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StressPoints is the award-winning online eNewsletter of ISTSS. StressPoints shares news and opinions about traumatic stress, highlights ISTSS and affiliate societies' activities and offers informational resources and feature articles of interest to the field. Access archived StressPoints articles prior to 2015.

2014 Annual Meeting Panel Paper Published: Psychotherapies for PTSD: What Do They Have in Common?

Posted 27 October 2015 in StressPoints

2014 Annual Meeting Panel Paper Published: Psychotherapies for PTSD: What Do They Have in Common?
At the 2014 ISTSS 30th Annual Meeting in Miami, Florida, the ISTSS Program Committee invited a panel investigating the similarities across psychological treatments for PTSD. It was such a successful panel that the panelists were encouraged to write up their discussions as a paper which has now been published in the European Journal of Psychotraumatology

Book Review: Evidence Based Treatments for Trauma-Related Psychological Disorders, A Practical Guide for Clinicians

Posted 27 October 2015 in StressPoints by Janet Osterman, MD

Book Review: Evidence Based Treatments for Trauma-Related Psychological Disorders, A Practical Guide for Clinicians
This textbook is truly a practical guide for clinicians with contributions from traumatic stress experts from around the world, who succinctly summarize each subject to enable the reader to develop a knowledge base that can be enriched through cited references. Basic principles constitute the first section covering epidemiology, psychological and social theories, neurobiology, and pathways that lead to physical health problems. Each of these chapters provides a pithy précis of the current state of knowledge of these core principles that establishes a solid foundation for the chapters that follow. The next short section, Part II, examines the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for the new section, Trauma-Related Disorders, and the ICD-11 diagnoses. The author contrasts the two diagnostic criteria systems, noting the increased complexity of the DSM-5 and the more streamlined ICD-1, as pertaining to PTSD.

Chronic PTSD Symptoms Over Time in Veterans

Posted 11 January 2016 in JOTS Highlights by Barbara Niles, PhD and Anica Pless Kaiser, PhD

Chronic PTSD Symptoms Over Time in Veterans
This JTS commentary discusses findings that suggest that treatments directly targeting the hyperarousal symptoms of PTSD may break the chain of symptom maintenance and may be a powerful mechanism in the treatment of chronic PTSD.

Clinician’s Corner: I Want to Hear Your Story: The Identity of Narrative Exposure Therapy

Posted 2 February 2016 in StressPoints by Professor Dr. Frank Neuner

Clinician’s Corner: I Want to Hear Your Story: The Identity of Narrative Exposure Therapy
Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET) is an evidence-based therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that has been developed by Maggie Schauer, PhD, Thomas Elbert, PhD and Frank Neuner, PhD at the University of Konstanz in Germany. Confronted with a large number of refugees during the Balkan wars in the late 1990’s this team identified the need for a short and pragmatic treatment approach. 

Comparison between Women-Only and Mixed-Gender Intensive PTSD Treatment for Female Veterans

Posted 2 August 2019 in JOTS Highlights by Elina A. Stefanovics, PhD and Robert A Rosenheck, MD

Comparison between Women-Only and Mixed-Gender Intensive PTSD Treatment for Female Veterans
Women veterans diagnosed with PTSD are an especially rapidly growing subgroup of VHA patients (Washington, Davis, Der-Martirosian, & Yano, 2013), constituting 10.3% of all those diagnosed with PTSD in 2015. With the recognition that women veterans with PTSD have often experienced different types of trauma and have different needs than men, specialized intensive treatment is also offered in two specialized intensive Women’s Treatment Rehabilitation Programs (Karlin et al., 2010).

Creative Arts Therapies

Posted 1 April 1996 in StressPoints by David Read Johnson, PhD

Creative Arts Therapies

Nonverbal and Creative Approaches to PTSD

Dealing with Imposter Syndrome

Posted 18 December 2015 in StressPoints by Crosby Modrowski, MS

Dealing with Imposter Syndrome
This article provides several tips for overcoming the so-called imposter syndrome sometimes experienced by students who feel inadequate in academic forums.  

Global Collaboration: Internet information on Childhood Abuse and Neglect (iCAN)

Posted 24 October 2016 in StressPoints by ISTSS Global Collaboration Project

Global Collaboration: Internet information on Childhood Abuse and Neglect (iCAN)
The ISTSS Global Collaboration Project had developed a new e-pamphlet for adults who have experienced childhood trauma: Internet information on Childhood Abuse and Neglect (iCAN).
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