International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Military SIG



Modern combat trauma, military sexual trauma, and the frequent uprooting of military families create the need for emphasis on research and training of clinicians to more effectively treat this deserving population.  It is imperative that we become more proactive in reaching out to those who have been traumatized in the course of military service.  In the United States in particular, we cannot afford to simply medically discharge increasing thousands of service members for psychiatric disorders caused by their military service.  A Military SIG would unite experts from around the world in the interest of preventing a whole new generation of traumatized individuals and families.  This SIG would also create a more direct link between mental health providers who serve within military organizations and providers in the veteran’s community and the civilian community who are now faced with the challenges of treating combat trauma. 

This proposal promotes the larger mission of ISTSS by initiating a Special Interest Group designed to:

  1. Educate the ISTSS Community about the complexities of military culture and the importance of such cultural knowledge when conducting research or providing treatment for military individuals and their families.
  2. Provide a platform for developing research and clinical interests in the traumatic experiences of military individuals by establishing a network of interested professionals (both clinicians and researchers, across different mental health disciplines) and providing communication between them
  3. Disseminate information regarding the Military-SIG activities to the larger mental health field.

Kristen Walter, PhD 
Naval Health Research Center

Barton Buechner, PhD
Vetransitions LLC

Student Co-Chairs
Nilton Castro

Pace University

Casey Straud

Military SIG Listserv Address
Members of the Military SIG can use the SIG listserv to share information with the full SIG.