7th Biennial ESTD Conference

Body and Mind in a New Perspective


Anca Sabau, Romania (Chair)
Giovanni Tagliavini, Italy (Chair)
Maria Paola Boldrini, Italy
Paola Bertulli, Italy
Camilla Marzocchi, Italy
Paolo Calini, Italy
Paolo Ricci, Italy
Monica Romei, Italy
Alessia Tomba, Italy

Andrew Moskowitz, Germany
Benedetto Farina, Italy
Suzette Boom, The Netherlands
Ellen Kjaeruif Jepsen, Norway
Igor Pietkiewicz, Poland
Renée Marks, UK
Adriano Schimmenti, Italy
Giovanni Tagliavini, Italy


December 1, 2018 – Registration on line is open at ‘early bird fees’

November 15, 2018 – Abstract submission on line is closed

January 31, 2019 – Hotel booking is open at ‘congress negotiated rates’

March 15, 2019  – Final call for submission of abstracts

April 15, 2019 – Presenters will receive confirmation of acceptance or not of their proposals

May 31, 2019 – Deadline for registration on line at ‘early bird fees’

May 31, 2019 – Hotel booking at ‘congress negotiated rates’ is closed

August 19, 2019 – Deadline for registration on line at ‘standard registration fees’

October 10, 2019 – Deadline for registration on line – after this date you may register on site

Scientific Program


Click here for preliminary program outline with parallel sessions


PARALLEL SESSIONS PRELIMINARY PROGRAM with your presentations in detail at the following link


ABSTRACTS at the following links for your easy reference


Thursday, Oct. 24
9:00 – 9:30

#1 – Suzette Boon, Dolores Mosquera, Kathy Steele
Working with Integration Failures Across Diagnostic Categories in Complex Trauma and Dissociation
#2 – Anabel Gonzalez
Working on Conversion Disorder: Somatoform Dissociation and Emotion Dysregulation
#3 – Renée Potgieter Marks
Unspeakable Trauma: Exploring Prenatal and Preverbal Trauma and Dissociation in Children and Adolescents
#4 – Luca Ostacoli
Neurobiologically-based EMDR Therapy of Trauma and Dissociation in Depression
#5 – Lisa Schwarz
Understanding Paradoxes and Negotiating Obstacles in Complex Dissociative Patients: Case Conceptualization and Clinical Treatment with CRM (Comprehensive Resource Model)
Anca Sabau, Romania (Chair)
Giovanni Tagliavini, Italy (Chair)
18:30 – 19:30
Michela Marzano (France/Italy)
From “I think” to the frailty of the human condition:
the contradictions of existence
19:30 – 21:00
Friday, Oct. 25
8:30 – 18:30
09:00 – 10:00
Kathy Steele (USA)
Embedded Suffering, Embodied Self:
The Developmental Journey of the Trauma Therapist
10:00 – 10:30 COFFEE-BREAK
10:30 – 12:00 PARALLEL SESSION I
12:00 – 13:15 LUNCH & POSTER PITCHES
14:50 – 15:45 PLENARY SESSION II
Martin Dorahy (New Zealand)
Dissociative identity disorder:
An exploration of shame, inter-identity amnesia and voice hearing
15:45 – 16:15 COFFEE-BREAK
17:45 – 18:30 MEMBERS MEETING
20:00 – 23:00
SOCIAL DINNER (optional)
Venue downtown
Saturday, Oct. 26
8:30 – 17:00
Benedetto Farina (Italy)
Are dissociation and dis-integration two separate pathogenic processes related to trauma?
10:00 – 10:30 COFFEE-BREAK
13:15 – 14:45 PARALLEL SESSION V
14:50 – 15:45 PLENARY SESSION IV
Ellert Nijenhuis (The Netherlands)
Enactive trauma therapy: Bridging mind, brain, body and world
16:15 – 16:30
Private tours of Rome
Social events
Farewell party
(all optionals)

Keynote speakers

Just a few words about the background of the main speakers (in alphabetical order):
Martin Dorahy, PhD, DClinPsych, is a clinical psychologist and professor in the Department of Psychology, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.
He is the director of clinical psychology trainin     g at the University. He has a clinical, research and theoretical interest in self-conscious emotions (e.g., shame) and complex trauma and dissociative disorders.
He has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and co-edited four books in the area of psychotraumatology.
He is a Past President (2017) of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), and former co-editor of the ESTD’s newsletter.
He maintains a clinical practice, focused primarily on the adult sequelae of childhood relational trauma.
Benedetto Farina, PhD, is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist, and a Full Professor of Clinical Psychology at the European University of Rome.
He is member of the Scientific Committee of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), a member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation and of the International Journal of Multidisciplinary Trauma Studies.
In 2015 he was given the ISSTD Richard P. Kluft Award for Best Article published in the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation.
Michela Marzano, PhD, is an Italian philosopher who lives and works in Paris.
Professor of moral philosophy at the ‘Université Paris Descartes’, she studied at the ‘Scuola Normale Superiore’ in Pisa, where she graduated in philosophy.
Author of plenty of essayes and articles on moral and plitical philosophy. She published in Italy, among others ‘Volevo essere una farfalla’ (2011), Avere fiducia (2012), L’amore è tutto: é tutto ciò che so dell’amore (2014), L’amore che mi resta (2017), Idda (2019).
Ellert R.S. Nijenhuis, Ph.D., is a psychologist, psychotherapist and researcher.
He has engaged in the diagnosis and treatment of severely traumatized patients for more than three decades and teaches and writes extensively on the themes of trauma-related dissociation and dissociative disorders.
Dr. Nijenhuis is a consultant at Clienia Littenheid, Switzerland, and collaborates with several European universities.
With Onno van der Hart and Kathy Steele, he co-authored the award-winning 2006 book The Haunted Self: Structural Dissociation and the Treatment of Chronic Traumatization (Norton, New York). The first two volumes of his magnum opus The Trinity of Trauma: Ignorance, Fragility, and Control (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen) was published in 2015; the third volume, subtitled Enactive Trauma Therapy, was published in April 2017.
The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation has granted him several awards over the past few years, including the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Kathy Steele, MN, CS has been a psychotherapist in Atlanta, Georgia for over three decades, and is an Adjunct Faculty at Emory University.
Kathy is a Fellow and a past President of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD).
She has received a number of awards for her clinical and published works and has authored numerous publications in the field of trauma and dissociation, including three books.
She frequently lectures internationally on topics related to trauma, dissociation, attachment, and therapeutic resistance and impasses.

Pre-Conference Workshops

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS will take place on Thursday, October 24th.

Please select the workshop you would like to attend in the registration form.
Pre-conference workshops are not included in the conference registration fee.

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP #1 – Suzette Boon, Dolores Mosquera, Kathy Steele

Working with Integration Failures Across Diagnostic Categories in Complex Trauma and Dissociation
Presented by: Suzette Boon, Dolores Mosquera, & Kathy Steele

This workshop will focus on the essential assessment and treatment of the subtle clinical differences among clients with Borderline and other Personality Disorder, Complex PTSD, and OSDD-Type 1 and Dissociative Identity Disorder. Although there are many similarities and overlaps, these groups can be distinguished by the severity and clusters of dissociative symptoms. These distinctions have treatment implications, which will be highlighted during the workshop. Participants will learn how to use detailed assessment of both diagnostic and clinical differences in complex trauma and dissociation as part of a thorough case conceptualization that also considers the client’s capacities to engage in treatment. Participants will learn how to distinguish between ego states, borderline modes, and dissociative parts, as well as learn positive and negative symptoms and other subtle signs of complex dissociation. We will discuss when it may and may not be helpful to use the concepts of “parts.” We will also focus on practical integrative approaches to treating clients across this broad spectrum of trauma-related diagnoses, including how to work with challenging avoidance strategies and resistance. Video vignettes will illustrate complex diagnostic and treatment issues.


Working on conversion disorder: Somatoform dissociation and emotion dysregulation
Presented by: Anabel Gonzalez

Somatoform dissociation has been related to early, severe, and chronic traumatization, including early attachment disturbances. Conversion disorders are not homogeneous conditions, presenting different levels and subtypes of concurrent psychoform dissociation and emotion dysregulation. In this workshop this diagnostic group will be described, including different clinical pictures, and presenting some proposals of clinical interventions.
Some aspects included in this workshop are the different types of dysfuncional emotion regulation, conversion symptoms as peripheral or nuclear phenomena in different patients, the different types of conversion manifestations and their neurobiological underpinnings, and the connections between conversion symptoms and early attachment issues.
All these aspects are in the basis of the clinical interventions that are proposed, illustrated through clinical vignettes and video cases.

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP #3 – Renée Potgieter Marks

Unspeakable Trauma: Exploring Prenatal and Preverbal Trauma and Dissociation in Children and Adolescents
Presented by: Renée Potgieter Marks

It is sometimes accepted that prenatal and preverbal trauma might impact the child on long term, but at the same time most professionals are still uncertain whether it is possible to actually access these memories, because the children ‘cannot remember’ or ‘cannot speak about it’.
This training will explore the theory and long terms impact on children and adolescents of living with prenatal and preverbal trauma and dissociation. The main focus of this training will, however, be on accessing the prenatal and preverbal trauma and dissociation and the treatment process.
The training will include multiple therapeutic techniques and tools that can be used to enable children and adolescents to explore their earliest traumatic experiences. This will be done at the hand of practical case studies, children’s drawings, photographic information of sessions and videos about actual sessions. It will also include the use of EMDR/BLS during this process.


Neurolobiologically-based EMDR Therapy of Trauma and Dissociation in Depression
Presented by: Luca Ostacoli

Depression is a world leading cause of disability, with enormous human and social costs. The relationship with self and others is compromised. Attention is directed inward, with a detachment from resources, rumination, and a blaming and judging attitude. In addition, the window of tolerance may be very narrow, with activation shifting between hyper- and hypo-arousal and limited space for free contact with feelings and thoughts. Anhedonia and impotence may reduce motivation both in the client and in the therapist. The modern conceptualization of dissociation helped to distinguish how its role is transversal to diagnostic categories and affects their treatments.The presence of dissociation in depression increases difficulties in processing trauma, reinforcing harsh vicious circles. Research in “affective neuroscience” opens to new promising developments, offering the possibility to “tailor” psychotherapeutic treatments to individual neurobiological profiles, based on the close connection between Central and Autonomic Nervous System in affective processing and in relational engagement. Porges’ Polyvagal Theory is widely used as a functional model of autonomic arousal but its efficacy can be improved integrating it with new models of Central Nervous System processing. Richard Davidson identified six neurobiologically grounded “Emotional Styles”,reflecting activity levels in specific and identifiable brain circuits. Each dimension is a continuum according to the degree of activation.In our center at the Clinical Psychology Service at University of Turin, we developed EMDR and Mindful approaches based on these neurobiological findings. The workshop will focus on these integrative tools for a comprehensive neurobiologically-based EMDR treatment of trauma and dissociation in depression, choosing some techniques with the best ratio between simplicity and effectiveness. These techniques will be described in their subsequent steps and illustrated with audio visual clinical material.


Understanding Paradoxes and Negotiating Obstacles in Complex Dissociative Patients: Case Conceptualization and Clinical Treatment with CRM (Comprehensive Resource Model)
Presented by: Lisa Schwarz

The treatment of complex dissociation requires a significant amount of time and energy focused on dismantling and transforming obstacles to the healing work. Obstacles are sourced in fears of the therapeutic process, change and the responsibility of free will, along with aversion to embodiment and a changed relationship to self and others. Examples include but are not limited to: substantial emotional and behavioral dysregulation, refusal to resource, increase in between-session crises, perpetration of pain on self/others, addiction relapse and flare-ups of medical conditions. Disarming intolerable paradox, a state of holding the chronic tension of opposites for which there is no “solution”, is not only necessary for successful obstacle work but also throughout the course of treatment. An initial source of this untenable state is the paradox of early attachment (i.e, ‘I need to attach to survive but attaching makes me feel like I will die’). These manifest cognitively, behaviorally, emotionally and somatically in the client and require an understanding of the origins and clinical interventions needed to render paradox powerless in perpetuating blocks to healing.
The Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM) is an emotion-focused treatment model which facilitates healing of traumatic experiences; the solid neurobiological foundation of this model was developed by Dr. Frank Corrigan. CRM includes an internally-sourced scaffold of resources which are attachment related and somatically developed, the sequencing and combination of which provide the opportunity for affective responses to be dismantled while the client is fully aware. The resources in CRM are used as a framework from which to experience the intolerable as tolerable and consequently clients are not re-traumatized by the therapeutic process itself. CRM appears to allow individuals to orient fully towards the most frightening material, accessing and clearing the origin of the split-second moments of survival threat and intolerable affects which are sourced in the midbrain and driving sub-cortical and cortical defense responses (obstacles) and which are an inherent element of paradox.

Abstracts submission CLOSED

Abstract submission closed March 15th, 2019

Dear colleagues,

We would like to invite you to submit an abstract for the 7th ESTD conference, whose theme is:

The Legacy of Trauma and Dissociation – Body and Mind in a New Perspective”.

What is the legacy of trauma and dissociation? Body and mind in a new perspective – disjointed, out of kilter, like a Picasso painting. Trauma, and dissociation, affect not only the mind and the body, but importantly the relation between the two. Healing from traumatizing experiences requires a new, different body/mind relationship – a person must not only learn to feel safe in their body again but must develop a new body/mind/world perspective, informed by what they have gone through and what they have learned. ‘Legacy’ also refers to history – an issue one is always aware of in Rome. What is the history of our field? What ‘legacies’ would we want to pass on to the next generation of trauma and dissociation clinicians, researchers and theorists?

As such, the themes of the body, body/mind relationships, and history are imbedded in our conference theme. Abstracts would be particularly sought on these themes, but you are welcome to submit abstracts on a wide range of topics relevant to the field of trauma and dissociation. These can be clinical in nature, presentations of research findings, or theoretical proposals.
These are some of the themes we welcome you to submit abstracts on a Possible topics might be:

  • Trauma & the body
  • EMDR & related therapies
  • Stage 1/Phase 1 treatment
  • Treatment of DID
  • Therapeutic relationship
  • Art & expressive therapies
  • Trauma & literature
  • Political, social & cultural perspectives on trauma and dissociation
  • Child & adolescent
  • Attachment
  • Novel (therapeutic) approaches
  • Assessment, differential diagnosis & comorbidity
  • Neuroscience
  • Therapeutic issues
  • Experts by experience perspectives
  • Secondary or vicarious traumatization
  • Conceptual issues

Conference presentation formats will include symposia, panels, papers, mini-workshops (i.e., 90 minutes) and posters. Information on each of these formats will be available online.

Submissions should be original and of interest to the scientific, clinical, administrative, policy, or theoretical work of ESTD members (or persons interesting in the trauma/dissociation field). Proposals will be rated on their strengths and limitations using multi-dimensional criteria. Proposals should be well-written, with as few spelling or grammatical errors as possible. They should be coherent, with sentences having a logical and progressive flow. Non-native English speakers are encouraged to ask a native English speaker to assist with these issues.

SUBMISSION ON LINE – please select the appropriate form – please read information below before submission

Information About Submissions

  • The deadline for submissions is February 15th, 2019.
  • Abstracts are limited to 200 words, with the exception of symposium summary abstracts, which have a 50 word maximum.
  • Abstracts must be relevant to and mention trauma, dissociation or attachment.
  • All presenters must submit proposals online.
  • All presenters must register for and attend the conference.
  • Each individual is limited to no more than two (2) submissions, including in the roles of presenter, co-presenter, chair, or discussant.
  • We strongly suggest that you prepare a word processing file that contains all of your submission information in advance. This will save time online and ensure that you have a backup copy.
  • For those submitting symposia consisting of 3 presentations, we suggest that one person gather all the required information from co-presenters or co-authors ahead of time and be responsible for making the submission. You will need title(s), abstract(s), full name and credentials of each author/presenter, address and email for each presenter, and audiovisual needs.
  • The most common reason a proposal is rejected is for an incomplete, poorly written, or unclear abstract, and other failures to follow submission guidelines. Your submitted abstract must be clear, concise, and grammatically correct, and otherwise well-written in order to be considered by the program committee.
  • Research presentations should be original contributions (i.e., have not been published prior to the date that you submitted the abstract).
  • You will be notified by e-mail about your proposal’s status approximately four to six weeks after the close of the call for proposals.

Skill Level

Presentations must designate the knowledge/skill level required of the participant (i.e., Introductory, Intermediate, or Advanced).

  • Introductory: Suitable for all professional participants (including students). Such presentations include basic knowledge, techniques, or skills.
  • Intermediate: Requires participants to have at least some work experience in order to gain maximum benefit from the presentation.
  • Advanced: Participants require a high level of training and substantial experience in the topic. Such presentations are geared to specialists and to those in advanced stages of their career.


Abstracts of research presentations should include the purpose, methods, findings, and conclusions. Submission of findings is strongly encouraged. Other types of abstracts should include purpose, population, main points to be covered, and conclusions. Research submissions should include three published references.

Presentation types

Single Paper or Case Study
Paper Sessions are 90 minutes in length and contain 3 25-minute papers (to leave time for discussion)
Research, theoretical, clinical, or case study. Authors of unaccepted submissions may be offered the opportunity to present their paper as a Poster (see Posters below).
200 words

Session Length: 90 minutes

Several presentations on a specific theme, issue, or question.
50 words

Each presenter’s abstract: 200 words

2–5, including discussant Optional
Panel Discussion

Session Length: 90 Minutes

Expert panelists conduct an organized discussion of a specific theme, issue, or question. Audience interaction involves panelists responding to audience questions.
200 words
2-5, including discussant Optional

Session Length: 90 Minutes

Workshops help participants to increase their understanding and skill in a particular area of interest, or use case material to illustrate clinical, theoretical, or policy issues. Workshops should include both didactic and practical or experiential components. 200 words 1-5 n/a
Poster Paper presentation in poster form. 200 words 1-4 n/a

Session Length: 90 minutes

Film, videotape, music, artwork,
or other forms of media
200 words 1-2, including discussant Optional

SUBMISSION ON LINE – please select the appropriate form – please read information below before submission

Conference Registration


ESTD 2019

Deadline for ‘early bird registration rates’ expired on May 31, 2019. Updated registration fees have been posted.


– It is possible to register also for pre-conference workhops only. One day registration fee is available.

REGISTRATION FEES on line accepted till October 10th, 2019

Registration fee for participants includes:

  • Admission to all scientific sessions (except pre-conference workshops which require an additional fee)
  • Admission to poster exhibition
  • Final programme brochure
  • Certificate of attendance
  • Coffee breaks from Friday afternoon to Saturday morning
  • Light lunch snack on Friday and Saturday
  • welcome drink on Thursday evening
Registration fees in €uro STANDARD REGISTRATION
June 15, 2019 – Aug. 26, 2019
Aug. 27- Oct. 10, 2019
VAT included zero rated VAT VAT included zero rated VAT
ESTD member €610.00 €500.00 €646.60 €530.00
ISSTD, AFTD, EMDR member €658.80 €540.00 €695.40 €570.00
Non Member €707.60 €580.00 €744.20 €610.00
Student/Eastern Countries * (see listing) €402.60 €330.00 €427.20 €350.00
Pre-conference workshop ** €280.60 €230.00 €305.00 €250.00
One day registration fee ***

Oct. 25th or Oct. 26th

€366.00 €300.00 €402.60 €330.00
ESTD dinner Oct. 25 €80.00 €80.00 €80.00 €80.00

Conference registration via the website will be accepted until October 10, 2019 (payments by bank transfer) and October 14 (payment by credit card).

On-site registration, by credit card or cash, will be accepted.

* Countries entitled to Eastern Countries fee:

Albania, Armenia, Azerbadjan, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Rumania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Ukraine.

** Pre-conference workshops – If you have not the possibility to attend the Conference, it is now possible to register only for pre-conference workshops.

*** One day registration fee – available only for Oct. 25th and Oct. 26th.

Please note that we will not be able to include a paper in the conference program if the presenter(s) does not register to the Conference before May 31, 2019.

RETIRED ESTD MEMBERS: if you wish to attend the conference please email the Organizing Secretariat at fullday@fullday.com for information about registrations and rates.


In case of cancellation after payment of the Registration fee:

  • before May 15, 2019: 90% refund;
  • before June 30, 2019: 70% refund
  • before September 30, 2019: 50% refund
  • from October 1, 2019: No refund.


Important: before filling in the form and choosing the registration fee, please read carefully the following information.

As of January 1, 2011 new cross border VAT rules apply within Italy and the EU (implementation of Council Directive 2008/8/EC), for further information, see http://eur-lex.europa.eu, select your country and enter the above mentioned Council Directive in the search field.

According to your country of origin different VAT rules apply.

Please verify before sending the registration form if your have to pay VAT or not. 

a.) Fees inclusive of 22% VAT “VAT INCLUDED” must be paid by:

– Italian citizens: all Italian participants (both companies and individuals);

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ESTD 2019



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 Via La Spezia 67 – 00182 Roma
 Tel. 06 7028181 – Fax 06 7010905
  Email:   fullday@fullday.com

General Information

The Conference venue is located in the EUR district of Rome.
15 minutes by taxi from downtown Rome, underground station at 650m, several hotels in the area
Viale Tupini 65
00144 Roma – EUR

How to get there: Auditorium

The official language of the Congress is English.
Simultaneous translation into Italian will be provided for sessions taking place in the Auditorium.

CREDITI ECM – per i partecipanti italiani
Saranno richiesti i crediti ECM per Medico e Psicologo secondo i requisiti richiesti da AGENAS
Maggiori informazioni saranno disponibili non appena disponibile il programma definitivo.

Information at the dedicated page
Social program

Hotel Reservation


We suggest to reserve your hotel accommodation in Rome as soon as you have decided to attend the Conference.This will allow you to profit of the most convenient rates and conditions.

The Conference venue is located in the E.U.R. district, which is not in the historical city centre. However, you can reach the Conference Centre by underground line B, connecting E.U.R. district to Rome downtown area (Termini railway Station, Colosseum and Circo Massimo areas) to EUR district.

The Organizing Secretariat negotiated rates and conditions with:
Sheraton EUR hotel, located walking distance from the Conference Centre; this is also the hotel selected for the Organizing Committee and Speakers.
A hotel group, Bettoja hotels, with three hotels (Mediterraneo, Massimo d’Azeglio and Atlantico) located in the city centre, walking distance from Termini Railway Station and Metro Line B station, allowing you to reach easily the Conference venue (550 m from metro station EUR Magliana).
Dei Congressi Hotel, located walking distance from Conference venue, 200 mt from the B-line metro, EUR Fermi station, directly connected to Termini central station.
According to number of reservations, it is possible that a shuttle bus service to the Conference venue will be provided.

You may proceed with the hotels on-line reservation system:

SHERATON ROMA HOTEL, 4* star conference hotel walking distance from Conference venue
Dedicated group rates available for reservations confirmed within May 15th: from € 160,00 per room per night including breakfast and taxes (double or single occupancy) – local tax € 6,00 per person per night not included.
Cancellation policy: Up to June 20th, 2019: no penalty will be charged – June 21st /August 20th, 2019: 50% of the total revenue will be charged – August 21st 2019/arrival day: 100% of the total revenue will be charged.
Here’s your reservation link
Book your group rate for ESTD – ROME

BETTOJA HOTELS, 4* different rate hotels downtown
The Bettoja hotels will grant you the best available rate at the time of booking; you can also select an ‘advance purchase’ more convenient rate.
Rates and conditions are specified for the three hotels.

Here’s your reservation link
Access code to ESTD rates ESTD2019 (promo code)

DEI CONGRESSI HOTEL, 4* hotel, walking distance from Conference venue
Negotiated rates available for reservations confirmed within June 30th: € 123,00 for single room, € 128,00 for double room single occupancy, € 150 for double occupancy.
Rates include buffet breakfast, free wifi, access to the 7th floor fitness room, VAT tax – local tax € 6,00 per person per night not included.
Cancellation policy: Up to Sept. 15th, 2019: no penalty will be charged – Sept. 16th /October 15th, 2019: 50% of the total revenue will be charged – October 16th 2019/arrival day: 100% of the total revenue will be charged.
Here’s your reservation link:
Book your negotiated rate for ESTD – ROME

You can reserve your hotel accommodation in Rome through Booking.com

Browse hotel reviews and find the guaranteed best price on hotels for all budgets.
Maps showing hotels in the most convenient areas with reference to the Conference venue:

E.U.R. DISTRICT (if you like to stay close to conference venue)
TERMINI STATION (if you prefer to stay downtown)

Social program


Attendees of this conference will have the opportunity to enjoy an exciting social program including:
Opening Ceremony
Get-Together Reception, Social Dinner
A selection of optional tours in and around Rome

Thursday, October 24th – 6:00/9:00pm – Opening Ceremony and get-together Reception

The opening ceremony will be held in the conference venue at 6:00pm, Oct. 24th, 2019.
Anca Sabau, ESTD chair, and Giovanni Tagliavini, co-chair of the Conference, will welcome participants and introduce the Conference.

The welcome speech will be delivered by Michela Marzano, PhD, an Italian philosopher who lives and works in Paris, professor of moral philosophy at the ‘Université Paris Descartes’:  From “I think” to the frailty of the human condition: the contradictions of existence

Welcome Cocktail will take place in the Conference venue.
ESTD Members and non Members will get-together, have the opportunity to talk with each other, exchange ideas, get well with others, learn from their failures and look forward to the future in a relaxed and warm environment.

This event is included in the registration fee.

Friday, October 25th – 8:00/11:00pm – Social dinner 

Social dinner will be in the historical centre of Rome.
Venue is the Roof Garden of the Forum Hotel, with a wide view over the Roman Forums and the Campidoglio.

Dinner will be informal, good food and drinks, good background music.
Allow time for a walk after dinner, you are in the most interesting area of Rome and usually climate is mild end of October.

Social dinner is not included in the registration fee.


We are happy to offer a wide selection of regular tours with English speaking guide.
Grayline Rome will offer to ESTD participants a 10% discount on the selling price.
Participants will be able to book on line their tours:

Choose one of the activities to explore the impressive Rome’s heritage, some tours are also available with the hotel pick-up, only for centrally located, alternately the meeting point indications’ are specified in the notes”.

Useful  information about Rome, including activities, at the following link


Dear ESTD members,                                                                                                                                     

We are delighted to invite you to Rome for our 7th biennial conference, to be held on October 24-26, 2019.
The theme of this ESTD Conference is “The Legacy of Trauma and Dissociation – Body and Mind in a New Perspective”:  a challenging notion for both clinicians and researchers!
Throughout the program we will explore these issues from many different perspectives, and across all developmental phases,from childhood to old age.

Our venue, ‘Auditorium dellaTecnica’ is a modern, comfortable conference space with many meeting rooms and an 800-seat auditorium located in the EUR district in Rome; ‘EUR’stands for Esposizione Universale Roma, as this part of Rome was meant to house the 1942 World’s Fair (which did not occur, because of WWII). Containing striking architecture from the1930s and 40s and surrounded by 70 hectares of parks and gardens, EUR is today a modern and lively business district. Despite being located very close to the historic city centre, the EUR district is easy to get to, with direct links to Fiumicino and Ciampino airports, and the Termini and Tiburtina railway stations; there are also high quality hotels and accommodation opportunities, luxury shopping, and great restaurants.

The keynote speakers, world-renowned experts in the field of trauma and dissociation, will introduce us to their latest research, clinical ideas and discoveries in understanding and treating dissociation and trauma-related disorders. We encourage you to submit your abstracts to share your presentation and creative ideas with our community!

On Thursday evening we will open our conference with two exciting plenary talks: Michela Marzano, a famous Italian philosopher, will introduce us to social aspects of the fragility of the human condition.
On Friday and Saturday, plenaries will be offered by Kathy Steele, who will present her latest ideas on the treatment of trauma and dissociation, Benedetto Farina, on brain studies on trauma, disintegration and disorganized attachment, Martin Dorahy, on DID, episodic autobiographical memories and the sense of self in different dissociative identities, Ellert Nijenhuis on his new approach to trauma treatment (“Enactive Trauma Therapy: Bridging mind, brain, body and world”).

A few words about the background of the main speakers (in alphabetical order) in the ‘keynote speakers page.

So you can see we have a stellar lineup of keynotes! Rome itself, however, needs no introduction; it is a city of highest historical and cultural interest.

So save the dates – we look forward to meeting you in Rome!

The Organizing Committee

Anca Sabau, Giovanni Tagliavini