Professional websites on Dissociation, Trauma, and Abuse
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Associations and Professional Societies
American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC)
APSAC is a membership society dedicated to serving professionals who work in child abuse and neglect.
American Psychological Association (PsychNET)
Home page of the American Psychological Association which has among other things on-line PsychNet and PsychInfo, a searchable data base on psychological topics including trauma and dissociation.
Argentine Society for Psychotrauma
Affiliated Organization of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies - ISTSS
Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ASTSS)
The Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies is a forum for extending the understanding of prevention and treatment of major stress and trauma within the Australasian region. Trauma information links for Australia and world-wide from the Psychology Department of the University of Queensland.
Canadian Traumatic Stress Network
The home page of a new Canada-wide network of resources for the advancement of traumatic stress services, education, training and research.
Child Trauma Academy
Dissociation in the UK
This is a new site (still being developed) that hopes to bring together Professionals and Organisations working in the dissociation and DID field in the United Kingdom who may want information and help on the subject. It will give links to other sites as well as information about how to set about finding a therapist.
EMDR International Association (EMDRIA)
EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) is a membership organization of mental health professionals dedicated to the highest standards of excellence and integrity in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy.
European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS)
These pages contain information about the society, regional and international conferences, links and the ESTSS Bulletins.
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS)
Home page of the ISTSS - the non-profit organization dedicated to the study of trauma and traumatic disorders. Links to other trauma sites and conference information.
Los Angeles Center for Traumatic Stress and Sudden Bereavement
This is a non-profit community organization providing services to children and adolescents. By acting quickly with the child after a traumatic event, the center hopes to prevent PTSD and other outcomes. The site includes explanations of their services, a list of their continuing education, links to other pages and a mail list.
New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation
The NESTTD is an affiliate society of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD). It was founded in 1984 and has been incorporated as a non-profit organization. The society meets the needs of professional members from the Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont region with headquarters in Malden, Massachusetts. The society's quarterly meetings provide members with a range of professional presentations, discussion groups, and consultation clinics as well as opportunities to network with colleagues. Continuing education credits are available at most NESTTD functions. The society also sponsors intensive educational workshops on the treatment of dissociative disorders and related issues. This website for the NESTTD includes newsletter articles and a bulletin board for regional services and announcements.
New York Society for the Study of Multiple Personality and Dissociation
A study group that brings together both professionals and laypersons in a safe environment and offers support, dialogue and the latest treatment techniques.
Southeast Michigan Dissociation Study Group (SEM ISSTD)
This is the home page of the Trauma and Dissociation Study Group of Southeast Michigan (SEM ISSTD). It provides information on trauma and dissociation, lists events in the area, offers a "Professional Forum," and has a password-protected discussion area for persons of different professional backgrounds. This is a new site and looks very promising.
Foundations and Centers of Study
National Center for PTSD
The web pages of the National Center for PTSD which is a seven-part consortium of multidisciplinary teams that includes research, education and training in the area of PTSD. It is part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. There are several new programs including an online training they call PTSD 101. You can go directly to links for professionals at: http://www.ncptsd.va.gov/ncmain/providers/
The Leadership Council is a non-profit independent scientific organization composed of respected scientists, clinicians, educators, legal scholars, and public policy analysts. We are committed to providing professionals and laypersons with the latest scientific information on issues that may affect the public health and the safety. We also seek to correct the misuse of psychological science to serve vested interests or justify victimizing vulnerable populations -- especially abused and neglected children.” From the Leadership Council web site.
Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health
This is another comprehensive site for information about PTSD that gives you access to an enormous amount of material relevant to the treatment of PTSD and other related resources. You can download many resources for both clinicians and clients.
National Center for Trauma-Informed Care
CMHS’s National Center for Trauma-Informed Care (NCTIC) assists publicly-funded agencies, programs, and services in making the important cultural shift to a more trauma-informed environment that benefits both systems and consumers—an environment that is more supportive, comprehensively integrated, and empowering for trauma survivors.
National Center for Trauma-Informed Care
4550 Montgomery Avenue
Suite 800 North
Bethesda, MD 20814
The PILOTS database, of the National Center for PTSD is an electronic index to the worldwide literature on PTSD and other mental-health sequelae of exposure to traumatic events. An excellent resource for research.
Sidran Traumatic Stress Foundation
Non-profit organization which provides resources and publications on trauma and dissociation, including pamphlets on DID, traumatic memories, and a DID glossary.
On-line Journals and Listserves
A non-profit mental health cyberorganization which operates many forums (Listservs) on a wide variety of psychological and psychiatric topics including dissociation and traumatic-stress. As well, it has a "dictionary of human thought" which provides many links for each topic, a library and a browser.
An electronic journal published twice a year on innovations in trauma research and treatment.
Abuse, Memory, Science and Malpractice
This site, from Ken Pope, PhD includes the full-text of the award address "Memory, Abuse, and Science: Questioning Claims about the False Memory Syndrome Epidemic," and the follow-up article "Science As CarefulQuestioning: Are Claims of a False Memory Syndrome Epidemic Based on Empirical Evidence?" in which commentaries on the original article are answered and new legal cases and research are reviewed. These are two excellently researched and presented articles.
A Critical Examination of the Recovered Memory/False Memory Debate: Reflections Upon Law and Social Transformation
This is a thesis submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts Department of Law Carleton University Ottawa, Ontario 14 May 1999. It was written by Geri Moss-Norbury, B.A. (Hons. Law). The thesis places the recovered memory debate in a broader context regarding social power and gender bias. It contains unique analysis of the controversy. (10MB download)
Recovered Memories of Sexual Abuse: Scientific Research & Scholarly Resources
This is a large page with links to many articles by various researchers and authors on memory and sexual abuse, with an emphasis on scientific explanations and understandings for memory lost and recovered.
The Recovered Memory Project website
Maintained by Prof. Ross Cheit of Brown University, this website has information on corroborated cases of recovered memory and scientific evidence concerning recovered memory. Begun as a response to skeptics, it invites submissions of corroborated cases and provides the criteria for case submission. It is an excellent resource for evidence of traumatic amnesia.
Validity of Recovered Memory
A presentation of the Decision of the US District Court (Judge Edward F. Harrington) on the validity of recovered memory, also in downloadable ASCII.
General Resources on Trauma and Mental Health
David Baldwin's Trauma Information Pages
Excellent resource on trauma (of all sorts), including reprints of full articles, many links to other resources and research information.
Has many excellent and relevant articles, data and resources available through his website.
One of the finest sites on the web for information for patients who have problems related to dissociation.
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