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Posted 1 January 1998 in StressPoints by Arthur S. Blank Jr., MD

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2nd Dutch Conference Set

Posted 1 January 1998 in StressPoints by ISTSS

The Research Institute for Psychology & Health, in collaboration with the Dutch journal 'Gedrag & Gezondheid,' is organizing the Second Dutch Conference on Psychology and Health, May 25­27, Kerkrade, The Netherlands. Invited keynote lecturers include. Alexander MacFarlane, Nico Frijda, Marie Johnston, Robert Karasek, and Susan Nolen-Hoeksema. The conference will cover a broad range of topical research issues.

PTSD Prominent at British Conference

Posted 1 January 1998 in StressPoints by William Yule, PhD Contributing editor, Child Trauma

The British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy held its 25th Anniversary Conference July 8­12, 1997. From very small beginnings in London, the group has grown to be a multidisciplinary organization that can host a meeting for over 1,000 delegates. Prominent among the subjects considered was PTSD.

Therapist Self-Disclosure Can Be a Balancing Act

Posted 1 January 1998 in StressPoints by Ingrid Carlier, PhD, AZVA, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Berthold Gersons, MD, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

A trauma group I run recently participated in a ropes course. This was at the request of the group as a means of furthering their ability to connect with each other on a deeper level. Ropes courses are designed to foster team building and group problem solving, and provide for individual challenges and safe risk-taking. My task was to negotiate the balance between therapist and group participant. As I have a fear of heights, I knew that this would be particularly challenging. I felt however that the group was ready to see me as an individual and was ready to explore the dynamics such an experience would generate.

Journalism Students Learn Victim Interaction Skills Through Role-Playing

Posted 1 January 1998 in StressPoints by Roger Simpson, Ph.D., Journalism and Trauma Program, University of Washington at Seattle

Journalism students aren't usually this grim when a news reporting class begins. Today, though, they face the "trauma unit," an experience they've heard will test them in ways that few, if any, of their college courses do.

ECOTS Focuses on Historic European Issues

Posted 1 January 1998 in StressPoints by William Yule, PhD Contributing editor, Child Trauma

The European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies' Fifth European Conference in Maastricht reflected the different histories of traumatic stress studies in Europe and United States, with a greater emphasis on the effects of the Second World War on people in continental Europe. There was moving testimony from Trudi Simonsohn on her experiences in Nazi concentration camps and how she survived to live a full life. In answer to a question from the floor, she said that forgiveness did not play a part in her adjustment, as only the dead could forgive, neatly challenging some of the current views on reparation and forgiveness between victim and perpetrator.

Fifth ESTSS Conference: Traumatic Stress, Health and Narrative Communities -- A Transgenerational Perspective from Maastricht

Posted 1 January 1998 in StressPoints by Roderick Orner, President, ESTSS

The legacy of European Conferences on Traumatic Stress (ECOTS) spans almost 10 years, with venus spanning Norway, England, The Netherlands and France. This most recent Maastricht congress of nearly 400 delegates may prove to be the one that saw European trauma conferences come of age.

ISTSS Honors Award Winners at Annual Meeting

Posted 1 January 1998 in StressPoints by ISTSS

During the 1997 Annual Meeting in Montreal, ISTSS held its annual awards banquet to recognize achievements in the field of traumatic stress studies. The Society congratulates the following award winners:
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