Jun 29 2010

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Int'l Society for Study of Trauma and Dissociation FAQs, etc.

The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (formerly known as ISSD), has a terrific set of FAQ links for anyone interested in dissociation, PTSD, and trauma.

Of particular interest are the following FAQs:



Dissociation 101 (resources for therapists who are new to treating patients with dissociation)

See also their annotated bibliographies for each of the Trauma and Dissociation FAQs.

One of the best resources on this website is their Treatment Guidelines for (1) Adults with Dissociative Identity Disorder; and (2) children with dissociative symptoms. These are living documents that have been shaped over the last 15 or so years by their professional membership. When I first saw it years ago, I was profoundly relieved that my therapist, who was not a member, had previously devised a successful treatment course that mirrored these guidelines. It’s good to get that kind of independent feedback.

However, the treatment guidelines may trigger you, if for no other reason than that it’s all laid out for you in black and white, and makes it all much more real, which can be a shock to a fragile survivor. If you have any doubts, proceed with caution. If you are in therapy for dissociative disorders or symptoms, ask your therapist if s/he is aware of the ISST-D’s treatment guidelines, and if not, point them to the link above.

Another helpful aspect of the ISST-D’s website is their Find A Therapist database. They have a high concentration of clinicians who deal with dissociative disorders and trauma/PTSD daily, not only in the USA, but internationally as well. This link takes you to their disclaimer page, where you must accept their limitations that they neither rate nor qualify therapists to practice. You should always do due diligence when seeking a new therapist. At a minimum, verify their credentials and licensing, and check with their licensing board for any complaints filed against them.

The page for their Links for Self-Help is quite good, too, but as of this moment (June 29, 2010) it is being updated, and is unavailable. It may well be available by the time you read this, so give it a try!

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  1. Wounded Genius

    Brilliant stuff – there is so much good content on these sites that I sometimes get lost/overwhelmed trying to find the “bits to send to other people so they get it” section.

    Thanks Sarah!


  2. Sarah Olson

    Thank you so much! It’s all a bit overwhelming to me, too. At least when I post it on my blog I’ll (probably) remember where I put it. :)

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