Dear Colleagues and Fellow Members of the ESTD

The end of the year is approaching, and winter is setting in… it’s time to take stock of 2021 and prepare for the year to come.

As you already know, this year the ESTD has launched a series of webinars on the central dimensions and concepts related to the diagnosis of trauma and dissociation. 

Two webinars have been held since the return to work. On 16/9/2021, we invited Professors Vedat Sar and Martin Dorahy to discuss the many faces of dissociation and cross-identity amnesias found in patients with dissociative identity disorder. 

In addition, on 14/10/2021, we were pleased to welcome Professors Contanze Dalenberg and Simone Reinders to discuss the scientific arguments supporting the relationship between trauma and dissociation, and the validity of Dissociative Identity Disorder. 

Following their brilliant scientific demonstrations, the speakers answered numerous questions from the participants, allowing them to explore the issues in greater depth.  I would now invite you to take your diary and note the dates of the next 2 webinars which will take place in early 2022. 

On 20 January 2022, from 19:00 to 20:30 (Berlin, Europe, CEST), we will start the year with a first presentation by Suzette Boon on the assessment of dissociative disorders. She will present the “Trauma and Dissociation Symptoms Interview (TADS-I)”. 

On 17 March 2022, from 19:00 to 20:30 (Berlin, Europe, CEST), we will follow up with a lecture by Professor Richard Loewenstein on “Dissociative disorders and differential diagnoses”. 

Alongside our webinars, the scientific journal of our association (EJTD) is doing well and is beginning to gain recognition in the scientific community. It was recently indexed on PsyInfo and can now be found in 3 databases: 
1) Scopus:
2) Web of Science WoS / Emerging Sources Citation Index / ESCI: –
3) PsycINFO:

As a reminder, you can access our journal directly via the menu on the ESTD website ( ) . 

Another important piece of news that will mark the beginning of 2022 and that will please fans of Pierre Janet is the translation into English of “L’automatisme Psychologique” (Pierre Janet, 1989). It is one of the earliest and most important books written on the study of trauma and dissociation. It will be available for the first time in English, with a preface by Giuseppe Craparo and Onno van der Hart: Catalepsy, Memory and Suggestion in Psychological Automatism: Total Au ( Now there’s a great gift for Christmas!

Finally, in my previous letter, I announced the next ESTD congress in Brussels in October 2022. This congress will ultimately be postponed until spring 2023, as no venue could be found at a reasonable price. We are still working hard to finalise a date and put together an exciting programme for you. I hope to be able to give you clear and definitive information in the coming quarter!

I will end my letter by wishing you a happy holiday season and by sending you my best wishes for the year 2022. Thank you again for your support!

Raphaël Gazon
ESTD President