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Posted 1 July 1998 in StressPoints by Arthur S. Blank Jr., MD

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Posted 1 July 1998 in StressPoints by David Lisak, PhD, Contributing editor, Book reviewer

Psychobiology of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Edited by R. Yehuda and A.C. McFarlane. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Vol. 821. New York: The New York Academy of Sciences, 1997.

The recent torrent of findings in neuroscience has had an enormous impact on the understanding of psychological trauma. Neurobiological research has begun to uncover the neural mechanisms underlying some of the clinical hallmarks of posttraumatic symptoms and states. This research confirms some long-held perspectives based on clinical research and challenges some others.

Quadrennial Report of U.N. Activities

Posted 1 July 1998 in StressPoints by Yael Danieli, PhD; and Ellen Frey-Wouters, PhD, LLB Contributing Editors, International Organizations

The U.N. requires nongovernment organizations to submit periodic reports of activities to maintain accredited status. This report was prepared to conform to the required U.N. format, and covers ISTSS activities from 1994­1997.

Traumatic StressPoints: Information for Authors

Posted 1 July 1998 in StressPoints by ISTSS

Traumatic StressPoints accepts brief articles (250­500 words) on topics related to the study and treatment of traumatic stress related disorders. Topic areas include innovative programs and treatment approaches, assessment/diagnosis, theory on the biological and/or psychological bases of PTSD, policy and legal issues, and other relevant subjects. Articles may deal specifically with particular types of traumatic experiences, including violence, sexual abuse, rape, incest, war, torture & imprisonment, refugees, disasters, emergency service workers, death and bereavement issues, and others.

Therapist Self-Disclosure Can Be a Balancing Act

Posted 1 July 1998 in StressPoints by Deborah Mandell, MA

A trauma group I run recently participated in a ropes course. This was at the request of the group as a means of furthering their ability to connect with each other on a deeper level. Ropes courses are designed to foster team building and group problem solving, and provide for individual challenges and safe risk-taking. My task was to negotiate the balance between therapist and group participant. As I have a fear of heights, I knew that this would be particularly challenging. I felt however that the group was ready to see me as an individual and was ready to explore the dynamics such an experience would generate.

ISTSS Forms New Special Interest Group

Posted 1 July 1998 in StressPoints by ISTSS

The ISTSS has formed a new Special Interest Group on Victims and Media, chaired by Roger Simpson, journalism professor. Contact Simpson via e-mail at:


Posted 1 July 1998 in StressPoints by Frank M Ochberg, MD, Contributing Editor, Media

The Judge from Down Under


Posted 1 July 1998 in StressPoints by Anna Avery and Roderick Orner, Clinical psychologists

Note: There will be an invited response to this article by Jeffery Mithchell, PhD, in the fall issue of Traumatic StressPoints.

The Lincolnshire Joint Emergency Services Initiative for Staff at Risk Following Critical Incidents was established in 1989 with participation from local fire and rescue, police, ambulance, and health and social services. To complement the priority given to critical incident stress education and training, a group of staff from emergency services were trained in the technique of critical incident stress debriefing as advocated by
Jeffrey Mitchell, president of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. The iniative assumed that by intervening at an early stage after a critical incident and convening psychological debriefing meetings for emergency responders, it should be possible to prevent the development of longer term psychological problems.

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