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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.

ISTSS Statement on New Zealand Attacks

Posted 17 March 2019 in News by ISTSS

The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) strongly condemns all acts of hate-based violence and terrorism such as the horrific mass violence perpetrated against innocent victims in two Mosques in New Zealand, and sends a deeply felt message of compassion to all of the affected families, members of the Muslim community, and the nation.

Can trauma cause a moral injury?

Posted 1 January 2019 in JOTS Highlights by Brandon Griffin, Natalie Purcell, Kristine Burkman & Shira Maguen

There has been a growing interest in traumatic events that may violate people’s core moral beliefs. While not exclusively a military-related issue, some service members and veterans attribute chronic and pervasive problems to potentially morally injurious deployment-related experiences such as injuring or killing enemy combatants or failing to prevent the suffering of fellow service members or civilians.

Trauma and World Literature: Moral Injury

Posted 1 January 2019 in StressPoints by Scott Janssen

The challenges for many soldiers returning from war go beyond the potential for PTSD, moral injury, traumatic bereavement and a range of associated risks from increased rates of suicide to a host of physical illnesses.

Trauma and World Literature: Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris

Posted 1 January 2019 in StressPoints by Howard Lipke

In Joshua Ferris’s clever and insightful first novel, Then We Came to the End, modern business office relationships are explored as the workers work, socialize and cope with life’s inevitable traumatic events.

Student Perspectives: What Can Psychologists Do for Asylum-Seekers? Firsthand Experience from the South Texas Family Residential Center

Posted 1 January 2019 in StressPoints by Sophie Brickman

Editor's note: ISTSS released a statement on the importance of keeping families together in June 2018. The mothers and children refer to it as “carcel de bebes” or “baby jail,” described psychologist Kristin Samuelson, Ph.D, about the South Texas Family Residential Center, where she recently volunteered with the Dilley Pro Bono Project.

Student Perspectives: Considerations for Addressing Interpersonal Violence on College Campuses

Posted 1 January 2019 in StressPoints by Shianne J. Andrew and Jessica L. LaPlant

As college students—especially college students who study and aim to specialize in trauma psychology—we cannot ignore the epidemic of sexual assault that seems to especially permeate university life. Two factors that commonly exacerbate feelings of trauma for survivors are substance abuse and a lack of social support, especially through institutional betrayal. We were interested in the experience of survivors on our own campus.

Student Perspectives: A Student Therapist’s Clinical Response to the Continuum of Dissociation

Posted 1 January 2019 in StressPoints by Talia Soto, MS

As a psychology trainee, I have often had discussions about how my emotional reactions when with a client can be a useful indicator of various client factors present in session. Specifically, supervisors have suggested this self-awareness is particularly valuable aiding in the assessment and treatment of dissociative disorders based on a client’s level of connection (or disconnection).

Clinician's Corner: Treating Insomnia in Patients with PTSD: You Don’t Have to Wait!

Posted 1 January 2019 in StressPoints by Jason DeViva, PhD, and Elissa McCarthy, PhD

Insomnia is an international public health problem associated with functional impairment as well as significant social and economic burdens (Daley et al., 2009; Matteson-Rusby et al., 2010). There is evidence that getting less sleep before a traumatic experience is associated with a higher likelihood of developing PTSD after such exposure (Gehrman et al., 2013).
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