International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Current ISTSS Treatment Guidelines

The revised Treatment Guidelines presented in Effective Treatments for PTSD: Second Edition, were developed under the auspices of the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Treatment Guidelines Task Force established by the Board of Directors of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) in 2005. The revised version of the guidelines replaces those published in 2000 and are based on an extensive review of the clinical and research literature prepared by experts in each field and intended to assist clinicians who provide treatment for adults, adolescents and children with PTSD.

Because clinicians with diverse professional backgrounds provide mental health treatment for PTSD, the Guidelines were developed with interdisciplinary input. Psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, creative arts therapists, marital therapists and others actively contributed to and participated in the development process. Accordingly, the guidelines are suitable for the diversity of clinicians who treat PTSD.

The Treatment Guidelines, published in Effective Treatments for PTSD: Second Edition, found here are protected under copyright of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Permission of ISTSS is required for photocopying, reprinting, electronically storing or using any part of the Treatment Guidelines document. Permission may be sought by contacting ISTSS Headquarters,, One Parkview Plaza, Suite 800, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181 USA (Phone: +1-847-686-2234/Fax: +1-847-686-2251).

View the individual Treatment Guidelines

Guideline 1: Psychological Debriefing for Adults
Guideline 2: Acute Interventions for Children and Adolescents 
Guideline 3: Early Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions for Adults
Guideline 4: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adults
Guideline 5: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Children and Adolescents 
Guideline 6: Psychopharmacotherapy for Adults 
Guideline 7: Psychopharmacotherapy for Children and Adolescents
Guideline 8: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing 
Guideline 9: Group Therapy
Guideline 10: School-Based Treatment for Children and Adolescents 
Guideline 11: Psychodynamic Therapy for Adults 
Guideline 12: Psychodynamic Therapy for Child Trauma
Guideline 13: Psychosocial Rehabilitation  
Guideline 14: Hypnosis 
Guideline 15: Couple and Family Therapy for Adults 
Guideline 16: Creative Therapies for Adults
Guideline 17: Creative Arts Therapies for Children
Guideline 18: Treatment of PTSD and Comorbid Disorders

ISTSS is in the process of updating the ISTSS Treatment Guidelines and Complex Trauma Treatment Guidelines.