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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

Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Still Going Strong After All These Years
Posted on 12/24/2019 by Julian Ford

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is inherently complex, encompassing symptoms that reflect a biopsychosocial interplay of physiology, emotion, cognition, motivation, behavior, relationships, and identity that occur when survival is threatened or irreparable harm is inflicted. Although it has been argued that a variant, complex PTSD (CPTSD), is unnecessary, and despite CPTSD not being included in the American Psychiatric Association’s in the DSM-IV and DSM-5, CPTSD just keeps hanging around and won’t go away.

Polytraumatization, mental health, and delinquency among adolescent gang members
Posted on 12/24/2019 by Maria L. Pacella-LaBarbara
In our recent Journal of Traumatic Stress publication, we report that 88% of adolescent gang members (aged 14-19) experience polytraumatization, a term that refers to directly or indirectly experiencing multiple (2 or more) potentially traumatic events (e.g., physical or sexual abuse, serious injury, illness or accident, the death of a loved one, etc.).  
Asserting the Construct Validity of the Professional Quality of Life (ProQOL) measurement instrument
Posted on 10/01/2019 by Steve Geoffrion & Josiane Lamothe

Clinicians who work with traumatized individuals often find positive meaning in their work and yet a high percentage of them remain vulnerable to burnout or traumatic stress. For this reason, many scientists have sought to develop scales to help them and others assess symptoms.

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