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European Society for Trauma and Disociation – UK network – ESTD-UK

ESTD-UK is a professional network consisting of UK members of the European Society for Trauma & Dissociation (ESTD).  The latter was established in 2006 as a professional society and ESTD-UK formed shortly after.  The society is for clinicians, academics, and researchers with a professional interest in the field of complex traumatic dissociation, and also for official representatives of constituted national organisations who are actively engaged in education, service provision or research in the field of complex traumatic dissociation.

ESTD-UK  has an established training faculty, produces information resources and provides professional networking opportunities, including stimulating and contributing to research projects.  Collaboration with experts-by- experience is a core aspect of its ethos.

ESTD-UK works within the UK to fulfil the aims of ESTD:

  • To promote an increase in the knowledge of Trauma, Dissociation and all disorders related to chronic traumatization
  • To provide professional and public education about dissociation, trauma and trauma-related disorders.
  • To support communication and cooperation among clinicians and other professionals in the field of dissociation and trauma
  • To stimulate national and international research projects

With a motto of Practical Training for People in Practice ESTD-UK continues to develop good quality minimal cost training which is accessible within the UK and beyond. This is achieved through a progressive training programme developed and presented by some of the most experienced clinicians in the UK in an equal partnership with professional trainers who are experts through lived experience from First Person Plural (FPP).  This programme now includes the online courses available on this site.

Additionally, ESTD-UK has contributed to a range of information & training resources in collaboration with relevant UK organisations, including First Person Plural, Trauma & Abuse Group, Pottergate Centre for Dissociation & Trauma, and the Clinic for Dissociative Studies. It also runs biennial conferences. All training and resources are low cost (with some resources being free to access) and any profits are invested into developing further training and supportive material.

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First Person Plural – dissociative identity disorder association

FPP is a UK membership charity working for and on behalf of survivors of child abuse/trauma who have dissociative identity disorder, DID. It was founded in 1997. 

Our aims are:

  • To promote knowledge,  understanding and recognition by health, social-care and other related professionals; in order to improve trauma-informed service provision and access to specialist assessments with effective treatment and care pathways leading to better outcomes for DID survivors.
  • To encourage and facilitate mutual support and information sharing  between DID survivors, their   partners, family, friends, and    professional carers.
  • To advance the education of the    public in order to promote better understanding and acceptance of DIDs survivors in general society and the wider community.

FPP’s membership services include online mutual support forums for full members; e.g. those members who have DID and newsletters, written mostly by survivors, giving helpful insights into the reality of living with DID.

We regularly respond to e-mails which include requests for how to find a pathway leading to a diagnosis, therapeutic help, peer support and how to navigate the benefits system. Having established strong working links with many UK organisations we are able to provide information and offer supportive resources including a copy of its first training film ‘A Logical Way of Being’. This helps people to introduce DID and educate friends, family, colleagues and whenever possible mental health teams.

First Person Plural has been providing training in understanding and supporting survivors of   childhood trauma and complex dissociation since the late 1990’s.  This includes working   collaboratively with ESTD-UK and other organisations. Our professional trainers have been described as inspirational. They have a wealth of knowledge and experience including personal lived experience of dissociative identity disorder.

Our training is designed to flexibly meet the needs of anyone whose patients, clients, service users or friends/family include survivors of  childhood abuse or trauma. Clinicians of every discipline and others working with this client group have valued our courses and other continuing professional development sessions. This has been true whatever their existing level of knowledge and experience.

Most of the training we deliver  is  commissioned by other organisations or groups to be delivered in-house for their own staff /  volunteers. We offer a choice of  pre-designed courses  which we have delivered successfully many times. Alternatively, we are able to design  bespoke training packages or provide facilitators / speakers for shorter seminar / awareness-raising type sessions or for your own conferences. FPP participates in relevant consultations and campaigns, as well as contributing to some NHS Trusts’ trauma and dissociation training programmes and strategy writing.

FPP has worked closely with the ESTD-UK over many years, helping in planning, writing and presenting training; contributing significantly to the online learning programme and the construction of the ESTD-UK website. The two organisations demonstrate how genuine, collaborative working can transform others learning experiences. The ESTD-UK clinicians generous contribution to FPP’s work and training films compliments FPP’s equally strong commitment to the continuing development of the ESTD-UK.