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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.

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Continuing to Deliver Gold-Standard Treatment: Cognitive Processing Therapy during COVID-19
Posted on 05/17/2020 by Stefanie T. LoSavio and John C. Moring
In response to COVID-19, mental health providers have had to quickly and creatively adapt treatment delivery, with many transitioning to telehealth. Like those in other professions, many clinicians have likely found the shift to video-based work challenging (e.g., Jiang, 2020; Skalar, 2020). With the stress of using a new treatment delivery format, there is a risk of drift from evidence-based practice. However, this need not be the case.
Making PTSD Screening More Likely by Identifying Abbreviated Versions of the PCL-5
Posted on 05/09/2020 by Timothy J. Geier, PhD, Sadie Larsen, PhD., & Terri deRoon-Cassini, PhD
Life after a traumatic injury can be scary and stressful. Beyond the general stressful life disruptions and uncertainties, there are often numerous follow-up appointments for the patient, such as physical rehabilitation, wound care, and pain management. There are also numerous professions with different goals involved in the care for the patient during this time, including surgeons, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, social workers, as well as mental health professionals.
Worst life events and media exposure to terrorism
Posted on 05/09/2020 by Rebecca R. Thompson, PhD; E. Alison Holman, PhD, FNP; & Roxane Cohen Silver, PhD
Unfortunately, all people are likely to have something bad happen to them over the course of their lifetimes.  Our team of researchers at the University of California, Irvine was interested in how people consider and catalog their various life events, including both direct, individually-experienced events and indirect, collectively-experienced ones, to determine which is their “worst” life event.
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