Dear Colleagues and fellow members of ESTD.
I am writing this between 2 important events: One that’s just passed, the ISSTD’s Annual Conference in Montreal, and the other taking place in Paris in December, The First European Workshop supported by ESTD.
The Conference in Montreal was a delight. Their 28th! Representatives of your Board, Manoelle Hopchet, ESTD President Elect; Eli Somer, Immediate Past President, and myself got together over a working lunch with the ISSTD’s Executive Board. This is the second year running that we have established this annual contact since ESTD and ISSTD agreed to go their separate ways in terms of joint membership. We have clearly a lot to offer each other and our meeting helped reinforce this.
The areas of discussion included the following:
- The sale in the US of ESTD’s new training DVD ‘A Logical Way of Being’ produced by First Person Plural (A UK Survivor led organisation), with the participation of three clinicians.
- The potential use in Europe of ISSTD’s updated Professionals’ Training Courses. The whole area of training in Europe is one of the tasks the ESTD Board will be looking at as a medium to long term project.
- To continue to encourage presenters at each other’s conferences.
- To continue to offer discounts at each other’s conferences.
- To establish more frequent dialogue through quarterly Conference Calls.
For those of you unfamiliar with the ISSTD’s Annual Conferences, I thought it would be really helpful and refreshing to get the views of ESTD delegates there. So I have listed below those that kindly responded to my request. Some are from seasoned attendees, others first time visitors to such an event. The comments are varied and I believe represent a good cross section of views.
Finally congratulations to those members of ESTD who were presented an award at the Conference.
First Person Plural: Audio Visual Award for their DVD ‘A Logical Way of Being’
Suzette Boon and Onno van der Hart: Pierre Janet Award for their book: Coping with trauma-related dissociation
I wish everyone a peaceful and enjoyable holiday season.
From ESTD Newsletter Volume 2, Number 1, November 2011