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    03/15/2018 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.
    02/02/2018 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.
    02/02/2018 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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