Preconference: March 28-29, 2019   Conference: March 30-April 1, 2019   Sheraton New York Times Square, NYC 

Conference Information


ISSTDs 36th Annual Conference
The World Congress on Complex Trauma
Research  |  Intervention  |  Innovation
March 28-April 1, 2019
Sheraton New York Times Square
New York City, New York

The International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation is pleased to announce our Call for Proposals for our 2019 Conference!

Our on-line Call for Proposals site is open as of 1 August and will close on 17 September 2018.  Follow this link to access our submissions site.  We are looking for creative, innovative, and exciting presentations on all aspects of understanding, researching, and treating complex trauma and dissociative disorders.  We encourage solid scientific and clinically grounded presentations that broaden our knowledge base and sharpen our clinical skills.  The use of experiential, interactive, and multi-media presentations is encouraged. You can also find information on our Submission Guidelines, view important information for submitters, or check our handy PDF guide on “How to Write a Good Presentation” on our ISSTD website.

To help you plan your proposal, we proudly announce our slate of three wonderful plenary speakers: Gabor Mate, MD (Saturday), Stephen Porges, PhD (Sunday), and Allan Schore, PhD (Monday).  Dr. Mate is a psychiatrist and author perhaps best known for In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction.  Dr. Mate will discuss his psychotherapeutic approach, “Compassionate Enquiry”, that should be of particular benefit to our work with survivors of trauma.  Compassionate Enquiry reveals the levels of consciousness, mental climate, hidden assumptions, implicit memories and body states that form the real message our patient’s words both express and conceal.  Dr. Porges is a world-renowned researcher and author of The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological Foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-regulation.  The Polyvagal Theory explores how autonomic nervous system function relates to social behavior, emotional regulation, and health.  Dr. Porges’ Polyvagal Theory has proven particularly useful to psychotherapists seeking to understand and work with fight/flight/freeze responses, as well as “shutdown” and dissociative mind/body states common in survivors of complex trauma.  Dr. Schore is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and prolific author of several groundbreaking books, including Affect Regulation and the Origin of the Self, Affect Dysregulation and Disorders of the Self, and Affect Regulation and the Repair of the Self.  Dr. Schore has integrated findings from a wealth of research that has helped psychotherapists around the world better appreciate the role of affect regulation, affect dysregulation, right brain functioning, shame, and dissociation, amongst many other topics pertinent to our work with survivors of complex, relational trauma.

Whether you are a veteran presenter, a seasoned clinician, a distinguished researcher, a student, or emerging professional new to our field, we encourage you to share your wisdom, knowledge, and experience with us in the collegial family that is ISSTD.

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook or visit the ISSTD website,, to stay up to date on conference developments. The full conference website and registration will launch on 1 September 2018!

Looking forward to seeing you in New York City!

Kevin, Heather, and the rest of the ISSTD Conference Committee

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