European Society for Trauma & Dissociation Conference March 29 – 31, 2012: Berlin, Germany

European Society for Trauma and Dissociation E.S.T.D.
1ste Hogeweg 16-a
3701 HK Zeist
The Netherlands
Sponsors Conference:

“There are many walls to take down – on the way to integration”

From the website:
We are delighted that the third European conference of the European Society of Trauma and Dissociation will be held in Germany … we do not only want to address individual, but also societal aspects of trauma and dissociation.
The opening plenary will be given by Dr. Karl-Heinz Bomberg*, who will talk about late effects of political repression in the GDR. Furthermore, psychotherapists from Israel, Germany and the USA will share their perspectives on the lasting effects of the Holocaust and World War II in the form of a symposium.
In addition, Bethany Brand will present the first multi-site, multi-national treatment outcome study of Dissociative Identity Disorder; Michaela Huber will give a lecture about state of the art treatment in Complex Trauma, and Marja Rexwinkel will describe treatment interventions addressing attachment problems in severely traumatized families with very young infants.In inspiring preconference workshops from international high ranked speakers like Rick Kluft (USA), Sandra Wieland (CAN) Richard Loewenstein (USA), Andrew Moskowitz (UK), Bethany Brand (USA) and Kathy Steele (USA) and others you can inform yourself about the state of the art of diagnosis and treatment of dissociative disorders. We are very pleased that Bruce Perry, who inspired us in Belfast with his Keynote speech, is coming back offering a three hour in-conference workshop on “An Introduction to the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics”. ..The
Conference is accredited by the German Psychotherapeutenkammer Berlin (psychotherapy organisation), which is also officially recognized by the German Ärztekammer (medical organisation).
  • 8 CME credits for Pre-Conference Workshop on 29 March 2012
  • 3 CME credits for Keynote Lectures on 29 March 2012
  • 6 CME credits for Lectures on 30 – 31 March 2012

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  1. avalon111

     /  04/02/2012

    It’s surprising to find Dr. Bruce Perry, the author of ‘The Boy who was Raised as a Dog ‘ involved with these people.

    In the last two decades he has been associated with the saner side of professional psychiatry, and he has a particular ability to discern the bullshit promoted by many therapists, particularly those engaged in recovering ‘repressed memories’;

    ‘Those in the mental health field say that despite the current debate over repressed memories and satanic cults, only a small percentage of therapists buy into cult conspiracy theories. But those who do may allow their bias to enter their cases.

    “Because of the context and the bias of the therapist, they could interpret recollections as somehow fitting into a satanic ritualistic mode,” said Dr. Bruce Perry, a psychiatrist and expert on child sexual abuse with Houston’s Baylor College of Medicine. I think there are some people who have had some false memories put into their head during therapy. The memory is very fragile.”

    Perry offers the example of one of his own patients who believed she had recovered memories of cult abuse with a previous therapist. The woman remembered being injected with needles as adults chanted and held her down. But after listening to her for about an hour, Perry said he realized she was not describing satanic ritual abuse, but chemotherapy she had had during childhood. Perry said he was concerned that his patient’s earlier therapist had misled her.’

    (HAUNTED DREAMS: REAL OR IMPLANTED? MARK SMITH Sunday September 12, 1993, Houston Chronicle)

    As for the ESTD, it is notable that other than the current President – Remy Aquarone, only Andrew Moskowitz is from Great Britain, though he is associated with the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

    Aquarone has a long associatio with the satanic ritual abuse myth and DID – his Pottergate Centre for Dissociation and Trauma has a web site with a links page that exclusively links only to charities and organisations that actively promote the ‘Myth (with the exception of MIND – a UK-based mental health charity). The links include PODS (see its links page to Mind Control/SRA/DID books at, First Person Plural, the ISSTD and ESTD ( whilst Aquarone is a past Director of the ISSTD (still with ‘Greenbaum Speech’ Cory D. Hammond on its journal editing board).

    Moskowitz in the meantime is a leading proponent of the idea that violent criminals, particularly rapists and murderers, are invariably suffering from DID – leading to the now tangible possibiinty in the future that courts will regard men who rape and/or kill as being sufferers from mental illness, such as rape being a diagnosis for ‘Coercive Paraphilia’ – four attempts having been made to include the definition in the DESM.

    ‘In her book, Guilty by Reason of Insanity (1998),
    psychiatrist Dorothy Otnow Lewis describes
    the case of a young man who brutally raped and
    murdered an elderly nun. Not knowing his
    history of childhood abuse at the hands of his
    grandmother, Dr. Lewis initially did not consider
    a diagnosis of DID. However, after witnessing
    personalities “switching” on several
    occasions and ultimately discovering his abuse
    history (corroborated by another family member),
    Dr. Lewis came to believe that this young
    man committed his crime while in a severely
    dissociative state. In her formulation of the case,
    she commented,
    We can be fairly certain, however, that whoevercommitted
    the murder, whoever slashed the throat of the
    innocent nun, did not see Sister Catherine’s face
    when he did it. He saw instead the face of Granny.
    Alters, stuck in time, are always mistaking one situation
    for another, forever confusing someone with
    someone else. (Lewis, 1998, pp. 235-236)
    It is not only alters, however, who can confuse
    people and situations. Such confusion can
    occur in the context of PTSD; indeed, “reexperiencing”
    symptoms such as flashbacks
    form the core of this disorder. Flashbacks are
    clearly recognized as dissociative in nature by
    the DSM-IV, where they are called “dissociative
    flashbacks” and are defined as “dissociative
    states that last from a few seconds to several
    hours, or even days, during which components
    of the event are relived and the person behaves
    as though experiencing the event at that

    A Review of the Literature – Andrew Moskowitz)

    Key though is that the ESTD aren’t inviting any others of the current generation of SRA Myth/DID/Mind Control advocates from the UK, where the psychotherapy profession is almost entriely dominated by belief in the ‘Myth and its associated bolt-ons. The move to the vision of perpetrators being seen as victims suffering from DID and who should therefore escape punishment and prison seems to be the key driver in DID research in Europe at present.



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