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 final program outline with parallel sessions


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

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 –This workshop has been cancelled
Dr. Lisa Schwarz will not be able to attend for personal reasons
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
20:30 – 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 – 15:50 PLENARY SESSION IV
Ellert Nijenhuis (The Netherlands)
Enactive trauma therapy: Bridging mind, brain, body and world

Best Poster Prize.
The prize recognises high quality research presented in poster format.
Prize will be presented to the lead/presenting author.

16:15 – 16:30

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.


Neurobiologically-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.

THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED  (Unfortunately, Dr. Lisa Schwarz will not be able to be present for personal reasons)

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.

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.

Guidelines for authors


Key-note presentations – Session length is 60’
Panel – Session length is 90’ – please allow 10’ for questions/discussion
Symposium – Session length is 90’ – please allow 10’ for questions/discussion
Workshops – Session length is 45’ or 90’ – please allow 10’ for questions/discussion
Single papers – Paper sessions are 90’ and contain 3 25’ or 4 20’ papers, to allow time for discussion

Please ensure your presentation does not exceed these time limits.

The official language of the Conference is English, all presentations must be given in English.

Simultaneous translation from English to Italian will be provided for all sessions in ROOM 1.



Each poster must be in PORTRAIT format, printed and should not be bigger than AO (118cm height and 84cm width). Any poster printed in landscape or larger than AO may not be displayed in the Conference venue.

Poster display time is from October 24th 12.00 to October 26th 3.00pm.

The author is expected to be available for presentation next to their poster during poster sessions. October 25th and 26th from 12.00 to 1.15pm, according to the session program.

On October 26th – 15:50 – Best Poster Prize – Prize will be presented to the lead/presenting author of the Poster.
The prize recognises high quality research presented in poster format.

Presenters are responsible for the set-up and dismantling of their posters. Assistance will be available for help and fixing material.

Poster Design

  1. Title, author(s), address (at upper edge, across the width of the whole poster)
  2. Purpose
  3. Methods
  4. Results
  5. Conclusions
  6. Declaration of conflict of interest (mandatory)

The title should be emphasised by the use of bold-face type. When displayed the letters used should not be smaller than 15 mm.

The sub-title should be printed in the same kind of lettering, but semi-bold and not less than 10 mm high when displayed. This guarantees clear reading even from a distance of 2-3 meters.

The text should be broken up by the inclusion of drawings and/or photos. The use of colour makes the poster more attractive and effective.


 All presentations should be 16:9 formatted and have a 1280 x 720 minimum resolution.

They will be displayed from a PC with Windows 7 and PowerPoint 2016.

In case of potential conflict of interest, IT IS MANDATORY that you INCLUDE a Declaration of Interest Slide as a 2nd Slide in your presentation, with your up to date potential conflicts of Interest.

In order to ensure optimal delivery of your presentation, please stick to the following guidelines in the preparation of your presentation:

  • Your presentation must be prepared in PowerPoint version: type .pptx – for optimal rendering please use the official slide set template
  • Preferred page set-up is landscape orientation (portrait orientation will not be displayed correctly).
  • Use standard fonts only. Try to avoid the use of non-standard fonts or language-specific fonts.
  • Images both for slides and video: Do not copy and paste the images from another application, please use the “insert image from a file” functionality from PowerPoint (format JPG or PNG). Make sure that the inserted images have a minimum resolution of 300dpi.
  • Video: WMV, MP4 or AVI are the only acceptable video formats. To avoid any issue with movies and loops with PowerPoint, presentations must be saved as a .pptx files. Please have also a separate file with the video only, we will use this only in case of problems.
  • Apple: Please give your filename an extension “pptx” (Preferred version: PowerPoint 2016)


Personal laptop computers cannot be connected to the projectors in lecture rooms & presentations cannot be loaded directly onto the computer in the lecture rooms. Presentations must be uploaded at the Speaker Service Room in the Conference venue.

To the attention of MAC users

If your presentation is on a Mac computer, we recommend you ONLY provide a Windows compatible file and meet with the technician in the Speaker Service Room to either make sure that your presentation will run properly on the PC’s or to anticipate a backup solution.

We will have a Mac computer in the Slide Centre Room; assistance will be available for help.


Speakers can come to the Slide Centre Room to upload their presentation as well as for technical assistance from the dedicated team.

Speakers are requested to upload their presentation at the Slide Centre Room within the half-day before the beginning of the session where their presentation is due.

Speakers are encouraged to bring their presentations on USB storage device.

Slide Centre Room opening Hours

  • Wednesday, October 24 – 14:00 – 18:00
  • Thursday, October 25 – 8:00 – 18:00
  • Saturday, October 26 – 8:00 – 16:00

Any additional requirement for computers and or/or software and video projections should be submitted for approval. Understandably due to the constraints of the conference budget the requests will be considered on an individual basis.


Declaration of conflict of interest

The existence of potential conflicts of interest does not necessarily indicate a bias.

However it is our ethical obligation to inform organisers and participants so that they are made aware of any relationship that might cause unintentional bias.
A potential conflict of interest may arise from various relationships, past or present, such as employment, consultancy, investments and stock ownership, funding for research, family relationship etc. This will allow the audience to take potential conflicts of interest into account when assessing the objectivity of the presentation.

When accepting the role of Speakers/ Chairpersons/ Discussant / Presenter must declare possible conflict of interest, when accepting the invitation as well as during the session.

Speaker must declare possible conflict of interest regarding their current presentation on their first slide.

Chairpersons/Discussants must declare possible conflict of interest regarding the topics of the presentations orally at the beginning of the session.


Presentations in room 1 will be video recorded and some photos will be taken.
The purpose would be to create a 10-minute ‘teaser’ to publish in the Conference website and later release to the general public.
Of course, there is no obligation, if we will not have your consent we will not video record your presentation. But it would be appreciated, nonetheless!
A message has been sent to authors, asking for your feedback by email.

While in Rome, we will ask you to  sign a document to confirm your consent.
Video recording authorisation & release

Conference Registration

You can still register on site starting from October 24 at 9AM


– 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 LATE REGISTRATION
Aug. 27- Oct. 10, 2019


VAT included zero rated VAT
ESTD member €646.60 €530.00
ISSTD, AFTD, EMDR member €695.40 €570.00
Non Member €744.20 €610.00
Student/Eastern Countries * (see listing) €427.20 €350.00
Pre-conference workshop ** €305.00 €250.00
One day registration fee ***
Oct. 25th or Oct. 26th
€402.60 €330.00
ESTD dinner Oct. 25 €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 [email protected] 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.

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);

– EEU citizensextra EEU citizens – individuals from any Country who are not registered in their country as “business”

– Companies and Universities extra EEU  (i.e Russia, USA, Canada, Australia, Asia) if they do not have a valid official trade or commercial registration number

b.) The so called “zero-rated for VAT” fees must be paid by:

–  EEU citizens – companies and individuals  who registered for a VAT number, and this number exists on the EU’s VIES database http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/vies/vieshome.do?locale=en

– extra EEU citizens – Companies and Universities  with a valid  official trade or commercial registration number (please email [email protected] if you have any question about your trade or commercial registration number).

EEU VAT identification number can be verified online at the EEU official website:


c) Italian registrants only

  • I partecipanti residenti in Italia sono tenuti a versare la quota comprensiva di Iva (“Fees inclusive of 22% VAT”).
    Raccomandiamo a tutti indistintamente di inserire nella scheda il numero di Codice fiscale, elemento indispensabile per l’emissione della fattura.
    I liberi professionisti, oltre al numero di Codice fiscale, devono indicare nella scheda anche il loro numero di Partita IVA e codice univoco e/o indirizzo pec per l’invio della fattura elettronica.
  • Le società con sede legale in Italia che eventualmente versano la quota di iscrizione per un proprio dipendente sono tenute a pagare la quota comprensiva di Iva (“Fees inclusive of 22% VAT”). Specificare nella scheda: ragione sociale e sede legale, numero di Partita Iva e Codice fiscale della società.
  • Enti pubblici Qualora la quota di iscrizione fosse versata da un ente pubblico/università/onlus per conto del partecipante, l’amministrazione competente, ove applicabile, può richiedere per iscritto, su carta intestata e specificando il nominativo del partecipante, l’applicazione dell’Art. 14. c. 10 L. 537 del 14/12/93 per l’esenzione IVA. La richiesta va indirizzata a Full Day Srl, Via La Spezia, 67 – 00182 Roma ed inviata via posta o via mail ([email protected]). Pregasi riportare nella scheda di iscrizione sia il Codice fiscale che la partita IVA. In questi casi sarà applicata la quota “Zero rated for VAT”.

Glossary and reference
(1) VAT: Value Added Tax
(2) Taxable person: For VAT purposes, a taxable person is any individual, partnership, company or whatever which supplies taxable goods and services in the course of business.
(3) VAT Number: Registered taxable persons or entities are given a VAT Identification number in their own country. In order to use it for value added tax purposes within the EU it has to be registered in the VIES (Vat Information Exchange System).

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 – SORRY, it is no longer possible to reserve the following hotels thru our links
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)

Transportation in Rome

Note: shuttle bus bookings are now closed. Please visit the registration desk at the conference venue to book your seat (subject to availability).

ESTD Conference will offer to all registered participants transportation from downtown Rome to the Conference venue, in connection with beginning and end of sessions, according to the below schedule. No shuttle service will be provided for hotels in the EUR area. Please visit the website to check updates of the schedule.

Pick-up points (out staff and bus will have ESTD signboards):
* Termini Station area – Bus stop Viale Luigi Einaudi (between Termini Station and Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri)
Map https://goo.gl/maps/B9tDoL5XdaFE3ixM9 

* Conference venue – entrance Viale Umberto Tupini 65

  • Thursday, October 24

From Termini Station to venue – leaving 8.30am – for pre-conference workshops

From Termini Station to venue – leaving 16.30/4.30pm – for opening session and welcome party

From Venue to Termini station – leaving at 20.45/8.45pm

  • Friday, October 25

From Termini Station to venue – leaving 7.45am

From Venue to Termini station – leaving at 18.30/6.30pm

  • Saturday, October 26

From Termini Station to venue – leaving 8.00am

From Venue to Termini station – leaving at 16.30/4.30pm

Because of the morning and afternoon traffic conditions, we have to consider from 45’ to 60’ to go from Termini Station to Conference venue.


Please be informed that construction works to connect Rome’s Metro C with the Metro B station at the Colosseum will result in the Metro B Laurentina-Castro Pretorio section (which is the metro section reaching the conference venue)  closing at 9:00 PM  (last departure) until December 7. Substitute buses will be available from 9PM until end of service.

On Friday October 25 there will be a general strike involving all sectors of the city’s 18 municipal companies.The strike is expected to affect the entire public transportation network including buses, metro, trams, and light rail lines.
Public transportation will operate during major commuter hours, from 05:30AM to 08:30 AM and from 05:00 PM until 8:00 PM
There will be no buses, trams or metros between 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM and from 8:00 PM until 5:30 AM the following day.

You may still be able to reach the conference venue by public transportation if you plan your jouney within the operating hours and reach the venue by 08:30 AM.
Plan more time for your journey as strikes always lead to more traffic.


You can easily get around Rome and visit its fantastic attractions by bus, by subway (“Metropolitana”), by taxi and on foot. If you plan to stay for 3 days or more, we suggest you buy “Roma Pass” tourist card.

For any further information, please visit:  http://www.romapass.it/ http://www.romapass.it/en/the-cards/


Taxis licensed by Rome City Council are white and bear the sign “TAXI” on their roofs. The symbol of Rome City Council is also clearly visible on the vehicle’s front doors and the license number is shown inside the car on the back left door.  If the light is green, they are free. Useful taxi numbers: +39 06-5551 (Samarcanda Line), +39 06-3570 (Soc. Coop Line), +39 06-6645 (Pronto Taxi Line), +39 06-4994 (La Capitale Line),  +39 06 6645 (Prontotaxi). 

ATTENTION: Any other vehicle waiting at the airport exit could be driven by unauthorized persons and fare could be higher.


Rome has 3 subway lines (A- B – C) and several bus routes covering almost all parts of Rome and its suburbs. A single ticket costs euro 1,50 and it is valid 100 minutes after validation.

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 nearest stations to the Conference venue are EUR Magliana (800 meters) and EUR Palasport (1100 mt).

Buses run from 5.30 a.m. to 11.30p.m. with only the night buses after 11.30p.m. The subway (Metro) lines run from 5.30 a.m.to 11.30 p.m. and, on Friday and Saturday nights, to 1.30 a.m. Tickets can be bought at all railway and metro stations, as well as at the authorized sales points (newsagents, coffee bars, tobacconists and P.I.T. – Tourist information points).

For further information on tickets, offers and fares: www.atac.roma.it


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 – 8:30/11:00pm – Social dinner 

Social dinner will be in the historical centre of Rome.
Venue is the Roof Garden of the Forum Hotel (address: Via Tor de’ Conti 25-30 – 00184) 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.
If you have not booked your social dinner yet, you may still purchase your ticket at the Registration Desk on October 24 from 9AM to 5PM.

There is no conference shuttle bus service to/from the venue. Despite the strike, you may still reach the venue by public transportation as buses and metro will operate during major commuter hours from 05:00 PM until 8:00 PM (latest train departure). The nearest Metro B stations to the venue dinner venue are “Cavour” and “Colosseo”. Unless the strike is suspended, the best way to return to your hotel would be by taxi.



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




Full Day S.r.l. – provider ECM 1938
 Via La Spezia 67 – 00182 Roma
 Tel. 06 7028181 – Fax 06 7010905
  Email:   [email protected]

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.


  • Wednesday, October 24  – 9:00 – 17:30
  • Thursday, October 25 – 8:00 – 18:30
  • Saturday, October 26 – 8:00 – 17:00


All registered attendees will receive a name badge. Please wear the badge for all Conference activities.


There will be an official camera operator present in the Conference venue for the duration of the event. Any images will be property of ESTD for purposes related to the Conference. If you do not agree to your image being taken please inform the photographer.


All functions will be held in the Auditorium (room 1) Foyer.


Like in the rest of the European Union, the official currency is the Euro (€). The most common credit cards are accepted in most of the businesses and hotels. Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Diners Club cards are widely accepted at hotels, department stores, shops, and restaurants. Better to ask taxis if they get credit card, not all of them accept this form of payment.

Partecipanti italiani


La lingua ufficiale della Conferenza è l’Inglese.
Tutte le relazioni dovranno essere presentate in Inglese, inclusi i Posters.

E’ prevista la traduzione simultanea in italiano delle sessioni che si terranno in Sala 1, Auditorium.


L’evento è stato accreditato separatamente per le tre giornate:

24 Ottobre – 6 ore formative per massimo 100 partecipanti – crediti ECM assegnati – 6 (workshops pre-congressuali)
25 Ottobre –
7 ore formative per massimo 350 partecipanti – crediti ECM assegnati – 2,1
26 Ottobre –
5 ore formative per massimo 350 partecipanti – crediti ECM assegnati 1,5

Sono state accreditate le seguenti professioni e discipline:

MEDICO CHIRURGO – discipline di riferimento: Psichiatria, Psicoterapia, Endocrinologia, Neurologia, Neuropsichiatria Infantile
PSICOLOGO – discipline di riferimento: Psicoterapia, Psicologia

Linee guida, protocolli, procedure

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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 developmental journey of the trauma therapist, 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