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Global Perspectives: Like No Other: The Grief of COVID-19 ‎
StressPoints
Date posted: 09/30/2021
Topic: International and Global
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
StressPoints
Date posted: 09/24/2021
Topic: International and Global
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.
Research Methods: Collaborating Globally to Make Traumatic Stress Research Data More ‎‎“FAIR”
Date posted: 07/29/2021
Topic: International and Global
Editor’s Note: ISTSS is a founding partner in the Global Collaboration on Traumatic Stress

The FAIR Guiding Principles for scientific data stewardship state that data should be Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR; Wilkinson et al 2016). In summary, the principles state that researchers should be able to find relevant data and datasets and have a clear means to gain (or request) access to those data, that data should be readable across various software systems (now and in the future), and that we should have enough information about specific variables and data collection methods to allow us to reuse those data. These principles are part of the growing global movement toward a more open and transparent science, across disciplines from astronomy to the social sciences. Being “FAIR” is not an all-or-nothing proposition; rather, FAIRness is a continuum. Making traumatic stress research data more FAIR can promote better science, enhance understanding of trauma impact and recovery, and ultimately benefit trauma-exposed individuals and communities around the world (Kassam-Adams & Olff, 2020). Recognizing the importance of these issues, the Global Collaboration on Traumatic Stress has undertaken FAIR data as its fifth “theme.”
President's Message
Date posted: 05/27/2021
Topic: International and Global
I am delighted to begin this column by highlighting the release on Earth Day of our ISTSS Briefing Paper on Global Climate Change and Trauma. This outstanding collective work describes how climate change increases the frequency and severity of traumatic events as well as associated posttraumatic mental health problems at the global level. Although this should be obvious, this paper serves as a good reminder that mitigating the effects of global climate change should be central to our mission as clinicians and researchers in general (Roberts & Godlee, 2007), and all the more as clinicians and researchers focused on traumatic stress in particular.
The Transgenerational Legacy of Totalitarian Regimes: System and Ecology of Trauma
Date posted: 04/16/2021
Topic: International and Global
This blog piece introduces ground concepts aiming to overcome fragmentation in individual, collective, and transgenerational trauma studies.
Human Rights and Policy: Improving Responses to Mental Health Crises: A Brief Review and Next Steps
StressPoints
Date posted: 04/1/2021
Topic: International and Global
The last year has seen increased publicity regarding how to improve community responses, especially to mental health crises, by law enforcement. Historically, law enforcement officers have been the primary responders to mental health crises (Kisley et al., 2010), and research within the United States suggests that one in ten individuals with mental illness encounter police prior to receiving mental health care (Livingston, 2016). Furthermore, as many as 20% of police calls involve individuals with mental illness (Livingston, 2016). The Treatment Advocacy Center (2015) reported that 25% of deaths from police shootings involve individuals with mental illness, and 20% of police officers’ time is spent responding to mental health crises. Since 2015, over 1,400 individuals with mental illness have been fatally shot by police, according to the Washington Post (Washington Post, n.d.). Over the last 30 years, several approaches have been developed and used worldwide to improve community response to psychiatric crises.
Clinician's Corner: The Assessment and Treatment of PTSD in South Africa: ‎ A Move Towards Effectiveness
StressPoints
Date posted: 01/28/2021
Topic: International and Global
Over the last few decades, several trauma-focused psychotherapies have accrued substantial evidence to effectively treat posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Further development in the field of traumatic stress research has been the evaluation of empirically supported treatments (ESTs) such as prolonged exposure therapy (PE) and cognitive processing therapy (CPT), among others, in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) (see Kaysen et al. 2020; Rossouw et al., 2020). Yet even with the availability of several efficacious trauma therapies for PTSD, the uptake and implementation of these treatments remain relatively sparse in LMICs such as South Africa. 
Global Perspectives: The Global Collaboration on Traumatic Stress
Date posted: 01/28/2021
Topic: International and Global
The Global Collaboration on Traumatic Stress (GC-TS) is a rapidly growing collaborative of traumatic stress societies from all over the world, with professionals committed to promoting globally significant traumatic stress related activities that are best performed by means of international collaboration. The GC-TS covers a wide range of themes and projects, including research projects and activities relevant for practitioners.
Global Perspectives: Cultural Evolution, Diagnosis and Treatment of PTSD in Rwanda
StressPoints
Date posted: 11/24/2020
Topic: International and Global
Twenty-six years have passed since the genocide against the Tutsi people, a devastating traumatic experience for the Rwandan population in East Africa. Before the genocide, PTSD was not known in Rwanda. This was likely due to a shortage of professionals in the mental health domain and a different conceptualization of mental health. However, the genocide impacted Rwandans’ mental health due to experiencing and witnessing a range of horrors. Approximately 1 million people were killed, 250,000 women were raped, millions of Rwandans were displaced and 94% of people experienced at least one genocide event (Binagwaho et al. 2014). As a result, approximately 30% of the population was estimated to meet PTSD criteria 18 or 25 years after the genocide (Munyandamutsa et al, 2012, Mutuyimana et al. 2019).
ISTSS Global Travel Award Campaign Reaches Goal!
Date posted: 09/21/2020
Topic: International and Global
ISTSS celebrates the completion of its ambitious $100,000 Global Travel Award Campaign! Led by the vision and generosity of two ISTSS members who initiated the campaign with leadership gifts, the ISTSS Board then launched a $20,000 matching gift campaign and, with the support of the wider ISTSS community and $10,000 that ISTSS received from the estate of Ellen Frey Wouters, successfully reached its milestone of $100,000.
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