The European Society for Trauma and Dissociation (ESTD) was founded in April 2006, holding its Trustees inaugural board meeting, followed by its first two-day conference at the UEA in Norwich.
The ESTD-UK network was formed shortly afterwards, working to fulfil the ESTD aims: -
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
The ESTD-UK network supports research and develops training that is easily and financially accessible.
This is achieved through a progressive training programme, written and presented by experienced clinicians alongside experts by experience, online training courses, and a biennial conference. Working closely with other like-minded UK organisations it produces resources using a variety of mediums and through networking, secures as good an outcome as possible for people seeking help.
The ESTD-UK has a well-established commitment to provide those unable to attend the main ESTD biennial conference with an opportunity to hear some of their UK colleagues’ presentations at a UK based conference in the intervening year. This is the second two-day event.
A ground-breaking action at the 2017 conference was the forming and establishing of an online peer support group by over thirty NHS workers.
This conference is a time to celebrate the depth and breadth of how far the UK has come in the last 25 years, whilst acknowledging that there is still a lot of work to do. By attending you will have a chance to feel part of and supported in this continuing work.
These two days reflect the ESTD-UK ethos of ‘Practical Training for People in Practice’ and providing ‘accessible learning’ by keeping the costs as low as possible.
First Person Plural – dissociative identity disorder association
FPP is a UK membership charity that works for and on behalf of survivors of child abuse/trauma who have dissociative identity disorder, DID. It was founded in 1997. In 2018, Kathryn Livingston, the co-founder was awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for ‘services to people with dissociative identity disorder’.
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.
FPP responds to e-mails which regularly 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 FPP is 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.
FPP concentrates on providing commissioned training, which allows its resources to be maximised to advance a better understanding by health, social care and other related professions and can lead to better outcomes for DID survivors. This allows the provision of bespoke training, thus ensuring that the commissioning organisation’s needs are fully met.
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.