Letter from NESTTD's President

10 Feb 2020 1:49 PM | Carolinda Sterczala (Administrator)

by Carolinda Sterczala, MSW, LICSW, BCN

Letter from the President

The 2019-2020 season has been busy behind the scenes at NESTTD, so we’d like to take a moment to say hello to our membership and community.  

Check out our New Website!

Good news… we have a new website! NESTTD now has a cleaner look responsive (mobile friendly) site. The board had fun voting on color palettes and font choices that are on the site and will more and more be reflected in our email and marketing materials. We partnered with Molly Dee LLC who likes working with non-profits in a way that promotes good stewardship of precious resources while still providing a high quality product and we couldn’t be more grateful.  

Sooo Much of a Good Thing…

An extremely popular event brought new challenges, and new learning opportunities. The Dr. Janina Fisher workshop was attended by approximately 200 people even though there is parking for 140 at the museum, and lunch space for 150.  

I need to thank our tireless volunteers, and our dedicated Member Services Director, for the absolute rush of work that went into pulling off that event, which went very smoothly! But for sure we were at capacity in some important ways that will help us plan for the future.

There is More to Do Regarding the Traumas and Dissociations around Racism and Sociocultural Contexts in our Organization 

Our morning program with Dr. Usha Tummala-Narra on “Sociocultural Context and Traumatic Stress” was well attended, and is the second program in which the program committee directly answers our call for each committee to note that issues of racial and ethnic diversity need to be more actively addressed. We recognize that the traumas and dissociations around racism have often gone under-recognized and under-addressed in curriculums and practices and would like to counter that here. We recognize that while we have this aspiration, we are still an organization with a largely white audience and volunteer base, and the board continues to do its own work and look for opportunities for important structural changes. I am mentioning racial trauma specifically and on purpose, but the organization is aware of the intersectional aspects of identity and how care needs to be taken to respond to this in unfolding ways.  

35 Years of NESTTD means 35 Years of Dedicated Volunteers

What NESTTD does in providing 35 years of training for the identification and treatment of complex trauma and dissociation is not possible without the dedicated work of many volunteers.  Opportunities are available, from helping out on a one time basis to ongoing ways to ensure this work continues.  Please see our About Us Page  which has a list of committee chairs if you have any interest in finding out more.  You are always more than welcome to contact me, our Committee Chairs, or our Nomination Chair.  

Help Us Get the Word Out!!!

Please check our website for the upcoming schedule of events including ways to spread the word. Are your colleagues less familiar with Complex Trauma? Share this Fundamentals Registration Page about our annual event, this year on March 14th.  We look forward to seeing you for our final All-Day Saturday event with Toni Herbine-Blank MS, RN on April 4th, and our Friday Afternoon Series event with Joanne Twombly, LICSW on Friday  April 24th.  

Thank you for your continued interest in and support of NESTTD!


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