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.  NESTTD is an affiliate society of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD).

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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. 

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Roberta Fortgang, LICSW

I'm honored to introduce myself as the incoming 

President of NESTTD, particularly as we usher 

in our 30th Anniversary year.  First and foremost, I want to express my sincere gratitude to my predecessor,

Barbara Phillips, whose wisdom, energy, steadfast commitment, and creativity were the hallmarks of her two years as our President. Her inclusive leadership style continued to enable our remarkable, vibrant and fully committed Board to cohere and flourish. Barbara inherited the Presidency from Jessica Reed, current Chair of our Membership and 30th Anniversary Committees, whose principled leadership and dedication to community set the warm tone of friendly collaboration and openness which we've come to expect at NESTTD. 

We in the NESTTD community share a commitment to a special kind of work that can be both demanding and inspiring. My own journey in the mental health world began at The Cambridge Hospital in the 1970s during the exciting but ultimately unfulfilled movement known as “Deinstitutionalization.” I then became a graduate social work student (and later a faculty advisor) at Simmons College, which led me to further community-focused work at Brookline Community Mental Health Center. From there, I phased into private practice, which has continued for over 25 years. My clinical work has been greatly invigorated in recent years as I moved into the realm of current and evolving therapies developed to better meet the needs of traumatized individuals, and was welcomed into the warm embrace of NESTTD. I’m sure I’ve crossed paths with many of you over these years, and for those I’ve not yet met, I very much look forward to that opportunity.

As we progress into our next decade, NESTTD has much to offer not only to its members but to the larger therapeutic community. While most of us have found clinical and spiritual communities that coalesce around a particular model or orientation, NESTTD is uniquely valuable in transcending these variations to offer a common source of professional nurturance as we learn together. The field of trauma is evolving rapidly, and NESTTD keeps us abreast of new findings. As we continue to enhance our sense of community through efforts like the post-presentation lunch discussions, our organization is also a vehicle (as in the case of our successful Intro/Fundamentals program) to reach out to clinicians in diverse settings, to enable them to better identify and treat trauma and dissociation. We are an amazingly rich community, and every member can make a meaningful contribution. We encourage you to get involved. Let us persist together in finding ways that NESTTD can provide support to our intellect and spirit that we all need to carry on in our challenging but extraordinarily fulfilling work!

Most warmly,


Upcoming events - click event to register

05 Dec 2015 9:00 AM • Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library (National Heritage Museum) Lexington, MA
05 Dec 2015 2:00 PM • The Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library, Lexington, MA
30 Jan 2016 9:00 AM • Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library (National Heritage Museum) Lexington, MA
02 Apr 2016 9:00 AM • Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library (National Heritage Museum) Lexington, MA
02 Apr 2016 2:00 PM • The Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library, Lexington, MA

NESTTD  PO Box 6011
Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-325-3542
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