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

Posted 29 March 2019 in StressPoints by Howard Lipke

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

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).

Student Perspectives: Assessing and Preventing Psychology Trainee Burnout

Posted 29 March 2019 in StressPoints by Leah Taylor, MS

Trainee burnout is a concept that has been openly discussed with supervisors more during my internship training than during all of graduate school. I have been fortunate to have supervisors who ask, “Have you eaten lunch today?” “Did you get a chance to sit and conceptually think about that case?” and even, “What did you do this weekend that was fun for you?” It was in those moments it became clear: I was stuck in the graduate school mentality.

Research Methods: Preregistration Can Limit Questionable Research Practices

Posted 29 March 2019 in StressPoints by Talya Greene, PhD, MPH

Questionable Research Practices (QRPs)—a term popularized by John, Loewenstein and Prelec (2012)—have increasingly been held up as a threat to the integrity of science. In contrast to scientific fraud, QRPs are not deliberately intended to create a false impression. However, with QRPs, scientific data can be inappropriately collected, handled or presented, leading to erroneous conclusions.

Trauma and World Literature: Moral Injury

Posted 1 January 2019 in StressPoints by Scott Janssen

The challenges for many soldiers returning from war go beyond the potential for PTSD, moral injury, traumatic bereavement and a range of associated risks from increased rates of suicide to a host of physical illnesses.

Trauma and World Literature: Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris

Posted 1 January 2019 in StressPoints by Howard Lipke

In Joshua Ferris’s clever and insightful first novel, Then We Came to the End, modern business office relationships are explored as the workers work, socialize and cope with life’s inevitable traumatic events.

Student Perspectives: What Can Psychologists Do for Asylum-Seekers? Firsthand Experience from the South Texas Family Residential Center

Posted 1 January 2019 in StressPoints by Sophie Brickman

Editor's note: ISTSS released a statement on the importance of keeping families together in June 2018. The mothers and children refer to it as “carcel de bebes” or “baby jail,” described psychologist Kristin Samuelson, Ph.D, about the South Texas Family Residential Center, where she recently volunteered with the Dilley Pro Bono Project.

Student Perspectives: Considerations for Addressing Interpersonal Violence on College Campuses

Posted 1 January 2019 in StressPoints by Shianne J. Andrew and Jessica L. LaPlant

As college students—especially college students who study and aim to specialize in trauma psychology—we cannot ignore the epidemic of sexual assault that seems to especially permeate university life. Two factors that commonly exacerbate feelings of trauma for survivors are substance abuse and a lack of social support, especially through institutional betrayal. We were interested in the experience of survivors on our own campus.
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