International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Master Clinicians


Thursday, November 9

Bethany Brand, PhD Towson University, USA

Treating Traumatic Dissociative Reactions: A Pragmatic Approach

Bethany Brand, Ph.D. is the Martha A. Mitten Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Clinical Focus program at Towson University near Baltimore, Maryland, USA.  Dr. Brand specializes in the assessment and treatment of trauma related disorders including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and dissociative disorders (DDs).  She has over 25 years of clinical and research experience, including training at Johns Hopkins Hospital, George Washington University Hospital, and at Sheppard Pratt Health System’s Trauma Disorders program.  Dr. Brand has been honored with numerous research, teaching and clinical awards and served on several national task forces that developed guidelines for the assessment and treatment of trauma-related disorders. Dr. Brand is the Principal Investigator on a series of international treatment studies of patients with dissociative disorders (the TOP DD studies).  Dr. Brand is also the Principal Investigator on a series of studies that are developing methods for distinguishing DDs from other conditions including malingered DDs. She has delivered clinical and research presentations around the world. In addition to assessing and treating patients, Dr. Brand serves as a forensic expert.


Friday, November 10

Julian Ford, PhD, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, USA

A Reactivation and Resilience (R&R) Framework for Evidence-based Psychotherapy of Complex PTSD in Adults and Developmental Trauma Disorder in Children

Julian D. Ford, Ph.D., is a board certified clinical psychologist and tenured Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and School of Law where he is the Principal Investigator and Director of two Treatment and Services Adaptation Centers in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, the Center for Trauma Recovery and Juvenile Justice and the Center for the Treatment of Developmental Trauma Disorders. Dr. Ford serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation and European Journal of Psychotraumatology and as Chair of the American Psychological Association Division of Trauma Psychology Presidential Task Force on Child Trauma. for the American Psychological Association Division of Trauma Psychology. He has served on the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Board of Directors and as the Society’s Vice President and Secretary. He has published more than 250 articles and book chapters and is the author or editor of 10 books, including Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, 2nd Edition, Treating Complex Trauma: A Sequenced, Relationship-Based Approach and Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders in Children and Adolescents: Scientific foundations and therapeutic models.Dr. Ford developed and has conducted randomized clinical trial and effectiveness studies with the Trauma Affect Regulation: Guide for Education and Therapy (TARGET©) model for and youth adults with complex PTSD.

Saturday, November 11

Michael Mithoefer, MD, Medical University of South Carolina, USA 

MDMA-assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD: An Update on Evidence from Thirteen Years of Clinical Trials

 Michael Mithoefer, MD, Completed the first Phase II FDA-approved clinical trial of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for crime-related treatment-resistant PTSD in 2009, followed by a similar study in military veterans, firefighters and police officers completed in 2016.  He has trained therapy teams and been Medical Monitor for other Phase II MDMA studies in the US, Israel and Europe. He is currently conducting a study in collaboration with Candice Monson, PhD combining Cognitive Behavioral Conjoint Therapy with MDMA-assisted psychotherapy, and is training research therapist teams for upcoming multicenter trials of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTDS in the US, Canada and Israel.  He received his MD degree from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and completed residency trainings in Internal Medicine at the University of Virginia and Psychiatry at MUSC.  He is board certified in Psychiatry, Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at MUSC.