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Educational Need

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.

There is an unprecedented need to recognize the far-reaching impact of trauma. From traumatic experiences related to the COVID-19 pandemic to the global social reckoning with traumas experienced due to hatred, racism, and historical oppression, we are living in a time that requires reflection and scientific inquiry on the ways that trauma becomes embedded into the mind, body, and societal spirit. Although PTSD is often considered the quintessential mental illness related to trauma, the impact of trauma is known to affect a wide range of mental and physical health outcomes across the lifespan. Therefore, trauma should be conceptualized as a transdiagnostic risk factor for a multitude of psychological and physiological health processes that may exist beyond some recognized diagnostic boundaries. Innovative research and clinical methodologies that recognize mental and physical health multimorbidity after trauma are needed to move the field of trauma research and practice forward. 
The ISTSS 38th Annual Meeting will address the widespread health influences of trauma exposure over the life course. This year’s meeting will highlight the myriad ways in which the impacts of traumatic stress can manifest with respect to mental and physical health, across populations, and across the lifespan. In pursuit of this goal, we seek presentations that cut across traditional diagnostic categories and adopt dimensional and multiple-levels-of-analysis approaches to understanding trauma-related psychopathology. Additionally, we are interested in research that addresses multimorbidity in the context of trauma. We welcome presentations that speak to the comorbidity of psychological conditions after trauma, as well as to the interplay of mental and physical health after traumatic events. With respect to intervention work, innovative transdiagnostic treatment approaches and treatments designed to address comorbidity in the aftermath of trauma will align closely with the meeting’s theme. The goals of this meeting are to showcase the connections that can be made when we widen our scope beyond PTSD and to demonstrate how appreciating these processes and impacts can inform a more comprehensive approach to improving the lives of individuals who experience trauma. 

Accreditation Statement

Jointly-Accredited-Provider-Logo.pngIn support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco LLC and 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.

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing edu­cation for psychologists. ISTSS main­tains responsibility for this program and its content.