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Late breaking abstract sumbission for poster presentations will be open September 1 - 15, 2020.


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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.

The ISTSS Annual Meeting provides a forum for the sharing of research, clinical strategies, public policy concerns and theoretical formulations of trauma. The annual 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.

Bridging Science and Practice to Reach Underserved Communities: Barriers, Opportunities and Innovations 

The field of traumatic stress is at an exciting point in its history with significant advances in the scientific understanding of important factors that influence psychological adjustment following trauma exposure. However, there is a continued struggle to translate this large and growing evidence base to practice to most effectively meet the needs of those exposed to trauma. This gap is particularly apparent for the hardest to reach and most vulnerable populations. That is, despite a proliferation of research, we know that most trauma-exposed individuals will not access evidence-based support. Some of the challenges to broader dissemination and application of existing scientific knowledge include high burden associated with training clinicians; feasibility challenges for patients seeking to engage in evidence-based care; treatment approaches that are complex, burdensome and lengthy; and cross-cultural differences that interfere with treatment acceptability and feasibility in certain populations.

To address this need, the 36th Annual Meeting of ISTSS will seek to provide cutting-edge presentations that highlight the most up-to-date, innovative and novel work being conducted by diverse professionals devoted to the study of traumatic stress across the globe. Goals of the meeting will be to increase discussion around the most effective ways to disseminate empirically based assessment and treatment techniques, methods for streamlining treatments to make them easier to deliver and receive, adaptations that make interventions a better fit for diverse populations, and basic and applied science findings that can be used to make our interventions more targeted, precise, mechanistic and ultimately easier to deliver. Taken together, a bridging of science and practice is necessary to meaningfully enhance recovery and resilience following trauma exposure in diverse settings and the 2020 ISTSS Annual Meeting aspires to showcase and promote novel and innovative work in this area.      

Topics that would be of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Dissemination and implementation of work that seeks to understand barriers and opportunities for improving access to evidence-based services
  • Dissemination and implementation work that seeks to improve access to care by improved training or delivery methods
  • Mechanistic research that seeks to identify precise treatment targets and can be used to streamline current approaches to intervention
  • Research that elucidates cultural differences that interfere with service delivery
  • Cross-cultural adaptations to treatments that make them more accessible
  • Approaches that incorporate technology or other innovative approaches that improve access to care
  • Research on innovative ways to work across diverse health services (e.g., mental health, social services)
  • Research on public health approaches to addressing trauma and its effects
  • Applications of big data resources to answer questions on the impact of traumatic stress
  • Research that seeks to understand policies and structural factors in high risk communities
  • Research that seeks to address issues around health inequities in the field of traumatic stress

Submissions on other topics relevant to the traumatic stress field are always welcome. New members, active members, nonmembers 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. During the late breaking submission window we are accepting 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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