Christine Forner, 2019 President ISSTD, BA, BSW, MSW, RSW

Christine has over thirty years of working with individuals with Trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders, Traumatic Dissociation, Developmental Trauma and Dissociative Disorders, with specialized training in EMDR, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Psychotherapeutic Meditation techniques, Neurofeedback and Havening. 

She has been in the healing profession in one form or another since the age of 16 where she worked on a crisis line for teens, spending the first part of her career in the front lines working at local sexual assault centres, long term therapeutic settings and shelters for domestic violence survivors.

Since 2011, Christine has worked in private practice, specializing in complex trauma and dissociative disorders. She is the current clinical supervisor for WayPoints, a centre in Fort McMurry, Alberta that specializes in sexual assault and domestic violence.

Christine teaches locally and at an international level on dissociation, complex trauma, and the intersection of dissociation and mindfulness. She is the current President for the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation and has served on the board of the ISSTD since 2010 and was ISSTD treasurer from 2011-2017.

Christine is the author of Dissociation, Mindfulness and Creative Meditations: Trauma informed practices to facilitate growth (Routledge, 2017). As well as avidly working with those who have been hurt the most, Christine has dedicated her professional life to educating others on the logic, normality and commonality of dissociation. The summation of her work is to educate practitioners about the vital importance of their presence, patience and care with those who have been through the most severe and brutal injuries so that they receive treatment with dignity and compassion.

The four qualities of presence, patience, dignity and compassion applied to every aspect of the therapeutic process can result in profound inner healing; something every human deserves to experience.