2023 Virtual Conference

ISSTD is thrilled to announce our 2023 Virtual Conference, (Re)building Hope, (Re)orienting Safety and (Re)stabilizing Treatment with Complex Trauma and Dissociation. This online only event will take place on October 21-22, 2023. Early bird registration is open now through September 15, 2023. 

ISSTD has been welcoming professionals working with complex trauma and dissociation for four decades. The Virtual Conference creates an opportunity to connect with fellow clinicians and researchers in the field from all over the world, sharing knowledge and wisdom! 

In a world that is constantly in flux, this two-day online conference aims to explore a variety of topics that lend to supporting and building greater safety, stability, and hope amidst ongoing change and transition. Attendees will have access to a mix of 90-minute workshops that explore themes related to the role of attunement in practice, building cultural competency, treatment planning, consultation and supervision, vicarious trauma & resilience and resistance, shame, Neurobiology, and the role of ACES, Dissociation and Alexithymia as predictors of health-related quality of life. Participants will additionally have access to our 2 plenary presentations by Sandra Bloom titled, “A Biocratic Paradigm: Exploring the Complexity of Trauma-Informed Leadership and Creating Presence™,” and Frank Corrigan titled, “Deep Brain Reorienting: Disconnection pain and Dissociation.” 

Meet Our Plenary Speakers

Sandra L. Bloom, MD

Dr Sandra L. Bloom is a Board-Certified psychiatrist, graduate of Temple University School of Medicine and currently Associate Professor, Health Management and Policy at the Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University, where she teaches five courses focused on the impact of psychological trauma on individuals and organizations.

From 1980-2001, Dr Bloom served as Founder and Executive Director of the Sanctuary programs, inpatient psychiatric programs for the treatment of trauma-related emotional disorders and during those years was also President of the Alliance for Creative Development, a multidisciplinary outpatient practice group. Dr Bloom is recognized nationally and internationally as the founder of the Sanctuary Model. Between 2005 and 2016 over 350 social service, juvenile justice and mental health organizations were trained in the Sanctuary Model.

In extending her work to include an online delivery program for Leaders, Clinicians, Direct Service Staff, and Indirect Service Staff called Creating Presence, Dr Bloom hopes to make the innovative approach to service delivery known as “trauma-informed” and “trauma-responsive” more available and cost effective. More information about Creating Presence can be found at https://www.creatingpresence.net/ Dr Bloom is a Past-President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and author or co-author of a series of books on trauma-informed care: Creating Sanctuary: Toward the Evolution of Sane Societies published in 1997 with a second edition in 2013; Destroying Sanctuary: The Crisis in Human Delivery Service Systems published by Oxford University Press in 2010 and Restoring Sanctuary: A New Operating System for Trauma-Informed Systems of Care, published by Oxford University Press in 2013. Many of her articles can be found at https://sandrabloom.com/.

She is a founder of and currently chairing a new national organization, CTIPP – The Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice whose goal is to advocate for public policies and programs at the federal, state, local and tribal levels that incorporate up-to-date scientific findings regarding the relationship between trauma across the lifespan and many social and health problems https://www.ctipp.org/

Frank Corrigan

Frank Corrigan qualified in Medicine in 1976 (MBChB, Glasgow) and began his career in psychiatry in 1977. Throughout a career spanning over 30 years as an NHS Consultant Psychiatrist in Scotland, Frank combined his extensive clinical experience with research on the neurobiology of trauma and its underpinnings in major psychiatric disorders.

His research broadly explored the intersection between affective Neuroscience and the science of healing culminating in the development of Deep Brain Reorienting (DBR). This new and novel psychotherapeutic approach emphasises the importance of tracking a distinctive neurophysiological sequence embedded in ‘deep brain’ systems. One of the most unique aspects of DBR as a trauma-focused therapy, is the embodiment of a natural healing process that is consonant with the evolutionary process of the developing brain and nervous system.  Preliminary results of a clinical and neuroimaging study of DBR in London, Ontario, have been accepted for publication.

Registration Information

Early registration ends September 15, 2023 at 5:00 PM US Eastern Time. Prices will increase for emerging professional and professional/retired rates at that time by $50. Registration is available for one or two days for this event.

Available Discounts

Discounts are available for students and emerging professionals as well as those in lower tier countries and groups.

  • ISSTD defines a student as 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. 
  • ISSTD defines an emerging professional as mental health professionals who have completed an advanced degree and are in the first three years of their career (or first three years after graduation for researchers).
  • If you do not fall into one of the above categories please register as Professional/Retired. 
  • Prices listed on the registration page are for Tier I countries. For a list of countries by Tier click here. If you are located in a country that falls into Tier II-VI please contact ISSTD at cfas@isst-d.org to receive the appropriate discount code. 
  • Group rates are available for groups of five or more from the same hospital, facility, or university. Please email ISSTD HQ for assistance with group rates. For groups of 5-9 the discount is 10% off registration fees, for groups of 10 or more the discount is 15% off registration fees.

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 Friday, October 6th at 5:00 PM ET. No refunds will be issued for no-shows. Refund requests will not be accepted after October 6, 2023. Not all requests will be granted. Substitutions for attendees are accepted until October 19, 2023.