Letter From The President

Dear colleagues and friends,

Time to say goodbye…

Thank you to all the readers of my quarterly "letter" in the newsletter. Although I have seldom received any feedback, I hope that I have offered some sources of inspiration throughout the two years during which I had the opportunity to share my thoughts with you. This is my goodbye letter as president to all of you.

As president, I had a few visions for your association, some of which have been transformed into reality. We wanted to expand to include more to Eastern European countries, and this is still an ongoing process. We have a strong group of "activists" in Poland (thank you to Radek and Igor), in Hungary (thank you to Ildikó and Judit.) and in Slovenia (thank you Tijasa). Serbia is also upcoming and we are still trying to get other countries (currently missing in ESTD) into our association. Some of the Balcan countries, like Montenegro, Albania, Bulgaria and Moldavia, have yet to join. But we are on the right path. The childrens' guidelines have been edited. Many thanks to the child and adolescent board for working on these so important guidelines.

Many smaller or bigger topics needed a lot of our energy as a board. It’s not always easy to see all the work that is accomplished by the board of an association. But all the time and motivation that the people of the whole board are putting into the functioning of our association deserve a warm thank you. The new website www.estd.org will soon be functioning. Please take a look at it and give us your feedback. Thank you to Raphaël of our board for having taken care of this difficult and time-consuming task in his very first year on the committee. You have been of great help.

Thank you also to Manoëlle, who is stepping down from the board after 10 very active years. Her help and dedication to ESTD is tremendous and very precious. We wish her all the best in her future activities in the field of trauma and dissociation.

From January 2017, your new president will be Andrew Moskowitz. We are very happy to have such a remarkable person as our president for the next two years. Anca Sabau from Romania will be the next president elect. We are very happy to have a president elect from an Eastern European country this time. Her implication in the development of ESTD in Romania and other Eastern European countries is well worth mentioning I wish both of you luck in accomplishing your future tasks and functions.

A great achievement for ESTD is the brand new European Journal of Trauma and Dissociation to which you have said «YES» and which will be our challenging novelty, with the first issue due to be published in March 2017. Our annual fee will increase, but the gain you will receive with a scientific journal really makes this investment worthwhile. You will be able to follow the latest developments of science and clinical practice through this new journal. Thank you to AFTD (www.aftd.eu) for this joint adventure which made this journal possible. A bunch of very important partners are part of the team, with the editor-in-chief Cyril TARQUINIO, professor at the University of Lorraine in France. The associate editors are:


FR Stéphanie KAHLFA - FR






Onno van der HART - NE


Finally, I would like to draw your attention to the dates of November 9-11, 2017. This will be our next ESTD conference in Berne, Switzerland, titled: "Child abuse and neglect. Challenges for therapy, prevention, and justice." A very passionate and new kind of conference is awaiting you, a conference with a bold vision: bridging the gaps between therapy, preventive services and justice. Some thrilling pre-conferences will also bring new perspectives to old problems: Attachment and attachment-focused problems in therapy, or working with perpetrators. Also, for psychotherapists and psychiatrists, some important points concerning legal issues are part of the program, as well as the psychological aspects of pressing charges against perpetrators, or managing victims for law persons or policemen. And some very well-known names with new topics will bring you the latest developments in the field of trauma and dissociation. The abstract submission is now open. Please go to the website for more information on www.estd2017.org and save the date now!

Well, it’s time for me to say goodbye to all of you in my function as your president, hoping to meet you very soon again somewhere in the world.

Best wishes,

Eva Zimmermann

ESTD President


From ESTD Newsletter Volume 5, Number 4, December 2016



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