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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

Written Exposure Therapy vs. Expressive Writing via Telehealth in Undergraduates
Posted on 10/23/2023 by Ellis, Darnell, & Orcutt
The evidence base for Written Exposure Therapy (WET) continues to grow, however most of the research has been conducted in-person with veteran samples. Further, WET has not been emprically tested against the treatment (expressive writing) from which it was developed. In our recent proof-of-concept study, we examined the efficacy of WET provided via telehealth in undergraduates with elevated PTSD symptoms compared to trauma-focused expressive writing, finding preliminary evidence that WET performed better to reduce PTSD symptoms.  
Body- and movement-oriented therapy for PTSD: an updated systematic review and meta-analysis
Posted on 10/16/2023 by van de Kamp, Emck, & Cuijpers
This updated systematic review and meta-analysis suggests that BMOIs may be effective for patients with PTSD in reducing PTSD symptoms and secondary symptoms of depression and sleep problems. Therefore, treatment options should include BMOI’s and more high quality studies should shed more light on specific effects and working mechanisms.
Predicting optimal PTSD treatment outcomes in patients with PTSD related to childhood abuse
Posted on 10/02/2023 by van Vliet, Bremer, van Bronswijk, Muntjes, de Jongh, & van Dijk
In this paper, no evidence was found that some patients benefit more from a phase-based treatment than from a trauma-focused treatment.