International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Bringing together clinicians and researchers from around the world,
to advocate for the field of traumatic stress.

The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies is dedicated to sharing information about the effects of trauma and the discovery and dissemination of knowledge about policy, program and service initiatives that seek to reduce traumatic stressors and their immediate and long-term consequences.

Mission Statement

ISTSS is an international interdisciplinary professional organization that promotes advancement and exchange of knowledge about traumatic stress.

This knowledge includes:
Understanding the scope and consequences of traumatic exposure
Preventing traumatic events and ameliorating their consequences, and
Advocating for the field of traumatic stress.

Trauma Blog

Clinician's Corner: Psychological Treatment of Dissociative Disorders
Posted on 11/02/2018 by Bethany L. Brand, Hugo J. Schielke, Paul Frewen, Ruth Lanius and Richard J. Loewenstein
Dissociative disorders (DDs) are not rare. The lifetime prevalence of DDs ranges from approximately 9 to 18 percent, with the most severe DD, dissociative identity disorder (DID), occurring in at least 1 percent of the general population (Sar, 2011). Despite this, DDs are underdiagnosed and undertreated.
Student Perspectives: Making Networking Work for You
Posted on 11/01/2018 by Ashlee Warnecke, PhD
Recent research indicates that up to 85 percent of open job positions are filled through networking, and up to 70 percent of job positions are filled before ever being posted (Adler, 2016; Belli, 2017). Although much of this information is derived from the business profession, researchers across professions are increasingly using websites such as LinkedIn to survey and track information regarding networking, expanding the applicability of these striking statistics to fields outside of business such as psychology.
Student Perspectives: Client Violence and the Working Alliance
Posted on 11/01/2018 by Josianne Lamothe
Client violence poses a significant challenge to professionals in the fields of health care and social services. According to two systematic reviews, anywhere from 2 to 32 percent of healthcare workers and 2 to 34 percent of child protection workers will be physically assaulted by a patient/client at least once over the course of one year (Pompeii, Dement, Schoenfisch, Lavery, Souder, Smith, & Lipscomb, 2013; Robson, Cossar, & Quayle, 2014).