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Changing Landscapes: Innovation and Challenges in the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation

On 22 - 24 November, 2019 Belmont Private Hospital attended the ISSTD Otautahi/Christchurch NZ Regional Conference

The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) 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.

This was the first ever ISSTD Regional Conference to be held in New Zealand, sponsored by a bi-national committee of New Zealand and Australian members.

Four of Belmont Private Hospital's Clinical staff attended the conference, presenting a captivating and informed session on Trauma and Dissociation. The group are to be commended for their efforts on a very well received presentation.

"It It was profound and moving to be welcomed in such a way to New Zealand, and to be presenting to audiences who were engaged and passionate to learn more about trauma" said Mary-Anne Kate, Associate Lecturer University of New England.

With a warm and inclusive atmosphere, the regional conference brought to life various aspects of clinical, scientific, and societal understandings about the prevalence and consequences of chronic trauma and dissociation.

Professor Warwick Middleton, specialist in trauma-related syndromes reported the regional conference as a truly exceptional event.

"The interfacing with the Christchurch community, culminating in the final plenary session, in its impact, exceeded any discussion of a current community trauma that I have witnessed anywhere."

Education is one of the primary goals of the Society. In recent years the ISSTD have expanded their training opportunities to include conferences, professional training program courses, and webinars. Many of the training opportunities are available in virtual formats to allow participants from around the world to expand their knowledge in the areas of complex trauma and dissociation.

To learn more about the ISSTD and training opportunities available, visit