International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

International Trauma Training Guidelines


The Task Force on International Trauma Training of ISTSS published the Guidelines for International Training in Mental Health and Psychosocial Interventions for Trauma Exposed Populations in Clinical and Community Settings.

International trauma training defined as "training in mental health and psychosocial interventions for trauma-exposed populations, occurs when professionals with expertise in trauma mental health travel from one international locale to another to train local practitioners to respond optimally to trauma-related problems"(Weine et al., 2002, p. 157). This helpful document outlines the values underlying international training, contextual challenges in societies during and after conflicts, and core curricular elements of training including an outline of necessary techniques for monitoring and evaluation.