The European Society for Trauma & Dissociation has released a newsletter. Unfortunately, it is available for members only. Why is that? Most newsletters and magazines offer teasers so the public can read at least some of it. Not here. Cough up money – then you get information.
Worldwide consumers of mental health care once again are barred from access to a journal/newsletter that potentially has information to assist in decision making about their mental-health care needs.
Here we go again. Education and information is available only to those with the financial means to obtain it. It’s the best way I know to keep control of what consumers are permitted to know and the easiest way to hide information from the general public that we may find controversial, bizarre, unreliable, without science behind it, or to which we have opinions that may differ from the publisher.
Can’t examine or learn from that which is unavailable.
There are many people who come to this blog believing in the existence of multiple personalities & the subsequent diagnosis of dissociative identity disorder. They also believe and support a direct link from childhood events –> to inside parts/alter/personalities. Lastly, they voice opinions that those who support the False Memory Syndrome Foundation and/or their mission to demand safe mental health care are nefarious pedophiles, and dangerous.
OK. What are the facts?
Let’s take a quick look at the difference between the FMSF & the ESTD newsletters:
- The False Memory Syndrome Foundation newsletter & archives are available free of charge. Offering access to information opens dialogue and discussion.
- The European Society for Trauma & Dissociation newsletter is available to members only therefore promoting a closed-loop system of their membership because they do not welcome differing opinions and the open exchange of ideas and information.
Using logic and reasoning, what are the effects of free access to information vs. information for a select few?
In my view, when evaluating an organization, transparency trumps closed-loop systems of controlled knowledge and information.
From the ESTD website:
By joining ESTD, you will also contribute to and support the spread of knowledge and understanding of trauma and trauma treatment and interventions in Europe.
- Full: €50 ($62.96)
- Discounted: €15 ($18.88)
- Student: €30 ($37.88)
For people from the following countries the reduced fee of €15 ($18.88) applies.
Albania, Armenia, Azerbadjan, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Rumania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Ukraine.
European Society for Trauma and Dissociation E.S.T.D.
1ste Hogeweg 16-a
3701 HK Zeist
Bank: ABN-AMRO: 52.66.02.007