ISSTD Virtual Book Club - Frank Putnam

Mar 01, 2017 09:00am -
Mar 07, 2017 12:00pm

Event Description

Welcome to the ISSTD Virtual Book Club Registration page.

We are excited to kick off the next ISSTD Virtual Book Club featuring an ISSTD pioneer. Dr. Frank Putnam will join us March 1-7 to discuss his newly released book, The Way We Are: How States of Mind Influence Our Identities, Personality and Potential for Change.

Please note that the format for this Book Club will be shorter than previous book clubs. Dr. Putnam will join us for one week only to discuss his new book. Participants are encouraged to purchase the book in advance and be prepared to discuss the entire book during this week.

Dr. Putnam is excited to connect with ISSTD members who have found his work valuable and we would like to thank him for providing our members with this rare opportunity. Registration is now open and will run through February 28. The book is available for sale through Professional Books, the ISSTD partner bookstore
Rick Hohfeler and Joan Haliburn
Virtual Book Club Co-Moderators


Frank W. Putnam, M.D. is a child and adolescent psychiatrist who has devoted his 35-year career to understanding, treating and preventing child maltreatment.  Beginning with landmark studies of MPD/DID in the early 1980s, his efforts to understand the developmental roots of dissociative disorders led him to initiate (with developmental psychologist Penelope Trickett) a prospective longitudinal study of sexually abused girls.  That study, now located at Penn State under Dr. Jennie Noll, continues to follow the original children and their offspring 30 years later.  The results of the longitudinal study convinced Dr. Putnam that the best approach to prevention was to break the generational cycle of child abuse and family violence.

In 1999, he moved from NIMH to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, where, in addition to directing the Center for Safe and Healthy Children, a regional child advocacy center, he served as scientific director of Every Child Succeeds, a child abuse prevention program designed to test strategies to help poor, single, young, (generally traumatized) first-time mothers.  One result, Moving Beyond Depression.Org, a 15-session maternal depression in-home treatment has been adopted by over 10 state and national home visiting programs.  In the last decade, Dr. Putnam has focused on developing strategies for implementing proven child abuse treatment and prevention programs on state and regional scales as well as using the new media to influence discussions of public policy (see

A founding member of the ISSTD, he is currently Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and author/co-author of over 200 scientific articles and chapters on child maltreatment and two books on the dissociative disorders.  Dr. Putnam is semi-retired and has stage 4 cancer.


Need to purchase the book for the upcoming Virtual Book Club? Professional Books, the ISSTD partner bookseller, is offering the book at the discounted price of $35.00 with free shipping in the US. Visit the Professional Books website today to order your copy!

This is for ISSTD Members Only. If you are not yet a member and are interested in joining, please visit: ISSTD Membership page

Event Type:Book Club
Early registration ends on Feb 09, 2017.
Regular registration starts on Feb 10, 2017 and ends on Feb 28, 2017.
Late registration starts on Mar 01, 2017.
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