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NEW AND UPDATED SECOND EDITIONS!
PODS has its own page on Facebook. Please visit it by clicking on the link to the left and ‘like’ it to receive updates and wall posts.
You can also sign up to follow Carolyn (@CarolynSpring) on Twitter!
PODS provides a private online forum for dissociative survivors and their partners or supporters.
PODS holds a register of therapists and counsellors who are willing to work with trauma and dissociation. There are currently around 1000 people on our register.
If you are looking for a therapist, please get in touch with us and we will email you a list of therapists in your local area.
If you are a therapist/counsellor and would like to join our register, please also contact us to find out more about our requirements.
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-
PODS is run by Rob and Carolyn Spring, who are assisted by a small part-
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.
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 -
Helpline Number (freephone)
0800 181 4420
(Closed on Tuesday 31 March)
Carolyn Spring, Director of PODS, has recently released her first book on the Kindle platform. A collection of her essays, ‘Recovery is my best revenge: my experience of trauma, abuse and dissociative identity disorder’ is available for £2.99 by going to:
A second volume will be released alongside a printed edition, combining volumes 1 & 2, in 2015.
Don’t have a Kindle? No problem! Kindle reading apps are free and available for iPad/iPhone/Mac, Android & Windows. Go to:
The latest edition (February 2015) of the PODS magazine Multiple Parts is now available and can be ordered here. Written for survivors by survivors, this resource is published three times a year in February, June and October and is now a full colour printed publication with a new design. It contains articles of interest to both survivors and professionals.
Saturday 9 May 2015 in Exeter
Saturday 16 May 2015 in Manchester
Saturday 5 December 2015 in Cambs
Cost: £75.00 per person
Group discounts & concessions also available
A training day for people who work with people who have been hurt by people. A day about our intrinsic value as human beings, and how our experiences of relationships shape us—for ill or for good.
For further information and a booking form
please go to our events page.
‘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.
There are other courses you can also book onto. Go to our events page for further information.
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 500 people.
For more information on how to become a ‘Friend’, as well as organisational and overseas ‘Friendships’, please click here.
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The PODS office will be closed from Monday 30 March, opening again on Tuesday 7 April. There will be limited response during this time, although booking confirmations and ‘Friends of PODS’ enquiries will still be responded to.
The PODS helpline will be closed on Tuesday 31 March, reopening on Tuesday 7 April.
|meet the team|
|what we do|
|list of all events|
|18 Apr 2015 ¦ Trauma and the Body ¦ Darlington|
|25 Apr 2015 ¦ Trauma and the Body ¦ Brighton|
|9 May 2015 ¦ Working with Relational Trauma ¦ Exeter|
|16 May 2015 ¦ Working with Relational Trauma ¦ Manchester|
|23 May 2015 ¦ Trauma and the Body ¦ Bristol|
|20 Jun 2015 ¦ Trauma, Dissociation & Recovery ¦ Huntingdon|
|27 Jun 2015 ¦ Trauma, Dissociation & Recovery ¦ Bradford|
|11 Jul 2015 ¦ Trauma, Dissociation & Recovery ¦ Sutton Coldfield|
|18 Jul 2015 ¦ Trauma, Dissociation & Recovery ¦ London|
|03 Oct 2015 ¦ Trauma and the Body ¦ Belfast|
|17 Oct 2015 ¦ Trauma and the Body ¦ Birmingham|
|7 Nov 2015 ¦ Trauma, Dissociation & Recovery ¦ Crawley|
|28 Nov 2015 ¦ Trauma, Dissociation & Recovery ¦ Bristol|
|5 Dec 2015 ¦ Working with Relational Trauma ¦ Huntingdon|
|articles by category|
|articles from 'Multiple Parts'|
|articles by Rob & Carolyn Spring|
|explaining DID and dissociation|
|dissociative survivors' experiences|
|partners and supporters|
|treating dissociative disorders|
|facts and figures|
|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?|
|resources: resource guides|
|resources: training booklets|
|organisations for dissociation|
|organisations for survivors|
|counselling and psychotherapy organisations|
|mental health links|
|websites, blogs and wikis|