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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.

ISTSS Statement on the Importance of Keeping Families Together

Posted 23 June 2018 in News

ISTSS is concerned about the impact of removal of immigrant and asylum-seeking children from their parents and caregivers, as has been the recent practice and policy in the U.S. Decades of research and clinical knowledge have repeatedly demonstrated that the relationship with a parent or primary caregiver is critical to a child’s sense of self, safety, and trust. Separation from caregivers during stressful and traumatic situations can cause irreparable harm in itself and often has longstanding and severe effects on children.

In Memorium: Jennifer Gonzales, Christine Loeber and Jennifer Golick

Posted 15 March 2018 in News 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.

Second Annual ISTSS Membership Drive: INSPIRE TO BE INSPIRED!

Posted 13 October 2016 in News, Events

We are excited to announce that we are holding our second annual ISTSS membership drive, kicking off on October 15th!  

Meet the New Editor of JTS

Posted 4 March 2016 in News by Damion Grasso, PhD

The Journal of Traumatic Stress (JTS), the official journal of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS)is pleased to announce that Patricia Kerig, PhD, is the new Journal Editor-Elect and will be Editor-in-Chief, beginning January 1, 2017.

Nominate for the Barbara Chester Award

Posted 23 February 2016 in News by Damion J. Grasso, PhD

The Barbara Chester Award is the world's first award recognizing clinicians and healing practitioners for their significant, and often dangerous, work with survivors of torture, abuse and its subsequent trauma.

ISTSS Letter in Response to the Proposed Revisions to the Common Rule

Posted 15 January 2016 in News by ISTSS Executive Board

The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) appreciates the opportunity to provide comments on the proposed revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (also known as the Common Rule) outlined in the Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Federal Register on September 8, 2015. These revisions, which are intended “to modernize, strengthen, and make more effective the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects that was promulgated as a Common Rule in 1991” are critically important to ensuring better protection of human subjects involved in research while facilitating valuable research and reducing burden, delay, and ambiguity for investigators.