An interview with Professor Richard Tedeschi on posttraumatic growth

(originally published in Stress Points, December, 2015)

  1. Given that most research and practice regarding trauma focuses on alleviating symptoms of PTSD, depression, anxiety and so on, what led you to develop your approach and the subsequent model of PTG?

If we go back to the beginning, [mid 80’s], my colleague Lawrence Calhoun and I were looking at the concept of wisdom.

The 15th European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Conference June 2-4, 2017

The National Centre for Psychotraumatology and the University of Southern Denmark are presenting the 15th ESTSS conference “Child Maltreatment Across the Lifespan”. The conference will take place on 2-4 June 2017 in Odense, Denmark.

The conference will focus on a range of traumatic responses that are inclusive of a number of different survivor groups e.g.,

“I was five when I was kidnapped’: The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe Documentary review by The Guardian.

The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe begins with a close-up of a soulful-looking African woman in a pink singlet. She’s in front of a blue projected background simulating rain, touching her face. Her eyes are closed and her hands are wet. Small streaks of water trickle down her arms as her voiceover begins: “I love my neck … ”

Whatever beauty that moment has turns devastating in a heartbeat.

Australian Psychological Society has issued an official apology to Aboriginal people

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) has officially apologised for the profession’s treatment of Aboriginal Australians for over more than 200 years, with a promise to do better in supporting and understanding Indigenous people.

Please visit these links to read more:


Trauma a key focus for APS Board Candidate.

Justin Kenardy, Past President of the ASTSS, is running for the Board of the Australian Psychological Society. Some ASTSS members may also be APS members too. If you are, you may be interested in supporting a candidate who is informed about and has interests in the field of traumatic stress. If so, you can access his policy position and video along with the other candidates at  

Response to Orlando from the ASTSS

We at ASTSS are deeply saddened by the recent mass shooting on June 12, 2016 at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Patrons in the nightclub were predominantly from the LGBTIQ community who were enjoying a Latin themed night out during Pride week. In a premeditated attack, a lone gunman opened fire with a semi-automatic weapon killing 49 people and wounding 53 others.