International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

ISTSS '99 Program and Session Highlights

Posted 1 October 1999 in StressPoints by ISTSS

Sherri Falsetti has organized an exciting series of Saturday Specialty Training Courses that will provide a diverse selection of intensive learning experiences.

The full day sessions will include Resick's training in cognitive processing therapy, Yael Danieli's workshop on countertransference, Anne Pratt and colleagues' workshop on forensic work and Stamm and colleages' course regarding Caring for the caregiver.

The half-day sessions include courses on group psychotherapy for women, group psychotherapy for chronic PTSD, multi-cultural issues, assessment and treatment of adult abuse survivors, screening for trauma experiences and response in mental health settings, interdisciplinary trauma studies, intervention with trauma-exposed children, research ethics, assessment and treatment of Complex PTSD, forensic evaluation of DID, longitudinal analyses, and a basic primer in treatment research. Faculty for the half day courses include but are not limited to Bessel van der Kolk, John Briere, Lucy Berliner, David Read Johnson, Jonathan Shay, Lucy Berliner, Paula Schnurr, David Foy, Sherri Falsetti, Rachel Yehuda, Elana Newman, Eve Carlson, Thomas Mellman, Stephen Frankel, and Michael De Arellano.

Keynote & Plenary Sessions
The Sunday night opening session, chaired by Terence Keane, is titled "Toward a Cross-Cultural Understanding of Trauma: Implications for Research Practice and Social Policy." It will feature presentations by Glorisa Cannino, Julia Perilla, Maria Livanou, and Metin Basoglu. The Monday morning plenary session will chaired by Edna Foa, called "Advances in the Treatment of PTSD," which will feature information about the latest empirically based treatments in PTSD with addresses by Barbara Rothbaum, Jonathan Davidson, and Janice Krupnick.

Laurie Pearlman will serve as chair and discussant on a plenary session addressing exposure to multiple traumatic events and the outcomes associated with complex histories. Featured speakers include John Briere, Dean Kilpatrick and Victoria Follette. Roger Pitman, will chair a closing plenary session on prospective longitudinal studies of acute trauma responses that may predict subsequent PTSD. Presentations by Alexander McFarlane, Arieh Shalev, and Richard Bryant will describe research related to biological, psychophysiological, and acute stress symptoms that may predict later PTSD.

The Presidential Keynote, chaired by Alexander McFarlane, will host Steven Hayes, who will discuss how language complicates the human response to trauma.

Bessel van der Kolk will chair a keynote featuring Rachel Yehuda and titled "What Clinicians Need to Know About the Biology of PTSD: Theoretical and Practical Applications of Biology Knowledge."

The meeting will also include special sessions on treatment guidelines and the forthcoming publication of ISTSS' Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Critical Reviews and Guidelines.

Invited Symposia include an Anxiety Disorders Association of America-sponsored symposium on the interface between PTSD and other anxiety disorders as well as presentations related to community violence, and effects of traumatic events on quality of life. Frank Ochberg, will chair a session called, "The Journalist Who Covers Catastrophe and the Clinician Who Treats the Casualty: Building Bridges Based on Research." It will discuss how reporters cover trauma, how trauma affects reporters and how the two fields can develop a research agenda together.

Making Time for Discussions
We are adding a variety of networking lunches and other opportunities for formal and informal discussions. Planned sessions will allow small groups to meet with leaders in the trauma field to receive supervision, guidance, career advice, or just chat about trauma theory and topics of interest. Luncheons will bring together students, new members, and other groups. This year we wish to encourage participation at the ISTSS Awards Banquet by reducing the ticket cost.

Continental breakfasts and refreshments will be provided during poster sessions and breaks to encourage professional interaction.