If less than 2 nominees are recommended, the Board of Directors may accept such a slate by majority vote. The nominated slate will be submitted to the membership for a vote.
The President will be an ex-officio member of all committees. The President shall appoint chairs of standing committees, special committees, and task forces. The Board of Directors shall ratify appointments of chairs.
1. Finance Committee
The Finance Committee consists of the Treasurer of the Society (who chairs the Finance Committee) and three (3) to five (5) members of the Society, appointed by the Society President.
2. Audit Committee
The Audit committee consists of Board members appointed by the President. The audit committee oversees the work of the external audit firm and ensures compliance with generally accepted accounting procedures (GAAP). Members of the Audit Committee must be members of the Board of Directors, but the President may appoint Advisors to the Audit Committee. Advisors to the Audit Committee shall be individuals with experience and/or special expertise in the audit process; they may be non-members of the Society.
3. Executive Committee
The Executive Committee consists of the Officers of the Society and any chief staff executive who shall serve ex officio and without vote. The Executive Committee may exercise the authority of the Board of Directors between Board meetings if the Board of Directors approves the actions of the Executive Committee at its next meeting. Failure of the Board to approve Executive Committee action renders Executive Committee action null and void. A majority of the entire Executive Committee shall constitute a quorum. The President may call and preside at meetings of the Executive Committee. If the President is unavailable, the next Officer in the Order of Succession (see Article VI, Section 2) may call and preside at meetings of the Executive Committee.
4. Nominating Committee
The Nominating Committee shall consist of at least five members including, but not limited to; the Immediate Past President who shall serve as Chair, one active member of the Board of Directors, and one past member. The Nominating Committee shall publish the Criteria for Nominations and a Call for Nominations. The Nominating Committee shall propose a slate of candidates to the Board.
5. Membership Committee
The Membership Committee shall consist of a Chair and members who shall be responsible for membership recruitment and retention strategies.
6. Special Committees and Task Forces
Additional Special Committees and Task Forces may be created by the Board of Directors or the President of the Board with the approval of the Board of Directors. Special Committees and Task Forces shall be provided with written charges created by the Board of Directors or President. They shall have no fewer than three (3) members, and shall exist for a term as specified by the Board of Directors. If necessary, the Board of Directors or the President, with the approval of the Board, may reappoint and re-charge the Committee or Task Force as deemed necessary.
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