ISTSS has formulated Best Practice Parameters for trauma
professionals as teachers, clinicians, and scholars. The aim is to
stimulate discussion and exchange of information within the traumatic
Best Practice Parameters for Teaching and Training
Trauma professionals who teach or conduct trainings:
- Strive to ensure that their material is up-to-date and is conveyed
truthfully and accurately.
- Do not exploit students or supervisees professionally or
- Make every effort to accurately represent program content. Inform
students or supervisees about any potential conflicts of interests
including financial benefits using particular texts.
- Communicate students or supervisees the potential impact of trauma
work (vicarious, secondary or indirect traumatization) and the duty to
- Prepare the audience, when possible, when case or media examples
could trigger audience members’ trauma reactions in predictable
- Do not require students to participate in individual or group
experiential training exercises that encourage self-disclosure about
personal histories without first providing informed consent with a
genuine option to decline participation.
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