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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

Shame Mediates Emotion Dysregulation and PTSD Symptoms in Combat Veterans
Posted on 08/30/2021 by Aidan Flynn, MS, Alexander Puhalla, PhD, & Amanda Vaught, PsyD
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one of the most prevalent mental health disorders among US veterans and is associated with emotion dysregulation. Improvements in emotion dysregulation have corresponded with reductions in PTSD symptoms. However, it is unclear if specific emotions play a role in this relationship. 
How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted patients receiving PTSD care?
Posted on 08/16/2021 by Carmen McLean, PhD, Sonya Norman, PhD, & Sudie Back, PhD
One of the biggest changes to the mental health landscape since the onset of the pandemic has been the rapid and wide-scale switch from in-person therapy to telehealth. The adoption of telehealth may represent a silver lining to the pandemic, insofar as telehealth can increase the availability and convenience of psychotherapy. Born out of necessity to maintain physical distancing imperatives, this shift is likely to be permanent for at least some portion of mental health care provision. 
Clinician’s Corner: The Transcending Trauma Project, Part II: ‎A Systemic Perspective Of Coping and Adaptation: The Inextricable Connection Between ‎Individual and Family
Posted on 07/29/2021 by Bea Hollander-Goldfein, PhD
As discussed in the last issue of ISTSS StressPoints’ Clinician’s Corner column, in 1993, the Transcending Trauma Project (TTP) was launched under the auspices of the Council for Relationships, affiliated with Jefferson University, and located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. It was based on grounded theory methodology to gain an understanding of how Holocaust survivors coped with and managed to rebuild their lives after the devastating suffering, deprivation and losses experienced during the genocide of the Nazi Holocaust designed to exterminate the Jewish population of Europe. To expand the focus beyond the individual survivor and to apply systemic analysis to the study of coping and adaptation after extreme trauma, TTP not only analyzed the individual survivor as a single unit but also analyzed the individual survivor within their family unit.