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The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies is dedicated to sharing information about the effects of trauma and the discovery and dissemination of knowledge about policy, program and service initiatives that seek to reduce traumatic stressors and their immediate and long-term consequences. ISTSS is an international interdisciplinary professional organization that promotes advancement and exchange of knowledge about traumatic stress.

Trauma Blog

Supporting MST survivors during disclosure: what is a therapist to do?
Posted on 09/26/2022 by Kathryn Carroll, LCSW & Anne Rufa, PhD
Survivors of military sexual trauma are faced with unique challenges when it comes to disclosure. After the assault they may be isolated from their typical social networks, and for many a disclosure to their military peers can be complicated.
Trauma profiles relate to differential alcohol use risk in military populations and intimate partner violence may be particularly important
Posted on 09/19/2022 by Bonnie Vest, PhD, Nomi Wess-Laxer, PhD, D. Lynn Homish, MS, & Gregory Homish, PhD
It is important to consider a broader range of potentially traumatic exposures among military populations, to address cumulative risk. Our research suggests that non-combat traumatic exposures are common among reserve soldiers, and relate to differential risk for alcohol use, indicating a need for more comprehensive screening and connections to care. 
Can a stellate ganglion block enhance prolonged exposure for PTSD?
Posted on 09/05/2022 by Jennifer Hein, MD & Alan Peterson, PhD
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one of the largest mental health conditions affecting military and veteran service members. While there have been considerable improvements in the way we treat PTSD over the last two decades we still have a long way to go. We propose that pairing prolonged exposure therapy with a stellate ganglion block will synergistically enhance treatment outcomes.