The ISSTD Membership clearly supports our efforts in education and research.
October 2008: Collected Pledges: $176, 000 Total Pledged: $194, 000
Five Year Goal: $250,000
Your donations are already hard at
Child Protective Services Video Project: Fran
Waters' pioneering project to bring more awareness of dissociative
symptoms in children to first-line responders and professionals
is moving in leaps and bounds. Your generous Development contributions
enabled ISSTD and Cavalcade Productions to film a three-part
DVD series most recently at the International San Diego
Conference on Family Maltreatment in January. The series has
entered its editing stage: the first part will address Neurobiology
of Trauma and the Global Effects of Chronic Traumatic Stress
on Children; the second will cover the Assessment and
Forensic Issues, and a third will entail prosecution. Team
contributors to the video series were recognized professionals
in the field of childhood trauma and forensic evaluations of
children: lawyers, psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists,
and protective service workers. The series will be available
in DVD and VHS and will no doubt become a priceless
contribution to children's safety and chance at early identification.
Marketing is anticipated in the spring (subtitles in non-English
will be possible for interested countries). Over the next
year, Fran will conduct a series of workshops at major
child-trauma conferences utilizing this DVD, to encourage awareness
and understanding of children’s dissociative mechanisms
in the forensic environment, and to market this training
video to forensic evaluators and protective service workers. Kudos
to Fran for spearheading this immensely important project and
maneuvering it skillfully through its embryonic hurdles!
Dissociative Disorders Interview Videotape Project:
This important professional tool continues to shape up. Look
for news about Dr. Richard Loewenstein’s Office Mental
Status Interview for Complex Dissociative Symptoms in the coming
months. The DC will be supporting the distribution of this
2nd DSM-V Research Planning Conference: Stay
tuned for news about this significant and complicated effort
to ‘save’ the Dissociative Disorders from denial
and allocate them a befitting place so that those suffering
from them are better understood, seen, and heard.
David Caul Research Grants: $5,000 in award
funds are allocated annually for supporting post-graduate students
researching dissociative disorders. The DC proudly sponsors
these essential building blocks to our field’s future.
Don’t forget…yearly membership dues go to for
operating expenses; but monies for the DC are exclusively for
funding projects designated to making the dreams of today the
reality of tomorrow… Please make a secure donation online,
here, or send a check for the Development Campaign. Fifty cents
of fifty thousand—it helps.
We at the DC are committed to building a future of healing.
Please email us with your ideas, comments, and questions.