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Whatever we learn now forever influences what we may learn
in the future. That’s why standards of academic excellence
have always been so important. Intellectual honesty, and
an ability to acknowledge what we don’t know, is often
as important as what we think we know. The ISSTD is determined
to make education of professionals and the public a central
Clinicians and theoreticians are still struggling with what
may seem like simple questions, such as: What is a trauma?
What is dissociation? These questions are easy enough to ask.
Why is there a problem with these straightforward questions?
Well, consider what it means to separate the experience of
something that is emotionally very painful, exquisitely so,
perhaps, and distinguish it from something that everybody
could agree was traumatic. Where is the dividing line between
what's painful and what is traumatic? Is it the size of the
force that produces the wound? Is it that something changes
in the person who has been wounded, psychologically or otherwise?
And, what is dissociation, anyhow? Some theories suggest that
dissociation is best described by the intrusion of experiences
into a mind. Other theoreticians focus on the lack of unconscious
formulation of normally linked psychological experience
that leaves a person bereft of discernable context or meaning
for their lived experience. Yet other theories focus upon dissociation
of the elements of experience like knowledge, and emotion,
amongst others. Some simple questions can get pretty complicated!
We hope that as you use these pages, and enjoy our website,
that you will be curious (perhaps the opposite of dissociation?)
and make the effort to develop a broad view of what is here
to stimulate your thinking and help you understand more of
what it is to be human. We hope you'll find what you seek.
We've taken some time to thoughtfully prepare material we think
clinicians, and others, would like to examine. If you are having
trouble locating something you believe is on the site, or wish
to see some specific material we don't have, please let us
know by writing the website
editor. Here is a
list of what's available. You can jump from the links on
this page to a wealth of information.
related to trauma and dissociation
and Dissociation resources on the Empty Memories website
Bibliography Selected Dissociation Literature
Bibliography Selected Trauma Literature
Literature Search: Dissociative Disorders (pdf + links)
Literature Search: Epidemiology, Comorbidity Dissociative
Literature Search: Neurophysiology, Dissociative Disorders
(pdf + links)
The PubMed Search Engine at the National Library of
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
Dissociation "101" an
Introduction to Treatment of Dissociative Disorders:
For people who are interested in understanding the treatement
of persons with dissociative disorders, but are not familiar
with the perspectives that need to be added to those usually
taught in standard psychotherapy training programs.
Selected Links of Interest
Trauma Center at Resource
Justice Institute: This website has resources galore.
It's got links to self help for a long list of diagnosis
(eating disorder, PTSD, OCD, etc.), it's got links to many
articles, resources for first responders, handouts, etc.
National Center for PTSD site
has a wealth of resources from self diagnostics for PTSD, videos,
fact sheets on treatment and coping.
Practice Guidelines forASD/ PTSD-Veteran's Administration There
are extensive clinical guidelines on this web site. These are
exceedlingly useful for the practicing clinician.
David Baldwin's Trauma
Information Pages contains many articles and resources
collected by an expert clinician. David seems to have a knack
for keeping his site on the leading edge of interesting things
happening in the world of trauma and dissociation studies.
Ken Pope’s Articles,
Research, & Resources in Psychology: Therapy,
Ethics, Malpractice, Forensics, Critical Thinking, and more.
This is a "go to" site for professionals who are
looking for quality material on a range of subjects. Ken is
known for his personal integrity and his committment to this
National Child Traumatic Stress
Network This is a premiere site organized by a network
of trauma organizations and provides information for parents,
educators, the media, and professionals on various aspects
of traumatic experience and how to respond to children. It
has a wealth of detailed information with immediate clinical
Academy is a unique collaboration of individuals and
organizations that have created biologically-informed, child
and family respectful information, practice, programs and
policy in the effort to help maltreated and traumatized children.
There is much effort on this site to translate emerging findings
about the human brain and child development into innovative
programs in therapeutic, child protection, and educational
American Society of Clinical
Hypnosis is an organization of clinicians and researchers
dedicated to the study of the clinical applications of hypnosis.
They have one of the best training models for certification
of clinicians in the practice of hypnosis.
EMDR International Association
European Society for Traumatic
European Society for Trauma
International Society for
Traumatic Stress Studies
The National Institute
for Trauma and Loss in Children This is an outstanding
site with very detailed explorations of the impact of trauma
on children and many resources. This is a program of the
Children's Home of Detroit.
Additional links on this web site:
Search Engine of the National Library of Medicine:
The PubMed pages of the NLM are a fabulous resource. You have
access to nearly all the holdings of the library, in all the
life sciences. Take a look at it and play with it. After you
get used to writing accurate keywords, you'll find most anything
you want, quickly!
provides access to bibliographic information that includes
MEDLINE, OLDMEDLINE, as well as:
- The out-of-scope citations (e.g., articles on plate tectonics
or astrophysics) from certain MEDLINE journals, primarily
general science and chemistry journals, for which the life
sciences articles are indexed for MEDLINE.
- Citations that precede the date that a journal was selected
for MEDLINE indexing.
- Some additional life science journals that submit full
text to PubMedCentral and receive a qualitative review by
can find additional related links via the "Students
and the Public" menu at the top of the page.
As you surf these pages, we hope you will find what you are
looking for. Let us know how we can be of service to you. Email
the we site editor with your comments/requests.