ESTD Mentors

ESTD is proposing a new initiative – experienced trauma and dissociation clinicians or researchers will be certified by ESTD, and referred to as ESTD ‘mentors’. People who can become ESTD mentors will be academics, researchers, clinical trainers, or supervisors who put significant efforts into fulfilling the ESTD mission by developing and disseminating knowledge about trauma and dissociation - locally and internationally. They are healthcare professionals or academics with excellent reputations and impact in their community and abroad. Among ESTD mentors there are also Honorary mentors who are specialists nominated by the board for their special achievements and contribution to the ESTD mission. This document outlines a mentor’s tasks and privileges, along with the procedures for becoming a mentor.


ESTD expectations from mentors

  • Mentors promote ESTD during their trainings, lectures or conference presentations on trauma and dissociation.
  • Mentors are encouraged to provide special discounts for ESTD members who participate in their supervision or training.
  • Mentors are active ESTD members.
  • Except from Honorary mentors, for whom mentorship is permanent, ESTD mentors must renew their mentorship status every 5 years through application to the ESTD board.


ESTD mentors’ privileges

  • ESTD mentors can be invited to participate in relevant ESTD Board discussions.
  • ESTD will recommend mentors as trainers, consultants or supervisors (depending on their areas of expertise), using the organisation’s website and in communications with other societies, institutions, or press.
  • ESTD Mentors can apply to the board for partial or total reimbursement of travel costs associated with training provided in collaboration with ESTD (terms & conditions specified elsewhere).
  • Honorary mentors are exempt from ESTD annual membership fees.


How can someone become an ESTD mentor?

Two types of procedures can be applied to obtain the status of an ESTD mentor: Mentorship by nomination and Mentorship by application. Honorary mentorship is only granted by nomination. Mentors are assigned to one or more categories depending on their area of expertise: ST (scientific trainers - academic teachers, researchers), CL (clinical trainers - psychotherapists, supervisors), CAS (children and adolescent specialists).


Mentors by nomination

  1. Chairs of ESTD board committees can nominate to the board individuals who are recognized for their expertise in academic, research or clinical fields and contribute to the development of ESTD mission.
  2. The ESTD Secretary informs individuals of their nomination and confirms their wish to be an ESTD mentor. The ESTD board reviews nominations during board meetings and decides who will be accorded mentor status. Then, information on all ESTD mentors will be announced via ESTD Newsletter and placed on the website.
  3. Information about the award of an Honorary ESTD mentor status is additionally announced during ESTD biennial conferences


Mentors by application

  1. ESTD members with significant experience in the academic / research field or in providing clinical consultations for mental health professionals or supervision, can apply to become ESTD mentors.
  2. Applicants indicate their experience in the academic / research or clinical fields by completing the form (below) and submitting it to the board.
  3. Chairs of respective committees (educational or research) review applications and make recommendations to the board that an application is accepted or denied. The final decision is reached by the board through voting. Applicants are informed by the Secretary about the decision of the board.


To apply for mentorship, please complete this form and send it to