Understanding Terror and Violence in the Lives of Children and Adolescents


In September 2013, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), Norwegian Center for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies (NKVTS) collaborated with the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS) for a conference focused on better ways to understand the suffering of children and adolescents following trauma, and methods for helping them cope and thrive. The research was recently published in the newest issue from the European Journal of Psychotraumatology

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Individuals Displaced by War, Political Violence, & Human Rights Violations


June 20, 2014 marked the 14th Annual International Refugee Day, an event first celebrated in 2001 with the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Geneva Refugee Convention, when international guidelines for the protection of refugees were established. International Refugee Day is intended to bring attention to challenges of the millions of individuals who have fled their homes due to political violence, threat of persecution, or human rights violations. Read more...

Examining Patient-Level Factors in the Receipt and Completion of PTSD Treatment

[Traumatic Stress News] There are multiple challenges to the provision of successful mental health care. As noted in teh previous blog entry, there is a need to develop innovative strategies to deliver the care. Read more... 

Upcoming Events

August 14 - 16, 2014
TRaCS conference on Human Resilience
Changi General Hospital, Singapore
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October 17 - 19, 2014
Post-Traumatic Stress: State of the Art Research and
Clinical Implications for China
Hangzhou, China
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Post-Traumatic Stress: State of the Art Research and Clinical Implications for China

October 17 - 19, 2014 in Hangzhou, China Download the Preliminary Program and Registration Form for Non-Chinese Attendees Today 

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)