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Lynette S. Danylchuk, PhD Clinical Psychologist

President, ISSTD, San Mateo, California

presenter photoLynette Danylchuk, PhD, has been working in the trauma field since the mid-80s, starting with Vietnam Vets and people with DID. She served 12 years on the original Board of Directors of Survivorship, and then worked for the Board of the Star Foundation for several more years. She had her private practice in San Mateo, California, where, in addition to working with clients, she did and continues to do periodic consultation and teaching where she sees a need, including a local graduate school, juvenile hall, or the county trauma-informed services conference. Lynette has been adjunct faculty to graduate schools in the San Francisco area where she has taught, and been a dissertation chairperson. She has given keynote speeches and workshops across the state and at annual conferences of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), and continues to take advantage of every opportunity to share what she’s learned about trauma and Lynette is currently Immediate Past President of ISSTD. She has been an active society member since 1996. She has chaired the Volunteer Committee, and the Professional Training Program, and is still a member of the Certificate Program Task Force. Under her leadership, the ISSTD Professional Training Program has expanded to include a greater focus on Child and Adolescent courses, and an expansion of the program to South America and Spain, as well as online. On the Certificate Task Force, her work has helped ISSTD create the first phase of a Certificate Program, which will be the gold standard in trauma training for complex PTSD and dissociation.

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048 – Treatment Challenges - Notes from the Field

Plenary 7: Treatment Challenges - Notes from the Field

Sunday, November 29

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

Room: Ballroom 1 & 2


Lynette S. Danylchuk, PhD Clinical Psychologist

President, ISSTD, San Mateo, California

People working in the field of child abuse treatment and prevention face many challenges, at many levels. There is the challenge within society to face the pervasiveness and destructiveness of child abuse. There is the challenge within the people involved in the abuse (abusers, victims, rescuers). And, there is the challenge within each of us who work in this field to learn, grown, and be able to sustain ourselves during this long process of healing. As the reality of the extent of the abuse and the toll it takes becomes clearer, more people are showing up to confront the problem. We’ve learned that children are impacted developmentally, and that impact shows up in all areas of their lives, families, friends, schools, and therapeutic settings at all ages, into adulthood if not treated.

We’ve also learned that one of the most powerful tools for change is the relationship between the people who have been abused (children and adults) and the people providing their clinical support (counselors and therapists). The dilemma is that the people who need good, solid relationships in order to heal do not know how to relate in good, solid relationships. They’re continually being asked to do what they can’t do, and the frustration is felt by everyone involved. The other dilemma is that social structures meant to serve children have often failed, adding to the betrayal of the victims. The helping professionals are caught in the middle, between the victims and the social structures that allowed for the harm to occur. This presentation will address common pitfalls in both areas and how the helping professional can steer clear of those pitfalls and create a smoother road for healing.