London Regional Conference

A Day With Professor Michael Salter

5 March 2020 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Centre for Child Mental Health

We are excited to announce our 2020 Regional Conference in London, UK! Join ISSTD for this one-day conference featuring presentations by Michael Salter, PhD, along with Margot Sunderland, Adah Sachs, Kathryn Livingston, Mark Linington, Elly Hanson, Sue Richardson, Valerie Sinason, and Nancy Borrett!

9:30am-10:00am               Registration Open
9:45am-10:00am               Introductions and Welcome
10:00am-11:15am             Organized Child Sexual Abuse: The Contemporary Picture
11:15am-11:45pm             Coffee Break
11:45pm-12:45pm             Child Sexual Abuse Material: Production, Distribution and Consumption
12:45pm-1:45pm               Lunch (Provided)
1:45pm-3:00pm                 Ritual Abuse, Prolonged Incest and the Intergenerational Transmission of Sexual Violence
3:00pm-3:30pm                 Coffee Break
3:30pm-4:30pm                 Small Discussion Groups
4:30pm-5:00pm                 Final Plenary

Registration Details

Early registration ends 15 February 2020.

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 pound sterling (GBP).

Group rates are available for groups of five or more from the same hospital, facility, or university. Please email the 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 21 February 2020 at 5:00 PM ET. No refunds will be issued for no-shows. Refund requests will not be accepted after 21 February 2020. Not all requests will be granted. Substitutions for attendees are accepted at any time.

Registration Contact Information
Phone: 844.994.7783
Fax: 888.966.0310


Meet our Speakers!

Dr Michael Salter is a Scientia Fellow and Associate Professor of Criminology at the University of New South Wales. His research is focused on child abuse and gendered violence, including primary prevention, complex trauma and technologically-facilitated abuse. He is the author of two books, Organised Sexual Abuse (Routledge, 2013) and Crime, Justice and Social Media (Routledge, 2017), and a range of papers on child abuse and gendered violence. A/Prof Salter sits on the Board of Directors of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, who awarded him the 2018 Morton Prince Award for Scientific Achievement. He is an Associate Editor of the journal Child Abuse Review and expert advisor to the Canadian Centre for Child Protection.

Joining Michael Salter will be:

Dr Margot Sunderland, Director of the Centre for Child Mental Health
Dr Adah Sachs, ISSTD, writer and attachment based consultant psychotherapist
Kathryn Livingston BEM, Trainer and Voluntary Co-ordinator First Person Plural
Mark Linington, Clinical Director, Clinic for Dissociative Studies
Dr Elly Hanson, psychologist researcher, clinical advisor to CEOP
Sue Richardson, attachment-based psychotherapist and a founder member of ESTD-UK
Valerie Sinason, ISSTD, consultant psychotherapist, Founder and Patron, Clinic for Dissociative Studies
Nancy Borrett, Consultant Psychotherapist, Clinic for Dissociative Studies


Session 1

Presentation Title: Organized Child Sexual Abuse: The Contemporary Picture
Chair: Kathryn Livingston
Presenter: Michael Salter
Discussant: Mark Linington
Summary: This session will discuss the current state of knowledge about organised forms of child sexual abuse. After a brief history of debates over organised abuse, the session will examine the most common scenarios of organised abuse, and the increasing role of technology in child sexual exploitation. Drawing on extensive interviews with survivors and professionals, as well as public policy analysis, the session will identify current obstacles to the prevention and detection of organised abuse and the wellbeing and safety of survivors, and lay out a program of policy reform and advocacy.

Session 2

Presentation Title: Child Sexual Abuse Material: Production, Distribution and Consumption
Chair: Elly Hanson
Presenter: Michael Salter
Summary: This session will focus on the current epidemic of online child sexual abuse material and its implications for organised abuse victims and survivors. The session will present research findings based on image analysis of historical and contemporary CSAM, ‘dark web’ offender discourse and surveys of adult CSAM survivors. The complex role of governments, police, non-government organisations and technology companies in the response to CSAM will be outlined, with a focus on the need for significant legal and industry reform. The implications of CSAM for the treatment of survivors will be emphasised.

Session 3

Presentation Title: Ritual Abuse, Prolonged Incest and the Intergenerational Transmission of Sexual Violence
Chair: Valerie Sinason
Presenter: Michael Salter
Discussant: Sue Richardson
Summary: This session will present a theoretical model to understand the intergenerational transmission of sexual violence within families. While intergenerational trauma is now the subject of an expanding evidence base, the normalisation of sexual violence within family networks has been largely overlooked. This session draws together evidence of parental involvement in CSAM and sexual exploitation, the persistence of familial sexual abuse into adulthood, and the role of ritual in familial cultures of abuse, and suggests that object relations theory can assist us in understanding the reproduction of sexual violence in families over generations.  

Session 4

Presentation Title: Small Discussion Groups & Final Plenary
Presenters: Michael Salter, Mark Linington, Sue Richardson, Adah Sachs, Valerie Sinason, and Nancy Borrett
Summary: Small discussion groups will be convened by Mark Linington, Sue Richardson, Adah Sachs, Valerie Sinason and Nancy Borrett, followed by final comments and questions for Michael Salter and other discussants.

Explore London!

Nothing prepares you for your first taste of London. This great world city is far more than just the capital of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. London is bustling, vibrant, multicultural and cosmopolitan. London is both old and new, a place where traditional pubs rub shoulders with the newest cocktail bars. Its most ancient castle is right next door to its newest skyscrapers. London’s energy, as 8.6 million people go about their everyday lives, is tangible in every journey on the Underground and every walk along the banks of the River Thames. From the palaces of shopping to the real Buckingham Palace, London really does have it all.

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Venue & Travel

Conference Venue

The Centre for Child Mental Health

Brittania Row, Islington, London N1


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Strategic Partners

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