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Healing Trauma Together

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

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.
President's Message
Posted on 07/29/2021 by Eric Bui, MD, PhD, ISTSS President
I hope everyone is spending as nice a summer as you can despite the ongoing health crisis. I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone of the importance of having a diverse organization and to share a few steps that ISTSS has taken toward diversifying our membership in support of Strategic Goal 2 (“ISTSS promotes professional, demographic, cultural and geographic diversity and inclusivity among our membership”). As someone born in France from Vietnamese refugee parents, who has lived 10 years in the U.S., and who happens to think (and sometimes dream) in four different languages, I deeply value diversity, not only to promote inclusivity and tolerance, but also as a central tenet of scientific excellence. However, despite all this, I found myself struggling greatly when writing this column on diversity, as this brings up conflicting feelings in me.
SIG Spotlight: Military Women and Mental Health: Risk Factors and Implications for ‎Treatment
Posted on 07/23/2021 by Grace Seamon-Lahiff, Allison L. Baier, Kristen H. Walter and Barton Buechner
It has been a ground-breaking year for women serving in the military. In the U.S., the Marine Corps Recruiting Depot in San Diego welcomed its first female platoon (Athey, 2020) and President Biden appointed two female generals to lead Transportation and Southern Command (Hoffman & Starr, 2021). Outside of the U.S., Officer Cadets Chuki Wangmo, Midya Masti and Firushana Thaufeeq were the first women from Bhutan, the Kurdistan region of Iraq, and the Maldives to graduate from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (Forces Net, 2021b). Additionally, Major General Sharon Nesmith became the first female Army Officer in the U.K. to serve at the division level (Forces Net, 2021a). To honor this progress and recognize the mental health needs of women in the military, the ISTSS Military Special Interest Group offers this   brief overview of gender differences in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptomatology and treatment within the field of military psychology.