Sometimes, I think, even among survivors, I’m lost. Even among the DID community, I just don’t get it. Here are some of our latest thoughts sparked by the Plural Positivity World Conference.
I’m not sure how I feel about this conference. I’m not overwhelmingly supportive of it, but I’m not writing it off as unimportant, either. I’m wondering, though: Is this REALLY what my fellow DIDers are thinking about healing and the professionals who treat DID? They clearly begin with: we organized this against the ISSTD conference but we’re not against them BUT…here’s a litany of things we demand change and the ISSTD has wrong! Yet…my experience working with the specialists at Sheppard Pratt, including past-ISSTD president, Dr. Loewenstein, is totally different.
The following quotes are from the Opening Remarks.
This is what led us to organize this counter-conference, intentionally timing it simultaneously with the ISSTD conference happening this weekend in New York. Let me clear. We are not protesting that conference, nor we arguing against the ISSTD.
…using other language such as “metabolizing” experiences (Lynne Harris) rather than “integrating” them, now that integration has such a negative connotation that it’s actually become triggering verbiage in and of itself.
The general attitude regarding survivors having contact with each other needs to change, especially in regards to the online community. For years we have been isolated from each other and it was recommended we not have contact with one another.
We know, in differing degrees, but especially once we have been in therapy, that we are “parts of a whole”. Please interact with us as we present, just like you would for any other client. There is a reason why we function that way as a system, and listening to us will help you understand us more, and help us trust you more quickly.