International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Teaching with the Journal of Traumatic Stress (JOTS): Testimony and Ceremony as PTSD Treatment

10/01/2017
by Kathryn Becker-Blease, PhD
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and culturally relevant care are topics that appear in introductory through graduate level courses. This class activity allows instructors to flexibly focus on culture, social psychology, mental health, and/or research design.

Background Information:

People all around the world experience potentially traumatic events, including natural disasters, accidents, child abuse, war, and other forms of violence. Some responses to trauma are nearly universal, but culture influences both the way people respond and the kinds of therapeutic experiences that help people after trauma. Most of what we know about what works to alleviate suffering after trauma comes from people who live in the U.S. and Europe.  

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