International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
ISTSS 31st Annual Meeting | November 5-7, 2015 | Pre-Meeting Institutes, Nov 4, 2015 | New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Abstract Submission

Submissions accepted: February 3 - March 17, 2015
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The ISTSS Annual Meeting provides a forum for the sharing of research, clinical strategies, public policy concerns and theoretical formulations of trauma. The Meeting is also where professionals get to see old friends and colleagues, meet new ones and develop and strengthen collaborative relationships in order to move the field of traumatic stress forward.

It is an international assembly of professionals and students representing an array of disciplines, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, counselors, researchers, administrators, victim advocates, journalists, clergy and others with an interest in the study and treatment of traumatic stress.

The theme of the ISTSS 31st Annual Meeting is “Back to Basics: Integrating Clinical and Scientific Knowledge to Advance the Field of Trauma.

Basic science in the field of stress and trauma has always been a solid platform for the development of new treatments for PTSD. In the past 20 years, research on the effects of trauma and processes of recovery has evolved at great pace and in many different directions. Despite these advances, the vast majority of those affected by traumatic stress still do not receive optimal care. To better understand and treat trauma, we need to better transfer the advances in basic science to clinical applications. What have we learned so far? Have we optimally implemented insights from basic science into clinical practice? What are the challenges in clinical practice that hamper optimal implementation?

Moreover, in this era of exciting technical innovations, scientists havmade significant progress in several new research domains that are highly relevant to PTSD, such as neurofeedback, e-health, ambulatory momentary assessments methods, and virtual reality. If successfully translated to the clinical realm, these innovative methods may greatly advance our understanding of PTSD and lead to new evidence-based methods to treat PTSD. For successful implementation of new evidence-based methods in daily practice, mutual exchanges and collaboration between researchers and clinicians are crucial.

With this 31st Annual Meeting, we aim to bridge the gap between science and practice, by encouraging presenters to submit presentations on topics related to the prevention and the effect treatment of trauma and traumatic stress from an interdisciplinary perspective. We encourage translational research that transfers advances in basic science to clinical applications, fosters the clinician-researcher dialogue and promotes more interdisciplinary collaborative learning. We particularly welcome submissions from a translational approach covering clinical domains with relevance to stress and trauma (e.g., intrusions, dissociation, sleep, emotional memory and learning, avoidance and repetitive negative thinking), thereby integrating basic research with clinical practice. We welcome both submissions that synthesize state-of-the-art knowledge and feature innovative developments relevant for the field of PTSD.

Overall, we encourage presenters to think about in what way their presentation will help to bridge the gap between basic research and clinical practice.

Compelling Topics Related to the Theme Include:

• Proposals on specific symptom domains, such as intrusions, sleep, dissociation, emotional memory and learning, avoidance, repetitive negative thinking and dissociation
• Proposals on innovative psychological interventions, such as neuro-feedback, virtual reality and e-health
• Proposals on innovative pharmacological interventions, combined with psychotherapy
• Proposals combining basic/clinical research with policy implications for reducing trauma and its impact
• Proposals combining basic/clinical research with policy implications for preventing trauma and its consequences
• Proposals integrating neurobiological research with psychological or pharmacological interventions

Submissions on other topics relevant to the traumatic stress field are always welcome. New members, active members, non-members and students are invited to submit proposals and attend the meeting. International participation is strongly encouraged.

Presentation Types

The ISTSS Annual Meeting includes both oral and poster presentations.

Full Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Boston University School of Medicine and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). Boston University School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. 

The meeting will also offer CE credits in psychology, counseling, social work, marriage/family therapy, alcohol and drug counseling and nursing.


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