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ISTSS 2019: Reflections from A Global Travel Award Recipient Psychology and Boston: Sparking a New Flame
Date posted: 04/21/2020
Topic: Student and Early Career
This past November, I had a unique opportunity of presenting my abstract at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) 35th Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts in the United States. The conference theme was “Trauma, Recovery, and Resilience: Charting a Course Forward.” My abstract was titled “Validation of the Screen for Children Anxiety and Related Emotional Disorders-Revised Version (SCARED-R) for Use in Rwanda.”
Student Perspectives: How to Care for Someone Who Recently Experienced A Traumatic Event: The Five Core Principles for Early Posttraumatic Interventions, According to Hobfoll and Colleagues
StressPoints
Date posted: 04/21/2020
Topic: Student and Early Career
According global epidemiology surveys, 70% of individuals will experience a traumatic event at some point during their lifetime. Unfortunately, exposure to a traumatic event such as a physical assault or a natural disaster either directly or as a witness can lead to mental health disturbances; specifically, acute stress disorder (ASD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety and increased rates of suicide are frequently reported by trauma survivors.
Student Perspectives Trauma Exposure as a Risk Factor for Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors among Firefighters
StressPoints
Date posted: 02/26/2020
Topic: Student and Early Career
The alarming rates of suicide among military veterans have recently been widespread among the media. Would you believe it if you were told that firefighters experience similar rates of suicide in comparison to military veterans?
Student Perspectives: Imbuing Evidence-Based Treatment for PTSD with Principles of Posttraumatic Growth
StressPoints
Date posted: 02/26/2020
Topic: Student and Early Career
As both a posttraumatic growth (PTG) researcher and a clinician delivering evidence-based treatments to military veterans with PTSD, I have often wondered if and how these worlds intersect. Prolonged exposure therapy (PE; Foa, Hembree, Olasov Rothbaum, & Rauch, 2019) and cognitive processing therapy (CPT; Resick, Monson, & Chard, 2017) are two evidence-based protocols (EBPs) at the forefront of PTSD treatment.
Creating an Inclusive College Campus
StressPoints
Date posted: 09/11/2019
Topic: Student and Early Career
As we approach another school year, many individuals are gearing up to begin their educations on college campuses across the world. There are a great deal of unknowns involved in attending school that can produce stress. For the average college student, this is one of the first times they are responsible for the bulk of their choices and navigating life on their own.
Student Perspectives: Adding a Bullet Point About Trauma: the Importance of Teaching About the Consequences of Experiencing Adversity in the Health and Social Sciences
Date posted: 06/1/2019
Topic: Student and Early Career
Building a teaching curriculum has become an important part of many graduate students’ educational journeys. Learning to teach university-level classes can be a challenge, with most of us having received little to no training on the subject.
Student Perspectives: Assessing and Preventing Psychology Trainee Burnout
StressPoints
Date posted: 03/29/2019
Topic: Student and Early Career
Trainee burnout is a concept that has been openly discussed with supervisors more during my internship training than during all of graduate school. I have been fortunate to have supervisors who ask, “Have you eaten lunch today?” “Did you get a chance to sit and conceptually think about that case?” and even, “What did you do this weekend that was fun for you?” It was in those moments it became clear: I was stuck in the graduate school mentality.
Student Perspectives: A Student Therapist’s Clinical Response to the Continuum of Dissociation
Date posted: 01/1/2019
Topic: Student and Early Career
As a psychology trainee, I have often had discussions about how my emotional reactions when with a client can be a useful indicator of various client factors present in session. Specifically, supervisors have suggested this self-awareness is particularly valuable aiding in the assessment and treatment of dissociative disorders based on a client’s level of connection (or disconnection).
 
Student Perspectives: Considerations for Addressing Interpersonal Violence on College Campuses
Date posted: 01/1/2019
Topic: Student and Early Career
As college students—especially college students who study and aim to specialize in trauma psychology—we cannot ignore the epidemic of sexual assault that seems to especially permeate university life. Two factors that commonly exacerbate feelings of trauma for survivors are substance abuse and a lack of social support, especially through institutional betrayal. We were interested in the experience of survivors on our own campus.
Student Perspectives: What Can Psychologists Do for Asylum-Seekers? Firsthand Experience from the South Texas Family Residential Center
Date posted: 01/1/2019
Topic: Student and Early Career
Editor's note: ISTSS released a statement on the importance of keeping families together in June 2018. The mothers and children refer to it as “carcel de bebes” or “baby jail,” described psychologist Kristin Samuelson, Ph.D, about the South Texas Family Residential Center, where she recently volunteered with the Dilley Pro Bono Project.
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