thank you to all who attended the 30th Annual ISSTD Conference

The conference was a huge success and we extend our thanks to all our supporters, especially our attendees and presenters. 

Special thanks to Sheppard Pratt Health Systems and Dr. Blues and his jazz musicians who made the 30th Birthday Celebration Party great fun! 

Additional Thanks to the Psychiatric Institute of Washington for providing refreshments.

Recordings of the 2013 conference sessions will be available in December.  Further information will be posted regarding downloadable handouts and other pertinent information.

We invite you to participate in the 31st Annual Conference

October 23-27 || Westin Long Beach || 333 East Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach || California 90802 || United States 

Call for Proposals will open in early February 2014 and the theme is

"Exploring and Learning Together: What We Now Know about Trauma & Dissociation"

Plenary Speakers on the Agenda are

Constance Daleberg, PhD
Alliant International University
President, Divsion 56 (Trauma Psychology) of the American Psychological Association
Dr. Dalenberg's presentation will be on Counter-transference

Jennifer Freyd, PhD
University of Oregon
Editor of the Journal of Trauma & Dissociation
Dr. Freyd will speak on the topic of Institutional Betrayal

Gail S. Goodman, PhD
University of California
President, Division 7 (Developmental Psychology) of the American Psychological Association
Dr. Goodman will present about Issues of Children's Memory Development


Plenary panel

Joan A. Turkus, M.D.; Christine A. Courtois, Ph.D., ABPP; Paul F. Dell, Ph.D., ABPP
DSM-5, the fifth version of The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, was released this spring. DSM-5 is the outcome of international planning conferences, suggestions submitted to the DSM website, and thousands of hours of work DSM-5 Work Groups and other committees of the American Psychiatric Association.  see more...

ADDITIONAL plenary speakers and topics:

      Dr. Courtois

Christine A. Courtois, Ph.D., ABPP,
The Treatment of Complex Trauma: A Sequenced Relationship Based Approach
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          Dr. Lagon


Ambassador Mark P. Lagon, Ph.D.
International human rights leader and author
Trafficking, Trauma, and Trust: Re-empowering Betrayed and Blamed Survivors of Human Trafficking
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          Dr. Porges

Pierre Janet Plenary Address

Stephen W. Porges, Ph.D.
The Polyvagal Theory; Implications for Understanding and Treating Trauma and Dissociation
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pre-conference workshops November 14 and 15 will include:


Stabilization: Navigating Developmental Repair with Relational and Regulatory Interventions in Phase 1 and Beyond
Kathy Steele, M.N., C.S.

Have we all gone mad? Understanding and working with complicated client-therapist interactions and covert communications in complex trauma and dissociative disorders.
Su Baker, M.Ed.; John O'Neil, M.D.

The Surprising and Counter-intuitive Lessons I Learned about Therapy for Child Dissociation
Joyanna Silberg, Ph.D.

How Evidenced Based Diagnosis of the Dissociative Disorders Using the SCID-D Informs Clinical Treatment: Video Case Presentations of Ego State Therapy for Complex Dissociative Disorders
Charles H. Rousell, M.D.

Dissociation 101: A Workshop for Students and Emerging Professionals
Christine Forner, B.A., M.A., M.S.W.


Dissociation 201: Treating the Difficult Client
Lynette Danylchuk, Ph.D.; Kevin Connors, M.S., M.F.T.

Broken Ties-Broken Hearts-Broken Selves: Attachment, Trauma, and Dissociation in Children
Frances Waters, L.M.S.W, D.C.S.W, L.M.F.T; , Sandra Weiland, Ph.D.; Renee Potgieter-Marks, Ph.D.

Temporizing Techniques and Advanced Hypnotic Interventions
Richard P. Kluft, M.D., Ph.D.

Adjunctive Use of Opioid Antagonists in the Treatment of Complex PTSD and Dissociative Disorders
Ulrich F. Lanius, Ph.D.

Detecting Genuine vs. Feigned DID on Psychological Tests: Implications for Assessment, Forensics, and the Construct Validity of

Richard J. Loewenstein, M.D., Bethany Brand, Ph.D.

Laura Brown, Ph.D., Christine Courtois, Ph.D., Joan Golston, D.C.S.W., L.I.C.S.W.; Philip J. Kinsler, Ph.D.


ASCH Hypnosis Training: Fundamentals of Hypnosis || November 13-15 || (20 Hours ~ Limited Space)


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We encourage you to come to the site as we will be continuing to make announcements and provide more details about the exciting training opportunity that the ISSTD Annual Conference is! If you have questions, please contact Therese Clemens, ISSTD Executive Director at

On behalf of all the members of the Conference Committee; thank you for all you do.

We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore this November.


The ISSTD Conference Committee

Kevin J. Connors, MS, MFT, Chair
Joan Turkus, MD
Philip J. Kinsler, PhD
Christine Forner, MA, MSW
Lynette Danylchuk, PhD
Kathy Steele, MN, CS
Vedat Şar, MD
Christa Kruger, MD
Florence Hannigan, MA, BSW


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2013 PROGRAM content DETAILS


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.

Have you been at this for a while? Come to meet old and new friends, brush up, and improve your skills.

Are you an expert?
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.

Students and Early Career Professionals: We know that the future belongs to you. Come to a conference where you can interact with leaders who welcome you and respect your contributions to our future.

Thank you to our 30th Anniversary Conference Supporters!

McLean Hospital

Professional Books Bookstore

Taylor & Francis

The New Orleans Institute at River Oaks Hospital

The Psychiatric Institute of Washington

The Ross Institute

Timberlawn Mental Health System

Treatment of Patients with Dissociative Disorders (TOP DD) Study


Future Annual Conference Dates

October 23 & 24 - Pre Conferences
October 25-27  Full Conference
Westin Long Beach
333 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, California 90802
United States

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