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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

Occupational posttraumatic stress disorder & workplace violence
Posted on 10/03/2022 by Kerri Wizner, MPH, Katherine Cunningham, PhD, Fraser Gaspar, PhD, MPH, Carolyn Dewa, PhD, MPH, & Brad Grunert, PhD
There is growing evidence that workers at jobs that involve face-to-face interactions with distressed or constrained populations, such as health care, retail services, and prison systems, face significant risk for workplace violence (WPV). Experiencing traumatic violent events at work can have serious mental health consequences, including the development of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Supporting MST survivors during disclosure: what is a therapist to do?
Posted on 09/26/2022 by Kathryn Carroll, LCSW & Anne Rufa, PhD
Survivors of military sexual trauma are faced with unique challenges when it comes to disclosure. After the assault they may be isolated from their typical social networks, and for many a disclosure to their military peers can be complicated.
Trauma profiles relate to differential alcohol use risk in military populations and intimate partner violence may be particularly important
Posted on 09/19/2022 by Bonnie Vest, PhD, Nomi Wess-Laxer, PhD, D. Lynn Homish, MS, & Gregory Homish, PhD
It is important to consider a broader range of potentially traumatic exposures among military populations, to address cumulative risk. Our research suggests that non-combat traumatic exposures are common among reserve soldiers, and relate to differential risk for alcohol use, indicating a need for more comprehensive screening and connections to care.