Preconference: March 28-29, 2019   Conference: March 30-April 1, 2019   Sheraton New York Times Square, NYC 

Welcome to the ISSTD 2019 Annual Conference!


Thank you to everyone who submitted a proposal for the 2019 Annual Conference. Our reviewers are in the process of reviewing the more than 170 submissions we received. We anticipate sending final decisions on submissions in mid November and having a preliminary scheduled available in early December.

We are excited to announce our slate of three wonderful plenary speakers: Gabor Mate, MD (Saturday), Stephen Porges, PhD (Sunday), and Allan Schore, PhD (Monday).  Dr. Mate is a psychiatrist and author perhaps best known for In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction.  Dr. Mate will discuss his psychotherapeutic approach, “Compassionate Enquiry”, that should be of particular benefit to our work with survivors of trauma.  Compassionate Enquiry reveals the levels of consciousness, mental climate, hidden assumptions, implicit memories and body states that form the real message our patient’s words both express and conceal.  Dr. Porges is a world-renowned researcher and author of The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological Foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-regulation.  The Polyvagal Theory explores how autonomic nervous system function relates to social behavior, emotional regulation, and health.  Dr. Porges’ Polyvagal Theory has proven particularly useful to psychotherapists seeking to understand and work with fight/flight/freeze responses, as well as “shutdown” and dissociative mind/body states common in survivors of complex trauma.  Dr. Schore is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and prolific author of several groundbreaking books, including Affect Regulation and the Origin of the SelfAffect Dysregulation and Disorders of the Self, and Affect Regulation and the Repair of the Self.  Dr. Schore has integrated findings from a wealth of research that has helped psychotherapists around the world better appreciate the role of affect regulation, affect dysregulation, right brain functioning, shame, and dissociation, amongst many other topics pertinent to our work with survivors of complex, relational trauma.

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Looking forward to seeing you in New York City!

Kevin, Heather, and the rest of the ISSTD Conference Committee

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