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If you are a survivor, please be careful in reading the information compiled here. It is impossible to give information on ritual abuse, and about people's opinions about ritual abuse, in a way that is not upsetting and/or triggering. Only you know how much is wise to read, and how much information you can absorb at one time.

News and Resources

* Panel discussion on “Healing From Abuse: Ritual Abuse Survivors and Allies Speak Out.” Tuesday, January 17
Speakers: William Maria Rain, Jean Riseman, Hal Pepinsky, and Matt Akelay
If you would like to help, message Matt at https://www.facebook.com/matt2341. We could use help with all sorts of tasks, especially publicizing the panel.
 

* Here is a page with literally hundreds of articles on safety in all sort of places and situations. Well worth reading!  http://www.minneapolismn.gov/police/crimeprevention/

Many Voices: back issues from 1989 to 2012 are available online now. The list of articles on RA and sadistic abuse is here: http://www.manyvoicespress.org/subjectindex.html#ritualistic The link to open up those issues is here: http://manyvoicespress.org/newsletter.html

Important new books

Dear Little Ones: Dissociative Identity Disorder for Young Alters. Written by Jade Miller and illustrated by Germán Zaninetti. CreateSpace, 2015. Available from Createspace and Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats.

Lacter, Ellen, Lewis, Robin Baird, and Callow,  Jen. A Coloring Book of Healing Images for Adult Survivors of Child Abuse. Read the introduction and order through  http://colortoheal.com

Miller, Alison (2014) Becoming Yourself: Overcoming Mind Control and Ritual Abuse. Karnac Books, London, England.

Miller, Alison. (2112) Healing the Unimaginable: Treating Ritual Abuse and Mind Control. Karnac Books, London, England.

Noblitt, James Randal and Noblitt, Pamela Perskin (2014) Cult and Ritual Abuse: Narratives, Evidence, and Healing Approaches. Third Edition Praeger,

Whaleswan, Ani Rose, Editor. (2014) We Have Come Far: Gifts of Healing from Survivors of Extreme Trauma. Sojourn Press

*  Ritual Dates for 2015 can be found in these sections: Ritual Abuse, Mind Control, For and by Survivors, For Professionals, For Researchers, and International Resources. Dates observed by Satanic, Neo-Nazi, polytheist, and Thelemic groups are included. There is also a section on triggering symbols and objects.

* Arts and Healing Network. Resources include links to artist websites, artist grants, workshops and conferences, book publishing and marketing calls for exhibition entries. http://www.artheals.org/home.html

* David Baldwin's Trauma Information Pages have been updated and new resources added. http://www.trauma-pages.com/

* RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) lists over 1,100 local rape crisis centers across the US. It also has a hotline 800.656.HOPE and programs to prevent sexual assault and help victims.   www.rainn.org/ 

* An international inventory of hotlines, shelters, refuges, crisis centers and women’s organizations, searchable by country, plus an index of domestic violence resources in over 80 languages. http://www.hotpeachpages.net

* The entire contents of the journal Dissociation (540 issues) are on the web in pdf format. Go to https://scholarsbank.uoregon.edu/xmlui/search Enter “Dissociation” in the search box at the upper right.

COMING EVENTS

Call for Submissions

updated December 6, 2016


INSTITUTE ON VIOLENCE, ABUSE, AND TRAUMA (IVAT)
Poster Submissions
14th Hawai'i International Summit
“Preventing, Assessing, & Treating Trauma Across the Lifespan.”
March 27 - 30, 2017:
Deadline for poster submissions: January 10, 2017
Information: contact Irma Esquivias at angela.schwab@alliant.edu
IVAT is also seeking volunteers to help  on-site at the14th Hawai'i International Summit, March 27 - 30, 2017,  Honolulu, HI.
For every 5 hours of volunteer time, attend the Summit free for one day.
Information: contact Angela Schwab at rma.Esquivias@alliant.edu
22nd International Summit on Violence, Abuse and Trauma
Call for all types of submissions
Deadline: January 23, 2017
Information: http://www.ivatcenters.org/san-diego-summit

PANEL DISCUSSION
"Healing From Abuse: Ritual Abuse Survivors and Allies Speak Out."
January 17, 2017, Ottawa, Canada
Speakers: William Maria Rain, Jean Riseman, Hal Pepinsky, and Matt Akelay
. If you would like to help, message Matt at https://www.facebook.com/matt  Volunteers are needed for all sorts of tasks, especially publicizing the panel.

Conferences and Workshops

updated December 6, 2016

ACADEMY FOR EATING DISORDERS
(Surveys show that approximately 60% of RA/MC survivors have eating disorders.)
The Academy for Eating Disorders has a calendar that shows 1 - 4 conferences per month from around the world. Probably few of them discuss dissociative clients directly, but much of what they present would be useful in working with our population.
Information:  edweb.org/index.php/education/education-events

BELMONT HOSPITAL
“Twenty Years On: Engaging with Complex Trauma: Lessons, Challenges and Opportunities.”
March 18 - 19, Brisbane, Australia
Speakers include: Jo Levin, Martin Dorahy, Cathy Kezelman, Warwick Middleton, Mary Williams, Lenaire Seager, Michael Salter, David Leonard, Mary-Anne Kate, Pam Stavropoulos, Andrew Christensen, Michael Martin and Jeremy Butler. Half-day workshops: Joan Haliburn,  Martin Dorahy, Jan Ewing, Warwick Middleton, Cathy Kezelman, and Robert Llewellyn-Jones.
Information: http://www.belmontprivateevents.com/

CAPE COD INSTITUTE
“Frontiers of Trauma Treatment.”
July 3 - 7, 2017, Eastham, MA.
Presenter: Bessel van der Kolk  
Information: http://www.cape.org/2017/bessel_vanderkolk.html
“Internal Family Systems Workshop.”
July 24 - 28, 2017, Eastham, MA.
Presenter: Richard Schwartz 
Information: http://www.cape.org/2017/richard_schwartz.html
“Treating Complex Trauma: Optimal Integration of Treatment Models.”  
July 31 - August 4, 2017, Eastham, MA.
Presenter: Deborah Korn 
Information: http://www.cape.org/2017/deborah_korn.html
“Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Self-Alienation.”
August 7 - 11, 2017, Eastham, MA.
Presenter: Janina Fisher  
Information: http://www.cape.org/2017/janina_fisher.html

DELPHI TRAINING AND CONSULTING

““What’s Snow White Got To Do With It? Working with Complex Trauma.”
12 May, 2017, Sydney: May 19, 2017, Melbourne: May 26, 2017, Brisbane: August 4, 2017, Perth
Presenter: Naomi Halpern

Information: http://delphicentre.com.au

EUROPEAN SOCIETY FOR TRAUMA AND DISSOCIATION-UK with the National Health Service and PODS
“Facing the Challenge: Improving Services for People with Trauma-Related Dissociation”
March 30 - 31, 2017, Univ. of East Anglia, Norwich, England.
Presenters include: Remy Aquarone, Renee P Marks, Angela Kennedy, Jo Russel, Helena Crockford, Les Ryan, Lynne Ryan, Paul William Miller, Adrian Stierum, Claire Harrison-Breed, and David Stimson.
Information: http://www.estduk-training.org.uk/estd-conference-introduction
Courses given with the National Health Service and First Person Plural 
Presenters include: Remy Aquarone, Renee P Marks, Angela Kennedy, Jo Russel, Helena Crockford, Les Ryan, Lynne ESTD-UK Foundation Course: "Understanding and Working with Traumatic Dissociation.”
(must take all four sessions) May 13 - 14 May and June 17 - 18, 2017,  London. Englan
Information: http://www.firstpersonplural.org.uk/training/our-training-courses/
“Trauma-Related Complex Dissociation: Origins and Consequences: Part 1 and Part 2.”
(must take all four sessions) October 19 - 20, 2017, Cardiff, Wales.
 Information: https://bookwhen.com/fpp
ESTD-UK Post-Foundation Course: "Working Therapeutically with Complex Traumatic Dissociation.”
(must take all four sessions) October 14 - 15 and November 18 - 19, 2017,  London. England.
Information: https://bookwhen.com/fpp

HOSPITALS
Many hospitals offer free or low-cost workshops, some on issues that are pertinent to dissociative disorders.  It is useful to check your local hospitals as well as Intensive Trauma Therapy, Morgantown, WV, http://www.traumatherapy.us  Centre for Therapy, Kingston, Ont, Canada. http://www.centrefortherapy.ca/events and River Oaks Hospital, http://www.riveroakshospital.com

AN INFINITE MIND
“Healing Together” An Educational and Support Conference on DID
February 3 – 5, 2017, Orlando, FL.  p:
Presenters include: Elizabeth Power, Alix Amar, Deb Berry, BT, Jim Bunkelman, Paula Burley, Raya Rody Burstein, Lizabeth Casada, Madison Clell, Mara Collins, Morgan D., Vishakha Desal, Megan Dowdell, River Dowdy, Gala, Nancy Gaulin, Steven Gold, Jax, Kevin Jefferson, Melissa Kaufman, Lauren A. M. Lebois, Robin Lickel, Megan, Rahul  Mehta, Kimber Olsen, Robert Oxnam, Christian Ricaurte, Stephanie Rickey, Mark S., Kimberley Snow, Monica Taffinder, Sareet Taylor, Reyna Vaughn, Elizabeth s Vermilyea, and Amy Wagner 
Information: http://www.aninfinitemind.com/healing-together.html
Post Conference evening workshorocessing Healing Together Through Art.”
February 5, 2017, Orlando, FL.
Presenter: Kim Snow
Information ksnow56@gmail.com

INSTITUTE ON VIOLENCE, ABUSE, AND TRAUMA (IVAT)
14th Hawai'i International Summit on Preventing, Assessing, and Treating Trauma Across the Lifespan
March 27 - 30, 2017,  Honolulu, HI.
Tracks: 1. Child Trauma 2. Adolescent Trauma/Youth Violence/At-Risk Youth 3. Adult/Family Trauma 4. Prevention/Early Intervention 5. Intimate Partner Violence 6. Trauma in Military Personnel, Veterans and Their Families 7. Healthcare Professionals Dealing with Violence and Trauma 8. Criminal Justice and Legal Issues 9. Human and Labor Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation of Vulnerable Populations 10. Trauma with Socially/Culturally Marginalized Populations & Vulnerable Populations 

Information: http://www.ivatcenters.org/
22nd International Summit on Violence, Abuse and Trauma
September 22 27, San Diego, CA.
Information: http://www.ivatcenters.org/Conferences.html

INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF TRAUMA AND DISSOCIATION (ISSTD) 
"Complex Trauma Twenty Years On: Lessons, Challenges and Opportunities"
March 18-19, 2017,  Brisbane, Australia.
34th Annual International Conference; “The Ripple Effect: Trauma and Dissociation in the Mainstream.”
 
Pre-conference: March 30 – March 31, 2017, Arlington, VA.
 
Conference: April 1 – 3, 2017, Arlington, VA. 

Information: https://www.isst-d.org/default.asp?contentID=22
“Introduction to the Treatment of Complex Trauma: Part 1”
6 sessions starting January 24, 2017, New York, NY.
“Introduction to the Treatment of Complex Trauma: Part 1”
Presenter: Rebecca Sherman
Information: http://www.isst-d.org/?ContentID=4
"Introduction to the Treatment of Complex Trauma: Part 1”
6 sessions starting January 24, 2017, New York, NY.
“Introduction to the Treatment of Complex Trauma: Part 1”
Presenter: Rebecca Sherman
Information: http://www.isst-d.org/?ContentID=413
“Diagnosis and Treatment of Complex Trauma and Dissociative Disorders Part 1”
6 sessions starting January. 13, 2017, Montreal, Canada
Presenters: Su Baker and John O’Neil
Information: http://www.isst-d.org/?ContentID=414

IVORY GARDEN
October 19 - 27 2017, Seattle, WA.
 
Presenters include: Colin Ross, Sandra Paulsen, Dana Ross, Steven Frankel, Laura Brown, David Calof, Lynn Crook, Julie Valenti, Jerry Crimmins, Staci Sprout, Mary Knight, Kim Lincoln, Naomi Lombardi, Kate White, Joshua Moore, and Emily Jaeger
Information: https://igdid.org/

THE MEADOWS
Workshops for survivors, therapists, family and friends.
Survivors I, Survivors II, Strengthening Coupleship: Working Together, Love Addiction / Love Avoidance, Family Workshop, Men’s Sexual Recovery, Journey Of A Woman’s Heart: Finding True Intimacy, Healing Intimate Treason: For Partners of Sex Addiction, Healing Heartache: A Grief And Loss Workshop, Spirit: A Somatic Equine Workshop, Mind and Heart: A Mindful Path To Wholehearted Living.
For dates and other information, click the workshop titles at the left on http://www.themeadows.com/workshops/survivors-i-workshop

MINNEAPOLIS TRAUMA PROJECT
“TRAUMA MODEL THERAPY: A Treatment Approach for Eating Disorders and Addictions.”
February 3, 2017, West St. Paul, MN.
Presenter: Colin Ross
Information: http://www.mntraumaproject.org/colin-ross
“Meditation Retreat for Healing Professionals.”
March 16 - 19, 2017, West St. Paul, MN.
Presenter: Flint Sparks
Information: http://www.mntraumaproject.org/
Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors:  Overcoming Self-Alienation.”
April 27 - 28, 2017, West St. Paul, MN.
Presenter: Janina Fisher
Information: http://www.mntraumaproject.org/janina-fisher
“Attachment, Affect Regulation, and Sexuality.”
October 6, 2017, West St. Paul, MN.
Presenter: Alex Katehakis
Information: http://www.mntraumaproject.org/alex-katehakis-workshop
“Engaging Traumatized Clients Who Avoid Attachment, Closeness, and Painful Feelings”
November 3 - 4, 2017, West St. Paul, MN.
Presenter: Robert Muller, PhD
Information:http://www.mntraumaproject.org/robert-muller-workshop

PANEL DISCUSSION
”Healing From Abuse: Ritual Abuse Survivors and Allies Speak Out."
Tuesday, January 17, Ottawa, Canada
Speakers: William Maria Rain, Jean Riseman, Hal Pepinsky, and Matt Akelay
Information: contact Matt at https://www.facebook.com/matt

POSITIVE OUTCOMES FOR DISSOCIATIVE SURVIVORS (PODS)
“Trauma, Dissociation and Recovery: Working with Dissociative Identity Disorder and Complex PTSD.”
January 27, 2017, London: March 3. 2017, Nottingham:  March 25, 2017, Bristol: July 8, 2017, London.
“Working with Dissociative Disorders in Clinical Practice.”
September 29, 2017, Peterborough: October 14, 2017,  Bristol: November 4, 2017, Nottingham: December 2, 2017, London.
“Dissociation and DID: The Fundamentals”
April 1, 2017,  Peterborough: May 5, 2017, London: May 13, 2017, Bradford: June 10, 2017, Stirling: June 24, 2017, Bristol: November 3, 2017, Nottingham 
Information: http://www.pods-online.org.uk/index.php/training/table-of-events

RESTORATION IN CHRIST MINISTRIES  
Tom Hawkins Memorial Internship Program:
March 27 - 31, 2017: Module 1 Internship: Primary Identity approach—Grottoes, VA.
April 3 - 7, 2017: Module 2 Internship: Level 1 Prenatal Healing—Grottoes, VA.
July 31 - Aug 4, 2017: Module 1 Internship: Primary Identity approach—Hendersonville, NC.
Aug 7 - 11, 2017: Module 2 Internship: Level 1 Prenatal Healing—Hendersonville, NC.
October 9 - 13, 2017: Module 3 Internship: Level 1 Ritual Abuse—Grottoes, VA.
October 16 - 20, 2017: Module 4 Internship: Level 2 Ritual Abuse & Level 2 Prenatal Healing—Grottoes, VA.

Information: http://www.rcm-usa.org

SMART
“The 2017 Annual Ritual Abuse, Secretive Organizations and Mind Control Conference.”
 
August 11 - 13, 2017, 
Windsor Locks, CT.
Information: https://ritualabuse.us/smart-conference/

SNAP (Survivors' Network of Those Abused by Priests)
The 2017 Annual SNAP Conference
August 11 - 13, 2017, Washington, DC.
  
Information: http://www.snapnetwork.org/2017_conference

TALOMIN BOOKS
“Treating PTSD”
May 11 - 12, 2017, Brisbane: May 18 - 19, 2017,Melbourne: May 25 - 26, 2017,Sydney: June 8 - 9, 2027, Adelaide: June 15 - 16, 2017, Perth: June 22 - 23, 2017, Wellington, NZ:
Presenter: Leah Giarratano
Information: https://www.talominbooks.com/html/store/training/default.asp?catid=4
“Treating Complex Trauma.”
July 13 - 14, 2017, Brisbane: July 20 - 21, 2017, Melbourne:July 27 - 28, 2017, Sydney: August 3 - 4, 2027, Wellington NZ: October 19 - 20, 2037, Perth: October 26 - 27, 2017, Adelaide.   
Presenter: Leah Giarratano
Information: https://www.talominbooks.com/html/store/training/default.asp?catid=4

THE TRAUMA CENTER AT JUSTICE RESOURCE INSTITUTE
“Trauma-Sensitive Yoga in Therapy: Bringing the Body into Treatment.”
January 24 - 25, 2017, Brookline, MA.
Information: http://www.traumacenter.org/training/workshop_TSY_in_Therapy_Jan2017.php
28th Annual International Trauma Conference
“Psychological Trauma: Neuroscience, Attachment, and Therapeutic Interventions.”
May 31 - June 3, 2017,  Boston, MA
Information: http://www.traumacenter.org/training/Trauma_Conf_2017.php

 
Bessel van der Kolk's complete speaking schedule is at: http://www.traumacenter.org/about/speaking_schedule.php

VILLA LINDENFEL
Offers one- and two-year courses on dissociation and extreme abuse as well as a variety of day-long and week-long workshops.
Faculty include: Gaby Breitenbach, Michaela Dressler, Katharina Drexler, Monika Harsch, Thomas Kühler, Thomas Lang, Klaus Nouvertné, Harald Requardt, Werner Tschan, Ralf Vogt and invited guests.
Information: http://villa-lindenfels.de

Webinars

updated December 6, 2016

ACADEMY FOR EATING DISORDERS
Webinar series on issues in eating disorders: some are 4-session series. $25 per Webinar: some free. Recordings of past Webinars are available.
Information:  http://www.aedweb.org/web/index.php/education/education-events

CONFER
Seven on-line modules containing videos, audio tracks, , recommended reading, slides, texts, references and a forum for discussion., including “The Nature of Trauma and Dissociation.” There are also archives of seminars and conferences on a wide variety of subjects. Among the presenters are Remy Aquarone, Adah Sachs, and Valerie Sinason.
Discount code at http://www.estd.org/confer/
Information: http://www.confer.uk.com/

EUROPEAN SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF TRAUMA AND DISSOCIATION (ESTD)
Studies and Surveys: Treatment of Patients with Dissociative Disorders (TOP DD)
Network study: a web-based educational video program for DD clients and their therapists which focuses on improving clients’ safety and their ability to manage dissociation and emotions.
Information: http://www.estd.org/

JANINA FISHER
Webinar series on complex trauma and dissociation "Working with the Neurobiological Legacy of Trauma," "Working with Trauma-Related Dissociation and Complexity," "Principles and Challenges of Trauma Treatment," and an Australian series.
Some titles: "Sadistic, Malevolent and/or Cult Abuse Alters"
"Working with Chronic Pain"
"'Pastel' Dissociative Disorders: the Challenges of Work with Underwhelming Clients"
"The Challenges of Integration: Homogeneity or Collaboration?"
Information: http://www.janinafisher.com/seminar.php

INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF TRAUMA AND DISSOCIATION (ISSTD)
“Assessment and Treatment of Traumatized Children and Adolescents.”
6 sessions starting January 20, 2017: on-line
Presenters: Joyanna Silberg, Frances S. Waters, Sandra Baita, and Renée Potgieter Marks.
Information: https://netforum.avectra.com/eweb/DynamicPage.aspx?Site=ISSTD&WebCode=EventDetail&evt_key=37c74567-45d4-42bb-be3d-a882e518ecfb&msm=0745bcaf-536d-4242-bbde-c4590b7a2cff&cst=48d4a5f2-e25a-40ed-87ec-569d9ca8f8c3&ent=111a1fe6-ed2d-40fb-bcb8-adbb86540c87
Downloads of past Webinars.
Presenters include Richard P. Kluft, Pat Ogden, Kathy Steele, Janina Fisher, Richard J. Lowenstein, Bethany Brand, and Catherine Fine, Lisa Danylchuk, Christine Forner, Bob Slater, Warwick Middleton,Victor Welzant, and Martin Dorahy.
Live Webinars (open to those who are not ISSTD members.
) Presenters include Richard P. Kluft, Pat Ogden, Kathy Steele, Janina Fisher, Richard J. Lowenstein, Bethany Brand, and Catherine Fine.
Information: http://www.isst-d.org/default.asp?contentID=58

NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR THE CLINICAL APPLICATION OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE
"Rethinking Trauma."
Presenters: Peter Levine, Bessel van der Kolk, Pat Ogden, Stephen Porges, Pat Ogden, Daniel Siegel, Sebern Fisher, Ruth Lanius, Laurel Parnell, Richard Schwartz, and David Grand.
“New Treatments for Trauma: 2013 Therapy Program”
Presenters: Peter Levina, Bessel van der Kolk, Pat Ogden, Stephen Porges, Francine Shapiro, Ruth Lanius.
Also “New Treatments for Trauma 2012 and "New Treatments for Trauma 2011.”
Information: http://www.nicabm.com/programs/trauma/

PROFESSIONAL PSYCH SEMINARS
On-line courses on a wide variety of subjects, including trauma, eating disorders, adolescents and families, self-injury/suicide, and psychopharmacology.
Information: http://www.psychsem.com/onlinecourses/

RESTORATION IN CHRIST MINISTRIES
February 17 - 18, 2017: “Introductory Dynamics of DID.”
March 3, 2017: Level 1 “Spiritual Warfare for DID.”

THE TRAUMA CENTER OF THE JUSTICE RESOURCE CENTER 

National Action Partnership on Polyvictimization: Complex Trauma Webinar Series
The following webinars available as  web archives with downloadable slides.
“Diagnostic Issues in Polyvictimized Children and Adults.”
Presenter: Julian Ford (University of Connecticut Health Center Child Trauma Clinic )
“Polyvictimization Considerations in the Judicial System.”
Presenter: Julian Ford (University of Connecticut Health Center Child Trauma Clinic )
Biological and Developmental Impact of Polyvictimization.”
Presenter: Bessel van der Kolk (Trauma Center at JR)
“Polyvictimization and Sexual Exploitation of Young Girls and Women.”
Presenter: Lisa Goldblatt Grace (My Life My Choice Program )
“Polyvictimization and Sexual Exploitation of Young Boys and Men.”
Presenter: Steven Procopio (Trauma Center at JRI)
“Impact of Polyvictimization on K-12 Schools.”
Presenter: Christopher Blodgett (Washington State University)
“Polyvictimization and Urban Communities of Color.”
Presenters: Bradley Stolbach (Chicago Child Trauma Center)
Kathryn Bocanegra (Enlace Chicago)
Linda Rich (Drexel University College of Medicine)
“Impact of Polyvictimization on Early Learning.”
Presenters: Joshua Arvidson (Alaska Child Trauma Center)
Christopher Blodgett (Washington State University)
“Impact of Polyvictimization on LGBTQ Youth and Adults.”
Presenter: Aliza Yarrow (Trauma Center at JRI) 

Information: http://www.traumacenter.org/initiatives/Polyvictimization_Webinars_2014_rev.pdf