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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

Understanding Predictors of Suicidal Ideation Among Sexually Abused Adolescent Girls
Posted on 10/20/2020 by Marianne Girard, M.A., Martine Hébert, Ph.D., Natacha Godbout, Ph.D., Mireille Cyr, Ph.D., Jean-Yves Frappier, Ph.D.
Child sexual abuse is linked with deleterious consequences on adolescent girls’ mental health including suicidal ideation, or suicidal thoughts.  Our study examined affect dysregulation as a mechanism uniting depressive symptoms and suicidal ideation in a sample of 119 sexually abused adolescent girls.
Should We Keep Training Therapists in a Pandemic? An Example of a Virtual Facilitated Learning Collaborative for Written Exposure Therapy
Posted on 10/05/2020 by Courtney Worley, Ph.D., Syed Aajmain, Stefanie T. LoSavio, Ph.D.
The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted daily life, and now may not seem like the ideal time to embark on training. However, ongoing training is essential to ensure adequate availability of evidence-based treatments. This article highlights elements of a program that proved durable as an example of how teams may continue to provide clinician training during this unprecedented time.
SIG Spotlight: The Traumatic Loss and Grief SIG
Posted on 09/24/2020 by Christopher M. Layne, PhD, and Julie B. Kaplow, PhD, ABPP
Widespread unmet needs arising from deaths due to the opioid, suicide, homicide, AIDS, COVID-19 and other epidemics are being met by an opportunity to make major strides in raising the standard of bereavement care worldwide. For the past three years, Drs. Robert Pynoos and the Traumatic Loss and Grief SIG Co-Chairs, Drs. Christopher Layne and Julie Kaplow, have been working with the American Psychiatric Association (APA) to formulate developmentally informed criteria for a new grief disorder in DSM-5-TR.