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

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2015 Seattle Dissociative Identity Disorder Complex Trauma Workshops

2015 Seattle Dissociative Identity Disorder Complex Trauma Workshops

2015 Seattle Dissociative Identity Disorder Complex Trauma Workshops


2015 Trauma and Dissociation Conference

Fundraiser to Benefit the ‘Treatment of Patients with Dissociative Disorders (TOP DD) Studies’.

This Years’ Theme:
“How the Past Affects the Now”

Friday, October 16th – 18th, 2015
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Seattle Airport
Seattle, WA

2015 TOP DD Study Fundraiser Conference Workshops

Workshops and plenaries being held for all attendees:



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 Disorder; Anxiety Disorders; Depression, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. The symptoms treated and the admission criteria are: suicidal ideation; homicidal ideation; self-destructive behaviors; addictive behaviors, and inability to function. Dr. Ross has written extensively on the subject of dissociation and trauma. His latest book is, 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. Dr. Ross has also produced six educational videos and CD’s for mental health professionals on the treatment of trauma-based disorders.


Friday, 10:00 am-12:00 p.m. “Borderline Personality Disorder and Dissociation”
Friday, 1:30-3:00 p.m. “Dissociation and Psychosis”
Friday, 3:15-5:15 p.m. “Deprogramming: Why I Don’t Recommend It.”

Friday, 8:15-9:30 a.m. “Extreme Skeptics About DID: Why They Are Wrong”



Dr. Richard J. Loewenstein is a Nationally and Internationally known Senior Psychiatrist and the Founder and Medical Director of the Trauma Disorders Program. He has received numerous awards for his contributions to research and clinical studies of trauma and dissociation. Dr. Loewenstein is Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD.

Friday, 1:30-3:00 p.m. “Psychopharmacology for Complex Trauma and Dissociative Disorders: What Should the Psychiatrist and Non-Psychiatrist Know?”
Saturday, 1:30-3:00 p.m. “The 3 Most Important Issues in Treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder (and Other Complex Trauma Disorders): Safety! Safety! Safety!”

Sunday, 8:45-10:15 a.m. “The Childhood Adversity Narratives: Opportunities to Change the Outcomes of Traumatized Children”

Saturday, 7:00-11:00 p.m. Live Entertainment – Blues Band



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


Friday, 8:15 a.m.-5:15 pm Dr. Frankel will joining Joan Golston, DCSW, LICSW who will be presenting an all day workshop on the topic of “Ethics” – we will update the topic.

Saturday, 10:00 a.m.- 5:15 p.m. “Validation! Science Is (finally) Catching Up To What Survivors And Treating Clinicians Have Known For Years.”

Plenary: Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. “A Guided Tour Through The Halls Of Shame.”



Laura S. Brown is a clinical and forensic psychologist in independent practice in Seattle, Washington. A writer and speaker on feminist therapy theory and practice, she offers workshops and trainings to professionals and the public on such topics as trauma treatment, cultural competence, psychological assessment, and ethics. She is also the founder and Director of the Fremont Community Therapy Project, a low-fee psychotherapy training clinic in Seattle.

Friday, 3:15-5:15 p.m. “No More Prices of Admission: Care for Yourself in the Aftermath of Complex Trauma.”



I’ve been doing psychotherapy in Seattle since 1981. I’m a synthesizer and interpreter of therapy techniques. I don’t believe that any one method holds the key to every problem. Important tools and perspectives in my work include EMDR; Hypnotherapy; Cognitive Behavioral; Narrative; Object Relations; Differentiation-based couple work, and Affect and Body-oriented therapies. My work week includes three days of private practice with individual and couples and one day of consultation to other therapists. The rest of the time I’m reading, writing, walking, or hanging out with my husband, Doug Plummer, Author: Trauma Treatments Handbook, Protocols Across the Spectrum. (Norton, 2010) Editor, EMDR Solutions: Pathways to Healing (Norton, 2005) EMDR Solutions II: Depression, Eating Disorders, Performance and More (Norton, 2009). Board of Directors of EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program.

Saturday: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – ““Ego State Therapy”


Thomas G. Carlton, M.D. is a psychiatrist, clinician and teacher. He is a fellow of the International Society for the Study of Dissociation (ISSTD), and a former Treasurer and Past President of ISSTD. Dr. Carlton has presented at ISSTD conferences, and has taught for the ISSTD Professional Training Program at standard and advanced levels for about 15 years.

Dr. Carlton spent the first half of his professional career as a US Navy psychiatrist, treating military personnel and their families. On retiring from the Navy, he entered solo private practice, with a focus on trauma-related disorders.

For eight years, he was the Medical Director of the Center for Emotional Trauma Recovery at Lake Chelan, an acute inpatient unit for dissociative disorders and other disorders related to complex trauma. Since leaving Chelan, Dr. Carlton has worked for two managed care companies, trained military Family Medicine Residents in the aspects of behavioral health care that people bring to their personal physician, and worked as a clinician in a Naval Hospital serving US Marines and their families.

Dr. Carlton is board certified in both psychiatry and addiction medicine. He currently resides in San Diego, CA.


Friday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. “DID 101: The Course they ‘forgot’ to teach in grad school.”
11:00-12:00 p.m. “Grounding, Safety and Containment: Basic skills to stay alive and out of the hospital.”



Joan C. Golston, DCSW, LICSW, is a therapist, supervisor and clinical and forensic consultant in private practice in Seattle, Washington. She has been Chair of the NASW Washington Chapter Ethics Committee for some 15 years, was honored as the Chapter’s 2006 Social Worker of the Year, and is a Fellow and Director of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISST-D). She is a co-author of the recently published Guidelines for Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder in Adults, 3rd revision. Joan teaches ISST-D international courses on the psychotherapy of the dissociative disorders, and has served as a consultant in a number of legal cases regarding ethics and professional standards. In November, she will present a pre-conference institute on “Ethics in the Treatment of Trauma” in Montreal. Joan is a warm and engaging speaker who has presented over a hundred professional lectures and workshops, and earned a reputation as a teacher who makes complex topics easily comprehensible and even entertaining.

Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. Joan Golston, DCSW, LICSW and Dr. Frankel will be presenting an all day workshop on the topic of ‘Ethics’ – we will update with the topic.

Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Topic to Be Announced



Dr. Alison Miller is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. She worked for many years in child and youth mental health services, treating children and families. She is the original developer of the Living in Families Effectively (LIFE) Seminars (www.lifeseminars.com), and has co-authored two books on parenting with Dr Allison Rees. Since 1991, Dr Miller has been treating and learning from persons with dissociative disorders, in particular survivors of ritual abuse and mind control, and has developed a protocol for effective treatment.

All day Friday – “Keys to Recovery from Mind Control and Ritual Abuse”:
Friday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Part 1: “Understanding the Organized Personality System”
11:00-12:00 p.m. Part 2, “Achieving Safety and Stability”
1:30-3:00 p.m. “Part 3, “Developing Internal Cooperation”
3:15-4:515 p.m. “Part 4, “Working through the Traumatic Memories”
4:15-5:15 p.m. “Part 5, “Spiritual Issues: Making Meaning of it All”



Lynn Crook was a therapist when she recovered memories of childhood sexual abuse. Since her successful lawsuit, she’s been investigating false memory claims. She presented her findings in the U.S., England, and at the United Nations. She joined a comedy improv group to handle any hecklers that might show up. They didn’t. Lynn is an editor emeritus of Treating Abuse Today, and is writing a book she’s currently calling “An Inconvenient Crime.”

Saturday: 3:15-4:15 p.m. “Deconstructing False Memories – What the Media Failed to Report.”
Sunday: 1:30-3:00 p.m. “Comedy Improv Workshop.”

MARY KNIGHT,Writer,Filmmaker

MARY KNIGHT,Writer,Filmmaker

After working as a social worker for over 20 years, Mary Knight started a new career as a full time filmmaker and writer. She is a survivor of incest, child pornography, child prostitution, and other ritualistic child abuse. The first scene of her feature film can be seen at http://www.SisterMarysAngel.com. Her fifteen minute film about her first marriage is available to interested domestic violence agencies and individuals at http://www.OneMansAnger.com.

Saturday: 4:15-5:15 p.m. “Am I Crazy? Or Are They True? My Conversations with People Who Don’t Believe Me.”



Jodi Hobbs has a BA in IT and an MBA. Working in the technology industry for over 15 years she has helped many for profit and non profit organizations with their technical needs. Jodi has a successful tech based business. She is a survivor of Victory Christian Academy, a youth treatment facility that once operated in Ramona, CA. VCA was closed after scathing accusations of abuse were leveled against the proprietor. Mrs. Hobbs formed Survivors of Institutional Abuse (SIA) to help those affected by abusive treatment in behavioral modification type programs. “SIA is about healing and leading a positive, peaceful and healthy life. Anything we can do to assist in getting a survivor on positive path.”

Sunday: 3:15-5:15 p.m. “Institutional Abuse: History, Implications, & Calls to Action”

LANI KENT, Therapeutic Arts Facilitator

LANI KENT, Therapeutic Arts Facilitator

Lani Kent is a Therapeutic Arts Facilitator; Speaker; Writer, and Artist /Owner of “Healing Expressions”. She has a compassionate heart for survivors of traumatic life experiences. For over ten years has offered adjunct expressive arts services, client support, consultation to therapeutic professionals, recovery groups, and clients, through “Restorative Creativity” individual and group workshops. Lani has in depth knowledge of the dissociative process as expressed through art, presents at conferences on these topics, and offers “Healing Expressions” vendor exhibits. She is passionate about sharing an authentic expression of the recovery journey in the hopes that others will find the courage to share their own stories and find a voice for the wounded places within.
Website: http://www.healingexpressionsbylani.com

Sunday, 1:30-5:15 p.m. “Healing Expressions: “Telling Your Story Through Therapeutic Collage”



My education is in nursing and finances though my passion has always advocating for more education, awareness and ending the stigma for those who have experienced past childhood trauma. I first became aware of a problem within the mental and medical health community when I was working as a nurse. Many adult survivors of abuse were not receiving appropriate care and respect. That’s when I began researching and speaking on the topic at colleges and other agencies. I am now a facilitator of the California Creative Progress Group, member of Each Mind Matters and Peer Recovery Art Project. As a professional artist, poet and public speaker I enjoy sharing my work with others and spending time with my family. I’ve been a member of Ivory Garden for ten years.


Friday, 3:15-4:15 p.m. “Too Scared to Sleep – Overcoming Nightmares & Sleep Disorders”

Sunday, 1:30-3:00 p.m. “Too Scared to Sleep – Overcoming Nightmares & Sleep Disorders”



LB has been creating educational comics on the subject since 2008. Their work is used by therapists and clinics in Texas, Massachusetts, and Ohio. It has also been used by multiples and laymen in the US, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Sweden, and the UK. They have done presentations on comics, mental health, and multiplicity at the Massachusetts Indy Comics Expo in 2012 and the Ephemera Zine Fest in 2014. They have also been educating one-on-one since 2007. During their workshop, survivors will learn new coping skills allowing them to help themselves and others. Supporters and clinicians will learn new skills to teach their multiple clients and friends and gain a better understanding of multiplicity.


Friday, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. “Write For Your Life: Using Comics and Writing as a Means to Empowerment and Social Action.”

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Friday, 4:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m. “Service Dogs”

Note: Some speakers are not listed here, but will be listed on the program at the conference for their privacy.

CEU’s available for all professional workshops through NASW for licensed social workers, marriage and family therapists, licensed mental health counselors #1975-362 with certs – if requested at registration.