Dear Colleagues and fellow members of the ESTD,
I hope, like me, you all had or will have a few days or weeks off during this summer. I had the opportunity to travel for a longer period to another continent where religion is very present in some parts of the country and the population. Religious practice, punctuated by daily rituals, forms a key resource in the way of coping emotionally with many existential and relational difficulties and struggles because it provides very stable points of reference and conceptual frames helping give sense and bring hope to the suffering. Being bathed for a few weeks in this more spiritual atmosphere and physically absent from my own place of living and working showed me once again how regular, short or long periods of distancing oneself from our habitual relational network and conceptual frame is so essential in helping us cope in our demanding work with traumatized patients, allowing us sometimes to open other perspectives we hadn’t had before.
Last Spring, after our conference in Copenhagen, the board felt it was necessary and useful to have the opinions and feedback of participants in relation to a number of aspects of the conference. You may remember that we sent a survey by email to all participants. We received 67 responses, so I thank those who participated. This survey will be analyzed by the board and we will publish the results and some of our decisions in the next Newsletter. The results of this survey and the experiences of previous conferences allow us to develop some guidelines for the organization of future biennual ESTD conferences. Those guidelines will be ready end of this year.
In this Newsletter you will find the information Andrew Moskowitz and I sent earlier by email to all our members concerning the continuation of an important study on the Treatment of Patients with Dissociative Disorders (TOP DD) conducted by our ISSTD colleagues on the effects of treatment in people with DID and DDNOS. The TOP DD study, led by Bethany Brand, is the largest current study in the field of complex dissociative disorders and is collecting data on hundreds of treatment cases in this population. The ESTD research committee and the ESTD board are enthusiastic about this project, as this study could have a significant impact in increasing the awareness of dissociative disorders and highlighting the need for proper training in the treatment of this population.
We encourage you to read the document below and see if you have the opportunity to participate with your English speaking patients. Each contribution is welcome and will help this study achieve its important aims.
Further, I congratulate Angela Kennedy of the United Kingdom, for her recent election as a member of our board. I am confident that her motivation, her experience as a clinician, researcher and her organizational capacities will offer a strong contribution to the board‘s objectives.
Finally, let me remind and invite you all to note in your diary the 25th April 2015, the date of our next national ESTD event which will take place in Timisoara, a multicultural city in western Romania. It will be soon possible to find the necessary information on this Romanian event when visiting our web site. I wish you all a good start.
From ESTD Newsletter Volume 3, Number 8, September 2014