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Trauma and World Literature: An American Summer by Alex Kotlowitz

Posted 1 June 2019 in StressPoints by Howard Lipke

Trauma and World Literature: An American Summer by Alex Kotlowitz
ISTSS members may be familiar with Alex Kotlowitz’s reporting on the precariousness of life in inner-city sections of Chicago. Some may also remember his presentation at the 2010 ISTSS Annual Meeting with Eddie Bocanegra, of the film The Interrupters (2011), about a team of neighborhood activists who try to intercede to prevent cycles retributional violence.

Trauma and Diversity: The History of Disasters and Mental Health Support Systems in Japan

Posted 1 June 2019 in StressPoints by Sho Takahashi and Jun Shigemura

Trauma and Diversity: The History of Disasters and Mental Health Support Systems in Japan
In Japan, natural disasters—such as earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, typhoons and floods—occur quite frequently. Although Japan’s land mass is very small, constituting only 0.25% of all land on earth, 10% of the world’s earthquakes occur in the country. For example, on January 17, 1995, the Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake struck Kobe and killed approximately 6,400 people.

Student Perspectives: Adding a Bullet Point About Trauma: the Importance of Teaching About the Consequences of Experiencing Adversity in the Health and Social Sciences

Posted 1 June 2019 in StressPoints by Josianne Lamothe, MSW, PhD Candidate

Student Perspectives: Adding a Bullet Point About Trauma: the Importance of Teaching About the Consequences of Experiencing Adversity in the Health and Social Sciences
Building a teaching curriculum has become an important part of many graduate students’ educational journeys. Learning to teach university-level classes can be a challenge, with most of us having received little to no training on the subject.

Research Methods: What Is Experience Sampling?

Posted 1 June 2019 in StressPoints by Talya Greene, PhD

Research Methods: What Is Experience Sampling?
In recent years, there has been a steep rise in the number of experience sampling methodology (ESM) studies including in the field of traumatic stress (Chun, 2016). ESM-style studies go by many different and often interchangeable names: daily diary, ecological momentary assessment (EMA), ambulatory assessment, proximal intensive assessment and intensive longitudinal assessment methods, among others.

Military Matters: Moral Injury: A Brief Overview

Posted 1 June 2019 in StressPoints by Stephanie Ellickson-Larew, PhD, and Brett T. Litz, PhD

Military Matters: Moral Injury: A Brief Overview
Unlike single-incident civilian traumatic stress contexts, military combatants are at risk for exposure to a variety of distinct, potentially traumatic harms over a long period of time, all of which occur in a unique occupational, cultural and highly moral context.

Clinician's Corner: Written Exposure Therapy (WET)

Posted 1 June 2019 in StressPoints by Denise M. Sloan and Brian P. Marx

Clinician's Corner: Written Exposure Therapy (WET)
Written exposure therapy (WET; Sloan & Marx, 2019) is a brief treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that does not include between-session assignments. It is based on a systematic line of work spanning more than ten years, during which we examined the degree to which posttraumatic stress symptoms could be treated effectively through writing about traumatic experiences.

Trauma and World Literature: The Night I Learned How Not to Pray by Iris Dement

Posted 29 March 2019 in StressPoints by Howard Lipke

Trauma and World Literature: The Night I Learned How Not to Pray by Iris Dement
Ever since the release of her first album in 1992, the singer-songwriter Iris Dement has earned wide recognition and respect for her work. Her 2012 album, Sing the Delta, includes the song, The Night I Learned How Not to Pray. In the few minutes of her rendition of the song, Dement’s words, music and voice show the profound, long-lasting effects of traumatic loss, especially in childhood.
 

Trauma and Diversity: Understanding and Providing Culturally Sensitive Cognitive Processing Therapy

Posted 29 March 2019 in StressPoints by Nicholas Holder, Ryan Holliday and Amy M. Williams

Trauma and Diversity: Understanding and Providing Culturally Sensitive Cognitive Processing Therapy
Worldwide lifetime prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is estimated to be approximately 4 percent (Kessler et al., 2017), and numerous factors are associated with elevated risk of diagnosis (e.g., trauma type, military/veteran population, gender; Gates et al., 2012; Kessler et al., 2017; Lehavot et al., 2018).
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