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President’s Message
Date posted: 04/1/2021
Topic: COVID-19
As I was reading Dr. Debra Kaysen’s March 2020 President’s Message to find inspiration, it became quickly evident that what she wrote last year still rings true today, one full year later: “We are in the midst of an unprecedented global pandemic that has upended most of our lives in ways that six [18, now] months ago would have been impossible to fathom.” However, while many things have remained the same, others have also significantly changed over the past year. I would therefore like to start this March 2021 message by amending Dr. Kaysen’s message and reminding us all that “we are in the midst of an unprecedented global pandemic that has [taught us how to solve problems in creative and ingenious ways that 12] months ago would have been impossible to fathom.”
Prospective Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Childhood Trauma-Exposed Individuals
Date posted: 03/12/2021
Topic: COVID-19
Since the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been declared a pandemic in March 2020 (World Health Organization, 2020), extensive public health actions to slow down the spread of the virus (e.g., social distancing, self-isolation) have been implemented worldwide. While these actions were implemented “to flatten the curve”, they also come along with an enormous impact on public mental health. Investigating mental health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the general population and vulnerable groups has thus been proposed as an immediate research priority (Holmes et al., 2020)
SIG Spotlight: COVID-19, Mental Health and Physical Activity
StressPoints
Date posted: 04/1/2021
Topic: COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically altered people’s lives, exacerbated existing health inequalities and increased the risk for mental health problems, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) (1). One important determinant of mental and physical health that has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic is physical activity. While necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19, social distancing regulations and quarantine measures, such as curfews, and the closure of public parks and gyms have meaningfully reduced opportunities for physical activity and increased sedentary behaviour (2).
President's Message
Date posted: 01/28/2021
Topic: COVID-19

I am truly honored and humbled to serve as the president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, especially during these trying times due to the global pandemic. 

I can only start this column by addressing how challenging 2020 was for us all. 2020 will be remembered as a year that saw a range of unprecedented threats to the existence and welfare of our communities and to our planet as a whole, with events ranging from major wildfires to mounting political tensions to a global pandemic.

Bringing Greater Resilience to Our Communities with GRIT
Date posted: 11/1/2020
Topic: COVID-19
In March 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic was beginning to take hold across the United States, the National Institute for Human Resilience (NIHR) created GRIT – Greater Resilience Intervention Teams. The purpose of GRIT is to train volunteers in the community to promote wellness and resilience support to fellow community members – friends, family, coworkers, and acquaintances – in the wake of the stress caused by COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and future disasters.
Clinician's Corner: The Pandemic Wears Many Faces in Trauma-Focused Psychotherapy
StressPoints
Date posted: 11/24/2020
Topic: COVID-19
Earlier this year, none of us could have imagined that our day-to-day lives, or the lives of the individuals and families we serve, would change so dramatically and swiftly come March. Mental health problems have become more frequent and severe. Children are falling through the cracks in education. Families have lost loved ones. I could go on, but you all have already experienced or witnessed these changes. Indeed, COVID-19 has spurred a paradigmatic shift across every life domain, upsetting social norms, pushing us out of our comfort zones, and worse, putting some individuals and families at significant risk.
 
Research Methods: The Challenges of Conducting Traumatic Stress Research During COVID-19
StressPoints
Date posted: 11/24/2020
Topic: COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has been stressful and traumatizing for people across the globe. As trauma researchers, our instinct is to spring into action—rapidly conducting studies trying to understand the impact of these traumatic stressors and developing, proposing and testing ways to mitigate their harm. This is, of course, exactly what we should be doing. And yet with this, there come many problems that need to be considered. This article briefly raises some of these issues and asks what can be done to address these concerns.
Should We Keep Training Therapists in a Pandemic? An Example of a Virtual Facilitated Learning Collaborative for Written Exposure Therapy
Date posted: 10/5/2020
Topic: COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted daily life, and now may not seem like the ideal time to embark on training. However, ongoing training is essential to ensure adequate availability of evidence-based treatments. This article highlights elements of a program that proved durable as an example of how teams may continue to provide clinician training during this unprecedented time.
Implementing PE During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Tips and Adaptations
Date posted: 09/14/2020
Topic: COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought new stressors and increased the potential for traumatic exposures. Home-based clinical videoconferencing allows patients to receive effective PTSD treatment that has been adapted for safe delivery during the pandemic. Clinical considerations when providing prolonged exposure therapy and suggestions for flexible adaptation are discussed. 
Should I initiate Cognitive Processing Therapy or Prolonged Exposure with my patient during the COVID-19 pandemic? Patient-, provider-, and system-level factors for consideration?
Date posted: 08/31/2020
Topic: COVID-19
Article outlines factors to consider when deciding whether and how to initiate Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) or Prolonged Exposure (PE) for the treatment of PTSD with a given patient-provider pair during the COVID-19 pandemic. Analysis suggests key factors fall under three categories: patient factors, provider factors, and system-level factors.
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