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Abstract Submission

Abstract submission closes March 21.

NOTE: All presenters, chairs and discussants must have CVs attached to the submission. The continuing education creditor is willing to accept an abbreviated CV. See sample.

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The ISTSS Annual Meeting provides a forum for the sharing of research, clinical strategies, public policy concerns and theoretical formulations of trauma. The Meeting is also where professionals get to see old friends and colleagues, meet new ones and develop and strengthen collaborative relationships in order to move the field of traumatic stress forward.

It is an international assembly of professionals and students representing an array of disciplines, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, counselors, researchers, administrators, victim advocates, journalists, clergy and others with an interest in the study and treatment of traumatic stress.


Trauma, Recovery, and Resilience: Charting a Course Forward 

Although its roots extend back more than a century, the modern field of traumatic stress studies traces its origins to the groundbreaking work of clinicians and researchers with trauma survivors in the 1970s and ‘80s, and to the founding of ISTSS in 1985. A watershed moment for the field occurred in 1992 with Judith Lewis Herman’s publication of Trauma and Recovery, a book that not only opened the eyes of the public and professionals to the impact of trauma on millions of survivors, but also provided a crucial map to recovery. The ISTSS 35th Annual Meeting honors the prescience and vision of key pioneers in the field. Our goal is to link their insights to the brilliant work on trauma and recovery that is emerging today as a means of charting a course for the next generation of traumatic stress clinicians, scientists, and scholars across the world. 

We seek program submissions that work to advance and connect our understanding of trauma’s multiple dimensions (e.g. neurobiologic, epigenomic, symptomic, psychological, physiological/somatic, behavioral, interpersonal, societal, economic, cultural, and spiritual) with the therapeutic processes and relationships that promote recovery. Charting a course forward for the field of traumatic stress across nations, populations, and professions also necessitates artful, nuanced bridging from science to practice and continuous outreach to those who remain marginalized and underserved. We invite submissions that confront the many challenges related to reaching, serving, and empowering traumatized and vulnerable populations in crisis across the globe. The conference aims to engage attendees from all professions, nations, and cultures in mutual learning and re-dedicating their lives and work to the shared quest of preventing trauma and promoting recovery from traumatic stress wherever there are unmet needs or emerging crises. 

Compelling Topics Related to the Theme Include:

• Proposals revisiting and updating theoretical perspectives on traumatic stress and recovery through the use of rigorous/innovative methodologies
• Proposals employing multiple levels of analyses with the aim of integrating knowledge from discrete domains (e.g. biological, psychological, interpersonal, cultural) 
• Proposals examining modes and processes of resilience in the wake of trauma, particularly those that shed new light on our understanding of resilience
• Proposals investigating therapeutic processes and relationships in novel contexts, through novel methodologies and/or through novel theories
• Proposals closing the gap between research and implementation, addressing the challenges of translating scientific knowledge into practice within diverse settings
• Proposals on underserved populations, preferably demonstrating a commitment to actively involving and empowering of stakeholders and moving from research “on” to research “with”  
• Proposals focusing on process and/or outcome of cross-disciplinary collaborations to advance traumatic stress research or practice

Submissions on other topics relevant to the traumatic stress field are always welcome. New members, active members, non-members and students are invited to submit proposals and attend the meeting. International participation is strongly encouraged.

Presentation Types

The ISTSS Annual Meeting includes both oral and poster presentations.

Full Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco LLC and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). Amedco LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. 
This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM
This course is co-sponsored by Amedco and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). Amedco is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Amedco maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Social Workers
As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Amedco is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Amedco maintains responsibility for this course. 

New York Board for Social Workers
Amedco SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0115. 

Florida Board of Behavioral Sciences
Amedco is approved by the Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling. Provider BAP#39-Exp.3-31-2021. 

Ohio Chemical Dependency Board
This conference will be submitted to the OH Chemical Dependency board for review. Ohio Counselor, Social Work & Marriage and Family Therapist Board This conference will be submitted to the OH Counselor, Social Work & MFT board for review. 

California Nurses Board
Amedco is approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP13683.


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