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"Trauma & Dissociation" Conference: Clinicians, Survivors, & Loved Ones - United in Healing
Ivory Garden is proud to announce that we will be hosting this conference
during the weekend of Oct. 3rd thru the 5th 2014. This is going to be such a great conference.
Disclaimer: This conference is not intended to 'replicate' or 'duplicate',
nor is Ivory Garden associated with any other group, organization,
or similar event. Ivory Garden is exclusively and proudly sponsoring this conference.
If you have questions concerning this conference,
contact Felicity at firstname.lastname@example.org
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This site is dedicated to the support of individuals who struggle with or support those with dissociative disorders. All are welcome. The 'forum' section of the board is open to those who have dissociative disorders. It is a safe place for open discussion within the forum and chat sections, and free of charge to join and participate. There is also a blog section that is open upon registration to the site. Anyone can take the quiz, which is in no way a diagnostic tool or criteria for joining. Titles, such as 'owner', 'administrator', etc. are merely that and do not connote literal 'ownership' of this site.
We admire the strength and courage of all survivors of childhood trauma and view dissociation as one way that intelligent children adapt to and cope with early abuse. "Specifically, dissociation can unexpectedly disrupt, alter, or intrude upon a person’s consciousness and experience of body, world, self, mind, agency, intentionality, thinking, believing, knowing, recognizing, remembering, feeling, wanting, speaking, acting, seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching, and so on. . . . These disruptions . . . are typically experienced by the person as startling, autonomous intrusions into his or her usual ways of responding or functioning. The most common dissociative intrusions include hearing voices, depersonalization, derealization, “made” thoughts, “made” urges, “made” desires, “made” emotions, and “made” actions. (Dell & O’Neil, 2009, p. xxi).
"DID is generally viewed as a developmental (condition) in which...severe and prolonged traumatic experiences can lead to the development of discrete, personified behavioral states (i.e., rudimentary alternate identities) in the child, which has the effect of encapsulating intolerable traumatic memories, affects, sensations, beliefs, or behaviors and mitigating their effects on the child’s overall development. Secondary structuring of these discrete behavioral states occurs over time through a variety of developmental and symbolic mechanisms, resulting in the characteristics of the specific alternate identities. The identities may develop in number, complexity, and sense of separateness as the child proceeds through latency, adolescence, and adulthood. DID develops during the course of childhood and rarely, if ever, derives from adult-onset trauma (unless it is superimposed on preexisting childhood trauma and preexisting latent or dormant fragmentation). The circumstances leading to the development of DID often occur in the context of relational or attachment disruption that may precede and set the stage for abuse and the development of dissociative coping." (Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, 12:188–212, 2011). We believe that every survivor deserves to be treated with the utmost respect and validation. Healing is a difficult and long journey which is made so much easier with quality medical/ mental health treatment and a solid support system.
Our Support Forum
provides for members environments of acceptance, compassion, and privacy. Here at IGDID, staff supports as each member becomes more acquainted and familiar with navigating and participating on the forums. Discussion is open. All age groups are welcome to post on the board. Posts are completely private and not fed into any search engines - such as google or yahoo - as you will see on 'open boards'.
There are three levels of access on the support forums - as shown at the bottom of the main forum page. 1) Open access - all guest and members can read and post. 2) ' Junior Member' (members with less than 100 posts) access - forums where discussion is less 'personal'. 3) 'Advanced/Advanced with Satanic Ritual Abuse/Mind Control' members (100+ posts) - access to all areas including chat rooms.
We find that limiting forums to Junior Members helps everyone to feel comfortable as newer members find their way around and get to know each other before sharing and/or reading more personal discussion.
Our Chat Rooms
We have 15 Chat Rooms all with audio/video capability. Members and staff hold regular scheduled chat times for different topics, general discussion, fun activities (like karaoke), and littles/teens chat. Otherwise, the rooms are open at all times for Advanced Members, as well as having chat sessions for junior members.
One to One Peer Support for all Members
Set an appointment with one of our peer supporters. This is not counseling or therapy, but a way to talk to someone one-one in a private and confidential setting - happening within our private chat rooms.
Here we offer different products, gifts, etc. Proceeds from the store help us to keep the board and website running ad-free and the cost of chat rooms.
We offer for guests and member an array of resources including books Books, Articles, Members' projects, writing, and art, Members' Web Sites, and Blogs.
For additional help navigating the board, applying for membership, or setting up your profile, please go to our Help Section where there are several video tutorials. Also, take a moment to read our Policies and Guidelines.
We appreciate your interest in our site.
Ivory Garden DID Support Group