What is the Complex Trauma Dissociation Conference

What is the Complex Trauma Dissociation Conference



This Year’s Theme:

“How the Past Affects the Now”


October 15th – 18th, 2015


DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Seattle Airport
18740 International Boulevard Seattle,
Washington, 98188

Ivory Garden is hosting this conference to benefit the TOP DD Studies.Who’s Coming:

Internationally renowned clinicians, researchers, authors, and lecturers in the field of trauma-related disorders.
Sponsors and exhibitors, trauma-survivors and their families and friends, students, and professionals interested in trauma-related disorders.

Overview of Topics Being Presented:

Grounding and Safety
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 – see Conference Schedule.

What to Expect:

Shuttle From Airport to Hotel and elsewhere around Seattle.
5 Star Venue is spacious and accommodating, as well as being safe for everyone.
Greeters Available on Thursday at 3:00 p.m. October 15, 2015 to help guests get settled.
Pre-conference Early Check-in on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
Parking Discounts
Rental Car Discounts
Airline Discounts
Room Discounts
Group Rates Available by Request
Evening Live Entertainment
Art Show
Book Sales
Friendly and Welcome Environment for All.

Trauma and Dissociation Conference Link

Pat Goodwin,MA,
President – Ivory Garden

Go to Conference Update Site for more info.

Disclaimer and Information:

Ivory Garden is a nonprofit, charitable, registered 501(c)(3) organization dba in Washington State. Thank you for supporting Ivory Garden located in Algona. Ivory Garden is registered with Washington State’s Charities Program as required by law and additional information is available by calling 800-332-4483 or visiting http://www.sos.wa.gov/charities. Ivory Garden is also proud to be a provider for CEUs by the Washington Chapter, National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists and Licensed Mental Health Counselors (Provider number #1975-362).


A. Steven Frankel, Ph.D., JD, ABPP, to Present at Seattle Conference

A. Steven Frankel, Ph.D., JD, ABPP – Seattle Conference

A. Steven Frankel
A. Steven Frankel, Ph.D., JD, ABPP


A. Steven Frankel, Ph.D., JD, ABPP, to present at Seattle conference in October of 2015. A. Steven Frankel, Ph.D., JD, ABPP, is a clinical psychologist (PSY3354) and an Attorney at Law licensed in California (SBN192014), and The District of Columbia (1009135). He is a Diplomate in both Clinical and Forensic Psychology from the American board of Professional Psychology. He earned his Ph.D. at Indiana University, nd interned at the Psychiatric Institute of Columbia University. He then joined the full-time faculty of the University of Southern California, where he served for eleven years, including five years as the Chair of Clinical Psychology (Director of Clinical Training). Although he is no longer full-time, he remains a Clinical Professor of Psychology at USC.

After leaving full-time university service, Dr. Frankel entered clinical practice, with both in- and outpatient responsibilities. Beginning in 1980, his psychology practice focused increasingly on the diagnosis and treatment of post-traumatic and dissociative disorders. He began consulting relationships with trauma treatment programs of private psychiatric hospitals in 1990. In 1993, he joined with Walter and Linda Young in the opening of a unit for the treatment of traumatic and dissociative disorders at Del Amo Hospital in Torrance, CA and remained a consultant to the program until July of 2000. Dr. Frankel has been an ISST-D member since 1990 and Fellow since 1998, he was elected President of the ISST-D for the years of 2001-2002.

Dr.Frankel began the practice of law upon graduation from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, where he taught as an Adjunct Professor of Law. His legal practice is in health and administrative law. He represents healthcare professionals in their dealings with agencies like licensing boards and Medicare, as well as with their miscellaneous worries.

Dr. Frankel has always been committed to teaching, and has published over 50 articles and book chapters. He received the USC Award for Teaching Excellence early in his academic career. He was similarly honored by his state professional society some years later. He has continued to serve his teaching muse ever since. He has spoken at local, national and international conferences on trauma and dissociation and his full-day continuing education curriculum in law and ethics for mental health professionals (over 50 workshops/year) has earned him his latest Outstanding Teacher Award. As an Adjunct Professor of Law at Golden Gate University School of Law, he has taught courses on healthcare policy, mental disorders and the law and regulation of healthcare practice.

Steve Frankel is a Board Certified Clinical and Forensic Psychologist and an Attorney at Law, who practices both professions in San Francisco’s East Bay. As 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 and Dissociation in the 1990s and was the consultant to the Trauma Program at Del Amo Hospital form 1993 until 2001. He was President of the ISST-D 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.

It is an honor to have Dr. A. Steven Frankel present at the 2015 Trauma and Dissociation Conference.

To register go to www.igdid.org

Seattle Trauma Mental Health Conference Special Promo

Complex Trauma and Dissociation Workshops Special

Seattle Trauma Mental Health Conference Special Promo

Updates and Savings



If you have not registered for this conference – NOW is the time – don’t miss out!!!!register now



More than 10 world-renowned clinicians, researchers, authors, and lecturers in the field of complex trauma and dissociation.
19 CUE’s (6 ethics) available to clinicians.
Educational workshops and plenaries designed to accommodate a diverse audience of professionals, survivors and supporters.
An inviting and comfortable venue located in one area on the main floor.
Attendees are welcome to attend all workshops and plenaries.
16-20 exhibit tables where speakers and sponsors are available to sign books and talk to attendees throughout the conference.
A time to interact with several hundred folks who share an interest in learning and supporting furthered research in the area of childhood trauma.
Hospitality Room where attendees can relax and chat.
Open access in and out of a variety of ongoing plenaries and workshops.
Extensive and comprehensive art exhibit – Rachel Elise
Book exhibit offering books by speakers from this year and last as well as other books of interest.
Evening entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights.
An inviting and welcoming environment where everyone respects and admires each others’ strengths and abilities.




▪NO ‘Labyrinth Walk’
NO ‘Safe Room’
NO hidden fees for speakers, activities, or workshops.
NO attendees being excluded from activities, workshops, or plenaries based on education, status, or experiences (discrimination).
NO Non-educational survivor stories.
NO badges identifying status or education.
NO invalidating or arrogant comments or attitudes.
NO controlling entity or ‘boss’.
NO activities that exclude any attendees.


registration afterPROMO

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TOP DD Study

This conference is a fundraiser to benefit TOP DD Studies

Promo codes end 9-30-15 – only one promo can be used. Post the code on the registration form.

2015 TOP DD Fundraiser Trauma and Dissociation Conference Call For Art

2015 TOP DD Fundraiser Trauma and Dissociation Conference Call For Art

Looking for work for “Altered,” an art exhibition held at the 2015 International Trauma & Dissociation Conference in Seattle, Washington

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, September 4, 2015


Seeking art works for “Altered,” an exhibition in conjunction with the 2015 International Trauma & Dissociation Conference, which will be held in Seattle this October 16th-18. Accepting visual art work in any medium, but must be 2-dimensional (able to be displayed on a wall). This year’s conference theme is how the past affects the present, so we are interested in work that explores this, particularly in the context of having DID.

Works will be selected by curator and artist Carrie Katz and artist, musician, and activist Rachel Elise.

Submission Checklist

1. Attach between 1-10 jpg images of your art work, in any medium. Label the file with your name and slide number, such as: janejones_1.jpg, janejones_2.jpg, etc.

2. Include a separate text document listing the title, medium, size, and price of each work. The work does NOT need to be for sale. Artists will keep all proceeds from sale of their work. Example of label:

Jane Jones
Night and Day (2013)
Oil on canvas
10″ × 15″

3. Include a brief biography (paragraph about yourself). Include where you are located.

4. CV (optional)

5. Please include a few sentences on why you would like to show your work in this show and how your work relates. (Note: you do not need to be officially diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder to submit.)

6. APPLICATION DEADLINE: By September 4th, 2015 email submission materials to: carriekatz at gmail dot com, using the email subject:

Artist Application

You will be contacted about where to mail or drop off your art. Please email the address listed above with questions.

2015 Early Bird Conference Registration Last Day

2015 Early Bird Conference Registration Last Day

2015 Early-Bird Conference Registration Last Day

Don’t forget to register before tomorrow, midnight PST time, if you want to take advantage of the lower rates to attend the 2015 Trauma and Dissociation Conference Fundraising Event benefiting the TOP DD Studies being held October 16th – 18th, 2015 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Seattle Airport,
18740 International Boulevard,
Seattle, Washington, 98188.

USA TEL: +1-206-246-8600 FAX: +1-206-901-5923 to book rooms. Book early – the hotel may run out of rooms altogether this year. You can always cancel rooms up to 24 hours before the event.

If you are traveling Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air enter ‘Fare Code’ ECMW526 for 7% discount. Contact me for group rates.

This conference is something that you don’t want to miss. If you are interested in the topic of how childhood trauma affects survivors, you are invited. All attendees are welcome to attend all plenaries and workshops. For more information, contact me or go to the websites listed below. The speakers are extraordinary, there is entertainment during the evenings, and lunch on Saturday and Sunday.

Register here

Pat Goodwin, MA

President, Ivory Garden Nonprofit Corporation


Conference website

Ivory Garden Website

Ivory Garden Donation Website

Ivory Garden Store

Infinite Mind Conference – Not the Same as Ivory Garden – Don’t Confuse

An Infinite Mind Conference – Do not confuse with Ivory Garden – Not the Same

It has come to my attention that many folks recently attended a conference held by a small group calling themselves An Infinite Mind believing that conference, which was held in Orlando, was somehow affiliated with the Ivory Garden Annual Trauma and Dissociation Conference.  Or, folks will talk about how amazing ‘the DID’ conference was without knowledge that there are several DID conferences -all different and presented by different organizations.  For instance, there was recently another conference held in Orlando this year, but held by the ISST-D – which had nothing to do with the Infinite Mind Conference or Ivory Garden.

I think this is common with conferences and presentations of all types.  For example, ‘parenting conferences’ are so common that there may be 500 per year.  Most people don’t pay attention to what organization is presenting a conference.  They assume that they are all pretty much the same and well-run by professional organizations.

Ivory Garden is a credible and reliable corporation. We provide all financial information for public inspection. Ivory Garden websites are prolific and openly available to the public. We follow through with all that we promise perspective attendees, sponsors, and speakers at our conferences. We have legal privacy policies and terms of services posted on all of our sites and follow them as dictated by law. We need to ensure that everyone who wishes to support Ivory Garden donates through official Ivory Garden sites.

So to clarify – not all DID conference are the same.  The Ivory Garden Trauma and Dissociation Conference venue has always been in Seattle, WA as is the upcoming conference this October 2015.  Ivory Garden is NOT affiliated with any other survivor group in any way.  All of our promotion is done professionally by Ivory Garden representatives.  We have secure registration on our websites, especially on http://www.igdid.org.  The 2015 conference is being hosted by Ivory Garden as a fundraiser to benefit the TOP DD study, making this conference unique to others.  In order to support the TOP DD study, make sure that you register on an Ivory Garden website for the conference being held October 16-18, 2015 in Seattle.  Each Ivory Garden  website also has a link to donate directly to the TOP DD studies.

The confusion about conferences is understandable.  However, attendees of the Ivory Conference being held October 2015 will not only benefit from the experiences and opportunities offered by the conference, but will have contributed to important research that will continue long after the conference is over.

If you have concerns or questions, please contact me –

Pat Goodwin, MA

President, Ivory Garden Nonprofit Corporation





Dissociative Identity Disorder Conference for TOP DD Study

Dissociative Identity Disorder Conference for TOP DD Study

Hosted by Ivory Garden

2015 Conference Presented by: Ivory Garden Registration Prices:

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2015 Trauma and Dissociation Registration

Ivory Garden Board of Directors

Ivory Garden Nonprofit Corporation

Board of Directors

Patricia Goodwin, MA – PresidentPatricia Goodwin, MA - President Patricia is from Seattle, WA. She has earned an MA from Pacific Lutheran University. She graduated Cum laude with majors in Psychology, English with Writing Emphasis and minor in Sociology. She is Certified in State of WA as a Special Education Teacher, specializing also in K-8, and K-12 English, Language Arts, and Psychology. Patricia retired from teaching and then, in 2007, founded and still operates a message board called Ivory Garden DID Support Group – http://www.igdid.com/. It is the most active DID community message board today and has well over 2000 members. Patricia is also president and founder of Ivory Garden, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide support to survivors and those who support survivors, as well as raising public and professional awareness of the effects of childhood trauma. She enjoys researching, doing crafts, writing poetry both nonfiction and fiction, and web-design. Patricia has spent some 45 years actively supporting survivors of child abuse and continues today by speaking in the public arena, becoming involved with other supporters and survivors, and organizing the “2015 Trauma and Dissociation” conference being held in Seattle – http://igdid.org/.
Beverly Martin, MA – Vice PresidentBeverly Martin, MA - Vice President Beverly Martin grew up in southeastern Michigan. She earned her BA at Adrian College, her MA at Eastern Michigan University and her special education endorsement at Pacific Lutheran University. She moved to Alaska for a teaching job after she graduated from college and has lived there for 33 years. She is an elementary school teacher who has taught both general education and special education resource students. She loves working with elementary age students and with military families.
KarenKolasa – TreasurerKaren Kolasa - Treasurer Karen grew up in sunny California and continues to live there and enjoy the beauty California has to offer. Karen worked in the Automotive Industry for 29 years and retired as CFO of a multi-million dollar for profit corporation. She has been happily married for 29 years and has four sons, ages 28, 25, 22, and 15. Her youngest son joined the family at age five and had been in foster care from age two and a half until age five. He had thirteen placements and has many special needs. Karen is very involved with her family. She is also very passionate in raising awareness on the effects of early child hood trauma, neglect, and all forms of abuse. For the past seven years Karen has used her firsthand experience with Reactive Attachment Disorder to help educate Interns on this disorder prior to them becoming Doctors. Karen has dedicated herself to helping others while raising awareness for survivors and all who attend to survivors needs. In the process of raising her youngest son, she has educated her school district about Reactive Attachment Disorder and helped implement protocols for helping children, parents, and educators with this and many other disorders.
Susan Ratner, Ph.D. – Secretary
Susan Ratner, Ph.D. - Secretary
Sue Ratner grew up in the borough of the Bronx in New York City. She earned a B.A. in Statistics from Princeton University, an M.A. in Biology from City College of the City University of New York, and a Ph.D. from University of California at San Diego.
Lora Denton, MA – DirectorLora Denton, MA - Director Lora currently lives in Austin, Texas and has her Master’s Degree from Hope International University in Fullerton, California.  She has worked as a Social Worker for most of her career life helping children and families struggling with abuse.  Lora has made her life’s goal helping people who struggle with mental illness as well as trauma and dissociation.  Lora is also a strong supporter in the Deaf community and is culturally competent in Deaf culture and American Sign Language.
Kathryn M Woods, BA – DirectorKathryn M Woods, BA - Director Kathryn studied Music Theory, receiving a bachelor’s in 1979, worked in a group home for developmentally delayed adults for 11 years and while doing that attended a program for Registered Occupational therapists, achieving a bachelors and beginning a masters in that program. She retired in 2013 and now, also volunteers as an administrator on Ivory Garden Trauma and Dissociation Community and Owner of Trauma Survivor Support Group, both online support community.

Goals & Objectives

“How the Past Effects the Now”

Adult prevalors of child abuse experience daily struggles related to what and how they learned to react to abusive situations that are no longer happening. Many prevalors also place blame upon themselves for events that were not within their control. Prevalors, their supporters, and the mental health community also struggle with a misinformed public and lack of mental health services. All of these create overwhelming challenges for dissociative clients, mental health professionals, and supporters.

1. Attendees will understand how and why public opinion has effected trauma prevalors’ ability to get appropriate mental health care today.
2. Attendees will understand how and why childhood trauma effects prevalors’ current reactions and beliefs.
3. Attendees will leave the conference with an overall knowledge of Trauma and Dissociation today and skills that can be used in everyday life and in the therapeutic environment.

If you have questions or need help, please contact Pat Goodwin, President at felicity4us2@gmail.com

Thank you