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PODS is run by Rob and Carolyn Spring, along with a team of others, most of whom suffer from a dissociative disorder. Rob is training as a counsellor and Carolyn is a freelance writer, speaker and trainer who has DID as a result of organised abuse. Go to Meet the Team.
Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) may affect as much as 1.5% of the population (Johnson et al, 2006). That’s just under 1 million people in the UK. At least a further 3.5% of the population may suffer from another dissociative disorder, which equates to a further 2 million people (see here for details of statistics).
PODS exists to make recovery from dissociative disorders a reality through training, informing and supporting. Click here for a PDF about us.
PODS is a project run by START (Survivors Trauma and Abuse Recovery Trust), a registered charity number 1143737.
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PODS runs a helpline on Tuesday evenings between 6 and 8 pm. If you cannot get through,
please leave a message and we will phone you back ASAP. Appointments can also be
made to speak at other times -
0800 181 4420
PODS provides a private online forum for dissociative survivors and their partners or supporters.
This is not an ‘open forum’ which is free for anyone to join as there are several of these available on the internet already. Instead, this is a ‘closed forum’ and access is only granted to people who have made contact with PODS either via the helpline, by email, or by having attended a training day. The other requirement is to be a ‘Friend of PODS’.
If you would like more information about joining the forum, including a copy of our
guidelines, please email us: info@pods-
For a comprehensive list of books relating to dissociation, please visit our bookstore.
PODS now has its own page on Facebook. Please visit it by clicking on the link below and ‘like’ it to receive updates and wall posts.
You can also sign up to our ‘Cause’ to raise awareness of DID. This is an app within Facebook.
And finally ... follow Carolyn (@CarolynSpring) on Twitter!
Please recycle your ink cartridges and help raise funds for PODS. Send off (via FREEPOST) your used inkjet cartridges for recycling. If they’re eligible, we will receive a small commission and you’ll be helping to save the environment!
PODS has recently produced a Dissociation Resource Guide. This A4, printed and comb bound publication contains over 50 pages and is stuffed full of facts, stats, definitions and articles relating to trauma, dissociation, DDNOS and DID.
Available for £6.00 inc P&P, this is an excellent resource for both survivors and professionals.
Click here for a sample Contents page. You can order and pay online or send in an order form with a cheque.
Would you like to support the work that PODS does? If so, become a ‘friend’!
Apart from training days, which are self-
Become a ‘friend of PODS’ for £20.00 a year (UK individual) and you will receive each of the 3 editions throughout the year of the printed version of Multiple Parts in the post as soon as it is published. You will also receive the last back copy as a PDF by email and will be entitled to a £5.00 discount on every PODS training day.
And more importantly, you will be helping us to continue to provide the services we do, which includes publishing Multiple Parts, providing resources such as the free Emergency DID Information Cards and Resource Guides, and providing the helpline which has so far supported over 200 people.
For more information on how to become a ‘Friend’, as well as organisational and overseas ‘Friendships’, please click here.
The latest edition (January 2013) of the PODS magazine Multiple Parts is now available
for sale. Written for survivors by survivors, this resource is published three times
a year in January, May and September and is available printed and comb-
Dates for 2013 (more to follow in 2014):
Saturday 18 May 2013 in Huntingdon, Cambs
Saturday 30 November 2013 in Bradford, West Yorks
Saturday 7 December 2013 in Huntingdon, Cambs
Cost: £50.00 per person or £80.00 for a couple
(survivor plus supporter)
This workshop is suitable both for people suffering from a Dissociative Disorder and their partners, family members or other supporters, including professionals such as counsellors, psychotherapists, Community Mental Health Teams, psychologists and anyone else interested in finding out more about how dissociation is a creative and brilliant coping strategy for surviving otherwise unendurable trauma.
The day will be an information-
Feedback from previous delegates:
The last session of the day from about 3.30 pm will be an open meeting for survivors and partners/supporters which is the opportunity for people to meet together, support one another and share their experiences, facilitated by Rob. There will be a separate Q&A session for counsellors, therapists and other professionals during the final session in a different room, facilitated by Carolyn.
For further information and a booking form
please go to our events page.
‘Working with Relational Trauma: Attachment and Healthy Relationships’ Workshop
Sexual trauma such as childhood sexual abuse is the ultimate violation of boundaries.
Rather than growing up with a secure attachment where our personal, physical and
psychological boundaries are respected, as trauma survivors we have often grown up
in toxic relationships, where we have developed a shame-
This workshop will look at why all this happens, and most importantly what we can do about it.
Covering topics such as how to identify safe and unsafe people, what role mindfulness can play in the development of our interpersonal capacities, and how to develop a healthy relationship with both others and our self (or selves), this workshop is suitable for both trauma survivors and those working with them.
The workshop will be running as follows:
For more information and to book, go to our events page.
Back copies of Multiple Parts are available for download at www.pods-
We now have a number of resources available for free or to purchase, including DID Emergency Information Cards, our magazine Multiple Parts, a Child Sexual Abuse Resource Guide, a Grounding Poster, and the Mind booklet, as well as others. Go to our resources page for more information and to order.
‘Trauma and the Body -
Trauma doesn’t just affect the mind and the emotions. It profoundly affects the brain and the body too. Often ‘the body remembers’ what the mind cannot.
Why is it that so many trauma survivors not only suffer from ‘psychological’ disorders
such as Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Dissociative Identity Disorder
(DID) but also from a whole raft of physical issues — chronic pain; frequent or recurrent
Come and find out what long-
For more information and to book, go to our events page.
|meet the team|
|what we do|
|living and working with dissociation: 30 november 2013|
|living and working with dissociation: 7 december 2013|
|working with relational trauma: 8 june 2013|
|working with relational trauma: 26 october 2013|
|working with relational trauma: 9 november 2013|
|trauma and the body: 22 june 2013|
|trauma and the body: 29 june 2013|
|trauma and the body: 13 july 2013|
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|dissociation and the body|
|trauma, attachment and relationships|
|self-harm and suicidality|
|childhood sexual abuse|
|general mental health issues|
|what is dissociation?|
|what is chronic dissociation?|
|what is Dissociative Identity Disorder?|
|what causes DID?|
|how is DID diagnosed?|
|what diagnostic tools are available?|
|what are the diagnostic criteria for dissociative disorders?|
|what is DDNOS?|
|what are the signs and symptoms of DID?|
|what role does medication play?|
|what is the recommended treatment approach?|
|what is psychological trauma?|
|what are the usual responses to trauma?|
|top ten books|
|DID survivor stories|
|dissociation and DID|
|child sexual abuse|
|ritual & organised abuse|
|neurobiology & somatisation|
|organisations for dissociation|
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