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Warwick Middleton, MB BS, FRANZCP, MD

Director, Trauma and Dissociation Unit, Belmont Hospital; Chair, The Cannan Institute; Board Member ISSTD, Professorial Appointments at Latrobe University, Canterbury University and University of New England, Associate Professor, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

presenter photoProfessor Middleton has had substantive ongoing involvement with research, writing, teaching (including workshops and seminar presentations), supervision and conference convening. He has made substantial and ongoing contributions to the bereavement and trauma literatures and was with Dr Jeremy Butler author of the first published series in the Australian scientific literature detailing the abuse histories and clinical phenomenology of patients fulfilling diagnostic criteria for Dissociative Identity Disorder. Professor Middleton, who holds senior honorary appointments at La Trobe University, the University of New England, the University of Canterbury and the University of Queensland, was the first researcher to publish systematic research into ongoing incestuous abuse during adulthood. He is the current President-Elect of the ISSTD, is Chair of the ISSTD Membership Committee, and Vice-Chair of the ISSTD Scientific Committee. Prof Middleton chairs The Cannan Institute. In 1996 he was a principal architect in establishing Australia’s first dedicated unit treating dissociative disorders (the Trauma and Dissociation Unit, Belmont Hospital).

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Richard P. Kluft, MD, PhD

Clinical Professor, Temple University School of Medicine, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania

presenter photoRichard P. Kluft, M.D., Ph.D., practices psychiatry, psychoanalysis, and medical hypnosis in Bala Cynwyd, PA. He is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Temple University School of Medicine, and on the faculty of the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. He has published over 250 scientific papers and book chapters. His recent book, Shelter from the Storm (2013), an exploration of a compassionate approach to the abreaction of trauma, won the 2013 Written Media Award of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. He has edited several books; he and Catherine G. Fine, Ph.D., co-edited Clinical Perspectives on Multiple Personality Disorder. Dr. Kluft was Editor-in-Chief of the journal DISSOCIATION for ten years. He has presented over 1,000 scientific papers and workshops. He was a co-founder and an early President of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, and has been President of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. He has received numerous awards for his published research and his clinical and teaching contributions. These include four Erickson Awards for the best scientific paper of the year in hypnosis. Dr. Kluft served as a consultant to Dreamworks’ and Showtime’s series, “The United States of Tara.” He was featured in the Showtime documentary, “What Is DID? With Richard P. Kluft, M.D,” which won the 2009 Media Award of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. Dr. Kluft is currently writing a series of books about the treatment of chronic complex dissociative disorders. His first novel, Good Shrink/Bad Shrink, and a novella, How Fievel Stole the Moon: A Tale for Sweet Children and Sour Scholars, were published in 2014. His second novel, An Obituary to Die For, will be published soon.

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Cathy Kezelman, MD

presenter photoDr. Cathy Kezelman is a medical practitioner, mental health consumer advocate, ASCA President, director of Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) 2009-2014, member of the Mental Health Community Advisory Council (NSW). Under her stewardship ASCA has grown from a peer support organisation to a leading national organisation combining a prominent consumer voice with that of researchers, academics and clinicians advocating for socio-political change and informed responsiveness to complex trauma. She is author of a memoir chronicling her journey of recovery from child sexual abuse: Innocence Revisited- a tale in parts. She is co-author of the ASCA documents - Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery (2012) and The Cost of Unaddressed Childhood Trauma and Abuse in Adults in Australia (2015).

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Bethany L. Brand, Ph.D.

Martha E. Mitten Professor, Towson University, Towson, Maryland

presenter photoBethany Brand, Ph.D. specializes in the assessment and treatment of trauma related disorders including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and dissociative disorders. She has over 25 years of clinical experience, including training at Johns Hopkins Hospital, George Washington University Hospital, and at Sheppard Pratt Health System’s Trauma Disorders program. She is a Professor of Psychology at Towson University. Dr. Brand has been honored with the Martha Mitten Endowed Professorship as well as awards including the Cornelia B. Wilbur Award, the Presidential Award, the Pierre Janet Award, and the Morton Prince Award. She is sought after for media interviews including by National Public Radio’s show, Science Friday. Dr. Brand has served on three national task forces that developed guidelines for the assessment and treatment of trauma-related disorders. Dr. Brand conducts research on the assessment and treatment of trauma related disorders, including the assessment of feigned dissociative disorders. Dr. Brand is the Principal Investigator on the largest longitudinal treatment outcome study to date of dissociative disorders (the TOP DD studies). She has delivered clinical and research presentations around the world. Dr. Brand assesses and treats trauma patients at her private practice in Towson, Maryland, as well as serves as a forensic expert.

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Sandra Hacker, AO MBBS, DPM, FRANZCP, FAICD

presenter photoDr Sandra Hacker has spent much of her career using the distinctive insights and skills used in her professional practice to work for the benefit of the medical profession, for victims of sexual abuse and the wider community. In her private practice as a psychiatrist, Sandra Hacker’s special interest lies in psychotherapy, particularly in the fields of adult post-traumatic stress disorder arising out of severe child sexual abuse. She spearheaded the establishment of a working party to eliminate motor vehicle exhaust gas suicide from Australia. At the Alfred Hospital she also works with heart-lung transplant patients on issues related to transplant suitability and psychiatric disturbance prior to or after transplant. These complex areas of psychiatry are often attended by problematic ethical and legal implications not only for the individuals concerned but also for the health professions and the wider community. Sandra Hacker has worked to advocate on issues arising out of these areas of health, for patients and health practitioners, to further the best interests of all parties. After graduating MBBS from the University of Melbourne in 1969 Sandra Hacker undertook further training in psychiatry and gained fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) in 1978. Much of Sandra Hacker’s work has been in the area of support and advancement for the medical profession, serving on numerous committees and in leadership roles for the Australian Medical Association (AMA), including terms as Victorian Branch president and national vice president, and for the RANZCP, focusing on a wide range of professional, medical and psychiatric issues. She is currently a member of the Victorian Medical Benevolent Association and a councillor of the AMA (Victoria). Her work in establishing the Victorian Doctors Health Program has been of particular value to the profession. Sandra Hacker’s extensive contribution in the medico-legal arena includes medical advisor on female genital mutilation in the role of amicus curiae, and as expert witness in matters of repressed memory and sexual abuse, crimes compensation and sexual abuse, professional misconduct and medical negligence. Her expertise in dealing with ethically contentious and problematic issues has been of great value in her multiple roles with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). She has served the Council on a range of committees focusing on issues including ethics, genetics and privacy and recently retired from the chair of the NHMRC Australian Health Ethics Committee. Advisory groups, working parties, companies and trusts often seek her expert knowledge and skills to inform their work. In Victoria, she has served on the Board of Eastern Health, as Chair of the Board of Northern Health and of the Mental Health Research Institute and as a director of the Dax Centre. Nationally she has chaired the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. In 2005 Sandra Hacker was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for service to medicine, particularly in the field of psychiatry, and to excellence in professional education and promotion of the highest standards of health care in Australia. Through her industry and advocacy Sandra Hacker continues to strengthen the medical profession and assist a large community of individuals in need of complex psychiatric care.

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Russell Meares, MD

Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, University of Sydney

presenter photoRussell Meares is Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Sydney. He held the foundation chair of psychiatry at the Western Clinical School, Sydney University, 1981-2003 and was the founding President of the Australia & New Zealand Association of Psychotherapy (ANZAP). Russell Meares trained in Medicine at Melbourne University, and in Psychiatry at the Royal Bethlem and Maudsley Hospitals (1963-68) where he developed an enduring friendship with the late Robert Hobson, with whom he collaborated to develop the Conversational Model of psychotherapy, devised to treat people who could not be treated by any other means and whom we now call “borderline”. His aim has been to develop an understanding of this and related conditions based not only on clinical and experiential observation, but also on developmental and neurophysiological data. To this end his research publications have been in three main streams: psychodynamic, developmental. Neurophysiological and psychosomatic. He has about 250 publications including contributions to Nature, The Lancet, Archives of General Psychiatry and American Journal of Psychiatry. His most recent books are Intimacy and Alienation (2000); the Metaphor of Play – revised and enlarged (2005); A Dissociation Model of Borderline personality disorder (2012); Borderline Personality Disorder and the Conversational Model (with co-authors) (2012). He was awarded distinguished psychiatrist of the year at UCLA in 2007.

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Naomi Halpern, CQSW, Grad. Cert. Human Rights

Director, Delphi Training & Consulting, Carlton North, Australia

presenter photoNaomi holds a C.Q.S.W. (UK) and Grad. Cert. Human Rights. For over twenty five years she has demonstrated her commitment to assist and enhance the quality of life of people who have experienced severe trauma, abuse and disadvantaged life situations. Naomi trained as a social worker in the UK. Early in her career she worked with children in emergency care, homeless youth, and convicted offenders in government and NGO’s, providing advocacy, psychosocial education, recreational opportunities, skills training, supervision and counselling. In 1987 Naomi went into partnership with Susan Henry at The Delphi Centre, now known as Delphi Training and Consulting. She has developed expertise in psychotherapy for complex trauma and provides clinical consultation for post traumatic stress disorder, dissociative disorders and related comorbidity, with survivors of sexual abuse, rape, gender based violence, torture and other trauma. She has a wealth of experience working with people across cultures, socioeconomic groups, faiths and sexual orientation. A skilled speaker and trainer, Naomi presents her work in complex trauma, vicarious trauma, stess management and work-life balance, nationally and internationally. She provides case consultations and training to organizations such as Metta Youth, Corpus Christi, Delmont Private Psychiatric Hospital, Barwon Centre Against Sexual Assault, Western Centre Against Sexual Assault, Carelink counselling services, Knowmore Legal Services, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, Maddocks Lawyers and the United Nations. Naomi was a founding member of The Australian Association of Trauma and Dissociation Inc. in 1992 (amalgamated with the Australasian Association of Traumatic Stress Studies in 1996). She served on the Executive Committee and Conference Committee from 1991 – 1996, and as Treasurer from 1992 – 1995. In the early 90’s, together with her colleague, Susan Henry, she pioneered professional development training in Australia in the area of complex trauma and dissociative disorders. Naomi is co-author with Dr Colin A Ross from Dallas, TX, USA of a treatment manual: Trauma Model Therapy: A Treatment Approach for Trauma, Dissociation and Complex Comorbidity, (2009), Manitou Communications Inc. She is a member of the International Society for the study of Trauma and Dissociation.

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031 – How Does the International Field of Trauma and Dissociation Organize its Goals and Most Effectively Sell Its Message?

Panel 1: How Does the International Field of Trauma and Dissociation Organize Its Goals and Most Effectively Sell Its Message?

Saturday, November 28

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Room: Ballroom 1 & 2

Moderator(s):

Warwick Middleton, MB BS, FRANZCP, MD

Director, Trauma and Dissociation Unit, Belmont Hospital; Chair, The Cannan Institute; Board Member ISSTD, Professorial Appointments at Latrobe University, Canterbury University and University of New England, Associate Professor, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Panelist(s):

Richard P. Kluft, MD, PhD

Clinical Professor, Temple University School of Medicine, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania

Cathy Kezelman, MD

Bethany L. Brand, Ph.D.

Martha E. Mitten Professor, Towson University, Towson, Maryland

Sandra Hacker, AO MBBS, DPM, FRANZCP, FAICD

Russell Meares, MD

Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, University of Sydney

Naomi Halpern, CQSW, Grad. Cert. Human Rights

Director, Delphi Training & Consulting, Carlton North, Australia