First Blog, First Impressions

11 Jan 2020 5:43 PM | NESTTD Administration (Administrator)

by Meredith Branagan, MBA

Welcome to our first blog of 2020! In the future, this space will offer insightful pieces about the latest issues and treatment methodologies in the areas of Trauma and Dissociation, but for this first blog, I’d like to tell you about a few of the amazing things I’ve noticed as I’ve completed my first six months as Member Services Director of NESTTD. 

Our Mission

I came to NESTTD from Corporate America, where I spent 35 years crunching numbers and worrying about results. In business, most of the time the “mission” is always the same: the bottom line. There are always other pursuits, like innovation and philanthropy, but the most important goal for most corporations is to provide a healthy return to its shareholders. So it is a real treat for me to be working for an organization whose overriding goal is to enhance the careers of mental health professionals. I am thrilled to be working with an organization in which the bottom line is second on the list (or maybe even fourth or fifth). Our goals include:

  • Providing 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.

  • Serving as a networking group in which clinicians can learn from their peers while educating them in their own field of expertise

  • Offering resources to patients and providers alike, including referrals.

  • Assisting clinicians in reaching their Continuing Education goals.

Hmmm…maybe that bottom line just fell to fifth or sixth on the list. Or maybe it’s not on the list at all.

Our Leadership

When I came to NESTTD, I came from a company with 100,000+ employees to an organization of, well, one employee:  me! If you can believe it, the multitude of people who have kept this organization going for 35+ years are volunteers! When you think of volunteers, you might think of the teenagers sloshing suds on cars for band camp, the nice lady who brings you newspapers in the hospital, or maybe the room mothers who ran your child’s school field trips. While those people are all great, our leadership team takes volunteering to a whole new level. Our volunteers:

  • Identify experts in the fields of Trauma and Dissociation, and convince them to share their knowledge with us

  • Locate ideal venues and organize audiovisual needs, catering, and even transportation

  • Drive membership through networking events

  • Serve as web designers

  • Manage budgets and accounting statements

  • Ensure compliance with a host of legal requirements and regulations 

….and do a million other things I’ve either forgotten or haven’t seen yet. They do all this while running busy practices, while working in agencies, while providing services in hospitals, and while being parents, caretakers and spouses. Honestly sometimes I get tired just watching them! We are truly fortunate to have such a dedicated group of professionals donating their time and talents to our cause

Our Website

Anyone who’s visited our website in the past probably has appreciated its modern style, its brief but to the point content, its adaptability to all devices and the ease of navigation, right? Well….maybe not. Maybe not until now that is! If you haven’t had a chance yet, look around our site – on your laptop, on your phone, and on your tablet. What have we done?

  • Created a more appealing look and feel

  • Streamlined our current content and will be adding new material, like regular blogs!

  • Made our site intuitive and easy to navigate

  • Improved visibility on all devices, including phones and tablets

We haven’t taken anything away: the members only area, the program signup capability, info on our programs and presenters, event the Refer-A-Therapist section are all still there. Everything just looks better and is easier to find. Having said that, can we do better? We’d love your feedback on our new design! Drop us an email at and let us know what you think.

These are just a few of the great things I’ve noticed about NESTTD over the past six months. I promise all of our blogs won’t usually be all about us, but I just had to share my first impressions. Keep watching this space for interesting and original content. If you’re a member and would like to write a blog, please let us know. And if you’re not quite brave enough to take pen in hand, send us your ideas!

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