Culture and Traumatic Symptoms


What is the role of culture in the mental health of help seekers who have experienced traumas? Given that trauma occurs in every culture, knowledge of how culture may impact symptom expression is of crucial importance in understanding the psychological difficulties and strengths of trauma survivors. Read more...


Theory & Traumatic Stress Studies Special Interest Group

The Theory & Traumatic Stress Studies SIG aims to generate, evaluate, critique, and promote more theoretical work in the field of traumatic stress. Consider joining a group of fellow researchers and clinicians interested in challenging our field to adopt a new standard for our science. Learn more...

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April 23 Webinar
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
and PTSD


ImageRichard Bryant, PhD, will review evidence of how Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries and PTSD intersect with attention to problems of different diagnosis. Reserve your spot today.


Traumatic StressPoints
March 2014


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Presidents Message: How We Work Together: An Inclusive, Transparent, Sustainable ISTSS

Nancy Kassam-Adams, PhD

Bank Robbery - A Neglected Potential Traumatic Exposure?

Maj Hansen, MSc

Leaving Home to Become Stronger: Maori LGBT in New Zealand

Paul Reynolds, PhD, Cherryl Smith, PhD and Leonie Pihama, PhD

Bridging the Trauma Research-Practice Divide: Juvenile Court Trauma Audits

Carly B. Dierkhising, MA and Shawn Marsh, PhD

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Upcoming Events

May 30, 2014
Trauma Talks 2014: Advancing Cultural Understandings in Trauma-Informed Care
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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June 1 - 6, 2014
Dubrovnik Summer School of Psychotraumatology 2014
Zagreb, Croatia
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The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)

CPA 75th Annual Meeting, June 5 – 7, 2014 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. 


ISTSS 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
  • Advocating for the field of traumatic stress



  • Founded in 1985
  • Over 2,400 members
  • Members are from 50 countries
  • Headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois (USA)