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Abstract Submission

Late-breaking abstract sumbissions for poster presentations close September 22, 2021.

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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.

Trauma in Context: Moving Beyond the Individual

The global events of the past few years have made it clear that trauma is much more than an individual phenomenon. Rather, traumatic events and their effects occur in the context of relationships, communities, societies, and cultures. These recent global events have created opportunities for our field to rethink the ways in which traumatic stress is conceptualized and addressed. In response, there has been a surge of innovation that has advanced our scientific understanding of trauma and improved access to effective trauma-focused treatment for those who need it most. However, much work in the domain of traumatic stress remains focused on individuals alone, and does not attend to the role of context in trauma. 
The 37th Annual Meeting of ISTSS will showcase recent innovations in how we conceptualize and address traumatic stress. The meeting will feature cutting-edge work that considers the many contextual factors surrounding who is most at risk for trauma exposure, how people respond to traumatic events, and what methods are most effective to bring about resilience, recovery and growth in trauma survivors. To answer these questions, presentations will be sought that examine intra- and inter-personal factors across all levels of the social ecology including relational (e.g., family, peer), institutional, community, and global sociocultural contexts. We are especially interested in featuring work that focuses on the intersection of trauma and systems of oppression. The goals of the meeting are to highlight recent innovations that speak to a multifaceted and contextualized understanding of trauma and its effects; engage a discussion about the state of the field with regard to its attention to the role of context; feature contextually-focused interventions; and identify key avenues for future research related to social-ecological and systemic factors that impact psychological adjustment to trauma. Through these goals, the 2021 Annual Meeting will offer a space for thoughtful discourse on how we can incorporate broader contexts into our understanding and treatment of trauma. 

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.

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

  • Research on interpersonal, community, and sociocultural contexts that affect risk for trauma exposure

  • ​Research on how the interpersonal, community, and sociocultural contexts in which trauma recovery unfolds affect outcomes for trauma survivors and the efficacy of treatments for trauma

  • Research on traumatic events related to systems of oppression, including racism, marginalization, and political oppression, or how these systems of oppression affect traumatic stress and its treatment in minoritized and/or underrepresented populations

  • Research on trauma related to global crises (e.g., climate change, COVID-19, global conflicts)

  • Research on novel treatments that incorporate contextual approaches (e.g., couple/family, peer-led, or community-level  interventions)

  • Research that seeks to understand the role of policies, structures, and/or institutions that can affect the degree to which individuals are able to access, engage with, or benefit from post-trauma care

  • Research on mechanisms or treatments employing multiple levels of analyses (e.g. biological, psychological, interpersonal, cultural) with the aim of integrating knowledge from discrete domains to better understand mechanisms of treatments of traumatic stress

  • Research that conceptualizes trauma as an experience shared among  communities and explores long term community-level sequelae associated with exposure

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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