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ISTSS, in collaboration with the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS)
and EMDR-Europe, is presenting four days of meetings in London, June 13-16, 2008.

ISTSS will hold “Interventions for Traumatised Populations: An Expert Update from ISTSS,” a one-day symposium on June 16, 2008, at the Royal College of Physicians in central London, U.K. This meeting, open to all ISTSS members as well as others working in the field, will provide an expert update on interventions for traumatised populations.

Check the ISTSS Web site and future issues of Traumatic StressPoints in the upcoming weeks for more information.


9.30 Welcome

9.40 Developmental Trauma Disorder: A Proposed Diagnosis for DSM V.
Bessel van der Kolk, Past-President of ISTSS; Medical Director of the Trauma Center, National Child Traumatic Stress Network; Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine. Many chronically traumatized children and adults have complex adaptations to trauma that are not captured by the PTSD diagnosis. This talk will present the criteria for the proposed diagnosis, as well as supporting databases and treatment data.

10.05 Psychosocial Therapeutic Interventions for Children with Traumatic Stress Reactions.
John Fairbank, Past-President of ISTSS; Associate Professor of Medical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, Duke University Medical Center; Co-Director of the UCLA-Duke University National Center for Child Traumatic Stress. An overview of the current state-of-the-art in the development and dissemination of empirically supported interventions for child traumatic stress.

10.30 Treating Adult Complex Trauma Survivors.
Marylène Cloitre, Director, Institute for Trauma and Resilience; Cathy and Stephen Graham Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry NYU Child Study Center. Differing treatment approaches will be examined as they are relevant to various “core symptom sets” associated with chronic traumatisation.

10.55 Coffee

11.25 Longitudinal Studies in PTSD. How do they inform practice?
Alexander McFarlane, Past-President of ISTSS; Head of the University of Adelaide Node of the Centre of Military and Veterans Health in South Australia. Long-term naturalistic follow-up data will be presented to challenge some of the prevailing assumptions about PTSD.

11.50 Treatment Outcome Research.
Patricia Resick, President-Elect of ISTSS; Director, National Center for PTSD (Women's Health Sciences Division) VA Boston Healthcare System; Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, Boston University. The components of state-of-the-art treatment research will be described within a framework of modern understandings of cognitive behavioural treatments for PTSD.

12.15 Questions and Discussion

12.30 Lunch

14.00 Public Mental Health and Traumatic Stress in (Post-) Conflict Settings.
Joop de Jong, Professor of Cultural Psychiatry in the VU University of Amsterdam; Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry in Boston University. The use of public mental health criteria to select priorities for prevention and practice and to address policy and cultural issues in situations of mass trauma.

14.25 Working with Refugees in the United Kingdom.
Stuart Turner, President of ISTSS, Chair of Trustees of the Refugee Therapy Centre and Chair of Trustees of the Centre for the Study of Emotion and Law. Cultural, therapeutic and legal issues arising in work with refugees in the UK.

14.55 Tea

15.25 What do we know about early interventions after trauma?
Richard Bryant, Scientia Professor of Psychology at the University of New South Wales. A description of cognitive behaviour therapy techniques for early interventions for PTSD, recent developments in identifying recently traumatised people at high risk for PTSD, the evidence for early interventions for PTSD, and their limitations.

15.50 Five Principles of Psychosocial Intervention in the Immediate and Midterm Aftermath of Mass Casualty.
Stevan Hobfoll, Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Kent State University; Director of their Applied Psychology Center and the Summa-KSU Center for the Treatment and Study of Traumatic Stress; Senior Fellow in the Center for National Security Studies at the University of Haifa. Five basic principles of psychosocial intervention in the immediate and midterm aftermath of mass casualty have been determined by an international group of experts on disaster and terrorism as a blueprint for intervention following mass casualty, based on review of the empirical literature.

16. 15 Early Lessons from the London July 7th Bombings Service Evaluation.
Chris Brewin, Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Subdepartment of Clinical and Health Psychology, University College London; Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist specialising in the treatment of PTSD at the Traumatic Stress Clinic. The screen and treat model used to guide the mental health response following the London bombings will be presented and contrasted with a crisis counselling approach. Preliminary outcome data for the brief evidence-based intervention for PTSD will be presented.

16.40 Discussant (followed by questions).
Ulrich Schnyder, Vice-President of ISTSS; Professor of Psychiatry and Head, Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital, Zurich.