Letter From The President

Dear colleagues around the world, and especially in Europe

The ESTD is in preparation of its 5th bi-annual conference and by the same time, celebrating its 10th anniversary! ESTD is not a baby anymore, but is slowly but surely growing up. We had to learn how to walk, how to speak, how to make ourselves understood and to understand the world and the way it works, just like every human being in this world. To succeed in this, we have had some wonderful “parents” and mentors, whom I like to thank in this way: Thank you to our former presidents, Suzette Boon, Eli Somer, Remy Aquarone and Manoëlle Hopchet. Their intense work of “education” brought this association to what it is today. Thank you also to all the “siblings”, the former and actual board members, who have all dedicated their time to help this association grow and prosper. And thank you to all of you, members with this special interest in trauma-related disorders and dissociation, which are the aim of ESTD. I also like to thank the team of the newsletter, our spine. Thanks to their intense work, we are constantly informed and updated on all the developments in this field.

Please have a look at the conference Website www.estd2016.org to see the interesting developments in the trauma & dissociation field that the conference committee is bringing to your attention. In the preconferences, Mariëtte Groenendijk, clinical psychologist, will let you know more about the structured trauma treatment with complex trauma-related disorders and Janina Fisher, PhD, will describe how to work with the body in treating DID patients. Suzette Boon, PhD, will share her new tool for diagnosis of dissociative symptoms and Dr. Renée Potgieter-Marks, consultant therapist and one of the authors of the “Guidelines for the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with dissociative symptoms and dissociative disorders” and Julian Ford, PhD, will talk about the assessment and treatment of dissociative children and adolescents. As an expert by experience, the plenary speaker Dr. Selma Leydesdorff will share her life story and the concept of postmemory. Dr. Frans de Waal will talk about our nearest cousins, primates, and their social regulation and dysregulation. What an exciting new topic for us! Kathy Steele, MN, CS, will help us understand the attachment issues in complex developmental trauma disorders and Annemiek van Dijke, PhD, will talk about affect dysregulation and the body across the life span. Karl-Heinz Brisch, MD, will show us videos and share with us his understanding of attachment disorders in dissociated children. And finally, Dr. Ira Brenner will share experiences from elderly Holocaust survivors. The exciting scientific program and the parallel sessions will explore many exciting older and newer topics in depth.

There is no better way to learn, to keep informed and to network with colleagues throughout Europe and from faraway countries than attending the ESTD conference!. Not only is the scientific program of the highest quality, but the conference will be hosted at a wonderful location in the heart of Amsterdam. And of course, our Conference Party to celebrate our 10th anniversary really shouldn’t be missed! I hope many of you will be there! Enjoy the conference!

Eva Zimmermann

President ESTD


From ESTD Newsletter Volume 5, Number 1, March 2016



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