4-Hour Workshop Details

News & Important Dates

Stabilizing Treatment for Adults Survivors of Chronic Child Abuse and Neglect
Kathy Steele, MN, CS 

This practical workshop will focus on stabilization skills and a helpful therapeutic approach for adult survivors of severe childhood abuse and neglect. The widely accepted treatment of PTSD emphasizes immediate working through of traumatic memories. However, adult survivors of serious abuse and/or neglect in childhood require a more prolonged and complex phase-oriented approach that first emphasizes stabilization, and relational and skills building. In fact, treatment is as much, if not more, about developmental and relational repair as it is about confrontation of traumatic memories for these individuals. Participants will learn the importance of psycho-education in empowering clients to be collaborative team members in their treatment, and how to pace the therapy so that clients remain within a window of emotional tolerance. You will also learn specific and practical strategies for helping clients: (1) increase their ability to reflect on their own inner experience and that of others; (2) practice relational and self-regulation and activation of positive emotions; (3) learn to accept and tolerate inner experience (e.g., thoughts, feelings, sensations, wishes, needs); (4) develop inner calmness, safety,  and self-compassion; (5) reduce self-harm behaviors; and (6) resolve dissociation. We will practice integrative ways of working with dissociative parts in the context of the whole person of the client. In addition, we will discuss practical ways to address the client's "resistance" to change, reframing it as protection, and then increasing the capacity of the client to approach change with a sense of safety and curiosity.




Clinical Applications in the Treatment of Complex Military Trauma Using EMDR Therapy
E.C. Hurley, PhD, LMFT, BCETS

This workshop presents an effective clinical model for the treatment of complex military trauma in an intensive, brief period using EMDR therapy.  Military personnel and veterans have frequently been exposed to repetitive life threatening situations ranging from combat operations to military sexual trauma. This workshop introduces an accelerated treatment model in which EMDR therapy is used daily for 10-day periods in the treatment of complex military trauma at Soldier Center. The presentation includes an overview of military culture, the role of adverse childhood experiences among service personnel, a description of complex military trauma with dissociative exhibitions, an overview of EMDR therapy applications, and the assessment and treatment of military personnel suffering with complex military trauma in a brief treatment period.




Working Effectively with Traumatized Men: Addressing Masculine Shame-based Processes Within the Three Phases of Trauma Treatment
Michael Dadson, PhD; Becky Stewart, PhD Candidate

 Effectively engaging traumatized men in therapeutic work requires a range of unique cultural, clinical, and theoretical competencies. Dominant masculine ideals are often in conflict with not only prominent therapeutic approaches, but also with the foundations of the therapeutic relationship. Within masculine culture, there are specific, shame-based processes related to attachment styles that are transmitted intergenerationally and can restrict how men establish relational connections. Engaging men in a therapeutic process necessitates an awareness of these processes and the competencies to navigate them within the different masculine rules of engagement. Masculine messages aimed at restricting emotional expression, limiting the way men connect with others, and restraining the ways men seek help are often at odds with therapeutic goals in general and with specific trauma treatments. One of the results of traumatic experiences is an alteration in self-perception and a fragmentation of identity. Understanding how this fragmentation specifically effects the unique ways men internalize their gendered identity is critical for treatment. Adding to this, helping men who have survived complex developmental trauma requires an understanding of the specific relational dynamics that are likely to manifest during each of the three phases of trauma therapy. This workshop will explain how therapists can effectively work with the shamed based processes that effect traumatized men. It will show how dissociation is present in different shame based processes and how attachment styles are related to the type of masculine strains that result. Using specific research and case studies, the workshop will demonstrate how therapists can effectively address the disruptive processes that are influencing men and prevent those processes from hindering effective treatment. The workshop focuses on providing specific interventions that address the barriers for treating men during each of the three phases of trauma treatment.

Preliminary Program

Online Program



2014 Fee Schedule - fax/mail in registration form

Registration Opens 1 May 2014

Early Bird Pricing Available
1 May - 9 September 2014

Regular Pricing Available
10 September - 28 October 2014

Advanced Registration Open
Through 15 October 2014

Thereafter, On-Site Registration
Available 22 - 27 October 2014


 Future Conference Info

Why come to the ISSTD Conference?

Learn where thought leaders in treatment, research and training are headed. 

Are you new to the field, or just curious? Learn face-to-face from the experts and meet new friends.

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Donít be selfish! Come and share your knowledge! While you are at it, become a better expert.

Clinician? Learn new clinical skills and what research is bringing you.

Researcher? Learn what your colleagues are working on, how the clinicians are applying the new knowledge, and where the clinicians desperately need new knowledge.

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Thank You to Our Conference Supporters:

Bridges to Recovery
The Center for Post Traumatic
     Stress Disorders
Del Almo Behavioral Health Hospital
EEG Institute
Elements Behavioral Health
EMDR Institute
The Institute on Violence, Abuse
     and Trauma (IVAT)
McLean Hospital
Professional Books Bookstore
The Ross Institute
Routledge Journals -
     Taylor & Francis Group
South Bay Psychological Center
Timberlawn Mental Health System
TOP DD Study

2013 Conference recording


We're moving to the Spring in 2015!

2015 ISSTD Annual Conference
Major Training Event:
The Complexity of Trauma & Dissociation; Science, Practice, Questions

April 16 & 17 - Pre Conference
April 18-20 - Full Conference
Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista
1751 Hotel Plaza Blvd
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 USA


International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation
8400 Westpark Drive, Second Floor, McLean, VA 22102
Telephone: 703/610-9037 Fax: 703/610-0234
E-mail: info@isst-d.org