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Global Perspectives: Trauma Informed Practice with Survivors of Human Trafficking

Posted 22 March 2018 in StressPoints by Katy Robjant and Cornelius Katona

Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery that involves the forced movement of people internally within countries, or externally across borders. Trafficking can be for a variety of purposes including, but not limited to, forced labour, sexual exploitation, or domestic servitude.

Military Matters: OEF/OIF/OI Give Up: Making Sense of U.S. Military Operations

Posted 22 March 2018 in StressPoints by Brian A. Moore, MA, and Alan L. Peterson, PhD

Veterans of the Vietnam War are rightfully called “Vietnam veterans.” U.S. military veterans who have deployed since September 11, 2001, are often referred to as “OEF/OIF/OND veterans.” What does this actually mean?

Research Methods: Qualitative Research with Children and Families in Conflict-affected Environments

Posted 22 March 2018 in StressPoints by Lidewyde H. Berckmoes, PhD, and Ria Reis, PhD

The importance of families in mediating and moderating negative effects of conflict and violence has been well documented (e.g. De Jong, 2002; Masten & Narayan, 2012). Yet insight into the complex role of families in pathways of exposure to violence and children’s short-term and long-term adjustment is still limited (Proctor, 2006).

Trauma and Diversity: Trauma Exposure, Posttraumatic Stress, and Physical Pain in Chicago’s Women of Color

Posted 22 March 2018 in StressPoints by Kenleigh Roden-Foreman, PhD

The City of Chicago has frequently made headlines in recent years, and not for the reasons its citizens might hope. The city has become synonymous with violence and trauma, a reputation that disproportionately affects its most vulnerable residents.

Trauma and World Literature: Molly McCully Brown’s The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded

Posted 22 March 2018 in StressPoints by Howard Lipke, PhD

In the introductory poem of this award-winning collection, Ms. Brown describes herself being driven past the “Colony” where she, in an earlier time, would have likely been brutally and tragically imprisoned because of her own physical disabilities.  


In Memorium: Jennifer Gonzales, Christine Loeber and Jennifer Golick

Posted 15 March 2018 in News by the ISTSS Community

  ISTSS mourns the loss of Jennifer Gonzales, Christine Loeber and Jennifer Golick, who were killed on Friday, March 9, while working at the Pathway Home, a nonprofit residential program for military veterans in California, where they counseled veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and helped them reintegrate into civilian life. Jennifer Gonzales, a member of the ISTSS community, was a clinical psychologist with the San Francisco Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care System. She volunteered as a trainer at the nonprofit PsychArmor Institute, which provides free education and support to engage effectively with the military community.  The three trauma professionals were dedicated to helping survivors and their families thrive, and their deaths are a tragic loss to the trauma community.

The Thinking About Recovery Scale: A New Parent-Report Questionnaire to use after Children are Exposed to Traumatic Events

Posted 2 February 2018 in JOTS Highlights by Elizabeth J. Schilpzand, Rowena Conroy, Vicki Anderson, Eva Alisic

Parental responses are thought to be critical to children’s recovery from trauma. Parent and child PTSD often occur together (Morris, Gabert-Quillen, & Delahanty, 2012), parents appear to make important contributions to the treatment of child PTSD (Gutermann et al., 2016), and a range of parenting behaviors are associated with childhood PTSD (Williamson et al., 2017). Despite acknowledgement in the field that parents play an important role in children’s recovery from trauma, we currently have limited understanding about the processes by which parents could influence child outcomes. Improving our understanding of these mechanisms will help us better prevent and treat adverse outcomes for families after a child experiences a traumatic event. In our recent research, we have focused on the role of cognitions.

Mental Health Diagnoses among Women Experiencing Recent Intimate Partner Violence: Need for Integrated Care

Posted 2 February 2018 in JOTS Highlights by Melissa E. Dichter, PhD, MSW

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is the term used to refer to violence and abuse in various forms (including psychological, physical, sexual, financial), perpetrated by a current or former intimate partner (including spouse or other romantic or sexual partner; World Health Organization, United Nations Development Programme & United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, 2014). In the United States, it is estimated that more than one in three women experience rape, physical violence, or stalking from an intimate partner in their lifetimes (Black et al., 2011); prevalence and incident rates vary by measurement tools and constructs measured. IPV is associated with numerous adverse outcomes, including physical injuries, chronic health conditions, trauma-related mental health symptoms, unhealthy substance use, housing instability, and suicidality.
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