ESTD committee structure 

Liaison to the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) and the European Society on Traumatic Stress (ESTSS)

Committee composition: President (R. Aquarone), President elect, Past President and Secretary

Role Description: To represent ESTD interests in communications with the ISSTD Board and to coordinate ESTD relations with the ESTSS and other professional organizations.

Board Coordinator (Maire Riis)

Role description: A member of the Board who will be part of the Governance Committee with the specific responsibility of assisting the president with the executive leadership of the ESTD and the followup the implementation of decisions and initiatives both of the president and the board.

ESTD committees’ statements

Education Committee
  • Education Committee

    Mission Statement: The Education Committee is set up to facilitate the provision of quality professional education, consistent with the ESTD aims.

    Committee composition: chair (Eva Zimmermann) and volunteers of his/her choice

    This will be achieved through
    1. dissemination of information on the ESTD website
    2. a series of one-day professional development seminars on every year following the ESTD bi-annual conference to be carried out in major European cities
    3. the encouragement of local national educational events
    4. planning of contributions on conferences of other trauma societies (e.g. EMDR, ESTSS)

     The aims of these educational efforts are:
    1. educating professionals about the effects of chronic traumatization;
    2. introducing the concept of dissociation;
    3. spreading knowledge about ESTD;
    4. facilitating increased ESTD membership;
    5. assisting in the development and/or revitalization of national component groups
    6. connecting professionals working in the field of trauma and complex trauma

Finance Committee
  • Finance Committee

    Committee charge: to recommend to the Board financial goals and policies that support the financial stability and growth of the ESTD and to advice on financial aspects of major expenses such as the bi-annual meeting and new proposed programs.  Committee composition: ESTD treasurer (B. Overkamp)and volunteers of his/her choice.

    Function statement:
    1. develop ESTD yearly Budget
    2. help with main financial decisions regarding ESTD conferences
    3. annually provide a statement concerning the ESTD’s financial state & strategy (e.g., keeping healthy finances, recommendation on ESTD’s level of financial reserves , etc.)
    4. provide guidance to the board on financial issues affecting the ESTD (e.g., membership dues)
    5. monitor and maintain ESTD’s financial transactions and bank statements
    6. appoint a financial control sub-committee from the general membership or a volunteer accountant or business person controller to yearly review and supervise accounting and financial reporting within the ESTD, according to the Dutch law.

Governance Committee
  • ESTD Governance Committee

    Committee Charge: to assist ESTD secretary in the executive governance of the society. Committee composition: ESTD secretary (J. Soukup), Treasurer and President elect. 

    Function statement:
    1. convene ESTD board conference calls
    2. maintain and distribute meeting minutes
    3. help draft motions and monitor the voting procedures
    4. archive and publish ESTD board decisions
    5. review and suggest revision to ESTD’s bylaws
    6. plan and arrange the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and its agenda
    7. keep Yahoo Groups site updated for Board members reference
    8. work with ISSTD liaison on executive implications of ESTD/ ISSTD relations.
    9. process with the treasurer new applications for ESTD membership
    10. manage responses to inquiries by the general public and ESTD membership

    Liaison to the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) and the European Society on Traumatic Stress (ESTSS)

    Role Description: To represent ESTD interests in communications with the ISSTD Board and to coordinate ESTD relations with the ESTSS and other professional organizations.

Research Committee
  • Research Committee

    Committee composition: chair (A. Moskowitz) and volunteers of his/her choice
    Main goal: make itself available as a resource for persons interested in conducting research in the field of trauma and dissociation

    Function statement:
    1. comment research proposals (which could be at an early stage) and make recommendations for the researchers
    2. inform ESTD members of current research projects of interest
    3. update the research section of the ESTD website for information on current research projects

    As time passes, the ESTD Research Committee may take a more active role in:
    1. developing trauma/dissociation research projects, including suggesting topics
    2. developing international research studies
    3. planning a survey to discover the research questions currently being addressed by ESTD members involved in research

Child and Adolescent Committee
  • Child and Adolescent Committee

    Committee composition: chair (Renée P. Marks) and volunteers of his/her choice

    1. To raise the profile in the ESTD of children and adolescents, suffering from trauma and dissociation. This will include raising the profile of children on the ESTD website.
    2. To promote the knowledge and understanding of trauma and dissociation in children and adolescents by providing the relevant information to professionals and lay people working with these children. This will include parents, teachers, mental health professionals, foster carers and adoptive parents.
    3. To provide training and education about the presentation, diagnosis and treatment of trauma and dissociation in children and adolescents to therapists responsible for the therapy of these children.
    4. To provide information accessible through the ESTD website on the presentation of dissociation in children and adolescents for:
    – Professionals
    – Parents
    – Teachers

    5. To provide and adapt existing information and training to be more suitable to the child population of Europe in order to enable professionals to provide more effective services to children in Europe.6. To ensure that child and adolescent dissociation is getting a voice on ESTD international conferences.

Nominations Committee
  • Nominations Committee

    Committee charge: to present a slate of candidates to the board in accordance with the procedures specified in the Bylaws. The Committee shall present a slate that, if elected, would maintain a balance on the Executive Board of members by geography, sex, and professional representation to the extent possible.

    Committee composition: Chair (Immediate Past-President) and volunteers of his/her choice.

    Function statement:
    1. the Committee shall solicit names of possible nominees from the membership and propose possible nominees itself
    2. the Committee shall select from those names viable candidates to provide leadership to the ESTD
    3. prior to the presentation of the slate, the Committee shall determine if the nominees are willing and able to stand for election

Membership committee
  • Membership committee

    Membership committee (Manoelle Hopchet, chair)

    Committee Charge: to consider how best to attract and retain a mix of members, clinicians and other professionals across Europe whose work involves the assessment, treatment and research of trauma and dissociation.

    Committee composition: Chair, always a Board member and several national representatives of her choice.

    Function Statement:
    1. foster an ongoing relationship between the ESTD Board and its national representatives and national component groups
    2. Help retain ESTD memberships renewals
    3. increase new membership joining
    4. identify members from around Europe to help with ESTD committees and task forces, providing an avenue for members to become involved in the inner workings and outer expression of ESTD, bringing their experience, cultural knowledge, and sensitivity to the organization.
    5. serve as a conduit between the needs of the committees and task forces and the talents of the members of ISSTD.

Bi-Annual meeting program committee
  • Bi-Annual meeting program committee

    Committee composition: chair Andrew Moskowitz

    Committee charge: to plan, arrange and organize the ESTD bi-annual meetings. Specifically ensuring that scientific excellence, value for money and, standards of service is maintained.

    Committee composition: program chair and organizing sub-committee chair who are residents of the host country and committee members whom they shall appoint

    Function statement:
    1. determine the conference theme
    2. advice the board and hiring a local conference production organization
    3. develop a call for papers
    4. review abstract submissions and determine acceptance of program proposals
    5. plan the specific daily conference program
    6. appoint paper session chairs

Website Committee
  • Website Committee

    Committee composition: chair Mike Lloyd, always a board member, and volunteers.

    Committee charge: Recognizing that the website is the one constant representation of ESTD, it is critical that the website represents and supports the association?s overall goals and objectives. The website is considered a key technological tool to help achieve ESTD’s aims. Specific objectives of the website committee are to:

    Provide current and useful online member-driven information designed to enhance the value of ESTD membership, provide dynamic, relevant communication from the board to our membership, promote membership recruitment and registration in ESTD conferences and training, provide news and relevant information from the field of trauma and dissociation, and generally increase the knowledge about trauma and dissociation.

    Function Statement:
    1. Update website contents
    2. Liaise with webmaster
    3. Develop the contents, structure and functionality of the website.