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Communications Corner

Posted 1 October 2001 in StressPoints by ISTSS

ISTSS Announcements and Updates


Posted 1 October 2001 in StressPoints by Arthur Egendorf

In Memory of Chaim Shatan: the Human Being, the Organizer, the Artist

Outcome of Workplace Interventions Evaluated in Long-Term, Large-Scale Study

Posted 1 October 2001 in StressPoints by Stephen Flamer, British Columbia, Canada

A three-year project evaluating the impact of workplace critical incident intervention (CII) services is now being conducted by the Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) of British Columbia, Canada. As part of its mandate to provide "no fault" preventive treatment and rehabilitation services to workers in 450,000 provincial work sites, the WCB has been coordinating CII services delivered by qualified external third-party providers following a critical incident in the workplace. At the end of the second year of the project's evaluation phase, more than 400 interventions involving approximately 1,900 workers have been arranged.

New Curriculum Available for Downloading

Posted 1 October 2001 in StressPoints by ISTSS

The Joint Initiative on Ethnopolitical Warfare of the American and Canadian Psychological Associations offers a one-year graduate-level curriculum for training psychologists and related professionals in knowledge and skills necessary to provide trauma intervention or conflict resolution services in zones of ethnopolitical warfare.

Introducing Issues in the Treatment of Complex PTSD

Posted 1 October 2001 in StressPoints by Onno van der Hart, Kathy Steele, and Julian D. Ford

Compared with the growing base of efficacy research on short-term cognitive behavioral and exposure treatments for PTSD and acute stress disorder (cf, Bryant et al., 1999; Foa et al., 2000), there is a dearth of outcome research on treatment of complex PTSD. Yet, many trauma survivors experience pervasive polysymptomatic impairments that go beyond PTSD. ISTSS recognizes the need for further clinical study and research into the etiology, diagnosis and treatment of complex PTSD. ISTSS President Bonnie Green formed the Complex Trauma Task Force (CTTF) in November 2000-consisting of John Briere, Christine Courtois, Julian Ford, Laurie Pearlman, Onno van der Hart and Bessel van der Kolk. The CTTF will make recommendations for further study of complex PTSD based upon a summary of literature that will be presented in a special issue of the Journal of Traumatic Stress. This article introduces issues in the treatment of complex PTSD.

Strategic Planning Results in Goals Based on New Mission Statement

Posted 1 October 2001 in StressPoints by Bonnie Green and Stephen Ketchum

ISTSS adopted a new mission statement this past summer. Members approved an amendment to the bylaws that reads:

ISTSS Student News

Posted 1 October 2001 in StressPoints by ISTSS

The ISTSS student listserv is up and running. The listserv helps address student concerns and communication between student members. If you are a student member and have not received an introductory e-mail, contact Marti Buckely at to be added to the listserv.

Past President's Column

Posted 1 October 2001 in StressPoints by John Wilson

This is the second in a series of columns written by ISTSS past presidents. John Wilson, PhD, an internationally recognized expert in posttraumatic stress disorders, is a professor of psychology at Cleveland State University. He is author of various books on PTSD, including Assessing Psychological Trauma and PTSD (with Terence Keane), The International Handbook of Traumatic Stress Syndromes (with Beverly Raphael) and Psychological Debriefing. He was the society's president from 1987 to 1988.
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