Forum Discussion

'A Possible Future? Past Presidents Reflect'

Saturday, March 24
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Location: Salon 3

This Forum is based on inviting a representative grouping of past-ISSTD Presidents whose term in office straddle different eras, to jointly offer a 90-minute Forum presentation at our 35th Annual ISSTD Conference in Chicago, the theme of which encompasses historical perspectives. There will be a Moderator (Martin Dorahy) and there to be 5 presenters who each in around ten minutes give their personal pitch on what suggested initiatives or ideas they have individually that thus far have not been significantly taken up, but which they think have potential to significantly advance the trauma and dissociation field. The Forum is an exercise in creative lateral thinking for the participants and an opportunity to dust off cherished creative lines of thought whose time may finally have come - but condensed to a pithy, thought provoking ten minutes.

Being a Forum, it is hoped that a series of stimulating short presentations during the first 50 minutes or so of the allotted time will stimulate some really interesting audience participation/discussion in the remainder of the allotted 90 minutes.

Learning Objectives:

Martin Dorahy

President 2017
Christchurch, Canterbury

Prof Martin J. Dorahy, DClinPsych, PhD is director of the clinical psychology programme at the University of Canterbury and immediate past president (2018) of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. His published work has primarily explored cognitive and emotional underpinnings of dissociation and dissociative disorders, with a particular focus on shame. His clinical work is focused on the adult outcomes of abuse and neglect. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and has Co-edited four books and two journal special issues in the area of psychotraumatology (Edited books:- Traumatic Dissociation: Neurobiology and Treatment, 2007, American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc; Psychosis, Trauma and Dissociation: Emerging Perspectives on Severe Psychopathology, 2008, Wiley Press; Global Perspectives on Dissociative Disorders: Individual and Societal Oppression. London: 2014, Routledge - Taylor and Francis; The Abused and the Abuser: Victim – Perpetrator Dynamics. In Press - 2018, Routledge - Taylor and Francis).


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Richard P. Kluft

Clinical Professor
Temple University School of Medicine
Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania

Richard P. Kluft, M.D., Ph.D. practices psychiatry, psychoanalysis, and medical hypnosis in Bala Cynwyd, PA. He is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Temple University School of Medicine and on the faculties of the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia and the China American Psychoanalytic Alliance. Dr. Kluft is the author of over 260 scientific publications, reviews and book chapters, and the editor or solo author of several professional books, most recently Shelter from the Storm (2013). He has presented and taught in 12 countries. A co-founder and past-president of the ISST&D, he has served as president of several additional American and international organizations. His research, teaching, and clinical contributions have received numerous recognitions and awards. Dr. Kluft is also a novelist, author of two mystery/thrillers, Good Shrink/Bad Shrink (2014) and An Obituary to Die For (2016), and the seventeenth century Ashkenazi folk tale in the Chelm (City of Fools) tradition, How Fievel Stole the Moon – A Tale for Sweet Children and Sour Scholars (2014).


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Thomas G. Carlton

ICE Health Service Corps
San Diego, California

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 over 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.


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Catherine Classen

San Francisco, California

Catherine Classen, PhD, is Clinical Professor of Psychology and Director of the University of California San Francisco Division of Trauma Recovery Services. Previously she was Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, Academic Leader of the Trauma Therapy Program at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto and a senior scientist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford School of Medicine. She is a clinician, researcher and educator who has been working in the field of psychological trauma for over 25 years. A primary focus of her research has been investigating psychotherapeutic interventions for survivors of chronic traumatization. She has numerous publications on interventions for complex trauma, the long-term effects of chronic traumatization, and on the principles and strategies for providing trauma-informed care. She has over 100 publications including three books. Her most recent book co-authored by Clark, Classen, Fourt, & Shetty, "Treating the trauma survivor: An essential guide to trauma-informed care," was published by Routledge in 2015. Along with numerous presentations and workshops on trauma and trauma-informed care, she co-authored an online course, "Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Primer for Primary Care Physicians," which is an accredited continuing medical education course. She is currently developing an e-learning course on trauma-informed care for providers, administrative staff and security personnel at Women's College Hospital. She is a Past-President (2006-07) and Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. She is also a certified sensorimotor psychotherapist.


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Joan A. Turkus

Psychiatrist, Clinical Consultation and Traumatology
Joan A. Turkus, M.D., P. C.
McLean, Virginia

Joan A. Turkus, M.D. maintains a consulting and clinical practice in psychiatry and traumatology in McLean, Virginia. She is the Co-Founder of The CENTER: Posttraumatic Disorders Program at the Psychiatric Institute of Washington, D.C. where she served as Medical Director for many years. Dr. Turkus has years of experience in the trauma field and maintains a national profile with teaching and consultation. She is a graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in pharmacy and graduated from The George Washington University School of Medicine with honors. She is a Distinguished Life Fellow of both the American Psychiatric Association and a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, of which she is the Past President. She has been awarded both the Cornelia Wilbur Award for clinical contributions and a Distinguished Achievement Award by the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. She is a Diplomate of both the American Board of Psychiatry and the American Board of Forensic Psychiatry. She is trained in psychiatry, traumatology, clinical hypnosis and EMDR. She maintains a keen interest in neurobiology and psychopharmacology, particularly in their application to the complexity of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. She has testified as an expert witness in both the civil and criminal arenas and has been teaching risk management for the past decade. She has written several chapters on the treatment of posttraumatic conditions in addition to a number of articles.


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Warwick Middleton

Past President, ISSTD
Latrobe University, University of New England, University of Canterbury
Brisbane, Queensland

Professor Middleton has had long-term 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. He was the first researcher to publish systematic research into ongoing incestuous abuse during adulthood. He is a Past President of the ISSTD, is Co-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). He has authored many papers and book chapters and has been the co-editor of two books based on journal special issues. The second such book ("The Abused and the Abuser: Victim - Perpetrator Dynamics" will be published in 14th January 2018 (Eds, Middleton, W, Sachs, A. & Dorahy, M. J.).


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