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Conference Attendee Orientation

Is this your first ESTD conference or haven't been in a while? Join us during orientation, meet with members of the organizing committee and get a kick start to the conference.

  • Chair English orientation: Eva Zimmermann (Room: Bellavista 5)
  • Chair German orientation: Dr. Joerg Fritschi (Room: Bellavista 3+4)
  • Chair French orientation: Olivier Piedfort (Room Bellavista 2)
From 19:00 Room:

Conference Opening



Plenary 1

Trauma & Dissociation in the new ICD-11: implications for therapy, prevention and justice

My presentation naturally focuses on the progresses of the work group on «Disorders specifically associated with stress» that basically comprise the trauma sequelae disorders since I have been member of this international group since 2011.

WHO organized and still organizes a series of internationally collaborative multicenter studies on this and other diagnostic groupings. Results of these studies will be presented. The work group on dissociative disorders – chaired by Ellert Nijenhuis, PhD – in parallel developed their proposals for ICD-11 diagnostic definitions, which will be presented as well. My presentation will touch arguments pro and con a closer move together of these two areas of psychopathology for the future.

Proud Sponsor of this keynote:

Institut für Körperzentrierte Psychotherapie IKP

Prof. Andreas Maercker, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Andreas Maercker, PhD, MD, completed his medical and psychological education in Halle/Saale and Berlin. He received his MD at Humboldt University and his PhD at Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. In 1999, he became Professor of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy at the University of Technology in Dresden, where he directed the Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) research and treatment center. In 2005, he was appointed as chair and full professor of Psychopathology and Clinical Intervention at the University of Zurich. He is co-director of the Institute’s outpatient clinic services. Professor Maercker is or has been principal and co-investigator in numerous national and international studies in traumatic stress research, clinical gerontopsychology, and internet-assisted mental health and has published more than 200 peer review articles. He authored or edited 14 scientific or therapeutic books. Keywords characterizing the expertise: PTSD, stress-response syndroms, lifespan developmental psychopathology, treatment, e-mental health (source: Website University of Zurich).

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Plenary 2

Rotherham and other child sexual exploitation scandals: lessons to learn for therapy, prevention and justice

The Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal has been described as the “biggest child protection scandal in UK history”. From the late 1980s until the 2010s, organised sexual abuse continued almost unchallenged by legal authorities in the northern English town of Rotherham. Over 1400 children were affected by the abuse. Alexis Jay conducted an independent inquiry and uncovered the full scope of the abuse and the failure of agencies to protect the affected children and youths.

The “Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA)” in England and Wales was announced by the British Home Secretary, Theresa May, in July 2014. It was establised to examine how the country’s institutions handled their duty of care to protect children from sexual abuse. Today it includes over ten separate investigations, for example on child sexual abuse in the Anglican Church and the Roman Catholic Church, child exploitation by organised networks, and many more. It is the biggest investigation worldwide. Alexis Jay today is chair of the inquiry.

She will speak about lessons to learn from therapy, prevention and justice from these child exploitation scandals.

Prof. Alexis Jay, University of Strathclyde, UK, Chair of the

Prof. Alexis Jay, OBE, spent over 30 years in local government in deprived parts of Scotland, including as Director of Social Services and Housing.  In 2005, she was invited by the Scottish Government to set up the first independent inspection body for social services in Scotland, and in 2011 she became the Scottish Government’s first Chief Social Work Adviser.  She retired from that post in 2013.

She is Chair of the Life Changes Trust and also of the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland, based in Strathclyde University, where she is a Visiting Professor.

She is the author of the Independent Inquiry report into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham. On 11 August 2016, Home Secretary Amber Rudd announced that Prof. Jay had been appointed to chair the "Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse", of which she had previously been a panel member.

Alexis was awarded an OBE by the Queen in the 2012 Birthday Honours List, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Strathclyde in 2015.


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