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What Does a Model ATSS Member Looks Like?

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As a Certified Trauma Responder and President of the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists (ATSS), Kent Laidlaw knows what characteristics help to make up the model ATSS member.

The following is a tribue to Dr. Anne Eyre who has been an ATSS member for 11 years, and has served, almost primarily, as the secretary of the board for the last six:

What Does a Model ATSS Member Looks Like?

Her name is Dr. Anne Eyre, and she is from England. Anne has been an ATSS member for approximately 11 years, and served as a board member for at least 6 of those years, primarily as a secretary. Anne has survived three office relocations and some very tumultuous times within the organization.

Over a decade ago, after attending a conference where she was made to feel welcome, Anne became more involved with ATSS. She indicated that the atmosphere at the conference was explicitly placed on a family/supportive/self-care environment. She further valued the informative nature of the conference, especially the emphasis on how trauma had been experienced in internationally high-profile incidents, such as the Oklahoma City bombings, Columbine and 9/11.

One of Anne’s amazing and attractive attributes is her ability to bring clarity and even humor to tense or difficult situations. Her calming and logical approach was often the perfect balance for those of us who tended to be a bit more dramatic and demonstrative in nature. 

Anne has attended every ATSS conference, except for the one in 2002 when the threats of terrorist attacks were at their peak, and flights from the U.K. to the U.S. were not advisable.

Anne has worked on conference-planning committees in a variety of roles, and has made significant presentations on the issues of trauma and treatment. She was also the first board member who did not reside in North America. This meant that she was often significantly inconvenienced by time zone differences when it came to participating on the dozens upon dozens of ATSS conference calls. An example of Anne’s adaptability was when she attended a board meeting held in Charlotte, NC at 10:00 p.m. — that would have been 3:00 a.m. her time (and that was after flying from the UK to the U.S.).

Anne has recently stepped away from her board responsibilities, but continues to contribute in many ways. She frequently promotes both ATSS certifications and membership whenever she travels in England and beyond. She has already made herself available to help in the development of the 2010 conference in Toronto, Canada.

Anne’s role as a member at large, and then as a member of the board of directors within a member-driven, volunteer organization has been exemplary. She has performed her role in a very appropriate and admirable fashion, and never lost sight of the fact that the board was in place to provide oversight to the organization and to serve the needs of its members.

Anne is maintaining her membership in ATSS, and is taking a well-deserved and hard-earned break from her superb leadership role over the past 11 years.

Given her amazing, unselfish contribution to ATSS in so many ways, on behalf of all of the ATSS members, our wonderful staff and the board of directors, I would like to thank Anne for her contribution and service over the years, and wish her a safe and successful future. 


Written by traumalines

March 1, 2010 at 7:12 pm

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  1. I’ve know Dr. Anne Eyer for many years. She is an incredible professional and has down immeasurable work on behalf of ATSS as well as for trauma survivors. It has been an honor to work with her. Anne, if you read this, hope to see you in Toronto in 2010!!!

    Barbara Maurer

    March 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    • Hey Barbara,

      Thanks for commenting, and letting readers know a little more about Dr. Eyre.

      Hope to hear from you again soon,



      March 3, 2010 at 7:04 pm

  2. […] “What Does a Model ATSS Member Look Like?” is an article contributed by ATSS President Kent Laidlaw, CTR which pays tribute to Dr. Anne Eyre. After years of dedication to ATSS and its members, Dr. Eyre is stepping aside, opening up the position for Secretary on the Board of Directors. […]

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