Pre-Conference: March 13–14, 2025Main Conference: March 15–17, 2025Boston, Massachusetts

Join Us in Boston, Massachusetts in 2025!

Pre-Conference: March 13-14, 2025 | Main Conference: March 15-17, 2025
The Hilton Park Plaza

We are excited to welcome you to the 42nd Annual Conference of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), March 14-17, 2025! The theme of this conference is From Invisible to Visible: Research, Clinical and, Cultural Evolutions in the Field of Complex Trauma and Dissociation. The conference will be held at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

A compassionate, therapeutic, well-bounded relationship is the one thing that is consistently shown to facilitate positive change. As dignity is considered an antidote to shame, a society that can support dignity will minimize shame for its citizens, and reduce inter-personal and inter-generational transmission of trauma. Children often experience shame because their behaviors are under constant observation. For them, dignity involves understanding their behaviors and helping them understand themselves. Dignity thus becomes an important factor in understanding and addressing complex trauma and dissociation. The conference aims to explore the healing power of dignity in the treatment and research of complex trauma and dissociation as the central theme.

The Plenary Speakers this year are Judith Marlow, Thema Bryant, and David Spiegel. There are half- and full-day pre-conference workshops by invited presenters. The main conference has workshops, panel discussions, symposia, forum, papers, posters, and media presentations.

ISSTD has been welcoming professionals working with complex trauma and dissociation for four decades. The ISSTD Annual Conference offers a time and place to connect with fellow clinicians and researchers in the field from around the world, sharing knowledge and wisdom! Over the years, the conference has been held at various locations to increase accessibility to a variety of mental health professionals.

Participants at previous ISSTD Annual Conferences have expressed that they felt seen, heard, and supported by colleagues, and went home with a felt sense of connection and belonging. We welcome you to participate in the conference and have a rich experience, whether you are new to the field of trauma and dissociation or a long term member of ISSTD! The fees are discounted for students and those from countries listed as Tier II to VI, with an intention to make it affordable to many. 

We look forward to seeing you in person at the conference or online!

Adithy and Liz Chalenburg
Co-Chairs, ISSTD Annual Conference Committee

Updated 10/10/23

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