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

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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.


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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


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Dissociative Identity Disorder Conference for TOP DD Study

Dissociative Identity Disorder Conference for TOP DD Study

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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.

Colin Ross MD – Speaker Schedule – Trauma and Dissociation Conference – Seattle-2104

2014 Trauma and Dissociation Conference (www://igdid.org)
Presented by Ivory Garden
Colin Ross, MD Schedule

We are proud to introduce guest speaker Colin Ross, MD.


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 Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Depression, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. The symptoms treated and the admission criteria are: suicidal ideation, homicidal ideation, self-destructive and addictive behaviors, and inability to function. Dr. Ross has written extensively on the subject of dissociation and trauma. His latest books include 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 http://www.rossinst.com, at http://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, and produced six educational videos and CD’s for mental health professionals on the treatment of trauma-based disorders. Timberlawn Trauma Program Del Amo Hospital ForestView Trauma Program 1-800-426-4944 1-800-533-5266 1-800-949-8439

Dr. Ross will be presenting one plenary on the morning of Saturday, October 4, 2014:
This workshop has been approved for “1 CEUs by the Washington Chapter, National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists and Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Provider number 1975-362 (pending)
The problem of attachment to the perpetrator is one of the core elements of Dr. Ross’ Trauma Model Therapy. When a small child is abused by his or her primary caretakers, he or she is dependent for survival on the people who harm her. This causes a painful, conflicted, ambivalent attachment pattern. The pattern often persists into adulthood. One of the primary tasks of recovery is to heal the disrupted attachment patterns, and form stable secure attachments between parts of the self and between the self and other people.
1. To describe the problem of attachment to the perpetrator and its role in Trauma Model Therapy.
2. To describe the relationship between childhood trauma, disrupted attachment, grief and dissociation.
3. To describe how so-called “disorganized attachment” is the inevitable outcome of being abused by one’s primary caretakers.
4. To describe treatment strategies for resolving the problem of attachment to the perpetrator.
Workshop from 1:30-3:00 on Saturday October 4th, 2014:
This workshop has been approved for “1″ CEUs by the Washington Chapter, National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists and Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Provider number #1975-362 (pending)
In the treatment of dissociative identity disorder (DID), the problem of host resistance needs to be addressed to some degree in the majority of cases. The host personality’s job is to be “resistant” – not to feel all the feelings or remember all the memories, so that function in the outside world is possible. Often, however, in adulthood, there is too much host resistance and it must be addressed in therapy. This will be explained with composite case examples. Additionally, Dr. Ross will talk about orienting alter personalities to the body and the present, which can be done quite early in recovery. Orienting alters helps de-escalate hyper-arousal, reduce self-damaging behavior like cutting, and begin the work of forming a working inner team.

1. To describe the problem of host resistance in the therapy of DID.
2. To describe treatment strategies for addressing host resistance.
3. To describe the technique of orienting alters to the body and the present in the therapy of DID.
4. To provide role-play examples of orienting alters to the body and the present.
Workshop from 3:15 – 5:15 on October 4th, 2014:
This workshop has been approved for “2″ of CEUs by the Washington Chapter, National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists and Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Provider number is #1975-362 (pending)
In people with DID, there are commonly persecutor alters who want to hurt or kill the host personality, who blame the host personality for childhood abuse, and who are hostile to the therapist and the therapy. It is important to make friends with these alter personalities, and to help them realize that they are parts of the whole person, that everyone is “in it together,” and that no one is trying to get rid of them. Both the therapist and the host personality have to participate in this process. In addition to talking about persecutor alters, Dr. Ross will explain and role-play the technique of “talking through to the voices.” A lot of work can be done in DID therapy without alters having to come out during sessions, which is useful if they are too scared or angry to come out safely.
1. To describe the rationale for making friends with persecutor alters in people with DID.
2. To describe strategies for making friends with persecutor alters.
3. To describe the rationale for the technique of “talking through to the voices.”
4. To role-play examples of how to talk through to the voices.
All survivors, mental health professionals, supporters, and anyone interested in learning more about dissociative disorders are invited. Please go to www://igdid.org for more information and registration.
Copyright: Felicity Lee 2014 – do not copy any portion of this without permission from author.