About Us

NESTTD provides a community for professionals who understand the profound effects of severe and prolonged trauma and who share an excitement about learning new developments in this rapidly expanding field. You are welcome to come to any of our quarterly workshops. These workshops are given by distinguished clinicians and researchers in the field of trauma. Please see our Calendar to find out about upcoming speakers.

Better yet, become a member and you can come to the two half-day workshops for free as part of your membership benefits. Our policy is to keep membership rates low so check them out in the Members section. You'll be able to read about all the other benefits of membership, too.

There are many ways you can get involved in the organization and get to know us. Please look at the Committees section to find a committee that interests you. Did you know that we hold an annual Fundamentals day long workshop intended for clinicians who are just beginning to understand the nature of complex PTSD and dissociation? You can read about it in the Fundamentals section

We believe it is important to have a community, so come to our meetings. You will find we are a very friendly and welcoming group!

Our Mission

The mission of The New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation (NESTTD) is to provide professionals who treat traumatic stress, complex trauma, and the dissociative disorders with highly collegial, affordable training from professionals at the top of this rapidly expanding field of treatment.

NESTTD is a 501c6 non-profit organization which was founded in 1984. It is staffed primarily by volunteers, with the exception of its Member Services Director. 

What We Do

NESTTD Provides Consistently Excellent Programs for Clinicians:

All clinicians find themselves to be “Trauma Therapists”  some of the time. NESTTD will help you to be prepared, responsive and effective.   

Many clinicians and researchers understand the profound effects of severe and prolonged trauma, and want to know how to bring the best care to clients with this history. Fortunately, there are many new developments in this rapidly expanding body of knowledge. NESTTD has been providing excellent, affordable and ongoing education regarding the Identification and Treatment of Complex Trauma and Dissociation since 1984. Please see our Calendar to find out about upcoming speakers, browse recent events, see who else beyond clinicians and researchers attends, and to register. We gather clinical and research experts from around the nation and beyond to help us grow in our field.   

New to Trauma and Dissociation?

Many students and clinicians are new to Complex Trauma, or particularly to Dissociation. Dive right in to learning with us. You are welcome at any of our events, but may be especially interested in our “Fundamentals” day-long workshop, which takes place in March. This workshop is designed for students and clinicians who are just beginning to understand the nature of these topics. You can read more about the program in the Fundamentals section of our website.

Ongoing Community with Membership in NESTTD:

NESTTD is a member organization made up of professionals from related disciplines who are interested in the study and treatment of Complex Trauma and Dissociation. We come together to learn from one another and from our invited speakers. One of our primary goals is to increase connection and collegiality. If you plan to attend more than one event, consider joining us as a member!Membership in NESTTD includes free admittance to two morning programs a year, as well as discounts on most other programming. We also offer member-only features on our website, and access to our member community for questions and referrals. NESTTD recognizes the work agency employees do with specialized rates, and also offers reduced rates to students and retired clinician. Check out the Members section of our website for more information and for sign-up instructions, and continue your learning with us. You will find we are a very friendly and welcoming group!

Board of Directors

2018-2019 Board of Directors


Deborah Hughes, LICSW


Carolinda Sterczala, MSW


Jessica Reed, LICSW


Carol Lambert



Rina Dubin,  Ed.D

Ellen McCarthy, LICSW

Gail Hardenbergh MSW


Debbie Hughes, LICSW


All committees welcome new members. If you are interested in volunteering to serve on a committee, please contact Meredith Branagan at or one of the Committee Chairs, below.

Nominating Committee

Carolinda Sterczala, MSW

The Nominating Committee has the responsibility for identifying qualified candidates for the Board of Directors. The Committee presents a slate of candidates to the Society at annual elections, oversees the voting process, and announces the results.

Finance Committee

Jessica Reed, LICSW

The Finance Committee is responsible for the development of financial policies for NESTTD. We create the annual budget and make finance-related recommendations. We also audit NESTTD’s financial records. 

Outreach & Publicity Committee

Barbara Phillips, PhD

The Outreach & Publicity Committee owns the vital role of ensuring that information about NESTTD events is disseminated as widely as possible to individuals and agencies. We compile and maintain a list of agencies and associated contacts. We also identify educational institutions with training programs in psychological trauma and encourage graduate students to join NESTTD. We encourage interested members to join us!

Friday Afternoon Series (FAS) Committee

Roberta Fortang, LICSW

The FAS Committee has full responsibility for our two Friday Afternoon programs.  The committee members identify and invite appropriate speakers and handle all of the logistical details associated with the events.

Membership Committee

Ellen McCarthy, LICSW and Amy Wells

The Membership Committee actively seeks and encourages membership applications from qualified persons in the field of psychotherapy who are interested in the study and treatment of trauma and dissociation. This committee is driven by a mission to infuse NESTTD’s identity with a networking and community building potential. It implements ways to welcome and include new members at quarterly meetings, assesses and meets the networking and collegial needs of existing members, manages the on-line discussion group and forums, creates opportunities for professional networking during and outside of the quarterly meetings, updates and maintains the Membership list and the Therapy Referral list of the NESTTD web site, and conducts periodic surveys to assess members’ needs and priorities.

Program Committee

Sandy Dixon & Alexandra Wells

The Program Committee is responsible for choosing the topics and speakers for the four quarterly NESTTD programs and coordinating with the speakers on their presentations. To make informed decisions, the committee members solicit input from NESTTD colleagues and membership surveys, and share knowledge from journals, trainings, ISSTD conferences, and clinical experience. It is not necessary to have a lot of experience to be a valued participant in this committee. Since the committee has enough “old-timers” we eagerly welcome those who are newer to the field.  The Program Committee has the ability to find a niche for those who want to learn along with more experienced colleagues. We meet about three times a year and conduct most of our business via email.

Our Policies


All fees paid to NESTTD support our mission of providing education, training, and resources on the effective treatment of psychological trauma, complex trauma, and dissociation.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Registrants may cancel their registration for a program and receive a full refund by contacting the Member Services Director, Meredith Branagan, at or 508-964-2234 up tos even (7) days prior to the scheduled program. No refund or credit under any circumstances will be available for cancellations outside of the established time line set in this Refund and Cancellation Policy, unless an event is cancelled by NESTTD, or the Program Venue is closed due to inclement weather.

Inclement Weather Policy 

Please see this site after 5:30 a.m. on the day of the event for updates.


Our liability is limited to refunds for program fees only, in the above prescribed circumstances. NESTTD is not responsible for any statements, acts, materials, or omissions by our presenters or participants. The use of audio and video taping devices or other recording devices by program participants is not permitted. Children and unregistered guests are not permitted at the programs.

Financial Assistance

In keeping with our mission, our hope is that NESTTD serves a diverse population of mental health students and professionals interested in deepening their understanding of trauma and dissociation. We work hard to make our high quality programming affordable, but if cost is keeping you from attending, please contact us. You can reach our Member Services Director, Meredith Branagan, at Though we hope to always be able to offer reduced rates and financial help to get our information out to a wider circle, we will need to do this based on the health and strength of our finances.

Privacy Policy

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Hingham, MA 02043
(508) 964-2234
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