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The New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation (NESTTD) is an organization devoted to providing education, training, 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.


Spencer Nineberg, LICSW

Dear Members,

This has been a very fine year for NESTTD. Our programs were well attended and well received judging by the overwhelmingly positive evaluations. They were fascinating as well as practical. And I know many of us found there was much that was immediately useful to take back to our daily work. Many thanks to our Program Committee and co-chairs, Wendy Forbush and Rina Dubin for working their magic once again. And a special thanks to all who worked behind the scenes on advertising, publicity, venue details and registration, Pam Goodspeed; the OP Committee headed by Barbara Phillips and Roger Abdell; and the Membership Committee co-chaired by Jessica Reed and Sandrine Aegerter.


Our annual Fundamentals program is where we teach the fundamentals of working with trauma and dissociation to students and colleagues who are either new to the mental health professions and/or a trauma focus. This daylong program presented the challenge of finding a suitable venue and getting the word out. I want to offer a special thanks to all who pitched in this year to make it such a success.

This is a time of change behind the scenes at the committee and board level- even our Member Services Director is changing! Pam Goodspeed, who has been with us for 2 years, will be retiring in July and heading off to a year of adventure travelling the country with her husband. We will miss her friendly, warm presence at our events and her efficient work behind the scenes. In July, Shelly Schweizer, a former colleague of Pam’s, will take Pam’s place. Shelly has been working for the past 5 years at the Massachusetts Psychological Association and brings a lot of experience with marketing, social media, and writing. We look forward to having her join us. Another loss for us is that Meri Fox will be leaving the board. We have been privileged to have had her with us for 10 years! In her position of Member-at-Large, Meri has often brought a fresh and original perspective to our discussions and we have come to rely on her wisdom and clarity. She will be missed. In July, we will be welcoming both Carol Lambert and Gail Hardenburgh as Board Members-At-Large and we look forward to that.

Another big change starting in July is that Carolinda Sterczola will become the President-elect, beginning a year of preparation to become President in July 2018. With her deep understanding of trauma and her broad grasp of social and political context, Carolinda will be an excellent president. I look forward to working with her. Other changes are that Isa Mattei will leave her position of Board Secretary to become co-chair of the Membership Committee along with Sandrine Aegerter. This will free up Jessica Reed who has been wearing many hats, including that of Treasurer. Many thanks to Jessica for her generous and good–natured care of NESTTD for so many years. Her loving and thorough attention to a myriad of details is truly astonishing.

Regarding programming, some interesting and exciting changes are afoot. We will be adding 2 new programs as part of our new
Friday Afternoon Series, organized by Roberta Fortgang. The addition of this series will allow us to present programs geared for a smaller audience, including an experiential component, when possible, on more of the topics and therapeutic models that have been requested by many of you. Lana Epstein will start us off with Sensorimotor Psychotherapy on Oct. 13. Also new, for next year only, is a change in that we are offering 2 all-day programs, a one-day event with a program in the morning and another in the afternoon, and one traditional half-day program. The fee structure will be different, too. Included with your membership will be 2 half-day programs and a reduction on the fees for the 2 all day programs. For more about our exciting upcoming year see the article from the Program Committee.

We look forward to seeing you at NESTTD starting in September!

Spencer Nineberg, President NESTTD

Upcoming events - click event to register

03 Feb 2018 9:00 AM • Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library (National Heritage Museum) 33 Marrett Rd. Lexington, MA 02421
03 Feb 2018 1:15 PM • Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library (National Heritage Museum) 33 Marrett Rd. Lexington, MA 02421
14 Apr 2018 9:00 AM • Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library 33 Marrett Road, Lexington, MA 02421
27 Apr 2018 1:00 PM • Farr Conference Center at the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library (National Heritage Museum) 33 Marrett Rd. Lexington, MA 02421