ISTSS Joins an Amicus Brief Against Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE)


ISTSS recently joined an Amicus Brief filed on behalf of the defendants (the Governor of New Jersey et al, and Garden State Equality) in the case of Tara King et al. to prevent the use of Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE) for minor children after sexual abuse. An Amicus (“friend of the court”) Brief is a document filed by individuals or organizations not directly involved in a court case that can provide additional expertise for the court to consider in making its decision.   Read more...

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Trauma and World Literature


Susan Minot’s novel Thirty Girls presents an insightful and harrowing depiction of the experiences of a group of young girls abducted from their convent school by rebel soldiers in Uganda, one that a recent review in the New York Book Review lauded as “a novel of quiet humanity and probing intelligence.” Minot portrays the ways these girls attempt to come to grips not only with the abuse and degradation they suffer, but with the atrocities they are forced to perpetrate on others. 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... 

Traumatic StressPoints
May 2014


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Presidents Message: Making a Difference in trhe World: ISTSS and Societal Impact

Nancy Kassam-Adams, PhD

The Impact of Trauma Assignments on Journalists' Families 

Patrice Keats, PhD

Paper in a Day: A Method to Build Capacity

Eva Alisic, PhD, Sadie Larsen, PhD, and Alyson Zalta, PhD

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