The International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation (ISST-D) is the premier organization that strictly focuses on dissociative disorders believed to be caused by trauma. This organization’s membership is comprised of researchers and practitioners at the top of their respective fields.
This year’s annual conference is titled:
Integrating Science & Practice
This YouTube video is an advertisement for the conference; a must view at 2:11 minutes.
See anything about education? This video is nothing but an advertisement for the city of Long Beach. It is an attempt to lore interested people to the city, rather than to the conference. The results of this conference, for those who do not play all day, that will impact the lives of thousands of mental health patients and their families worldwide.
Shame on the ISST-D, mental health patients deserve more from you.
Here is a list of what is on the YouTube video which the ISST-D finds important about the conference in Long Beach:
night life drinking swimming concerts beaches
boating aquarium art museums posh dinners shopping
We no longer need to question why the ISST-D cannot come up with research evidence for the existence of a mental malady that continue to be steeped in controversy.
There has been much criticism of the ISST-D on this blog for many reasons that relate to the lack of scientific basis for the disorders they proport to diagnose and treat – dissociative identity disorder among others.
A conference of this magnitude choosing to advertisie the amenities of a city, rather on the importance of education, is deplorable.
I have yet to find a list of presenters for this conference. In general I find this website not user friendly and totally disorganized so there may be a list I could not find, so if you find one, please let me know.
What I found, however, is the cost for this conference which starts at $665 for members and $405 for students. Remember, if you attend you must find a bed and food which forces the cost to over $1,000 US dollars for students. Factor in the many joys of playing in Long Beach and the cost skyrockets. Attendees are asked to pay for a conference without knowing anything about the presenters.
From the ISST-D website:
Social policy and health care will address the prevalence and consequences of chronic trauma and dissociation, making effective treatment available for all who suffer from the effects of chronic or complex trauma.
ISSTD seeks to advance clinical, scientific, and societal understanding about the prevalence and consequences of chronic trauma and dissociation.
Welcome to the premier organization for clinical teaching about complex trauma and dissociation.
The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation is an international, non-profit, professional association organized to develop and promote comprehensive, clinically effective and empirically based resources and responses to trauma and dissociation and to address its relevance to other theoretical constructs.