The 2014 abstract submission will be open February 4 - March 18, 2014.
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The ISTSS Annual Meeting is a place where professionals get to see old friends and colleagues, meet new ones and develop and strengthen collaborative relationships in order to move the field of traumatic stress forward. It provides a forum for the sharing of research, clinical strategies, public policy concerns and theoretical formulations of trauma.
It is an international assembly of professionals and students representing an array of disciplines, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, counselors, researchers, administrators, victim advocates, journalists, clergy and others with an interest in the study and treatment of traumatic stress.
The theme of the ISTSS 30th Annual Meeting, “Healing Lives and Communities: Addressing the Effects of Childhood Trauma Across the Life Span,” highlights childhood trauma as an important public health issue that affects individuals, families and communities.
Childhood trauma includes a wide range of potentially traumatizing events, from disasters, accidents and medical events to violence, war, and chronic interpersonal trauma such as abuse or neglect. In the last decade our field has made significant progress in understanding the psychological, social and neurobiological mechanisms involved in the short- and long-term effects of childhood trauma, and the mechanisms that promote resilience.
Health and mental health professionals and policy makers are increasingly aware of the impact of adverse childhood experiences across the life span. A new Global Collaboration among ISTSS and other traumatic stress societies has recognized a compelling need to address childhood abuse and neglect and the latent impact of that abuse around the world.
The 30th Annual Meeting will feature new developments in the field, synthesize current understanding of the impact of childhood trauma on health and wellbeing across the whole life span to consider how families, communities, and culture relate to childhood trauma and its effects, and it will provide an opportunity to reflect on how this knowledge informs practice, research and policy.
- Assessment of childhood trauma across the lifespan
- Effects of childhood trauma on the health and mental health of children and adults
- Family- and community-level impact of chronic exposure to childhood trauma
- Neurobiological and epigenetic aspects of childhood trauma
- Developmental pathways and mechanisms in risk and resilience
- Complex trauma-related disorders
- Cultural and global aspects of childhood trauma
- Prevention of childhood trauma and its consequences
- Treatment of childhood trauma across the life span
- Multi-level intervention approaches for individuals, families and communities
- Policy implications for reducing childhood trauma and its impact
- Public health approaches to preventing or ameliorating childhood trauma
The ISTSS Annual Meeting includes both oral and poster presentations.
Full Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of Boston University School of Medicine and ISTSS. Boston University School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.
The meeting will also offer CE credits in psychology, counseling, social work, marriage/family therapy, alcohol and drug counseling and nursing.