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32nd Annual Conference International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation

Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista * | Lake buena vista / florida, USA
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Title: 32nd Annual Conference International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation
Specialty: Internal Medicine
Dates: From Apr, 18, 2015 to Apr, 20, 2015
Location: Lake buena vista / florida, USA
Type: Conference
Registration Cost: From 105 to 1265 USD
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Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista *

LAKE BUENA VISTA / FLORIDA, USA Visit the Venue to read more
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Event Overview
Welcome message:

Join ISSTD in April 2015 for the 32nd Annual Conference

We're moving to Springtime!

A Major Training Event: 18 - 20 April 2015

"Mastering the Complexity of Trauma & Dissociation" 

Main Conference Day 1 Theme:  

"Mind & Body"

Featured Plenary Speaker: Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, FAPA

Main Conference Day 2 Theme:

"Art of Psychotherapy: Learning Beyond the Manual"

Featured Plenary Speaker: Harold Kudler, MD

Main Conference Day 3 Theme: 

"Person to Person"

Featured Plenary Speaker: Laurie Anne Pearlman, PhD

16 - 20 April 2015 || Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista Hotel || 1751 Hotel Plaza Blvd

Lake Buena Vista || Florida 32830 || USA 

Dear Colleagues,

We are excited to invite you to attend the 2015 ISSTD Conference.  This will be a very special conference with a major focus on in-depth, practical clinical training in the treatment of the chronically traumatized. Each of the three conference days will focus on a different major theme and related sub-themes. The themes and sub-themes will flow from initial presentations by highly respected plenary speakers.

Day One of the conference will focus on Mind-Body Connections, one of the major growth areas of knowledge about trauma survivors. Our plenary speaker will be Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, one of the most respected and well-published authors in this area. Sub-themes will include the implications for clinical practice of the neurobiology of trauma, sensorimotor therapy approaches, use of mindfulness and yoga, approaches to somatoform disorders, and the interface between trauma and physical health.

Day Two focuses on the Art of Psychotherapy, with Harold Kudler, MD as the plenary speaker. Dr. Kudler is highly respected for his ability to bring a psychodynamic perspective to the treatment of trauma. Sub-themes will include psychodynamic understanding of trauma, case formulation and treatment trajectories, treatment of complex dissociative disorders, and adjunctive treatment modalities including EMDR, Hypnosis, and Expressive therapies.

Day Three will focus on the Therapeutic Relationship and the Person of the Therapist.  Laurie Anne Pearlman, PhD will be our plenary speaker on vicarious traumatization. Dr. Pearlman is one of the foremost authors and researchers on vicarious traumatization and the person of the therapist in the treatment of trauma. Sub-themes will include transference/countertransference issues, relational struggles in trauma therapy, attachment styles and therapy, and self of the therapist and vicarious traumatization.

We invite you to submit proposals which are connected to the themes and sub-themes identified above. Research which updates the working clinician’s knowledge base and and is relevent to the above themes will also be welcome.

We look forward to the contributions you can make to an already extremely exciting and rich educational menu.

We look forward to seeing you in Orlando, Florida in April 2015!



Kevin Connors, Chair

The ISSTD Conference Committee

ISSTD Conference Committee

Kevin J. Connors, MS, MFT, Chair 

Therese Clemens, Executive Director ISSTD

Lynette Danylchuk, PhD

Philip J. Kinsler, PhD, ex officio

Christa Kruger, MD

Christine Forner, MA, MSW 

Florence Hannigan, MA, BSW

Mara Katz, LCSW

Kathy Steele, MN, CS

Adah Sachs, PhD

Vedat Şar, MD

Paula Thomson, PhD

Joan Turkus, MD

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Registration Cost
Early Registration

Late Registration From: 2015-03-01 To: 2015-04-20
On site Registration

Group Registrations:

Group registrations not allowed

Accompanying Persons:

Accompanying persons not allowed

Registration Documents:
Letter of invitation:
We don’t provide letter of invitation
Letter of confirmation:
We don’t provide Letter of Confirmation
Proof of professional / educational status:
We don’t need Proof of professional/educational status
Online Abstract Submission:

We don’t accept Online Abstracts


Spring into 2015 and join us at the 2015 ISSTD Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida!  We are looking forward to sharing a fresh new program with you!

Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista
1751 Hotel Plaza Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Phone: (407) 827-4000
Fax: (407) 827-3890

Check-In Time: 3:00 PM
Check-Out Time: 11:00 AM

The conference will be held in beautiful Lake Buena Vista, Florida at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista Hotel.  This property is about a 25 minute drive from Orlando International Airport (MCO) and is located in the Walt Disney World® Resort. Also, this is Hilton’s only hotel with Extended Theme Park Hours. This exceptional hotel is ideally situated next to the Downtown Disney® Marketplace, Downtown Disney® West Side, and Cirque du Soleil®.

Enjoy complimentary transportation to and from Disney theme parks and partake in extra magic with Disney’s Extended Theme Park Hours benefit —providing longer fun and shorter queues. The hotel is just steps away from exciting theme parks and popular tourist attractions. Discover Downtown Disney® Marketplace, Downtown Disney® West Side, and Cirque du Soleil®. Enjoy complimentary transportation to Disney theme parks and experience extra magic with Disney's Extended Theme Park Hours benefit, providing additional time and shorter lines.

Getting There
For local maps and directions, visit the Hilton Lake Buena Vista Website. 
Typical transportation fares from Orlando International Airport (one-way):

Bus Service - $21.00 USD
Limousine - $180.00 USD
Taxi - $55.00 USD

For more information regarding Transportation, click here

Hotel Reservations Click Here to Reserve your Room Online Today!ISSTD has arranged for a special conference attendee room rates of: $169 single/double occupancy
These rates will be honored three days before and three days after the conference, based upon availability. Please be sure to make your hotel reservation by March 16, 2015. After the cutoff date of March 16, the ISSTD rate is only offered on a space available basis.

Attendees may use the link above to book online or can call the hotel directly (407-827-4000) or use 1-800-782-4414 reservations line and provide the group code, "ISS" to receive the group rate. These rates are available to ISSTD Conference attendees if booked by March 16, 2015. 

Hotel cancellation policy
Should a guest desire to cancel, any monies will be refunded if the hotel is notified at least seventy-two (72) hours or three days prior to arrival. Any reservation that is not cancelled at least seventy-two (72) hours prior to arrival will be charged one night room and tax.

Hotel Amenities
At The Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista Hotel you'll find an array of services and amenities to help you make the most of your stay during the conference including a variety of facilities for your entire family!

Fitness Center
Maintain your fitness routine when you stay at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista. Work out in a well-equipped Fitness Center, open 24- hours featuring Life Fitness cardio and strength equipment.

The Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista has five pools including a children's outdoor pool, two outdoor heated pools, and a whirlpool.

Wireless Internet
Wireless internet access for all ISSTD Conference attendees is available in your guest room and the lobby area at no additional charge.

Business Center
A full range of business services is available through the hotel’s business center including printing, faxing, and High Speed Internet Access.  
View a full list of extensive hotel services and amenities

Restaurants & Bars

  • 24- Hour Mainstreet Market
  • Andiamo Italian Bistro- Italian food
  • Benihana Steakhouse and Sushi- Japanese
  • Convington Mill- A la carte menu/buffet
  • John Ts- Lounge
  • Rum Largo Poolside Bar and Cafe
  • In Room Dining

Hotel Parking Rates
Self parking: $14.00 per day (First 30 minutes are complimentary)
Valet parking: $20.00 per day
(plus 6.5% sales tax)

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Submission Info

Link to our CadmiumCD AbstractScorecard® Submission Site found at the bottom of this page.  Please read all guidelines before submitting your proposal. 

Guidelines and policies for submitting an abstract for ISSTD's 2015 annual conference. Carefully read this information before you proceed to the submission site. Link to next page and submission site found at bottom of this page.

  • All presenters, including invited, plenary and preconference institute speakers must submit proposals online. See link to the submission site on your right.
  • All presenters must register for and attend the conference.
  • Each individual is limited to no more than three (3) submissions, including in the roles of presenter, co-presenter, chair, or discussant (excluding posters).
  • Incomplete, mailed, or faxed proposals will not be accepted.
  • We also suggest that one individual gather all the required information from all individuals (presenters, co-presenters, authors, etc.) ahead of time and be responsible for making the submission.
  • We strongly suggest that you prepare a word processing file that contains all of your submission information from each individual involved in your submission in advance. This will save time online and ensure that you have a backup copy of all of your information. You will need the following information:
    • Title and abstract of your proposal.
    • If you are submitting a symposium, you will need:
      • the title and abstract of the symposium, AND
      • the titles, abstracts, and authors of each paper that will be presented in the symposium
    • The names, degrees, unique email address, complete mailing address, and phone number of all individuals involved in your submission (i.e. presenters, co-presenters, authors, etc.)
    • A MS Word file or PDF file of the CV for each individual involved in your submission (i.e. presenters, co-presenters, authors, etc.)
    • 3 learning objectives that use acceptable verbs to complete the sentence, "Participants will be able to..." We recommend that you download and use the list of acceptable verbs.
    • 3-5 citations in American Psychological Association style. Go to the American Psychological Association style Quick Answers-References Web pages.
    • The submission site will not allow you to submit your proposal until you have entered or uploaded all items.
  • Abstracts must be relevant to the theme or sub-theme of the day. If your submission is accepted, you will be presenting on the day of the particular theme you have chosen.
    • Day 1: The Mind-Body Connection
    • Day 2: The Art of Psychotherapy
    • Day 3: The Therapeutic Relationship and the Person of the Therapist
  • Therapists may not present with their own clients at this conference. See Statement of Ethical Standards below.
  • We do not accept first-person accounts of trauma.
  • We request that details of clients’ traumatic experiences not be discussed during presentations, since explicit details of trauma may be distressing to the audience and do not enhance learning.
  • Each individuals involved in your submission (i.e. presenters, co-presenters, authors, etc.) must sign a financial conflict of interest disclosure, and a presenter’s agreement in the submission process. 
  • The most common reason a proposal is rejected is for an incomplete, poorly written, or unclear abstract, and other failures to follow submission guidelines. Your submitted abstract must be complete, clear, concise, and grammatically correct, and otherwise well-written in order to be considered by the program committee. 
  • Those for whom English is a second language may request help from someone on the program committee in editing their abstracts to meet acceptable grammatical standards. Such requests should be made BEFORE the proposal is submitted. You may contact Therese Clemens to receive support.
  • Presentations should be original contributions (i.e., they have not been published prior to the date that you submitted the abstract).
  • Abstracts will be published in their original form in the Conference Proceedings Book and online in the Itinerary Planner.
  • All case material, including biographical information, must be disguised so that the client’s identity is carefully concealed.
  • If you do not have internet access, are unable to access the online submission site, or have difficulties with the online submission process, please contact Therese Clemens, Executive Director,
  • You will be notified by e-mail about your proposal’s status approximately four to six weeks after the close of the call for proposals. If your e-mail address changes between the time of your submission and notification, or at any time during this process, please immediately inform Therese Clemens at
  • All decisions of the program committee are final. 

Skill Level: Presentations must designate the knowledge/skill level required of the participant (i.e., Introductory, Intermediate, or Advanced). Although these are only general guides, they are required in order to comply with continuing education regulations.

  • Introductory: Suitable for all professional participants (including students). Such presentations include basic knowledge, techniques, or skills.
  • Intermediate: Requires participants to have at least some work experience in order to gain maximum benefit from the presentation.
  • Advanced: Participants require a high level of training and substantial experience in the topic. Such presentations are geared to specialists and to those in advanced stages of their career. 

Text: Abstracts of research presentations should include the purpose, methods, findings, and conclusions. Submission of findings is strongly encouraged. Other types of abstracts should include purpose, population, main points to be covered, and conclusions.

Learning Objectives: Each submission must include 3 learning objectives. You may ONLY use verbs that are in the list provided for you: click here to download and save a list of acceptable verbs. Each Learning Objective must be a complete sentence that begins with the words, “Participants will be able to…”. Note: The list of acceptable verbs also can be found on the conference abstract submission site by clicking on the menu option labeled CRITICAL DATES AND CRITICAL REFERENCE LISTS.

Statement of Ethical Standards: All work presented at the ISSTD annual meeting must conform to discipline-appropriate national or professional ethical standards. ISSTD strongly opposes the exploitation of patients for any purpose. Submissions wherein clinicians, researchers, or academics collaborate and/or co-present with their own patients are considered dual relationships and are wholly unacceptable. All case material, including biographical information, must be disguised so that the patient’s identity is carefully concealed.

Potential for Distress: All oral and media submissions must declare whether the presentation has potential to cause audience distress. The conference abstract submission site will ask about this. The submission site will ask you about this issue; you do not need to place a statement about potential for distress in your abstract.

Citations: Accreditation for continuing education specifies that each proposal must be accompanied by 3-5 complete citations of relevant publications (in American Psychological Association style). For detailed information on APA Style, click here

Examples of APA Style:

Journal article: 
Carlson, E. B., & Putnam, F. W. (1989). Integrating research on  
  dissociation and hypnotizability: Are there two pathways to
hypnotizability? Dissociation, 2, 32-38.
Book chapter:
Dell, P.F. (2009). Understanding dissociation. In P. F. Dell & J. A.
  O'Neil (Eds.), Dissociation and the dissociative disorders: DSM-V
and beyond
 (pp.709-825). New York: Routledge.

Media Presentations: Media presentations should include thought-provoking presentations involving literary, artistic, and creative interpretative materials related to trauma and dissociation. Note: Training videos or media presentations that demonstrate treatment methods should be submitted as a Workshop. As a condition of acceptance, submitters must obtain appropriate releases for display and presentation of all media. Abstracts should specify the running time and type of media (e.g., 35mm film, VHS tape, DVD).

Disclosure of Relationships: ISSTD and its continuing medical education-accrediting partner require all individuals involved in your submission (i.e. presenters, co-presenters, authors, etc.) to disclose any significant financial interest or other affiliation with any commercial supporter or manufacturer of any commercial products discussed in a presentation. This policy ensures that the audience is aware of such relationships and allows conflicts of interest to be resolved prior to the presentation.

Sponsors Exhibitors
General Info

ISSTD will be holding the following events inside the exhibit area this year 
allowing multiple opportunities for you to network with colleagues, friends and new connections:

Coffee and Refreshment Breaks
ISSTD Conference Poster Display and Judging
Recognition in Plenary Sessions
Recognition in Onsite Conference Program and Conference Website
Multiple Networking Opportunities

Would you like to customize your exposure? We would love to hear how we create a positive experience for you! Contact Lizzy, Meeting and Exhibit Manager at 703-245-8034 or to discuss any ideas you may have.


 Exhibit Pricing

 2015 Exhibit Package

15 Dec

15 Dec

Full Tabletop Exhibit Booth Registration



One Day Tabletop Exhibit:  ◊ Sat    ◊ Sun    ◊ Mon  



Benefits include: 
One six foot draped table, two chairs, and exhibitor tent card
Listing in the final program 
Logo on exhibitor signage 
Copy of Attendee Registration list with contact information
ONE complimentary registration to the conference

Exhibit Hall Schedule (Subject to change):
Exhibit Move in: TBD

Show Hours: TBD

2015 Exposure Opportunities

Tote Bag Insert
Full Page Recognition in Conference Program (art by February 1)
Half Page Recognition in Conference Program (art by February 1)$350.00
Refreshment Break Host   Sat     Sun     Mon 
President’s Reception/Awards Dinner Host on Saturday, April 2$1,000.00


Our lSSTD local conference committee is expanding our marketing efforts in order to increase local attendance. Additionally, our conference is marketed to our members and to other organizations specializing in the treatment of trauma and dissociation. 

Contact us now to join ISSTD in Orlando! 
Questions?  Contact Lizzy Bear Mullins ( at ISSTD headquarters at 703-245-8034.


Thank you to the 2014 Conference Supporters!

American Society for Clinical Hypnosis

Bridges to Recovery

The Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorders at 
the Psychiatric Institute of Washington

Del Amo Behavioral Health System
of Southern California

EEG Institute

The Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT)

McLean Hospital 

Professional Books Bookstore
The Ross Institute

Routledge Journals - Taylor & Francis Group

South Bay Psychological Center

Timberlawn Mental Health System

Treatment of Patients with Dissociative Disorders (TOP DD) Study

Organising Agency
Elizabeth "Lizzy" Bear
Meetings Manager
ph: 703-245-8034
fax: 703-610-0203
Thérèse O. Clemens
Executive Director
ISSTD Headquarters
ph: 703-610-9037
fax: 703-610-0234
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