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Reflections on Receiving the ISTSS Public Advocacy Award

Posted 28 March 2013 in StressPoints by Jacqueline Garrick, LCSW-C

The honor of being ISTSS Public Advocate inspires reflection. 

The Silence of Trauma: The Need for the Voice of a Profession

Posted 20 March 2013 in StressPoints by Alexander (Sandy) McFarlane, AO

Few clinical and academic disciplines provide such depth of contact with people who have experienced the extremes of the human condition as the field of traumatic stress. 

The Global Initiative

Posted 19 March 2013 in StressPoints by Ulrich Schnyder, MD, and Miranda Olff, PhD

Trauma is a global issue. Terrorism, for example, is a phenomenon that can only be understood and dealt with constructively by adopting a global, culture-sensitive perspective. 

Overview and Introduction to the Deployment Risk and Resilience Inventory-2 (DRRI-2)

Posted 19 March 2013 in StressPoints by Dawne Vogt, PhD, Brian N. Smith, PhD, Brian E. Walker, BA, Lynda A. King, PhD, Daniel W. King, PhD

The original Deployment Risk and Resilience Inventory (DRRI; King, King, Vogt, Knight, & Samper, 2006) is a suite of 14 distinct scales that can be used to assess key psychosocial risk and resilience factors with implications for the postdeployment health of servicemembers and veterans. 

Media Matters, Media SIG and the Dart Center: A Retrospective

Posted 19 March 2013 in StressPoints by Patrice Keats, PhD

Here we are at another changing of the guard for the Media Matters (MM) column. Many thanks to the previous editor, Meg Spratt, for all of her good work in continuing the communication about, and awareness of trauma in the journalism context. 

Importance of Attending to Cultural Issues in Trauma Scholarship

Posted 19 March 2013 in StressPoints by Ateka Contractor, MA, Stefanie F. Smith, PhD, Laura Johnson, PsyD, Bita Ghafoori, PhD, Yael Caspi, ScD, MA and Elise Triffleman, MD, on behalf of the Diversity and Cultural Competence SIGand the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Issues SIG

Given that culture permeates every facet of human behavior (Kleinman et al. 1978; Littlewood and Lipsedge 1987), and that trauma and its aftereffects are experienced and processed by individuals, families and the culture at-large in ways that are both universal and culturally specific (Boehnlein, 2002), researchers and clinicians in the field of traumatic stress are required to deepen their understanding of the interplay of psychological trauma and culture.

President's Message - Resilience: A Daily Practice?

Posted 18 March 2013 in StressPoints by Karestan C. Koenen, PhD

Amanda Lindhout was a freelance journalist covering the crisis in Somalia, when on August 23, 2008, she was kidnapped by teenage criminals and held hostage for 460 days.