Dear Colleagues and fellow members of the ESTD,
This is the last letter I‘m writing to you as President, as my presidency is coming to an end in December. This means that Eva Zimmermann will become our new president and Andrew Moskowitz start his function as president elect. Remy Aquarone will leave the board and join Suzette Boon and Eli Somer at the Upper House. I thank Remy who has been there from the beginning of the ESTD, more than 8 years ago by now and who contributed much to the anchouring of ESTD in the European clinical field. He also helped the board remembering the history of the society and our connections with ISSTD.
It was a pleasure for me to serve the ESTD as president most of all because I felt supported by our generous board members, even if sometimes, when ancient board members were leaving and new ones were coming I felt truly challenged to ensure the continuity of some projects that were in development. I will be happy to continue to support the board and Eva in my role as past president during the two coming years.
ESTD counts now 650 members , this is 150 members more than two years ago. Our members are coming from 38 different countries and 5 continents. This shows that the number of members is slowly increasing from year to year and that ESTD is getting known far beyond our European borders and seas. We noticed that the number of members of a certain country always increases whenever a member of this country belongs to the ESTD board. Maybe that this can be explained by the fact that the enthusiasm of working in the board of ESTD is very contagious throughout the channels of collegiality and friendship!
I’m happy to inform you that the ESTD Child and adolescent committee chaired by Renée Marks Potgieter together with the board are in their last steps towards the edition of the first ESTD Child and Adolescent guidelines for the treatment of trauma and dissociative symptoms. The guidelines will probably be ready around Spring next year and we will inform you as soon as they are available. I think these guidelines are an important milestone in making a synthesis of European conceptualization of approaches and treatment of children and adolescents with traumatic and dissociative symptomatology. These guidelines can hopefully form a basis for future European research on treatment efficiency.
A pilot project started in October in Romania concerning basic trainings on trauma and dissociative disorders through the internet. This training contained two parts and was given to a group of Romanian clinicians through a live webinar by Anabel Gonzalez and Giovanni Tagliavini. Participants did pay a small fee for participation and did receive a certificate of participation by the ESTD. The idea behind the trainings is to develop a standard basic level at an affordable fee and easy in access for the clinicians who cannot afford to travel to and participate at our conferences or trainings. This project will be evaluated by the board during our board meeting here in Brussels and will allow us to develop further training strategies.
I wish all of you a nice Christmas time.
From ESTD Newsletter Volume 3, Number 9, December 2014