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18 July - 30 September 2018
Early Bird Pricing Available

1 October - 20 October 2018
Regular Pricing Available

Advanced Registration
Through 19 October 2018

On-Site Registration
Available 20 October 2018

Contact the ISSTD office at 703-610-9037 or email

continuing education

Continuing Education credits are available for this conference through our CE co-sponsor, CE Learning System. Additional information on CE credits is posted on the PROGRAM page.

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treating the dissociative system: healing body, mind and culture in the wake of complex trauma

Preliminary Schedule 

7:30am-8:30am                 Registration & Light Continental Breakfast
8:30am-10:00am               How Dissociative Patients Found Me and Taught Me What I Needed
                                             to Know                                   
10:00am-10:30am             AM Beverage Break
10:30am-12:00pm             Using Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditation Practices with Complex
                                             Trauma and Dissociation
12:00pm-1:30pm               Lunch
1:30pm-3:00pm                 Losing Ground: Working with Gender Minorities and Sexual 
                                             Minorities - Understanding Stigma and Minority Stress
3:00pm-3:30pm                 PM Beverage Break
3:30pm-5:00pm                 One Case Study: Art Therapy and Sand Tray Constructions By a
                                             Client Who is Dissociative Disordered

How dissociative patients found me and taught me what I needed to know

FACULTY: A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD, Lynette Danylchuk, PhD

Joint presentation with Steve Frankel and Lynette Danylchuk regarding how dissociation "found" us, taught us what we needed to know, and became a common pathway for our professional lives. Presenters will share basic tools and approaches found helpful in working with this population.

Using yoga, mindfulness and meditation practices with complex trauma and dissociation

FACULTY: Lisa Danylchuk, EDM, LMFT, E-RYT, Christine Forner, BA, BSW, MSW, RSW

In this 90 minute workshop students will learn foundational information that describes what mindfulness likely is from a neurobiological and attachment lens in order to understand the importance of introducing mindfulness to a clinical population. Also included in this presentation are adaptations that need to be considered when introducing mindfulness and yoga to sensitive populations. Practical tools will be discussed to provide instruction on how to adapt mindfulness and yoga practices that can be applied with clients coping with complex manifestations of PTSD, developmental trauma, and dissociative symptoms.

losing ground: working with gender and sexual minorities - understanding stigma and minority stress

FACULTY: Julie Graham, MFT

Gender and sexual minorities (GSM) experience a barrage of damaging messages from the government, the media and society at large resulting in chronic minority stress and emotional trauma. GSM are at high risk for childhood abuse and bullying and in adulthood, experience discrimination and victimization related to gender identity or sexual orientation. As legal rights are stripped away, uncertainty reignites previous harms and stressors.

Gender non-conforming children are trained to believe that they are to blame for the abuse that is directed at them, rather than a cultural bias that both permeates and is supported by the social fabric. Sources of support and resilience are often constricted. GSM must develop survival skills in an invalidating environment.

In addition to invalidating environments and abuse gender minorities frequently experience body uneasiness and depersonalization related to gender dysphoria. These symptoms are likely exacerbated in shaming environments. Rates of dissociation are higher among gender minorities as a result. Early in life, many children learn that there is something wrong with them, and learn that it must be a secret and to manage shame and stigma all alone.

As adults, GSM continue to experience the effects of culturally sanctioned bias including discrimination and harassment which results in harm to their physical and mental health. Individuals may compartmentalize, disavow or dissociate aspects of their identity.

Trauma therapists play a key role in healing cultural harm and assisting gender and sexual minorities to understand institutional discrimination and the effects of histories of abuse on health and mental health. Being non-discriminatory is not enough - therapists must be active in unlearning biases and developing relevant knowledge regarding GSM or risk causing further harm. Therapists can actively work to heal the culture that creates the harm and provide responsive therapeutic environments.  

One dissociative disorder case study review of paintings and sand tray constructions


An intensive visual case review of art and sand tray constructions throughout treatment by a client with a history of multiple treatment failures, relapses, and suicide attempts prior to admission to this author's private practice case load. There will be a brief overview of the definition of art therapy, research, as well as the benefits and the limitations of the creative arts therapies. The majority of the slides of art and sand tray constructions will be shown in chronological order unless there are relevant art pieces from childhood, or there is a significant imagistic shift best observed juxpositioned immediately next to previous versions of a similar pattern. There are multiple themes evident throughout the art work such as, but not limited to, 1) flat line sinus rhythms, 2) boxes, 3) blood and 4) wires. The client denies trauma but there are overt images suggesting otherwise. For this slide show, for those with a trauma history, this visual case review is likely to be triggering. Please take good care of yourself.

continuing education credits - PENDING

ISSTD's Continuing Education Co-sponsor, CE Learning Systems, is approved by American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CE Learning Systems maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

CE Learning Systems (Provider #1020), is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of State Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education ACE program. ASWB Approval Period: 02/23/2016 - 02/23/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive continuing education clock hours. This course is pending approval for 6 credit hours.

CE Learning Systems and ISSTD are cosponsors of this program. The co-sponsorship has been approved by NBCC. CE Learning Systems is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5951. The ACEP solely is responsible for this program, including the awarding of NBCC credit.

CE Certificate Information
A continuing education certificate for the Regional Conference will be obtained using the website, CE-Go. Approximately 3 days after the event, you will receive an email containing a link to CE-Go.   (This link will be sent to the email account you used to register for the event).
Upon accessing the CE-Go website, you will be able to:

  • Complete evaluation forms for the event (Mandatory to receive credit for each session)
  • Download your continuing education certificate in a PDF format

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the CE-Go process, please contact CE-Go at 877 248 6789 or by email at

Note: All registration fees are in US dollars. Cancellations prior to the conference are subject to a $45 cancelation fee. No refunds are provided for no shows. The deadline for cancellations with a refund is Friday, October 12th at 5:00pm EDT.