Bringing together clinicians and researchers from around the world to advocate for the field of traumatic stress.

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: Facilitating Posttraumatic Growth Through Participation in a ‎Speakers’ Collective: Clinical Implications for Supporting the Survivor’s Mission‎
Posted on 09/30/2021 by Christine Valdez, PhD, and Laurie Fields, PhD
Communities Healing and Transforming Trauma (CHATT) is a speakers’ collective developed at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Trauma Recovery Center (TRC). The UCSF TRC was founded in 2001 to test a new model of comprehensive services for victims of crime that integrates assertive outreach, clinical case management and trauma-informed, evidence-based mental health services. TRC also provides coordination, advocacy and linkage to help survivors navigate complex systems and access the resources they need to heal, including medical, legal and other services. It was developed as an alternative to the claims-based crime victim compensation model that was not accessible for the majority of victims, and it was initially funded as a pilot program by state legislation for five years.
Global Perspectives: Like No Other: The Grief of COVID-19 ‎
Posted on 09/30/2021 by Sukanya Ray, M.Phil
Pre-COVID life seems like a distant past while the world adjusts to a new normal, or shall we say new normals. Early in March 2020, Scott Berinato wrote in the Harvard Business Review, “That Discomfort You’re Feeling is Grief”; little did we know of the extent of this grief. Adam Grant wrote in 2021 in The New York Times, “There’s a Name for the Blah You’re Feeling: It’s Called Languishing.” While many gifted writers have tried to deconstruct the complex set of emotions we have been experiencing since early 2020, the world has only been progressively meeting more and more shades of one basic emotion: grief.
President's Message
Posted on 09/24/2021 by Eric Bui, MD, PhD, ISTSS President
While things are usually slow over the summer (at least in the Northern Hemisphere I should add), I am grateful that the various ISTSS committees and task forces have been working hard on proposing plans to implement recommendations stemming from our Membership Engagement Task Force and Data Committee which conducted the Membership Survey.