Pre Conference Workshop

Extreme Abuse: The Crime, the Victims, the Perpetrators and the Clinical Work

Friday, March 23
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Location: Salon 3

Extreme abuse involves the deliberate, severe traumatization of victims,
often in the context of organized abuse, criminal networks, cults and
institutions. Although extreme abuse has been documented by clinicians for
over thirty years, it remains a poorly understood and challenging area of
clinical practice. This session will bring together three leading figures in
the extreme abuse field.

The session will highlight the criminal  aspect of extreme abuse, and
discuss the similarities and differences with other forms of trauma and
dissociation. It will also examine very closely the process of devastation
that extreme abuse has on both victims and perpetrators.  

Victims and perpetrators both end up alienated from the rest of society, 
disbelieve their own humanity and feel unable to be understood or comforted
by others. This dynamic, and others,  present unique challenges to the
therapeutic work.

Learning Objectives:

Lynette S. Danylchuk

Past President ISSTD
San Mateo, California

Lynette Danylchuk, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, has recently finished her term as President of The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD). She has previously served the Director of ISSTD’s Professional Training Program, and is currently Chair of ISSTD’s Center for Advanced Studies in Trauma and Dissociation Certificate Program, the gold standard in trauma training for complex PTSD and dissociation.
She is also Chair of the ISSTD’s United Nations Task Force. ISSTD has Special Consultative Status in the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

Lynette has worked in the trauma field since mid-80’s, focused on people with complex trauma and dissociative diagnoses, from war veterans to survivors of childhood and adult trauma. She consults and teaches wherever she sees a need, has given keynote speeches and workshops internationally, and has recently co-authored a book on complex trauma and dissociation, Treating Complex Trauma and Dissociation: A Practical Guide to Navigating Therapeutic Challenges.

Danylchuk, L. S., & Connors, K. J. (2016). Treating Complex Trauma and Dissociation: A Practical Guide to Navigating Therapeutic Challenges. Taylor & Francis.


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Michael Salter

Senior lecturer in criminology
Western Sydney University, School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Waterloo, New South Wales

Dr Michael Salter is a criminologist based at Western Sydney University, and an internationally recognized expert in organised abuse and complex trauma. He is the author of Organised Sexual Abuse (Routledge, 2013), the first research monograph on organised abuse in Australia, and he is published internationally on the subjects of child sexual abuse and violence against women. He leads the ANROWS-funded research project “Constructions of complex trauma and implications for women’s wellbeing and safety from violence” which is examining multi-agency response to complex trauma.

Dr Salter sits on the Board of Directors and the Scientific Advisory Committee of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, where he chairs the Organised Abuse Special Interest Group. He has been an expert advisor to the Royal Commission on Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and he has consulted to state and federal agencies and governments on the primary prevention of violence against children and women. He regularly delivers training to mental health workers, police and child protection workers on complex trauma and organised abuse. He is involved in international efforts to improve the identification, support and care of victims of online child abuse imagery.


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Adah Sachs

Consultant adult psychotherapist
Goodmayes Hospital, North-East London NHS Foundation Trust
London, England

Dr. Adah Sachs, PhD is an attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist and a member of the Bowlby Centre. She also and heads the NHS Psychotherapy Service for Redbridge borough, London, UK.

Sachs’s main theoretical contribution is outlining sub-categories of disorganized attachment and linking them with specific qualities of childhood trauma, and with trauma-based mental disorders, including two presentations of DID.

Adah lectures and supervises worldwide on attachment and dissociation, and serves as an expert witness to the court on DID. She has published numerous journal papers, book chapters, a co-edited book- Forensic Aspects of Dissociative Identity Disorder (2008) and a co-edited a special issue of the JTD, The Abused and the Abuser: Victim-Perpetrator Dynamics (2017). She is a fellow of the ISSTD.


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