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President's Message: Reaping a Bountiful Fall Harvest!

02 Nov 2014 4:00 PM | Deleted user

Dear ISST Members,

Your new ISST board is approaching the "100 Days" marker, a good time to share with you what we have accomplished, and what you have to look forward to as a member of ISST. 


One of the biggest challenges we faced was overcoming the obstacles that hindered our ability to provide you with a premiere member website experience. We had to find solutions to legal conditions ISST faces as a not-for-profit organization based in Germany. Happily, we were able to accomplish this. Travis Atkinson, our Public Affairs & Member Benefits Coordinator, has created an entirely new ISST website, which will be launching shortly. We will be using a membership system that provides the latest features to you on a comprehensive platform that includes an integrated payment system, for your convenience, and is expandable as new features become available.


You will soon have access to a new ISST listserv based on Google Groups to help you communicate with other ISST members. Travis will be sending you directions on how to join the listserv, so watch your email inbox for instructions.

Schema Couples Therapist Certification

The board approved a new curriculum for couples therapists to become a certified schema couples therapist. The guildelines will be listed on the new website. If you are already working with couples using a schema therapy approach similar to what is described in the guidelines, you may qualify for the "Grandparenting" option. After reading the description, if you think you may qualify, please contact Chiara DiFrancesco, the board liaison for the Schema Couples Therapy Workgroup: EMAIL

2016 ISST Conference

We are planning our next ISST conference for 2016. Our current top contender for a host site is in the homeland of our Vice President, Christoph Fuhrhans: the beautiful city of Zurich, Switzerland. As we evaluate potential venues and accommodations that are as affordable and accessible as possible, we will be making a final decision and announcing the result so that you can start planning your vacation for 2016.

Office Help

As our membership ranks have grown, we recently employed an assistant to help process applications for the Training and Certification Coordinator, Joan Farrell. We hope this helps all members needing assistance with applications for certifications.

3-C Committee Developments

The 3-C Committee has expanded to take on the tasks of creating an ISST ethics policy, to clarify standards for competition within ISST, and to address conflicts of interest. The current committee is headed by chairs Poul Perris and Gerhard Zarback, and members include Jeff Young, David Edwards, Iannis Malogiannis, Vartouni Ohanian, Susanne Vind, and Heather Fretwell. Additionally, I am happy to announce that Wendy Behary, our former ISST president, will be joining the 3C committee. We are also seeking a member from the Netherlands to be included in the committee.   

New Brainstorming Workgroup

Wendy Behary created a new committee to help support specific tasks for ISST that could help the board accomplish more for members. If you are interested in joining the new committee, please contact Wendy directly: EMAIL

A Bountiful Harvest for All ISST Members

As you can see, the board's plate is full, and through determination and intense work, significant and exciting progress is being made to help ensure that you reap all the rewards possible as a member of ISST. 

From the entire ISST board, consisting of Christoph Fuhrhans, Travis Atkinson, Chris Hayes, Kristin Zickenheiner, Joan Farrell, Eshkol Rafaeli, and myself, we wish you all the best as we move forward together. 


Eckhard Roediger

ISST President

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