ISTSS 33rd Annual Meeting Abstract Submission – Opens Next Week. Submissions Accepted: February 7 – March 21, 2017

The 33rd Annual Meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) will be held November 9-11, 2017, at the Palmer House Hilton, in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Trauma and Complexity: From Self to Cells

ISTSS 2017 will be the largest gathering of professionals dedicated to trauma treatment,

“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.

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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.

Freda Briggs, former senior Australian of the year and highly regarded expert on child abuse dies.

It is with great sadness that I read of the passing of Professor Freda Briggs. Professor Briggs was a well known advocate and academic working in the area of child protection. In recognition for her outstanding efforts she became an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2005, and was also named Senior Australian of the Year in 2000.

A chance to subscribe to the Journal of Traumatic Stress in electronic format for $30 US in 2016!

ISTSS is offering its Affiliated Society, Australian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, members a chance to subscribe to the Journal of Traumatic Stress in electronic format, for $30 USD for the 2016 Journal year.

The Journal of Traumatic Stress (JTS) is published bi-monthly (6 issues per year) and contains vital information about PTSD and the traumatic stress field.