2023 Psychodynamics-Psychoanalytic Virtual Seminar

How Psychoanalytic Thinking Enriches Trauma Treatment: Toward a Meaningful Synthesis of Contributions from Psychoanalysis and Trauma Studies

November 17-18, 2023 | 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM US Eastern Time | Online

This two-day virtual seminar will challenge the either/or qualities of many trauma-relevant approaches and paradigms and demonstrate how psychoanalytic perspectives can enrich and empower our therapeutic efforts. We will explore the constructive perspectives that emerge from an alternative both/and stance, choosing to understand, reconcile, and work around differences, permitting clinicians to mobilize the power of divergent models and contributions on behalf of the therapeutic needs of individual patients. Presenters Ira Brenner, Charis Cladouhos, Elizabeth Howell, Shelly Itzkowitz, Rick Kluft, John O’Neil, Adah Sachs, and Valerie Sinason will address a number of difficult topics. These include reviewing the role of instinct theory in trauma treatment, rethinking sexuality and the Oedipal complex in the treatment of the traumatized, the value of new ancillary psychedelic modalities, the underappreciated contributions of Bowlby, Fairbairn, and Ferenczi, and Bion, and returning ideas and approaches discarded by Freud to the mainstream of clinical work.

Registration Details

Registration includes live access to presentations on the days selected and exclusive access to recordings from those days for at least 30 days following the conference. Conference recordings will be available within two weeks of the conclusion of the conference.

Early bird registration will run through October 20, 2023 at 5:00pm US Eastern Time.

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Regular Pricing


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Student registrations are reviewed and accepted upon approval. Student registrants must provide proof of current status in a related field and must submit verification by email or fax.

All registration fees listed are in US Dollars (USD).

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be received in writing via email or fax. A processing fee of $45 will be charged for cancellations received on or before October 31, 2023. No refunds will be issued for no-shows. Refund requests will not be accepted after October 31, 2023. Not all requests will be granted. Substitutions for attendees are accepted until October 31, 2023.

Disability Policy (ADA)
We would be happy to accommodate your ADA needs. Please contact ISSTD Headquarters via email at cfas@isst-d.org or via phone at 844.994.7783 for assistance.

Grievance Policy
ISSTD is fully committed to conducting all activities in strict conformation with the APA and ASWB grievance procedures.

During an event, presenters will address any concerns that arise. Every effort will be made to address the concerns during the event when possible. If the presenter(s) are unable to address the participant’s concerns, the complaints and grievances shall be presented in writing to ISSTD Headquarters at cfas@isst-d.org. These will be forwarded on for review by the ISSTD Executive Committee.

Social Workers: Should social workers have a specific grievance, these grievances will be addressed by D. Michael Coy, LICSW. In situations where the social worker would have a conflict of interest, then, Christine Forner, MSW will review the grievance.

ISSTD strives to resolve grievances in a manner that is in the best interest of the participant. All complaints and grievances are reviewed within five working days. Formal grievances are required to be written and emailed as directed above and will be responded to within 15 business days.

Registration Contact Information
Email: cfas@isst-d.org
Phone: 844.994.7783
Fax: 888.966.0310

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 to 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.


ESTD and SPA Member Discounts
If you are a member of ESTD or SPA but not an ISSTD member, you are eligible for a $50 discount on your registration. Please select this option in the Career Stage and Affiliations question on the 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
We now offer discounts for attendees coming from World Bank categorized lower income countries. To check whether your country is in one of these tiers, click here.

  • Tier VI Countries: 75% discount
  • Tier IV & V Countries: 50% discount
  • Tier II & III Countries: 25% discount

Please contact the ISSTD Registration Department at cfas@isst-d.org for additional information on all discounts and to receive the appropriate discount code.

Conference Schedule

Preliminary Conference Schedule

Our full preliminary conference schedule is now available. This schedule will give you a full breakdown of the schedule for each day. Additional details about each presentation including presentation abstracts, learning objectives and presenter information can be found on the conference registration page. Please note that all times listed below are in US Eastern Time. Click here to convert to your local time.

Friday, November 17, 2023

10:00 – 11:30 AM US Eastern Time
Dissociative Multiplicity and Psychoanalysis
Presenter: John O’Neil

12:00 – 1:30 PM US Eastern Time
Oedipus Rex and Dissociated Sex – Rethinking the Myth and Other Cherished Psychoanalytic Principles
Presenter: Ira Brenner

2:30 – 4:00 PM US Eastern Time
The Buried Treasures of Fairbairn and Ferenczi: Their Relevance to Current Practice and Sociocultural Life
Presenters: Elizabeth Howell

4:30 – 6:00 PM US Eastern Time
Sandor Ferenczi and the Interpersonal and Relational Psychoanalytic Models of Mind
Presenter: Shelly Itzkowitz

Saturday, November 18, 2023

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM US Eastern Time
Gifts from Psychoanalysis: Freud’s Disavowal, Bowlby’s Turmoil, and Bion’s “Mystic in the Group”
Presenter: Valerie Sinason

12:00 – 1:30 PM US Eastern Time
Between Pleasure, Destruction and Protection: Instinct Theories in Treating Trauma and Dissociation
Presenter: Adah Sachs

2:30 – 4:00 PM US Eastern Time
Challenges in the Treatment of a Dissociative Adolescent: Obstacles to Diagnosis, the Role of Play, and Reflections on the Psych
Presenter: Charis Cladouhos

4:30 – 6:00 PM US Eastern Time
Recycling Freud’s Discards: Workarounds Toward Enhancing Skills for the Psychodynamic Treatment of DID
Presenter: Richard P. Kluft

Continuing Education Credits

Preliminary Conference Schedule

Participants attending the full conference will receive 12 APA and ASWB continuing education credits and 12 ISSTD Certificate Program credits. Information about credits for each session are included in the information for each session. Participants will receive individual certificates for each session attended for the sessions which they meet the requirements for. To earn credits, participants must attend the full session and complete a session evaluation for each session.

CE credits are available for purchase for an additional fee at the time of registration.

American Psychological Association (APA)

The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)

The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), #1744, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers.  State and provincial regulatory boards the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ISSTD maintains responsibility for this course.  ACE provider approval period: 08/20/2021 – 08/20/2024.  

ISSTD Certificate Program
This course has been approved for up to 12 credits towards the ISSTD Certificate of Advanced Studies in Trauma & Dissociation. No certificate is awarded for this credit type.

Awarding of Certificate of Credit
Continuing education credits are available for an additional fee for this event. To obtain continuing education credits, participants who have purchased credits must attend be in attendance for each session in full and complete a session evaluation for each session attended and complete an overall evaluation. Participant attendance will be marked within two weeks of completion of the conference and participants will have until December 31, 2023 to claim their CE credits. Certificates of Credit are awarded immediately upon completion of the all requirements. An individual certificate will be generated for each individual session attended.

Financial Disclosures
All presenters, planners, editors, or staff report no relevant relationships to disclose: “I do not have at present, or within the last 12 months, nor anticipate having financial interest, arrangement or affiliation with any organizations that could be perceived as a real or apparent conflict