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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).

Student Perspectives: Embracing Mentorship and Creating a Network of Professional Support

Posted 1 September 2018 in StressPoints by Virginia K. McCaughey

Early career mentors are some of the first people we choose to be a part of our professional development. We invite them into our lives, while they allow us into theirs, to build something of a partnership. Our parents are intrinsically the first people to support us in a unidirectional way, followed by close family members, teachers, and coaches. In a literal sense, these people are assigned to us, but it is not until we meet professionals whose footsteps we would like to follow that we begin to choose, for ourselves, who will guide us. The concept of choosing a mentor, as opposed to being assigned one, is an important part of the conception of mentoring relationships.

Military Matters: The Ohio Army National Guard Mental Health Initiative: Cohort Summary and Key Findings

Posted 1 September 2018 in StressPoints by Laura Sampson and Gregory H. Cohen

Editor's Note: In the United States, the Army National Guard is a federal military reserve force stationed in each of the 50 states, three territories, and the District of Columbia.

The Army National Guard (ARNG) has been increasingly deployed during recent conflicts, particularly in Afghanistan and Iraq, as part of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn. ARNG engagement was crucial during these operations, and continues to be for current deployments, given the lack of a mandatory draft and related decreases in enrollment of active-duty service members over time (Anon 2011; Tanielian and Jaycox 2008).
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