Get Involved / Volunteer
Bookmark and Share

Join ISTSS Today

  • Network with leaders in the field and colleagues around the world
  • Learn about state-of-the-art treatments for PTSD
  • Access the latest research and learn new skills
  • Join with those who speak the language of traumatic stress
  • Represent your community and bring home the latest information in the field
  • Be part of an international community of trauma experts
  • Challenge old perspectives and stimulate new thinking
  • Receive the top-tier journal in the trauma field

It's Easy to Join

Apply for Membership online today, or print an application and fax to 847-480-9282.

What is ISTSS?

ISTSS is the world's premier professional membership organization specializing in the field of traumatic stress. It is an international, multidisciplinary organization that promotes the advancement and exchange of knowledge about severe stress and trauma. ISTSS embraces and presents perspectives across races, ethnicities, and cultures.

Our mission includes understanding the scope and consequences of traumatic exposure, preventing traumatic events and ameliorating their consequences, and advocating for the field of traumatic stress. In addition to providing direct benefits to members, ISTSS represents the interests of members to other national and international organizations. These include the United Nations and the Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma, which is dedicated to improving media coverage of trauma, conflict and tragedy.

Who are we?

Our members include psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, counselors, researchers, administrators, advocates, journalists, clergy and others with an interest in the effects, treatment and study of traumatic stress.

ISTSS members come from a variety of settings around the world, including public and private health facilities, private practice, universities, research foundations, government agencies and non-governmental organizations.

ISTSS Member Benefits

  • NEW Traumatic Stress e-NewsBrief. Published electronically bi-weekly digest of news related to traumatic stress from media outlets around the world.
  • NEW Clinician Directory. Members have the option to be listed in the Clinician Directory on the ISTSS website that receives 300,000+ visitors per month.
  • ISTSS Regular Members are invited to sign up for the ISTSS Clinician Directory today. We encourage you to take advantage of this new member benefit which will be accessible on the ISTSS website.
  • Subscription to the Journal of Traumatic Stress.  Published bi-monthly, JTS is the leading source in the traumatic stress field.  Members have electronic access to prepublication articles, the current issue, and an archive of past issues.
  • There is no subscription or fee required for online access to the Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma. To access go to
  • Discounted rates for the ISTSS Annual Meeting.
  • Discounted rates for ISTSS continuing education courses and materials
  • Traumatic StressPoints online newsletter. Published electronically bi-monthly, StressPoints connects members with news from the field and our organization.
  • Access to the "Members Only" section of the ISTSS Web site, which includes easy access to full-text articles in the Journal of Traumatic Stress, and an online directory of all members. This invaluable resource is an instant connection to an extensive network of trauma experts.
  • Full access to resources on the ISTSS Web site - including adult and child assessment instruments, treatment manuals and other validated tools to assist the busy clinician and researcher. Background information is available to all site visitors but full access to these resources through ISTSS is only available to members.
  • Discounts on use of the ISTSS Career Center. Members can use this Web-based resource to advertise positions and obtain resumes of potential candidates at substantially reduced cost. Job-seekers may post their resume for employers to view.
  • Discounts on selected publications from Taylor and Francis, a leading source of trauma journals and texts.
  • Eligibility for recognition and awards presented by ISTSS to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field.

Download the ISTSS Membership Brochure