New England Society for the 
Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation



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The New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation (NESTTD) is an organization devoted to providing training, information and resources on the effective treatment of psychological trauma, complex trauma and dissociation.

Founded in 1984, NESTTD is incorporated as a nonprofit organization. The society has its headquarters in Massachusetts and has members from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. 

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Workshop Handouts

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Video Library

NESTTD has made available to its members the “Mining the Treasures of our Membership” video series. The focus of this interview series is on members of our community who have not been NESTTD presenters and are held in high regard for his or her contribution in the area(s) of leadership, teaching, training, trauma theory, or innovations of clinical practice. 

To access these videos, please log in at the left and go to the Members Area using the side navigation bar. Click on Video Library and follow the instructions to view the videos. We hope you enjoy this series.


Dear Members, 

This is a time of challenge and excitement for NESTTD and, as I enter the home stretch of my presidency, I am pleased to share the latest 

developments with you.

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NESTTD is like no other organization in New England. It focuses on a singular mission of keeping our members up to date on the latest research, sophisticated theory, and powerful treatment strategies in the field of trauma and dissociation.  As you may know, aside from one part-time employee, we are propelled and maintained solely by the time and effort of a diligent and dedicated group of volunteers.  Funded entirely by your dues, and thanks to our Program Committee, we work hard to bring you top-notch speakers. The past year has featured workshops by Dan Hughes, Aline Zolbrod, Joanne Twombly, and Constance Dalenberg, not to mention the excellent clinician-teachers who make our annual Fundamentals program so successful.


It has also become clear to us, that in order for NESTTD to continue to thrive and develop, we need to address the financial reality that our incoming funds barely cover the cost of speakers.

To allow our members and other attendees to hear the leading voices in our field, some of them “imported” from afar, we will need to increase our dues this July.  With a bit more of a financial cushion, we can better fulfill our goal to engage these top local and national names and keep you abreast of current research and treatment approaches. For example, in response to many member requests, we're very excited that next September Bruce Ecker and Sara Bridges are coming for a major 2-day event! (Please read more about this in Program Committee's report.)  

But the best way to ensure the vitality of our organization is to expand our membership, and ever since last summer’s Board planning retreat, your Board has been generating plans to spread the word.  We're developing new ways to publicize our offerings by enhancing our web site (you’ve already seen some added features, and more are on the way) and, for the first time, beginning to make serious use of social media.  We are also exploring ways to more optimally communicate and collaborate with other New England organizations. 

As we commence this new chapter in the life of NESTTD, we want and need your input and involvement.  Our committees (Membership; Outreach & Publicity; and Program) do yeoman’s work, but could do an even better job with more members (hint, hint). 

I thank you all for having the opportunity to serve as your president, and look forward to joining you in helping our organization move forward, face its challenges, and flourish.

With gratitude,


Upcoming events - click event to register

17 Sep 2016 9:00 AM (EDT) • Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library 33 Marrett Road, Lexington, MA 02421
18 Sep 2016 9:00 AM (EDT) • Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library 33 Marrett Road, Lexington, MA 02421
03 Dec 2016 9:00 AM (EST) • Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library (National Heritage Museum) 33 Marrett Rd. Lexington, MA 02421

NESTTD  PO Box 6011
Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-325-3542
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