2024 Washington DC Regional Conference

Reclaiming Dignity of Self through Attachment

October 25-26, 2024
Hilton Arlington | Arlington, VA


We are excited to announce our 2024 Regional Conference in Washington, D.C.! Join ISSTD for this two-day conference featuring presentations by Daniel Shaw, Richard Loewenstein and Jennifer Gomez!

As we continue to see a need for increased trauma-informed services and approaches to mental health, becoming attuned to the differences between simple trauma, complex trauma, and dissociation is essential for determining how to proceed with respect to providing relevant treatment.   By widening the lens through which we view and understand trauma, we make space for improved treatment outcomes and a more attuned therapeutic approach that lends to a more client centred therapy that is tailored to each client’s unique needs and symptoms. 

We invite you to join us over two days to explore the interface between coercive group control and dissociation, emerging divides, and considering intersectionality from a macro level. This conference will include workshops on the history of complex trauma and dissociation as it exists within theory and practice, screening and assessing for complex trauma and dissociative disorders, how to treat dissociative disorders in different settings, and getting additional support through a consultation clinic with our seasoned presenters.

This workshop is intended for professionals at all stages of their career that wish to get a more in-depth introduction to the fundamentals of dissociation as a distinct response to trauma.

Schedule

Day One
8:30am-9:00am
9:00am-10:30am
10:30am-11:00am
11:00am-12:30pm

12:30pm-2:00pm
2:00pm-3:30pm
3:30pm-4:00pm
4:00pm-5:30pm   


Registration Open & Light Continental Breakfast
The Relational System of the Traumatizing Narcissist (Dan Shaw)
Break
The Relational System of the Traumatizing Narcissist (Dan Shaw – continued)
Lunch (on own)
TBD (Richard Loewenstein)
Break
TBD (Loewenstein – continued)

Day Two
8:30am-9:00am
9:00am-10:30am


10:30am-11:00am
11:00am-12:30pm



12:30pm-2:00pm
2:00pm-3:30pm
3:30pm-4:00pm
4:00pm-5:30pm  


Registration Open & Light Continental Breakfast
Cultural Betrayal, Sexual Abuse, & Black Women: Healing Perspectives from Relational Cultural Therapy, the Liberation Health Framework, & Dreamstorming (Jennife M. Gómez)
Break
Cultural Betrayal, Sexual Abuse, & Black Women: Healing Perspectives from Relational Cultural Therapy, the Liberation Health Framework, & Dreamstorming (Jennife M. Gómez – continued)
Lunch (on own)
TBD
Break
TBD

Registration Details

Early registration ends September 10, 2024.

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 Canadian Dollars.

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.

Online registration allows for payment via credit card only. If you wish to pay via check or wire transfer, please complete the this registration form and submit it to the Registration Department via email at cfas@isst-d.org. We will process the form and provide information for making payment once this is completed.

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 September 10, 2024 at 5:00 PM ET. No refunds will be issued for no-shows. Refund requests will not be accepted after September 10, 2024. Not all requests will be granted. Substitutions for attendees are accepted at any time.

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

During this conference, conference organizers, presenters and staff will address any concerns that arise. Every effort will be made to address the concerns during the conference when possible. If these individuals 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 Virtual and Regional Conference 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 5 working days. Formal grievances are required to be written and emailed as directed above and will be responded to within 15 business days.

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.

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

Presenters

Meet our Speakers!

Daniel Shaw, LCSW

Daniel Shaw, LCSW is a psychotherapist in private practice in New York City and in Nyack, New York. After many years of psychoanalytic training, he went on to study Sensorimotor Psychotherapy with Janina Fisher; and completed Fisher’s certification in Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatmment (TIST), which integrates Structural Dissociation Theory, Affect Regulation Theory and Internal Family Systems concepts. He has extensive experience helping individuals with the negating impact of being in relationship to highly narcissistic significant others; and he has 30 years of experience helping cult survivors to heal from traumatic abuse in cults. He lectures and teaches to professional audiences internationally, and he provides individual clinical consultation and leads clinical consultation groups via teleconference. Prior to entering the mental health profession, he trained as an actor at Northwestern University and with the renowned teacher Uta Hagen in New York City. He later worked for more than a decade as a missionary for an Indian guru. His eventual recognition of cultic aspects of this organization led him to become an outspoken activist in support of individuals and families traumatically abused in cults. Simultaneous with leaving this group in 1994, he began his training in the mental health profession, becoming a faculty member and supervisor at The National Institute for the Psychotherapies in New York. His book, Traumatic Narcissism: Relational Systems of Subjugation, was published in 2014 for the Relational Perspectives Series by Routledge and was a runner-up for the distinguished Gradiva Award. In 2018, he was honored by the International Cultic Studies Association with the Margaret Thaler Singer Award for advancing the understanding of coercive persuasion and undue influence. His second book, Traumatic Narcissism and Recovery: Leaving the Prison of Shame and Fear, was published by Routledge in 2021.

Richard Loewenstein, MD

Richard J. Loewenstein MD is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD. He is the founder of, and from 1987-2020 was the Medical Director of, The Trauma Disorders Program at Sheppard Pratt, Baltimore, MD. He is rated by U.S. News and World Report as among America’s top 1 % of psychiatrists. Dr. Loewenstein did a research fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, MD. In the past he was a faculty member of the Departments of Psychiatry at Yale University, New Haven, CT; George Washington University, Washington, DC; and University of California, Los Angeles, CA. He is the author of approximately 100 papers and book chapters on dissociation, dissociative disorders, and trauma disorders, among others. He is the Section Editor, Dissociative Disorders, of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), DSM-5 Text Revision (DSM-5TR), to be published in Spring, 2022. He is co-editor of the 4th Revision (in preparation) of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) Guidelines for Treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder in Adults. Since 2000, he has been an author of the Dissociative Disorders chapter in Kaplan & Sadock’s Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry. He is leading the revision of the Dissociative Disorders chapter for the upcoming (11th) edition of this textbook. He is distinguished life fellow of the APA and, among other awards, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the ISSTD.

Jennifer M. Gómez, PhD

Jennifer M. Gómez, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work and Faculty Affiliate at the Center for Innovation in Social Work & Health at Boston University. Additionally, she serves on the Boards of Center for Institutional Courage and End Rape On Campus. At ISSTD, she serves on the Board, Scientific Committee, and Annual Conference Committee, and is a guest co-editor of the upcoming special issue of Journal of Trauma & Dissociation on intersectional oppression, dissociation, and healing in diverse marginalized people. Dr. Gómez’ research centers around cultural betrayal trauma theory (CBTT), which she created as a Black feminist theoretical framework for examining the impact of violence within the context of inequality on Black and other marginalized populations. Her research has been published in over 100 peer-reviewed journals, books, newsletters, regional and national media outlets, and the Open Science Framework. Her work has been funded by the Ford Foundation Fellowships Program, administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, & Medicine (NASEM), the Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research (MCUAAAR)—National Institute on Aging (NIA), and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University. Her transdisciplinary book, The Cultural Betrayal of Black Women & Girls: A Black Feminist Approach to Healing from Sexual Abuse, published by the American Psychological Association, centers Black women and girls through incorporating basic research on racism, intersectional oppression, and cultural betrayal trauma theory, as well as application in the form of culturally competent trauma therapy, radical healing in
the Black community, and institutional courage (Freyd, 2018) to promote systems-level change. https://jmgomez.org

Dr. Ross is adept at imparting complex information to diverse professional audiences on a variety of subjects. He has spoken widely throughout North America and Europe and in China, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand.

Explore Washington, DC!

Washington, DC is the capitol city of the United States and is home to must see landmarks and monuments like the White House, the Capitol and more! Washington D.C. is a very diverse and is one of the nation’s largest and most influential cultural, political and economic regions. With a variety of museums and performing-arts venues, there is plenty to see and do during your stay in the region.

Your Guide to Local Attractions from Visit Washington DC!
Attractions
Getting Around Washington DC.
Food and Drink

Venue & Travel

Conference Venue

Hilton Arlington
950 N Stafford Street
Arlington, VA 22203
United States

Travel

For information about traveling to the Washington D.C. area, visit this page.

Closest Metro Stops
Ballston-MU (Orange and Silver Lines)
This metro stop is connected to the hotel.

Parking
Hotel self-parking: $22/day

Continuing Education & Continuing Medical Education Credits

Information about approvals for individual sessions is included below. Participants attending the full conference will receive 11.5 continuing education credits.

We are currently working to add additional approvals for this event. Additional approvals will be posted as they are granted and we hope to have final approvals for all types of credits we will offer posted by September 1.

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, sign in and out of every session, and complete a post-event evaluation. Certificates of Credit are awarded within 30 days of completion of the evaluation for the conference. Participants will be emailed a link to complete evaluations two to three weeks after the conference and will be able to download a pdf of their certificate after all evaluations are complete.

Continuing Education Information

Dissociation: A Foundational Overview

American Psychological Association

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.

An Introduction to the Multidimensional Inventory of Dissociation

American Psychological Association

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.

Dissociative Identity Disorder: How To Recognize It and Principles of Treatment

American Psychological Association

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.

Time Effective Intervention Techniques for Crisis Management in the Treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder

American Psychological Association

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.

The Consultation Clinic

This session is not eligible for continuing education or continuing medical education credits.

Continuing Medical Education Information

Accreditation and Designation Statements and Disclosure Report
International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation [A-00853]
October 1, 2021 – October 2, 2021

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 format for this educational activity for a maximum of 11.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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 

Supporter & Exhibitor Opportunities

Discover New Connections in Toronto!

Our conference attendees represent the leading professionals in the world of trauma and dissociation. Our conferences allow for organizations to network with and promote your organization to attendees who have traveled from around the globe to be present. As a supporter or exhibitor, you will have the unique opportunity to tap into this esteemed network of professionals. Don’t miss out on this limited opportunity to connect one on one with psychologists, social workers, counselors and other mental health professionals who use and promote the products and services you have to offer!

ISSTD Organizational Membership Available Now!
ISSTD has launched a new Organizational Membership. This membership is open to treatment facilities, hospitals, multi-clinician practices, government organizations/agencies, and colleges/universities who specialize in the treatment of complex trauma and/or dissociation. Bronze, Silver and Gold memberships include exhibit and supporter opportunities in addition to membership. For more information on benefits and prices of the Organizational Membership with ISSTD, click here!