International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies


Mindfulness: Creating Awareness, Flexibility and Freedom in the Treatment of Trauma
Robyn Walser, PhD
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Central Time

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In the future, the ISTSS website will house a library of syllabi and classroom presentations to demonstrate the various ways that traumatic stress is being taught around the world. We will also gladly accept your personal accounts of the most challenging and rewarding aspects of teaching about traumatic stress for possible publication on the website. If you are a teacher or trainer and would like to submit your materials or thoughts to share, please contact ISTSS.

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Calendar of Events
  • October 20, 2015

    Medical School Auditorium, Talca, Chile
    Second International Trauma Meeting: Gender and Trauma
    Chilean Association of Traumatic Stress, ISTSS and University of Talca
  • October 28, 2015

    The painful emotional experiences found in the aftermath of trauma often lead to symptoms of PTSD, depression and anxiety, and other issues related to life functioning, including a variety of behavioral problems ranging from substance abuse to relationship problems. Many of the post-trauma attempts to recover involve regaining control over distressing responses to trauma such as intrusive thoughts, and on-going feelings of sadness and fear. While some attempt to control these experiences can be expected and useful, many attempts to control emotions and thoughts result in a furthering of the suffering experienced post trauma. Mindfulness can be used to these reduce rigid and inflexible attempts to control negative emotions and thoughts by fostering a sense of conscious awareness to experience. This can include assisting trauma survivors to develop an awareness to the process and ongoing flow of experience itself. Mindfulness practice can be used to facilitate a broader perspective of life and a sense of connectedness with others. Clients may come to see that suffering is a universal experience and this can facilitate greater acceptance of the challenges of life post trauma. As well, mindfulness practice can help to sharpen concentration, allowing greater focus in the activities we undertake in our lives. Perhaps one of the greatest benefits for practitioners of psychotherapy using mindfulness with clients is affect tolerance. It can help to cope with stress, anger, and other forms of emotion. Clients can come to see thoughts and feelings as transient experiences, helping to decrease identification with momentary affective states. Mindfulness can assist clients in experiencing internal events fully and as they are without self-judgment and the added struggle against reality. In a similar way, mindfulness can facilitate finding peace with painful memories. Finally, by fully engaging in the present, we experience our lives in a richer, fuller way. The current presentation will explore the use of mindfulness in the treatment of post trauma problems, as well as briefly review current literature of the use of mindfulness in the treatment of trauma.

    This webinar is presented by Robyn D. Walser, PhD,  is Associate Director for National Center for PTSD, Dissemination and Training Division and Assistant Clinical Professor at University of California, Berkeley.
  • November 05, 2015

    New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
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