International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Child Trauma Issues


The ISTSS 33rd Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of professionals dedicated to trauma treatment, education, research and prevention. There will be several workshops, symposia and expert trainings on child trauma issues.

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Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Pre-Meeting Institute
Child-Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE): Building Skills to Strengthen Trauma Recovery in Children and Youth

Wednesday, 1:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Pre-meeting Institute
A Family-Based Preventive Intervention for Active Duty Military Personnel and Veterans: Supporting Military and Veteran Families through Transition

Wednesday, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Opening Keynote Panel
Acts of Creation, Performance, and Empowerment: Non-traditional Approaches to Support Resilience and Recovery in the Midst of Chicago’s Ongoing Violence Epidemic

Thursday, 10:15 – 11:30 a.m.
Multi-Media presentation, Working with Fire and Glass: Art as Intervention for Youth Injured by Gun Violence

Thursday, 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
Symposium, How Does Victimization Influence Maternal Parenting? Using Brain Activity, Early Adversity, and Infant Factors to Understand a Complex Link

Thursday, 3:00 – 4:15 p.m.
Workshop, Complex Trauma and Diagnostic Patterns: Understanding the Potential for Misdiagnosis or Over-diagnosis in Vulnerable Youth

Thursday, 4:30 – 5:45 p.m.
Symposium, Traumatic Stress in Preschoolers: Novel Findings on Assessment, Outcomes, and Interventions

Friday, 10:15 – 11:30 a.m.
Multi-Media presentation, Use of Innovative Approaches and Multi-Media Resources to Enhance Public Awareness on Childhood Trauma: Complexity of Responses across Individuals, Relationships, and Systems

Friday, 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
Master Clinician, A Reactivation and Resilience (R&R) Framework for Evidence-based Psychotherapy of Complex PTSD in Adults and Developmental Trauma Disorder in Children

Friday, 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
Symposium, History Repeating Itself? Elucidating Risk Factors for the Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma in High Risk Samples

Friday, 3:00 – 4:15 p.m.
Workshop, Treating Emotion Dysregulation in Patients with Co-occurring PTSD and Eating Disorders Who Report a History of Childhood Trauma

Friday, 3:00 – 4:15 p.m.
Symposium, Challenges of Child and Adolescent Trauma Assessments

Friday, 3:00 – 4:15 p.m.
Flash Talk Session, Childhood Maltreatment and Post-deployment Psychological Distress: Deployment PTSD Symptoms as Mediators

Friday, 4:30 – 5:45 p.m.
Workshop, Trauma Sensitive Schools: Moving from Awareness to Classroom Application

Friday, 4:30 – 5:45 p.m.
Symposium, Investigating the Complexity of the Associations among Traumatic Stress Exposure, PTSD, and Adolescent Justice Involvement: Youth Characteristics, Interpersonal Contexts, and Outcomes

Friday, 4:30 – 5:45 p.m.
Symposium, Influence of Type and Timing of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Psychopathology and Brain Structure

Friday, 4:30 – 5:45 p.m.
Panel, High Impact Longitudinal Designs and Multi-Level Analysis: Moving From Insight to Intervention across the Lifespan

Friday, 4:30 – 5:45 p.m.
Flash Talk Session
Complex and Multiple Traumas and Resilience among Street Children in Haiti: A Socio-ecological Model
Imagery Rescripting versus STAIR/Imagery Rescripting for PTSD related to Childhood Abuse: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Following the Trail of Early Trauma: The Link between Childhood Maltreatment and Exposure and Response to Violence in Adulthood

Saturday, 8:50 – 9:50 a.m.
Keynote Address
Understanding and Mitigating the Impact of Early-Life Adversity on Disease Risk: Towards Developmental Programming of Lifelong Health

Saturday, 10:15 – 11:30 a.m.
Symposium, Child Disaster Mental Health Research: What We Know and Where We Need to Go

Saturday, 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
Symposium, Clinical and Biological Outcome Studies in Traumatized Children and Adolescents with PTSD

Saturday, 3:00 – 4:15 p.m.
Workshop, Treatment of Complex Trauma in Children and their Families: An Evidence-Based, Integrative Approach

Saturday, 3:00 – 4:15 p.m.
Flash Talk Session
Resiliency among Youth Following Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence: A Longitudinal Study
African-American Adolescents’ Exposure to Violence across Contexts: Profiles of Witnessing and Victimization in Relation to Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms
Early Responses and Long Term Posttraumatic Stress Reactions in Survivors of the 2011 Norway Shooting Massacre at Ut√łya: Is There a Critical Point for Recovery?

Register Now for the ISTSS 33rd Annual Meeting