The International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation
The International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation (ISSTD )is the only international nonprofit professional society that:
- Promotes research and training in the identification and treatment of dissociative disorders,
- Provides professional and public education about dissociative disorders,
- Supports international communication and cooperation among clinicians and investigators working in the field of dissociation, and
- Promotes development of local component groups for study, education and referral.
ESTD (European Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation)
Aims of the ESTD:
To promote an increase in the knowledge of Trauma, Dissociation and all disorders related to chronic traumatization.
To provide professional and public education about dissociation, trauma and trauma related disorders.
To support communication and cooperation among clinicians and other professionals in the field of dissociation and trauma.
To stimulate national and international research projects.
To provide knowledge and education specifically to those countries in Europe who do not have easy access in this field.
First Person Plural
First Person Plural (FPP) – Charity Reg no: 1109464 – is an independent charity governed by an executive board of trustees the majority of whom are survivors who have either dissociative identity disorder (DID) or the related dissociative disorder not otherwise specified (DDNOS).. We are the only national survivor-led membership charity in the UK which works exclusively for and on behalf of those affected by DID (sometimes called multiple personality disorder – MPD) or the similar childhood-trauma-related complex dissociative disorder DDNOS.
Founded in 1997 FPP is one of the oldest surviving dissociation-focused organisations in the UK Under the continuing leadership of two of its founding members – Kathryn Livingston and Melanie Goodwin – the charity (registered in 2005) has maintained a steady and sustainable development However, without the numerous other volunteers who have been and are involved on the committee, FPP would not be the charity it is today or have achieved all it has. It has remained both a survivor-led membership organisation and one that has the respect and recognition of not only survivors / service-users and their partners, friends, and family members but individual professionals and their organisations working in the fields of trauma and dissociation.
FPP’s activities include:-
Full and Associate Membership Benefits – quarterly newsletter; twice yearly open meetings, access to a members only area of the website; opportunity to be elected onto executive committee; occasional discounts on products and training
Resources include “Understanding Dissociative Disorders” booklet produced in partnership with Mind – the national mental health charity and A Logical Way of Being – the reality of DID….. – an introductory training DVD developed in association with Pottergate Centre for Dissociation and Trauma, European Society for Trauma & Dissociation & CWP NHS Foundation Trust; produced for First Person Plural by Serious Media
◦ Website for information and support
◦ One/two day CPD trainings and shorter awareness-raising sessions provided on a bespoke basis for external organisations and teams at reasonable and negotiable costs
◦ FPP-organised public access training, conferences and other educational activities
◦ Speakers and displays for other organisation’s conferences and training events
◦ Expert-by-experience member of the ESTD-UK training faculty providing input into the design and delivery of ESTD-UK CPD training courses, including delivering FPP’s Understanding Dissociation as an integral module of ESTD-UK CPD Foundation Course
◦ Expert-by-experience members of the ESTD-UK Research Group
◦ Media work with journalists, paper-based & online publications, radio & tv
◦ Responses to email and postal enquiries
◦ Responses to external consultations and providing expert by experience input into relevant national policy and strategy developments
◦ Networking, co-operating and partnership working with other organisations that have similar aims and interests.
FPP is represented in the individual membership of the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation (ESTD), the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISST-D), and Trauma and Abuse Group (TAG). It is an organisational member of The Survivors Trust; National Council for Voluntary Organisations; National Service User Network and West Midlands Users in Partnership.
Mind is the leading mental health charity in England and Wales. We work to create a better life for everyone with experience of mental distress by:
advancing the views, needs and ambitions of people with mental health problems
challenging discrimination and promoting inclusion
influencing policy through campaigning and education
inspiring the development of quality services which reflect expressed need and diversity
achieving equal rights through campaigning and education
Leaflet ‘Understanding Dissociative Disorders‘ from MIND
TAG is a group studying and supporting work concerning trauma, abuse and dissociation.
The group exists to provide information, support, training, encouragement and networking for counsellors, therapists, professional workers, supporters and indeed anyone who is concerned or interested in or working with individuals who have suffered severe trauma and abuse. As a group we acknowledge the contribution of survivors to increased understanding in this area and respect the great value of their insights.
The steering group for tag, arose out of a working group set up by the Association of Christian Counsellors to provide training guidelines for counsellors working with survivors of ritual or extreme childhood abuse or who are working with dissociative disorders including dissociative identity disorder.
Dissociation in Children and Adolescents – Assessment and Treatment.
Presented by Dr. Renee P Marks in collaboration with ESTD UK & First Person Plural.
Our new training has been released – available on various dates – check link below for latest.