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Global Perspectives: Trauma Informed Practice with Survivors of Human Trafficking

Posted 22 March 2018 in StressPoints by Katy Robjant and Cornelius Katona

Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery that involves the forced movement of people internally within countries, or externally across borders. Trafficking can be for a variety of purposes including, but not limited to, forced labour, sexual exploitation, or domestic servitude.

Military Matters: OEF/OIF/OI Give Up: Making Sense of U.S. Military Operations

Posted 22 March 2018 in StressPoints by Brian A. Moore, MA, and Alan L. Peterson, PhD

Veterans of the Vietnam War are rightfully called “Vietnam veterans.” U.S. military veterans who have deployed since September 11, 2001, are often referred to as “OEF/OIF/OND veterans.” What does this actually mean?

Research Methods: Qualitative Research with Children and Families in Conflict-affected Environments

Posted 22 March 2018 in StressPoints by Lidewyde H. Berckmoes, PhD, and Ria Reis, PhD

The importance of families in mediating and moderating negative effects of conflict and violence has been well documented (e.g. De Jong, 2002; Masten & Narayan, 2012). Yet insight into the complex role of families in pathways of exposure to violence and children’s short-term and long-term adjustment is still limited (Proctor, 2006).

Trauma and Diversity: Trauma Exposure, Posttraumatic Stress, and Physical Pain in Chicago’s Women of Color

Posted 22 March 2018 in StressPoints by Kenleigh Roden-Foreman, PhD

The City of Chicago has frequently made headlines in recent years, and not for the reasons its citizens might hope. The city has become synonymous with violence and trauma, a reputation that disproportionately affects its most vulnerable residents.

Trauma and World Literature: Molly McCully Brown’s The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded

Posted 22 March 2018 in StressPoints by Howard Lipke, PhD

In the introductory poem of this award-winning collection, Ms. Brown describes herself being driven past the “Colony” where she, in an earlier time, would have likely been brutally and tragically imprisoned because of her own physical disabilities.  


Trauma and Diversity: Moving Towards an Understanding of Military Sexual Trauma Across the Gender Spectrum

Posted 1 January 2018 in StressPoints by Ryan Holliday, PhD, and Lindsey L. Monteith, PhD

Military sexual trauma (MST) is defined as sexual harassment or sexual assault experienced by military personnel during their service (U.S. Government, 2014). Experiencing MST has been linked to a number of adverse consequences, including psychiatric disorders (e.g., depression, posttraumatic stress disorder), physical health conditions (e.g., liver disease, chronic pulmonary disease), as well as increased risk for suicidal ideation, attempts, and suicide (Kimerling, Gima, Smith, Street, & Frayne, 2007; Kimerling, Makin-Byrd, Louzon, Ignacio, & McCarthy, 2016; Monteith et al., 2016). 


Biological Perspectives: Attitudes of Mental Health Professionals toward PTSD & Substance Use Disorder Comorbidity: A Biological & Educational Perspective

Posted 1 January 2018 in StressPoints by Jack C. Lennon

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance use disorders (SUDs) co-occur at a significantly high rate, with estimates of PTSD and alcohol use disorder comorbidity ranging between 36 percent and 52 percent (Mills, Teesson, Ross, & Peters, 2006). Within the literature exists strong evidence of fundamental neurological and neuropsychological correlates of this comorbidity, each condition subject to the physiodynamic synergism of their coexistence. Neuroanatomical structures such as the dorsal and rostral anterior cingulate cortices (ACC), as well as the amygdala, have been implicated as bases for the seemingly adaptive self-medication of hyperarousal and other trauma-related states (Loflin, Earleywine, & Bonn-Miller, 2017; Vujanovic, Bonn-Miller, & Petry, 2016). 


Student Perspectives: Developing Boundaries for Competence

Posted 1 January 2018 in StressPoints by Chelsea M. Cogan, MA

At the time, I did not know how I would incorporate this advice into my life, but I knew the advice was important. A few short months later, I arrived at graduate school, eager to begin down my career path to being a clinical psychologist contributing to the field of traumatic stress. As with other students in a variety of programs, I quickly realized graduate school is a never-ending supply of opportunities to grow as a person, clinician, and researcher.
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