Aims of The ESTD-UK
The European Society for Trauma and Dissociation (ESTD) was founded in April 2006, holding their Trustees inaugural board meeting followed by their first two day conference at the UEA in Norwich.
The ESTD-UK network was formed shortly after working to fulfil the following ESTD aims: –
- To promote an increase in the knowledge of Trauma, Dissociation and all disorders related to chronic traumatization
- To provide professional and public education about dissociation, trauma and trauma related disorders.
- To support communication and cooperation among clinicians and other professionals in the field of dissociation and trauma
The UK branch also supports research and continues to develop training that is easily and financially accessible in the UK and by European colleagues.
This continues to be achieved through a progressive training programme written and presented by some of the most experienced clinicians in the UK, producing an online training programme that will be available in the near future, being an integral part of producing resources using a range of presentation methods and running bi-annual conferences. All these ventures are in collaboration with representatives from First Person Plural who provide experts through the lived experience who are also experienced trainers and lead on some of the projects. These resources are provided at low cost with all profits being reinvested into developing further training and supportive material.
This conference continues to fulfil the ESTD aims through three tracks: – Working with Complex Dissociation in Children and Adolescence, Service Issues and Working Therapeutically with Adults. There will be a wide range of workshop choices available in each section throughout the two days. An important consideration during the planning of this conference was to ensure that the knowledge offered is directly related to working with people whose lives are considerably affected by complex, trauma related dissociation while continuing to be underpinned by the ESTD-UK ethos of providing ‘Practical Training for People in Practice’.