ISTSS 33rd Annual Meeting November 9-11, 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.

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  

Winners of the Student Conference Support Award Announced.

The ASTSS Management Committee are pleased to announce that Selma Music and Erin Brown are the recipients of the ASTSS Student Conference Support Awards for 2016 to attend the 2016 ACOTS Conference (September 8-10) on the Gold Coast. 

The Student Conference Support Award was decided by a small independent subcommittee who reviewed all applicants.

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.

“A tornado in my head”

Please see below for an interesting story regarding trauma recovery by Eva Alisic.

“They didn’t even have nappies at the maternity ward,” she tells me
“I had to get my sister out of there: that hospital was a health risk.”

With our feet on the edge of a South-African fireplace,

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.

Refugees in Europe: People Interested in the Crisis. By Eva Alisic


Over 1 million people arrived in Europe by sea in 2015. And since the conflict in Syria continues, this influx will not halt.

It is the biggest refugee crisis since World War II according to the UNHCR. The journey by sea is dangerous, the circumstances in refugee camps and asylum seeker centers are far from ideal – to say the least – and tensions between host countries make it difficult to find constructive solutions.