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2013 Board Election & Bylaws Revision



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.

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Open Positions & Candidate Profiles
 Recommended Bylaws Revisions



Term of office is one year, followed by a one-year term as President, and then a one-year term as Immediate Past President.
1 Candidate

 Lynette Danylchuk, Ph.D. 

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 Directors. 

Candidate Statement:
When I needed help with my most difficult clients, I found ISSTD offered the most relevant, practical, respectful ideas and approaches. The depth of knowledge and experience, combined with genuine compassion for the people who have survived the worst kinds of abuse impressed me when I joined, and continues to inspire me.  With the growing awareness of the impact of trauma, there is also a growing need for what ISSTD has to offer – the research, writing, teaching, and community support necessary for understanding and healing severe trauma. This is an organization with both wisdom and heart. If elected, I will continue to strengthen its educational system and conferences, and work with the Board, committee chairs, and membership to continue to meet the needs of clinicians, researchers, and teachers so that the knowledge gained over the years, and the on-going discovery of new understanding and interventions can continue to provide help and hope for people healing from trauma and dissociation.

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rm of office is three years.
1 Candidate
 Christine Forner, MSW  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. 

Candidate Statement:
I am a fan of this field and the Society, it is as clear as that. I have a great deal of reverence for my fellow colleagues, educators, clinician and researchers in the field of Traumatic Dissociation. I feel passionate about the wisdom of membership, the high level of ethical treatment for this clinical population and the outstanding research that is occurring. It is a great achievement and something that have been as aware of and I will be conscious of in my role as a Treasurer. One of my main continued areas of interest within the ISSTD is to always remember the students and the emerging professionals, without them the ISSTD will become very limited within the world and the field to complex trauma. I feel great excitement about the ISSTD, where is has come from and where it can go in the future. The knowledge and compassion that I have found within the ISSTD is a tradition that I will carry forward. Within my term as Treasurer I have been able to develop a stronger finance committee, highlighting a strong fiscal note to every decision that has been board approved, and continued the practice of financial responsibly set down by the executive director, AMG accounting team and the wisdom of our past Treasurer and Board of Directors. In doing so, the finance “team” has been able to continue to cultivate a finically sound organization.

The main goals that I have within the ISSTD are the following:
1) Continue to have the fiscal needs of the Society be paramount in the boards and memberships awareness
2) Continue to develop methods, strategies and practice that continue to grow our financial security and economic growth
3) Meet the needs of the membership of continuously growing our clinical and academic excellence
4) Meet the needs of the students and emerging professionals, such as better communication between the ISSTD and the student/ep members, mentoring programs, academic support and assistance, sharing the wealth of history and knowledge obtained within the ISSTD, growth of our scholarship programs and growth of our education programs.
5) Continue to develop and increase our presence in the mental health community, reaching for the goal of becoming a known world leader in the field of trauma
6) Continue the tradition of excellent academic, clinical, ethical practice and education for those individuals who experience dissociative disorders and complex trauma.

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Term of office is three years. May hold two consecutive terms. There are two vacancies.
2 Candidates in Alpha Order

Director Member Candidate 1

 Adah Sachs, M.A. 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.

ISSTD Involvement:
Adah joined the ISSTD in 2008, when the UKSSD dissolved. she has since participated in two of the annual conferences, presented in both, was one of the founders of the RAMC SIG, ran a membership survey on professional boundaries (with the invaluable support of Don Fridley, then President) and published twice in the JTD

Candidate Statement
I greatly appreciate the intelligence, integrity, open mindedness and simple friendliness that have constituted most of my experience within the ISSTD, and I’d very much want to help promote it. I feel strongly about what the ISSTD stands for, and would be honored to have the opportunity to serve on its board and to do my best to promote its interests, which are very much my own.

I believe that I bring with me an extensive clinical and theoretical knowledge and training experience, general clear-thinking, a team-player attitude and a passion for developing the field of trauma and dissociation. Having served on the UKCP ethics committee, worked as a consultant psychotherapist for the Clinic for Dissociative Studies (for nearly a decade) and as a staff psychotherapist in a psychiatric hospital (for the decade previous to that), I’m well familiar with the process of decision making and problem solving in a multi-disciplinary environment.

My theoretical work is focused on the role of attachment (theory) in the complexity of the relationship between abused and abuser(s), especially where abuse is intergenerational, on-going and extreme. Subsequently, I’m keen to develop further the framework for the therapeutic work needed by abusers and abused alike.

I also place much store on bridging the distance between clinicians working in this field and ‘main stream’ professionals, that is, ones who have not yet, knowingly, had a dissociative patient on their caseload. Supervising trauma practitioners across the UK (and having been there myself), I see daily the challenges that therapists face in the absence of collegial support, in private practice or within an institution.
I believe much of this is down to language; more on that could, perhaps, be added to our training programmes.

Last but not least, I’d like to help further promoting the international centrality of ISSTD in researching, thinking, writing and teaching, worldwide.

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 Director Member Candidate 2
 Victor Welzant, Psy.D.  
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.

Candidate Statement:
As a potential board member, I would be honored to serve the mission and vision of ISSTD. Having served a 6 year term with another trauma related board, the challenges, opportunities, and daily commitment to organizational governance are well known to me. If selected for the position with ISSTD, I would dedicate time, energy, and commitment to the furthering of the mission.  It is my hope that my experiences with professional education would serve the Society well. The need for both professional and community education has been well established, and this would be one area of focus I would hope to pursue with the other board members who have been dedicated to this cause. The ability to promote clinically effective and evidenced based resources to professionals has been an organizational priority that I would continue to promote and enhance.

As a board member, I would aspire to learn how the Society could further its mission and serve its members more effectively, and comprehensively through education of medical personnel in the community, advocacy in the healthcare policy  arena, and attempts to facilitate the availability or trauma care for those who are in most need, including special populations traditionally underserved.

In summary, I would be honored to have the opportunity to serve ISSTD through membership on the board. Please feel free to contact me with any questions at drwelzant@verizon.net

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October 2013

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 by a 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



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.

Section 2. Composition
The Board of Directors shall consist of a President, President-Elect, Immediate Past President, Vice President, Treasurer, Board-appointed International Director, and eight to twelve (8 to 12) elected Directors.

Section 3. Quorum
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

Section 4. Meetings
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.

Section 5. Minutes
Minutes of all Board Meetings shall be kept in writing at the headquarters of the Society, and shall be approved by the Board.

Section 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.

Section 7. Voting
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.

Section 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.

Section 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.

Section 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.

Section 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.

Section 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.

Section 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.

Section 5. Membership Committee
The Membership Committee shall consist of a Chair and members who shall be responsible for membership recruitment and retention strategies.

Section 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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