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Good news from ISSTD! Clinical E-Journal is here!

After a long time of planning ISSTD launched an e-journal dedicated to the promotion of creative clinical practices on September 1, 2017. The E-Journal’s name is Frontiers in the Psychotherapy of Trauma & Dissociation (ISSN 2523-5117) and is a new member benefit included in annual dues. It restarts the function of our earlier clinical journal Dissociation and will complement the cherished function of the Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, which acts as the forum for conceptual and research articles. We have taken on the editorship of the E-Journal and look forward to the challenges and triumphs ahead in making it a successful ISSTD outlet for cutting-edge ideas related to the treatment of complex trauma disorders.

The New Journal’s Mission

As the Editors of ‘Frontiers’, we envision it becoming the stage for clinicians who strive to break gridlocks in psychotherapy’s course. In the Mission Statement for Frontiers we state: “Clinicians’ observations from testing the rationale for their interventions, for one patient and one treatment session at a time, are indeed the seed for ideas to update existing theories and for hypotheses to test experimentally.” We want to publish articles with insights about how such gridlocks get broken, by authors from inside and outside our Society. We will ask authors to state the rationale for their improvisations and how their clients measured the benefit. Such rationale from everyday practice is the rudiments for better theory. How self-change matters to clients, in turn, suggests how we should measure our interventions’ maturation.

In the Mission Statement, we specify one domain of clinical goals which, we believe, we should bring into the scope of psychotherapy more deliberately. It is the goals of discerning and remediating the psychological consequences of traumatic abuse and betrayal perpetrated by institutions and governments in particular, beyond the effect of betrayal in personal relationships. For example, we should explore what constitutes resilience for clients coping with institutional oppression and discrimination or with neglect by agencies designated to correct abuse in personal relationships.


The decision to publish this kind of journal was made cautiously, mainly from concern that it would be hard to cover its cost reliably, especially initially. Frontiers is a free ISSTD member benefit and in part to take care of fiscal concerns, ISSTD has a plan in the future to charge a fee for access to journal articles by non ISSTD member readers.

In addition, we also devised a program of financial supportership. Organizations will be invited to become major supporters of the E-Journal by contributing $3,000 USD to cover three years or support. This level of sponsorship is designed for Organizations working in the trauma and dissociation field. Regular supporters would contribute $1,000 USD to cover three years. Regular supportership is designed for individual ISSTD members wanting to support Frontiers. For their contribution, major sponsors would have the logo of their group or institution prominently placed on the E-journal website, on each edition of the E-journal, on a dedicated E-Journal page in the ISSTD annual conference program booklet and through a tote bag insert at the annual conference. Regular sponsors would have their names place under the major sponsors on the website, each E-journal edition and in the conference program booklet. All sponsors would also receive a certificate of appreciation from ISSTD.

We have sent letters to solicit support from institutions for trauma-related treatment or advocacy and have received modest support thus far. If you wish to see Frontiers in the Psychotherapy of Trauma & Dissociation flourish, please consider becoming an individual supporter. Several ISSTD Members have already provided their contributions and we encourage you to join them. Please see our invitation here for how you can become a regular supporter of the clinical E-Journal.

To date, we are most appreciative of the following individuals and organizations who have already contributed generously to this enterprise:

Major Supporters
The Cannan Institute, Brisbane Australia
Andreas Laddis, MD

Regular Supporters

Martin J. Dorahy, PhD
Professor Warwick Middleton
Dr. Dana Ross
Dr. Sarah Y. Krakauer
Ms. Kate McMaugh 


A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD

   Andreas Laddis, MD


Andreas Laddis, MD

Andreas Laddis, MD is a general psychiatrist, with some training in neurology, and draws his professional satisfaction mainly from psychotherapy for patients with trauma-related disorders. That began with his psychiatric training at the Sheppard-Pratt Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. For many years later, Dr. Laddis has cultivated the practice of psychotherapy in state hospitals and community mental health centers.

Twenty years ago, ISSTD became Dr. Laddis’ professional home, and he served two terms on the Board of Directors. Since then, collaboration with ISSTD colleagues has been the inspiration for his projects, including research, presentations, and publications. Recently, Dr. Laddis handed over the job of editor of the ISSTD Members’ Clinical Corner, a membership feature in which colleagues are invited to write commentaries on articles published in the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation. He provides reviews for the Journal of Trauma & Dissociation. He served on the task force that wrote the Guidelines for the Treatment of Complex PTSD coordinated between ISSTD and Division 56 of the American Psychological Association. He is a Fellow of ISSTD.

Dr. Laddis identifies himself primarily as a clinician. He states, “…the way my mind works while I do psychotherapy, I have always been a theoretician. Whenever my engagement with a patient becomes unproductive, I test hypotheses about the patients’ mental workings, why that happened, mostly for reasons latent to patients themselves.” He attributes his conceptual insights and treatment techniques to that approach. He believes that, “Clinicians commonly improvise the same way, occasionally with good outcomes. Frontiers will serve sharing such lessons collegially among front line practitioners from our Society and from outside.”

Dr. Laddis has served on the clinical faculty of several medical schools, beginning in his second year of residency training in 1967 at Johns Hopkins; then at the University of Wisconsin, University of Massachusetts, Harvard University. Currently, he teaches trauma as a public health problem at Boston University, School of Public Health.

Since joining ISSTD, Dr. Laddis has consistently presented two or three sessions at ISSTD Annual Conferences and, to date, at all ESTD biennial conferences. He often organizes panels of senior colleagues recognized for their contributions to the trauma and dissociation field to reflect upon and discuss fundamental issues in the field. He has been a champion of the cause for reinstatement of peer reviewed, clinically focused trauma articles and has been a catalyst toward the creation and publication of Frontiers since its inception

A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD

Steve Frankel is an ABPP Certified Clinical and Forensic Psychologist and an Attorney at Law, who practices both professions in Sonoma County, CA.  A past Director of Clinical Training and current Clinical Prof. of Psychology at USC, he began recognizing childhood trauma in his adult patient case-load in 1980 and has specialized in working with that population ever since.  He joined the Intermational Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation in the 1990s and was the consultant to the Trauma Program at Del Amo Hospital from 1993 until 2001.  He was President of the ISSTD in 2002 and has been active in developing and teaching courses in law/ethics and trauma treatment as well as publishing chapters and articles in books and professional journals. He is a Fellow of ISSTD.

As an attorney, he represents health care professionals involved in licensing board actions and consults with mental health colleagues facing a variety of legal challenges.  He developed Practice Legacy Program, LLC, for transitioning practices of colleagues upon retirement, death or disability, and has spearheaded an effort to protect health care professionals who suffer from degenerative neuro-cogntive disorders from ending their careers with licensing board actions. He received the California Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology as a Profession in 2015.

Associate Editor

Martin J. Dorahy, PhD, New Zealand

Editorial Board

Laura Brown, PhD, USA
Elizabeth Bowman, MD, USA
Richard A. Chefetz, MD, USA
Constance Dalenberg, PhD, USA
Judith Daniels, PhD, Netherlands
Steven N. Gold, PhD, USA
Elizabeth Hegeman, PhD, USA
Richard Kluft, MD, USA
Christa Kruger, MD, South Africa
Karlen Lyons-Ruth, PhD, USA
Alfonso Martinez-Taboas, PhD, Puerto Rico
Ellert R.S. Nijenhuis, PhD, Netherlands
Warwick Middleton, MD, Australia
Sandra Paulsen, PhD, USA
Vedat ªar, MD, Turkey
Joyanna L. Silberg, PhD, USA
Kathy Steele, MN, CS, USA
Onno van der Hart, PhD, Netherlands
Victor Welzant, PsyD, USA

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