2015 Trauma and Dissociation Conference:
The 2015 Trauma and Dissociation conference was an overwhelming success with 215 folks attending. As expected, about half of the attendees were professionals (mostly mental health clinicians), about one-third survivors of trauma, and the remainder were supporters/friends/family or professionals who support survivors of abuse. On this page, you will find an overview of the 2015 conference, testimonials by attendees, pictures, videos, and other information. Ivory Garden expresses their thanks to all who came and supported the 2015 Fund Raiser for TOPDD Trauma and Dissociation Conference.
Hi my IG screen name is Mamabear, I am a licensed social worker with the State of Michigan, and I’m a survivor living with DID. I have spent the last 25yrs working hard to help others in their journey of healing. I have focused a lot of my training on building skills to effectively guide people dealing with trauma, addiction, and mental illness. Being an advocate and support person for those who have lost their voice, finding the power that has always lived within. Modeling the power of building options in the most difficult times gives many people the hope they need to take the next step in the healing process. Learning at a young age that together “We” as a community can make the impossible possible. I have been a part of various communities in my life time and the Ivory Gardens community offers exceptional opportunities to learn an grow. I believe in the power of community and our collective power to build a loving community. I’m sharing this with you because this is important work/healing. I has been a major contributor in my healing process. Knowing that there is a community for me has accelerated my healing process, and I want to say thank you to all who participate in the Ivory Garden support group and Conference.
In my journey to find community for those who have experienced trauma I found the Ivory Gardens online support forum 2.5yrs ago. As part of my continuing education process I have continued to access this online group for several reasons: the group holds onto several core values that provide safety, privacy, and support in a way that is respectful to each person’s process and the creators of the board are actively participating on the board daily which gives them more credibility and awareness of what is actually happening on the board. They put the action behind their ideals of promoting safety for all who enter the board. I love that they are a non-profit organization which means they are not connected to an entity that would use any information on the board to damage someone’s identity or pile on a bunch junk emails. I love the peer-to-peer work that they do. The online chat groups and Go to Mtg groups provide additional support to all. Everyone is very knowledgeable, welcoming and supportive.
Two years ago Ivory Gardens had their 1st Conference in Seattle, Washington. I was so excited to meet the people that had shared so much with me. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the conference being the first one and being a small non-profit. I must tell you I was simply amazed! The speakers were authors, doctors, clinicians, and survivors; folks that lecture all over the world! Plus they went to all the trouble to get Continuing Education Units for nurses and clinicians. Really top notch conference! The 2nd year was bigger than the first year with a live band in the evening, which was a lot of fun! So many volunteers, doctors, nurse, and clinicians that were truly passionate about doing this very difficult work. Family members, friends, and survivors are looking for ways to build knowledge and feel empowered to continue their journey with grace, it was truly awesome! The volunteers had a spark in their eye and offered hope to those who were struggling.
At the beginning of May it hit me that given my limited income I would not be able to go this year. It stopped me cold in my tracks and I spent several weeks trying to rework my budget. I should have $200.00 dollars by October which will pay for my registration, and a few miscellaneous items that may come up, but won’t cover my flight, food, or hotel for three days. I have to fly in on Thursday, the conference starts at 8am Friday, Saturday, Sunday and ends at 5pm each day. The whole weekend is jam packed full of good topics and tables of books, info, art, and more. For some people they might see this as “just another conference,” for me this is my fueling station, my source, and resource. I can’t imagine not going. So I am doing something that I have never done before and asking for a token of your support. My goal is $1,200.00 for the hotel, food, and flight expenses. Any amount big or small would be a blessing to me. You can donate once or once a month until October 1st. I believe together this dream a reality. Thank you so much!
We expect the 2016 Trauma and Dissociation Conference to be even more of a success. We have changed the venue and made other adjustments in order to create the most conducive environment for attendees.
Be prepared, if you go to the 2016 conference to be strengthened and supported, like going from a place of isolation to a place where solitude is okay and where there are even potential friendships .
Just remembering the first time I met another survivor/thriver in the hotel hallway the first few minutes I was at the hotel. I was just overcome with emotions, joy, nerves, shyness and bravery. We smiled, said hello to each other and I think we both thought the other one knew more than ourselves about where to go and what to do. To look into the eyes of someone who ‘knows’ something of being DID and just seeing the acceptance is a brand new level of healing.
For me talking to ‘like others’ who were people we had interacted with on iVORY GARDEN forum was like, really, almost spiritual or something. That’s a loaded way to put it but for me, kinda true.
Looking around, I found the people at the registration desk busy but helpful; then I saw some of the faces of the speakers and felt like I was at a rock concert (lol).
The hotel was lovely, the rooms clean and in safe locations. (Iv’e already booked my room for this year).
I liked that there was freedom to be involved with others or not. Some got together for meals, some not. Seeing people for the second time at the second conference was like the best, like safe, friends or family, dreamlike.
The speakers were amazing and I learned so much more the 2nd time. If possible, bring a little extra cash for book buying. I have a few liitle momentos from the gift tables too.
I’m not sure what I liked best because I liked so much. I really hope I can go again and meet some new people and renew acquaintance with others.
it was almost spiritual to meet other survivors who had been on the Board, to put a name to a another name, to a live face.
it was great the first time and even more wonderful the second time.
i intend to carry some money for books -or dedicate a credit card, and money for food and gifts of course.
listening to speakers was a great part of the conference–they knew a lot about DID and other topics, but i found meeting the people behind IG was the best
2015 International Trauma and Dissociation Conference: Fundraiser to Benefit the ‘Treatment of Patients with Dissociative Disorders (TOPDD)
“How the Past Affects the Now”
Overview of Topics Presented:
Grounding and Safety DID 101 Ethics and Law Topics Mental Health History Groundbreaking Research and How it is Influencing Clinical Approaches Psychopharmacology for Complex Trauma and Dissociative Disorders Identifying Complex Trauma and Dissociation Creative Workshops Achieving Safety within Complex Trauma Validation and Science Ego State Therapy Borderline Personality Disorder and Complex Trauma Dissociation and Psychosis Therapeutic Models to Recovering from Mind Control and Ritual Abuse Working Through Traumatic Memories Self-care in the Aftermath of Complex Trauma What Science Tells Us About How Trauma Affects Development Treatment for Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) Changing the Outcomes of Traumatized Children Institutional Abuse and Complex Trauma
19 CEU’s are available – 6 Ethics CEU’s for Friday
2015 Trauma and Dissociation Conference Speakers
COLIN A. ROSS, M.D.
Dr. Ross is an internationally renowned clinician, researcher, author, and lecturer in the field of trauma-related disorders. He is the Founder and President of the Colin A. Ross Institute for Psychological Trauma. Dr. Ross is the Executive Medical Director of three trauma programs located at Timberlawn Mental Health System in Dallas, Texas; Forest View Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Del Amo Hospital in Torrance, California. Dr. Ross provides treatment for patients with trauma related disorders and symptoms. This would include treatment for: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); Dissociative Disorders; Borderline Personality Disorder; Addictive Disorder; Anxiety Disorders; Depression, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. The symptoms treated and the admission criteria are: suicidal ideation; homicidal ideation; self-destructive behaviors; addictive behaviors, and inability to function. Dr. Ross has written extensively on the subject of dissociation and trauma. His latest book is, Trauma Model Therapy: A Treatment Approach for Trauma Dissociation and Complex Comorbidity. Other books by Dr. Ross include: The Trauma Model: A Solution to the Problem of Comorbidity in Psychiatry; and Schizophrenia: Innovations in Diagnosis and Treatment. Dr Ross’ books are available through his web site at www.rossinst.com, at www.amazon.com and at area bookstores. Dr. Ross has authored 170 professional papers and 27 books. He has reviewed for numerous professional journals, is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and is a Past President of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. In addition, Dr. Ross has served as an expert witness in over 50 court cases, consulted on television, movie, and video productions on trauma-related disorders. Dr. Ross has also produced six educational videos and CD’s for mental health professionals on the treatment of trauma-based disorders.
RICHARD LOEWENSTEIN, M.D.
A. STEVEN FRANKEL, PH.D., J.D. Steve Frankel is Board Certified Clinical and Forensic Psychologist and an Attorney at Law, who practices both professions in San Francisco’s East Bay. A past Director of Clinical Training and current Clinical Prof. of Psychology at USC, he began recognizing childhood trauma in his adult patient case-load in 1980 and has specialized in working with that population ever since. He joined the Int’l. Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation in the 1990s and was the consultant to the Trauma Program at Del Amo Hospital from 1993 until 2001. He was President of the ISSTD in 2002 and has been active in developing and teaching courses in trauma treatment as well as publishing chapters in books and professional journals in the trauma field.
Laura S. Brown is a clinical and forensic psychologist in independent practice in Seattle, Washington. A writer and speaker on feminist therapy theory and practice, she offers workshops and trainings to professionals and the public on such topics as trauma treatment, cultural competence, psychological assessment, and ethics. She is the author of Your Turn for Care: Surviving the aging and death of the adults who harmed you, and the forthcoming book Not the Price of Admission: Healthy relationships after childhood trauma, in addition to 10 volumes for professionals.
ROBIN SHAPIRO, LICSW I’ve been doing psychotherapy in Seattle since 1981. I’m a synthesizer and interpreter of therapy techniques. I don’t believe that any one method holds the key to every problem. Important tools and perspectives in my work include EMDR; Hypnotherapy; Cognitive Behavioral; Narrative; Object Relations; Differentiation-based couple work, and Affect and Body-oriented therapies. My work week includes three days of private practice with individual and couples and one day of consultation to other therapists. The rest of the time I’m reading, writing, walking, or hanging out with my husband, Doug Plummer, Author: Trauma Treatments Handbook, Protocols Across the Spectrum. (Norton, 2010) Editor, EMDR Solutions: Pathways to Healing (Norton, 2005) EMDR Solutions II: Depression, Eating Disorders, Performance and More (Norton, 2009). Board of Directors of EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program. THOMAS G.
CARLTON, M.D. Thomas G. Carlton, M.D. is a psychiatrist, clinician and teacher. He is a fellow of the International Society for the Study of Dissociation (ISSTD), and a former Treasurer and Past President of ISSTD. Dr. Carlton has presented at ISSTD conferences, and has taught for the ISSTD Professional Training Program at standard and advanced levels for about 15 years. Dr. Carlton spent the first half of his professional career as a US Navy psychiatrist, treating military personnel and their families. On retiring from the Navy, he entered solo private practice, with a focus on trauma-related disorders. For eight years, he was the Medical Director of the Center for Emotional Trauma Recovery at Lake Chelan, an acute inpatient unit for dissociative disorders and other disorders related to complex trauma. Since leaving Chelan, Dr. Carlton has worked for two managed care companies, trained military Family Medicine Residents in the aspects of behavioral health care that people bring to their personal physician, and worked as a clinician in a Naval Hospital serving US Marines and their families. Dr. Carlton is board certified in both psychiatry and addiction medicine. He currently resides in San Diego, CA.
JOAN C. GOLSTON, DCSW, LICSW Joan C. Golston, DCSW, LICSW, is a therapist, supervisor and clinical and forensic consultant in private practice in Seattle, Washington. She has been Chair of the NASW Washington Chapter Ethics Committee for some 15 years, was honored as the Chapter’s 2006 Social Worker of the Year, and is a Fellow and Director of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISST-D). She is a co-author of the recently published Guidelines for Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder in Adults, 3rd revision. Joan teaches ISST-D international courses on the psychotherapy of the dissociative disorders, and has served as a consultant in a number of legal cases regarding ethics and professional standards. In November, she will present a pre-conference institute on “Ethics in the Treatment of Trauma” in Montreal. Joan is a warm and engaging speaker who has presented over a hundred professional lectures and workshops, and earned a reputation as a teacher who makes complex topics easily comprehensible and even entertaining.
ALISON MILLER, PH.D. Dr. Alison Miller is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. She worked for many years in child and youth mental health services, treating children and families. She is the original developer of the Living in Families Effectively (LIFE) Seminars (www.lifeseminars.com), and has co-authored two books on parenting with Dr Allison Rees. Since 1991, Dr Miller has been treating and learning from persons with dissociative disorders, in particular survivors of ritual abuse and mind control, and has developed a protocol for effective treatment.
LYNN CROOK, M.Ed.
Lynn Crook was a therapist when she recovered memories of childhood sexual abuse. Since her successful lawsuit, she’s been investigating false memory claims. She presented her findings in the U.S., England, and at the United Nations. She joined a comedy improv group to handle any hecklers that might show up. They didn’t. Lynn is an editor emeritus of Treating Abuse Today, and is writing a book she’s currently calling “An Inconvenient Crime.”
MARY KNIGHT,Writer,Filmmaker After working as a social worker for over 20 years, Mary Knight started a new career as a full time filmmaker and writer. She is a survivor of incest, child pornography, child prostitution, and other ritualistic child abuse. The first scene of her feature film can be seen at www.SisterMarysAngel.com. Her fifteen minute film about her first marriage is available to interested domestic violence agencies and individuals at www.OneMansAnger.com.
JODI HOBBS, MBA President, SIA
Jodi Hobbs has a BA in IT and an MBA. Working in the technology industry for over 15 years she has helped many for profit and non profit organizations with their technical needs. Jodi has a successful tech based business. She is a survivor of Victory Christian Academy, a youth treatment facility that once operated in Ramona, CA. VCA was closed after scathing accusations of abuse were leveled against the proprietor. Mrs. Hobbs formed Survivors of Institutional Abuse (SIA) to help those affected by abusive treatment in behavioral modification type programs. “SIA is about healing and leading a positive, peaceful and healthy life. Anything we can do to assist in getting a survivor on positive path.”
KATE WHITE, Concert Artist, Speaker
Kate White is a Recording Artist, Speaker, Worship Leader, Songwriter and Violinist. Kate tours regionally with her band and nationally as a solo artist and speaker. She is the Founder of Music That Matters, an organization dedicated to bringing hope to the hurting. As a trauma survivor Kate began songwriting as a way to help process her own healing journey. 15 years later, Kate’s 6th album and recent release, Six Feet Down, has synthesized her deeper understanding of trauma and dissociation with lyrics and music that help give a voice to the voiceless, and strength for the journey. What people are saying about Kate and Six Feet Down: “I’ve been arguing with my therapist about his diagnosis of DID for 2 months. I’ve been listening to your CD nonstop since your concert and your songs are helping me to make peace with my journey and that I’m going to be okay…” Survivor, CA “The CD is very rich. It speaks to so many areas, so many. I am still absorbing what I heard. Thank you so much.” Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), WA. LPN, MA specialty: Trauma Survivors, DID, Anxiety and Depression.
RACHEL ELISE, Multi-Media Artist
Rachel Elise is a professional artist, musician and poet. She uses the expressive arts to educate the public about complex trauma, dissociation, organized abuse, and mind control. Her work is used by therapists to learn more about the internal experience of dissociation from the point of view of someone who lives with and is healing from DID. Website: www.rachelelise.org
LANI KENT, Therapeutic Arts Facilitator Lani Kent is a Therapeutic Arts Facilitator; Speaker; Writer, and Artist /Owner of “Healing Expressions”. She has a compassionate heart for survivors of traumatic life experiences. For over ten years has offered adjunct expressive arts services, client support, consultation to therapeutic professionals, recovery groups, and clients, through “Restorative Creativity” individual and group workshops. Lani has in depth knowledge of the dissociative process as expressed through art, presents at conferences on these topics, and offers “Healing Expressions” vendor exhibits. She is passionate about sharing an authentic expression of the recovery journey in the hopes that others will find the courage to share their own stories and find a voice for the wounded places within. Website: www.healingexpressionsbylani.com
2015 Trauma and Dissociation Conference Exhibits
Ivory Garden is proud to welcome the 2015 International Trauma and Dissociation Conference exhibitors:
“There have been few studies assessing how patients with dissociative disorders (DD) respond to treatment. The paucity of research contributes to the limited awareness of DD and the lack of training for treatment providers. The goal of the TOP DD studies is to assess treatment outcome among people with DD, and, ultimately, to learn how to provide the most effective treatment to them. So far, the TOP DD research team has conducted two studies, one a prospective, naturalistic study of treatment outcome among DD patients from around the world (hence forward called the “TOP DD study”), and another which surveyed DD experts for their recommendations of specific treatment interventions that are effective at various stages in DD treatment.” We look forward to seeing this exhibit where we can pick up information and meet everyone. (This conference is being held as a fundraiser to benefit the TOP DD study.
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. We are looking forward to stopping by their exhibit table this year.
Professional Books will exhibit a book display bringing selected titles based on our topics as well as speakers’ books. You will be able to purchase books, and speakers will also have exhibits where you can buy their books and/or get books signed. This is an amazing addition to our conference this year. Professional Books is a sponsor of this event.
“Our program is nationally and internationally recognized for expert inpatient treatment services for psychological trauma recovery. Our program utilizes an intensive multi-disciplinary treatment approach through individual therapy, milieu therapy, and process-oriented, experiential and psycho-educational group therapies. Our expertly trained treatment team provides a structured, supportive environment to facilitate stabilization and step-down to other levels of care, both in our continuum and in home communities.” We are happy to welcome this exhibit as well as their sponsorship this year. 6501 North Charles Street,Towson, Maryland 21204, 410-938-3584410-938-3584+14109383584+14109383584” data-numbertype=”paid” data-isfreecall=”false” data-isrtl=”false” data-ismobile=”false”>410-938-3584410-938-3584.
“Our program is under the direction of Colin A. Ross M.D., an internationally renowned clinician, researcher, and author. The program is based on Dr. Ross’ “Trauma Model,” which emphasizes the effects of trauma as multiple symptoms expressed by multiple diagnoses. The unresolved trauma and the resulting attachment conflicts are the common themes throughout these various diagnoses. A goal of the program is to reduce the number of admissions and overall cost by addressing the core attachment issues.” This exhibit was a favorite last year, and we are happy to see them returning as a sponsor.
Robin will be speaking also. We look forward to meeting her and seeing her exhibit table. She is the author of: Trauma Treatments Handbook, Protocols Across the Spectrum. (Norton, 2010) Editor, EMDR Solutions: Pathways to Healing (Norton, 2005) EMDR Solutions II: Depression, Eating Disorders, Performance and More (Norton, 2009). And, she is on the Board of Directors of EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program. Welcome Robin.
SIA is a nonprofit organization. SIA seeks to enable and empower help in healing adults who have experienced past childhood abuse to live their lives in the present, rather than continuing to experience today as an extension of their traumatic past. These services offered range based on the needs of the individual. SIA is a sponsor of the conference. We look forward to seeing the exhibit and meeting everyone.
Laura S. Brown is a clinical and forensic psychologist in independent practice in Seattle, Washington. A writer and speaker on feminist therapy theory and practice, she offers workshops and trainings to professionals and the public on such topics as trauma treatment, cultural competence, psychological assessment, and ethics. She is also the founder and Director of the Fremont Community Therapy Project. Her book “Your turn for care: Surviving the aging and death of the adults who harmed you” is fantastic and available at her website and at the conference. We look forward to seeing her this year again.
Kate White is a Recording Artist, Speaker, Worship Leader, Songwriter and Violinist. Kate tours regionally with her band and nationally as a solo artist and speaker. She is the Founder of Music That Matters, an organization dedicated to bringing hope to the hurting. As a trauma survivor Kate began songwriting as a way to help process her own healing journey. 15 years later, Kate’s 6th album and recent release, Six Feet Down, has synthesized her deeper understanding of trauma and dissociation with lyrics and music that help give a voice to the voiceless, and strength for the journey. What people are saying about Kate and Six Feet Down: “I’ve been arguing with my therapist about his diagnosis of DID for 2 months. I’ve been listening to your CD nonstop since your concert and your songs are helping me to make peace with my journey and that I’m going to be okay…” Survivor, CA “The CD is very rich. It speaks to so many areas, so many. I am still absorbing what I heard. Thank you so much.” Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), WA. LPN, MA specialty: Trauma Survivors, DID, Anxiety and Depression. Kate’s Website.
Rachel Elise is a professional artist, musician and poet. She uses the expressive arts to educate the public about complex trauma, dissociation, organized abuse, and mind control. Her work is used by therapists to learn more about the internal experience of dissociation from the point of view of someone who lives with and is healing from DID. Her exhibit will include artwork, books, and music CDs. She will also be organizing the art exhibit this year and speaking – see speakers’ list. Website: www.rachelelise.org
Lani’s exhibit last year was amazing. We are glad to welcome her back this year to share her art and extraordinary talents with everyone.