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#TraumaTalk Podcast Series

Welcome to the new ISTSS #TraumaTalk Podcast Series. Check back often for new podcasts in the series.

The Systems That Betray Us: How Failures to Protect Can Lead to Complex PTSD and Moral Injury

This podcast focuses on the topic of systemic betrayal and explores the biopsychosocial-spiritual impact of systemic failures. Dr. Ford will serve as content expert on systemic betrayal and Complex PTSD (CPTSD) and Dr. Stoycheva will serve as content expert on systemic betrayal and Moral Injury (MI). Dr. Khan, with a background in both MI and CPTSD, will serve as moderator. This discussion will provide a rich discussion of how traumatic events encountered within various systems (e.g., foster system, military) shape development, the phenomenological overlap of CPTSD and MI, the role of intersectionality, and some possible treatment implications for clinicians working with survivors of systemic betrayal.

Substance Use and Traumatic Stress

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Part of the ISTSS Friday Fast Fact Initiative

In this installment of the ISTSS podcast Trauma Talk, co-hosts Dr. Melissa Zielinski and Dr. Anne Wagner talk to Dr. Denise Hien, Dr. Sonya Norman, Dr. Sudie Back, and Dr. Debra Kaysen. Their conversation covers Substance Use Disorder (SUD) as a comorbidity with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This expert panel discusses the rates of comorbidity as well as how to proceed with treatment. Learn more about substance use and traumatic stress.

Clinical Considerations For Medical Trauma

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Part of the ISTSS Friday Fast Fact Initiative

Co-hosts Dr. Melissa Zielinski and Dr. Anne Wagner talk to Dr. Sacha McBain, a psychologist at the Center for Trauma Prevention, Recovery, and Innovation at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Their conversation covers clinical considerations for medical trauma and where the field needs to go in terms of research. Learn more about medical trauma.

What Do I Do Now? Maneuvering Roadblocks When Providing Trauma-Focused Interventions

In this podcast episode, Dr. Kelly Maieritsch and Dr. Tara Galovski review some of the challenges clinicians face when providing trauma-focused treatments.  Included in their discussion are highlights of “roadblocks” or commonly recognized barriers to initiating and completing treatment, such as avoidance and clinical complexities.  Dr. Galovski shares case examples highlighting strategies for how to proceed with trauma-focused treatments when these barriers present.  The discussion also focuses on emerging models in the provision of trauma-focused treatment that may prove to be more effective at engaging and retaining clients in trauma-focused treatment. 
Learning Objectives 
By the end of this podcast, you should be able to:

  • Identify common barriers presenting during trauma-focused treatment
  • Identify at least one approach to addressing barriers prior to or during trauma-focused treatment


Saving Lives by Treating PTSD among People at High Risk for Suicide 

In this podcast episode, Dr. Melanie Harned talks to us about when and how to provide trauma-focused treatment to patients at high risk for suicide. She discusses readiness criteria for initiating trauma-focused PTSD treatment and strategies for how to address suicidality when it emerges during treatment. Dr. Harned also shares contingency management strategies for using PTSD treatment as a reinforcer for stopping suicidal and self-harming behaviors, and explains why she believes leaving PTSD untreated among people at high risk for suicide can actually be riskier in the long run than treating PTSD. 
Learning Objectives 
By the end of this podcast, you should be able to:

  • Understand criteria for determining whether a patient who is at risk for suicide is ready to begin trauma-focused treatment 
  • Identify strategies for responding effectively if a patient engages in suicidal or self-harming behavior during trauma-focused treatment
  • Evaluate your own therapist anxiety about conducting trauma-focused treatment with patients at high risk for suicide or self-harm