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Posted 1 January 2003 in StressPoints by ISTSS

ISTSS Announcements and Updates

European Conference Takes Place in Berlin in May

Posted 1 January 2003 in StressPoints by ISTSS

The Eighth European Conference on Traumatic Stress (ECOTS) will be held May 22–25, 2003, in Berlin. The conference is sponsored by the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, in cooperation with the Catholic University of Applied Sciences and the German-speaking Society for Psychotraumatology.

Bloom Appointed ISTSS Ombudsperson

Posted 1 January 2003 in StressPoints by ISTSS

Sandra L. Bloom, MD, has been appointed ISTSS ombudsperson by the society’s president, Onno van der Hart, with board approval. The ombudsperson serves as an advocate for any person in a dispute within ISTSS; however, the ombudsperson also advocates for fair processes and the administration of the processes. When making recommendations, the ombudsperson has the responsibility to suggest actions or policies that will be equitable to all parties. The term for this position is one year.

ISTSS and the Sidran Institute Collaborate on Therapist Resource List

Posted 1 January 2003 in StressPoints by ISTSS

ISTSS headquarters receives many inquiries from people seeking therapists. Until recently there was no formal policy about how to respond to these requests. This year, ISTSS and the Sidran Institute have reached an agreement that will benefit ISTSS members, Sidran and people seeking therapists.

Board Meeting in Baltimore Names New Executive Committee, Location of Future Meetings and More

Posted 1 January 2003 in StressPoints by ISTSS

The ISTSS board of directors met November 6, 2002, in Baltimore prior to the annual meeting. A brief summary of highlights follows.

ISTSS’s Web Site Has a Fresh Look, Receives Record Number of Visits

Posted 1 January 2003 in StressPoints by ISTSS

ISTSS’s Web site received a fresh makeover in November. ISTSS staff, under direction from ISTSS Web editor, Beth Hudnall Stamm, created a clean design with new background colors and an easy-to-read font. Navigation is improved with easy access to any location.

In November, the ISTSS Web site received more than 10,000 unique visitors—a 28 percent increase from August, when the site received 7,150 unique visitors.

Preliminary Thoughts on a Theory-Driven Model for the A Criterion for PTSD

Posted 1 January 2003 in StressPoints by Dean Lauterbach and Andrew Gloster, Ypsilanti, Michigan

Considerable controversy has surrounded the utility of the A criterion for posttraumatic stress disorder (American Psychiatric Association, 2000). Interested readers can refer to O’Brien (1998) for an extended discussion of the issues. The A criterion is composed of two elements. The first element (A1) states that the “person experienced, witnessed or was confronted with an event or events that involved actual or threatened death or injury or a threat to the physical integrity of self or others” (pp. 463 DSM-IV-TR). The A1 criterion is designed to reflect objective dimensions of the event and, as such, serves a gatekeeper function distinguishing between trauma and stress. Questions remain as to which events can pass through that gate and how such decisions are made.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network Improves Traumatized Children’s Access to Treatment

Posted 1 January 2003 in StressPoints by ISTSS

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) celebrated its first anniversary in November at the ISTSS 18th Annual Meeting in Baltimore. At the annual meeting, the NCTSN sponsored two premeeting institutes, and Network members made multiple presentations. The ISTSS annual meeting provides a unique opportunity for interacting with an international community of professionals dedicated to improving the lives of traumatized people, and NCTSN members are pleased to be a part of this.
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