2017 Annual Conference Livestream

Sunday, April 2 
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM EDT   |   12:00 PM - 9:00 PM GMT

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Announcing a one-day virtual attendance option of three premiere trauma-informed trainings to be held during the 2017 ISSTD Annual Conference. Join us live from your locale in a full day of presentations via a user-friendly digital platform. This option includes on-demand access post conference of these trainings as well as the full audio recordings available six weeks after the conclusion of the meeting. Special discount available for ESTD Members. Please contact ISSTD for details.

Livestream Schedule
PLENARY PANEL  |   8:00 AM - 10:00  EDT
Julian Ford, PhD; Dolores Mosquera, Psy;  Warwick Middleton, MD;  John O'Neil, MD (Moderator)

This interactive panel discussion regarding "The Borderline Question" commences with short presentations by panel members, all of whom have done research and written on issues involving "borderline personality disorder" in the context of complex trauma/dissociative disorders. These multiple perspectives on contemporary issues incorporates a historical perspective on the evolution of the "borderline" construct, leads into the Moderator asking specific questions of the panel regarding issues raised. This is followed by the general audience being invited to contribute questions or comments.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify one primary similarity and one primary difference between borderline personality disorder and complex PTSD.
  • Appreciate that while borderline personality disorder (BPD), is often seen in those who meet diagnostic criteria for dissociative identity disorder, this  is by no means an inevitable association and indeed BPD may on occasions be seen in individuals with no apparent childhood history of severe trauma/neglect.
  • Track the evolution of the "borderline" construct through earlier concepts incorporating views of overlapping symptoms of "psychosis" and "neurosis", though debates about the nature of "personality disorder" and whether such conditions are best conceptualized dimensionally rather than by selected "diagnostic criteria", through to an appreciation of how the term "borderline" can have perjorative contexts.

PANEL DISCUSSION   |   10:30 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
Joan Turkus, MD; Billie Pivnick, MD; Kathy Steele, MN CS (Chair)

We live in a world that is not always safe. There are no international borders to terrorism and threats. With terrorism increasingly at the forefront of the news, and with ever more restrictive policies to contain terrorism, we are faced with the threat of unrest and violence in a highly conflicted world. Even without close contact with acts of terror, there is the trauma of the violence in the media itself, which creates a heightened state of arousal and stress for all of us. And there are drumbeats, political and otherwise, that egg on our fear. Then, how do we help highly traumatized clients experience safety, when we cannot promise it, and as importantly, do not feel it ourselves? As therapists, how do we cope with the daily onslaught of fear and anxiety from external threats (real or perceived) without becoming fearful, defensive, or hopeless? Our panel will begin with essential background and facts about terrorism and share the transformative lessons gained in psychological consultation to the 9/11 Museum in New York City, applying what has been learned to the “holding environment” of the therapy space. We will discuss co-existence with the existential issues of our times in the therapy room and beyond while maintaining balance and hope. There will be time for comments and questions from the audience.

Learning Objectives:

  • Distinguish the current terrorism threats from those of the past.
  • Describe the transformative lessons gained in working on the creation of the 9/11 Museum in New York City.
  • Explain the risks of prolonged exposure to terrorism in the media.
  • Apply a therapeutic intervention to maintain balance and hope in therapy in the midst of terrorism in our times.
  • Define the important tools of self-care to be able to practice them at home.

3 HOUR WORKSHOP   |   1:30 PM - 5:00 PM EDT (BREAK 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT)
Andrew Moskowitz, PhD (ESTD President); Dolores Mosquera, Psy

For many decades, the experience of hearing voices has been closely associated with the diagnosis of schizophrenia. In recent years, however, it has become increasingly clear that many persons hear voices who do not have a psychotic diagnosis, or even any diagnosis at all. But are these the same types of voices? At the same time, persons diagnosed with dissociative disorders frequently hear voices, representing dissociative parts of their personality, and are sometimes misdiagnosed with schizophrenia because of this. Are these experiences similar to the voice hearing experiences in other groups? These questions will be addressed through a review of recent literature. Many clinical approaches to hostile or critical voices focus on attempting to eliminate the voices, typically by taking medication, or not paying attention to them, through various distraction techniques. Problems with these strategies are that they often don't work, and they involve avoiding issues or emotions the voice represents. Our approach to working with voices emphasizes instead trying to understand their function and the meaning behind their disruptive behaviors, and change the person's relationship with their voices. Case examples will be used to illustrate this approach.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe important similarities and differences between voice hearing experiences in persons with psychotic disorders, dissociative and posttraumatic disorders, and no psychiatric diagnosis, along with relevant clinical implications.
  • Allay the person's initial worries and concerns through addressing the fears of the voices, dealing with underlying traumatic experiences and providing appropriate psychoeducation.
  • Utilize guidelines for promoting integration from the beginning of treatment, and for dealing with hostile or threatening voices, along with destructive or self-destructive commands or impulses.


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CE/CME Credits



Certificate of Attendance 



Note: All registration fees are in US dollars. Cancellations prior to the conference are subject to a $75 cancellation fee. No refunds are provided for no shows. The deadline for cancellations with a refund is March 10, 2017.

CE/CME credits will be available for this conference through IAHB, ISSTD's Continuing Education Co-Sponsor. Credits must be purchased in advance and are only available for the livestream portion if viewed in real time.

ESTD MEMBERS: Special discounted rates are available for ESTD Members. Please contact the ISSTD office to obtain your discount code.

Registration Closes March 30, 2017