2020 Virtual Congress

We are thrilled to announce our first-ever multi-day Virtual Congress. Attendees will have the opportunity to view live workshops from presenters across the globe from the comfort of their own home.

The conference will kick off on Friday with a series of full day pre-conference workshops. The main conference begins on Saturday with a an opening plenary workshop by Karlen Lyons-Ruth followed by four streams of concurrent sessions and concluding with a plenary workshop by Pat Ogden. Sunday will feature four streams of three hour workshops in the morning and afternoon and a mid-day plenary workshop by A.A.T. Simone Reinders. Click here to view the preliminary schedule for more information on all workshops.

Looking forward to seeing you online this May!

Registration Rates

Registration includes live access to presentations on the days selected and access to recordings from that day as well. CE/CME credits purchased at the time of registration are available for sessions attended live only. Credits for watching recorded sessions will be available after the conference for an additional fee.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be received in writing via email or fax. A processing fee of $75 will be charged for cancellations received on or before May 1, 2020 at 5:00pm EDT. No refunds will be issued for no-shows. Refund requests will not be accepted after May 1, 2020. Not all requests will be granted. Substitutions for attendees are accepted at any time.

Registration Contact Information
Email: info@isst-d.org
Phone: 202.803.6332
Fax: 202.747.2864

Registration Options and Discounts

Registration Categories

Student registration is open to those enrolled in a program of study leading to a degree or certification in the mental health field and who have an interest in trauma and dissociation. Student registration is also open to trainees and interns in the mental health professions who are practicing under supervision. Proof of student status such as a transcript, copy of course registration, or letter from a supervisor for trainees/interns is required.

Emerging Professional
Emerging Professional registration is open mental health professionals who have completed an advanced degree and are in the first three years of their career. The three year timeframe is based on date licensed for clinicians or the date of graduation for researchers.

Professional registration is open to professionals primarily involved in the provision of services, research, education, scholarship, writing or public policy in an area related to trauma and dissociation. Members who are mental health or health care providers must be either licensed professionals or qualified within the accepted legal or cultural standards for conducting clinical practice in his or her locale.


Emerging Professional Discounts
Emerging Professional members are eligible for a $100 discount off registration.

Group Discounts
Discounts are available to groups of five or more individuals from the same facility, school, or organization.

  • Groups of 5+: 10% discount
  • Groups of 10+: 15% discount

World Bank Lower Income Country Discounts
New in 2019! We now offer discounts for attendees coming from World Bank categorized lower income countries. To check whether your country is in one of these categories, click here.

  • World Bank Low-Income Countries: 75% discount
  • World Bank Lower Middle Income Countries: 50% discount
  • Work Bank Upper Middle Income Countries: 25% discount

Please contact the ISSTD Registration Department at info@isst-d.org for additional information on all discounts and to receive the appropriate discount code. Discounts are available until April 30, 2020.

Plenary Speakers

Saturday, May 16, 2020
10:00-11:30 AM

Dr. Karlen Lyons-Ruth is Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Biobehavioral Family Studies Lab at Cambridge Health Alliance.   She is a recognized leader in the study of the effects of early trauma, disorganized attachment relationships, and disrupted parent-child communication on the development of adult psychopathology and neurobiological functioning.  A number of instruments for the assessment of disturbed attachment relationships in infancy, childhood, and adolescence have been developed in her lab and are now used internationally.

Saturday, May 16, 2020
6:30-8:00 PM

Pat Ogden, PhD, is a pioneer in somatic psychology and both Founder and Education Director of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute®, an internationally recognized school specializing in somatic–cognitive approaches for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder and attachment disturbances. She is co-founder of the Hakomi Institute, a clinician, consultant, international lecturer and trainer, and first author of Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy.  Her second book, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment (2015) is a practical guide to integrate Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® into the treatment of trauma and attachment issues.  Dr. Ogden is currently developing Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® for children, adolescents and families with colleagues.

Sunday, May 17, 2020
2:30-4:00 PM

Dr. A.A.T. Simone Reinders is an award winning leading neuroscientist and international expert in the neurobiology of trauma and dissociation. As a senior research associate Simone is currently working on the research line entitled “Neuroimaging the Aetiology of Dissociative Identity Disorder” at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neurosciences (IoPPN) of King’s College London (KCL). Simone is considered to be in the top 10% of her peer group internationally with a total of 39 peer reviewed publications and she was successful in leading a multi-center neuroimaging project funded by a prestigious early career fellowship. Her research has shed new light on the aetiology of DID by showing that identity state-dependent rCBF patterns in DID cannot be simulated and that DID and PTSD share trauma-related neurobiomarkers.

Conference Schedule

Preliminary Online Schedule

Just Added! Our full online preliminary conference schedule is now available. This schedule will give you a full breakdown of the schedule for each day, provide details on each conference presentation and introduce you to our conference speakers. This site can be used to create your individual conference schedule and this information will link to our conference app.

Schedule Highlights

Friday, May 15, 2020
Pre-Conference Workshops

Saturday, May 16, 2020
Plenary Address – Karlen Lyons-Ruth
Concurrent Sessions (90 Minute and 3 Hour Workshops)
Plenary Address – Pat Ogden

Sunday, May 17, 2020
Concurrent Sessions (3 Hour Workshops)
Plenary Address – A.A.T. Simone Reinders
Concurrent Sessions (3 Hour Workshops)

CE/CME Accreditation Information

Below please find additional information on continuing education and continuing medical education credits. All courses are approved for credits unless otherwise noted in the online schedule and app.

Credits will only be given for sessions attended live online for those that purchase credits. Recorded sessions will be available in early July with the option for continuing education credits through our CE provider, CE Learning, for a separate fee.

Continuing Education

American Psychological Association
CE Learning Systems, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CE Learning Systems maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

National Board for Certified Counselors
CE Learning Systems and ISSTD are cosponsors of this program. The cosponsorship 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.

New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work
CE Learning Systems SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0060.

New York Education Department Board of Creative Arts Therapy
CE Learning Systems (d/b/a CE-credit.com), is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists. #CAT-0008

New York Education Department for Licensed Mental Health Counselors
CE Learning Systems, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0072.

Texas Board of Social Work Examiners
CE-Go, a service of CE Learning Systems, is approved to offer continuing education courses by the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners (#6460). CE Learning Systems maintains responsibility for the courses.

Continuing Medical Education

Accreditation and Designation Statements for The World Congress on Complex Trauma and Dissociation 2020: Envisioning the Coming Decade 

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of PeerPoint Medical Education Institute and the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. PeerPoint Medical Education Institute is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PeerPoint Medical Education Institute designates the live and enduring formats for this educational activity for 21 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Supporter and Advertising Opportunities

Supporter Opportunities

Major Supporter

  • Space in virtual exhibit hall
  • Banner advertisement in conference app
  • Slide in virtual advertising reel 5x per day
  • Two complimentary conference registrations including CE/CME credits
  • Acknowledgement on the conference website and in conference emails
  • Free virtual totebag insert
  • Price: $2000 USD

Standard Supporter

  • Space in virtual exhibit hall
  • Tile advertisement in conference app
  • Slide in virtual advertising reel 2x per day
  • One complimentary conference registrations including CE/CME credits
  • Acknowledgement on the conference website and in conference emails
  • Free virtual totebag insert
  • Price: $1100 USD

Advertising Opportunities

Our app is a great way to get your company or organization front and center with virtual attendees. Our app is home to our online schedule, speaker and presentation information, certificate program, and much more!

Options Available

Splash Screen

Home Screen Tile

Tablet: 2048px X 1536px
Smartphone: 1920px X 1080px
$500 USD
1/3 width: 400px X 800px
$200 USD

Home Screen Banner

Sticky Banner

Full width: 2000px X 400px
$300 USD
Full width: 2000px X 175px
$1000 USD

All app advertisement can be linked to a webpage or document of your choice. App advertisers can also receive a complimentary insert in the virtual tote bag.

For more information on the any of this opportunities, to create a custom supporter package, or to reserve your space today, contact Mary Pat Hanlin at mhanlin@isst-d.org.

Thank You to Our Supporters