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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.

Trauma Blog
    07/22/2016 by Jillian Shipherd, PhD, Alexis Matza, PhD, and Kristallen Salters-Pedneault, PhD
    It’s a pretty common experience to have intrusive cognitions (ICs, or thoughts, memories, and images that are distressing, unwanted, and happen seemingly “out of nowhere”). Lots of people feel like they might be going crazy when that happens, even though ICs happen to almost everyone - even well-trained soldiers in the U.S. Army have this experience. Understanding more about these experiences will help lots of different people, but particularly trauma survivors since ICs are common after trauma, and are a hallmark feature of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
    06/20/2016 by Tara Galovski, PhD
    Understanding the mental health effects of shared community violence may shed light on wounds that are less conspicuous than property damage and physical injury.  The identification and healing of psychological wounds is a critical component in a suffering community such as Ferguson, MO.
    06/20/2016 by Emma Blackmore, PhD, Frank Putnam, MD, and Thomas O'Connor, PhD
    A mother’s mental health can have substantial impacts on her pregnancy, delivery and her baby’s health.  Previous studies have demonstrated a link between depression and/or anxiety and higher rates of preterm birth and lower birth weight. Most studies, however, do not systematically assess traumatic life events.   This is a significant oversight given that depression and anxiety often occur together, and may be a direct consequence of trauma exposure.
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