Changing Landscapes: Innovation and Challenges in the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation Conference – Christchurch
Date(s) - 22/11/2019 - 24/11/2019
We warmly welcome you to join us at the 2019 ISSTD Regional Conference in Otautahi (Christchurch), New Zealand. The tangata whenua (Maori or people of the land) say Nau Mai Haere Mai (Welcome everyone). This is the first ever ISSTD Regional Conference to be held in New Zealand and it is brought to you by a bi-national committee of New Zealand and Australian members.
The conference will kick off on Friday with a series of half and full day pre-conference workshops followed by evening social events which will allow attendees to experience Christchurch. The main conference begins on Saturday with a powhiri ceremony (cultural opening) followed by plenary workshops from ISSTD Past President Kathy Steele, current ISSTD President, Christine Forner, ISSTD Board Member, Michael Salter and ISSTD Past President Martin Dorahy. The day of education will end with a plenary panel featuring Rick Hohfeler, Joan Haliburn, David Leonard, Matt Ball and Susie Farrelly, moderated by Warwick Middleton. Join us in the evening for the conference dinner during which, we will be entertained by a Maori Kapahaka group in full costume (separate registration required/guest tickets available). Sunday will feature a number of workshops and the cultural closing of the conference. The full preliminary schedule for the conference will be available by mid-May.
As we finalised the program for this conference, the Christchurch mosque shooting occured on 15 March 2019. We never imagined the conference would be in the location of one of the globe’s worst massacres by a single attacker (who in this case was a citizen of another country). Our landscape, like that of Christchurch following the earthquakes in 2010 and 2011, has shifted. Our original plan was to ‘grasp the nettle’ of socio-political issues in the field of trauma and dissociation so we will keep you posted on how we do that in light of this recent event. We plan to incorporate a presentation that addresses the shootings and the implications for the trauma field.
Looking forward to seeing you in Otautahi Christchurch!