“Stress Points” is the eJournal of the Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Available as PDF

STRESS POINTS - Summer 2014

The global initiative
Ulrich Schnyder, Miranda Olff
Reflections from the Redress WA experience in light of the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse
Gail Green, Dion Leeuwenburg, Janice MacKenzie, Julie Watts
Locked up: seclusion and trauma in modern practice
Ancelin McKimmie
The role of psychological trauma in Indigenous Australian suicide
Sonia Baldock
Indigenous Australians, psychological trauma and the personality disorders
Jessica Venables
The role of psychological trauma confronting Indigenous Australians with psychotic disorders
Patriece Shelley
ASTSS Media Award
Australasian Conference On Traumatic Stress 2014 update

STRESS POINTS - Spring 2012

Mild traumatic brain injury due to explosions: A brief overview of the mechanisms of injury and clinical considerations
Nick Ford
Jeffrey V Rosenfeld

A clinical and research partnership to promote effective PTSD treatment for veterans
Anne-Laurel Couineau
Delyth Lloyd
Des Perry
Katherine Hawkins
David Forbes

War at home: Consequences of war trauma on family life
Claudia Catani

The Killer elite – review
Paul D. Carter

Ending violent conflict and building world peace – Ted talks (2010 – 2012)
Jody Williams
Jeremy Gilley
Scillia Elworthy
Trauma and world literature
Harold Kudler

Research Award 2012

STRESS POINTS - Winter 2012

Prolonged Grief Disorder:Developments in DSM and iCD
Richard Bryant

Promoting recovery, avoiding ‘sanctuary harm’: the potential role of traumainformed approaches in service delivery for people diagnosed with serious mental illness
Cath Roper
A history of electroshock therapy – A Ted Talk
Sherwin Nuland

From trauma to treatment: a brief history of modern electroconvulsive therapy
Paul Leonard

Exploring the relationship between psychological trauma and the development of major depressive disorder
Alexandra Smykowsky
Kristen Tytler

The relationship between schizophrenia and psychological trauma: a critical review of the recent literature
Jeremy Poon

The relationship between borderline personality disorder and psychological trauma – a brief review of the recent literature
Rachel Morgan

STRESS POINTS - Spring 2010

Welcome to the Spring 2010 Stress Points. Its theme, &ldquo,New Initiatives, Projects and Programs in Traumatic Stress&rdquo,, has attracted awide selection of papers encompassing inpatient units, community sectors, schools and history. Likewise, our contributors provide a multidisciplinary palette spanning psychology, social work, nursing, law, and journalism – making this Spring 2010 Stress Points the most diverse since becoming a journal. We thank all our contributors for this landmark edition. The articles provide information on: treatment for substance abuse disorders with concurrent PTSD, supporting workplace violence, working with women in the sex industry, the collaborative history of Jewish and Australian indigenous peoples, a choir that brings together generations of survivors, and, the regular features of Book Review and ACPMH Update. This edition includes ten links to external resources: six videos, one audio and three websites.

STRESS POINTS - Autumn 2010

In this edition we feature: two articles about the Haiti earthquake recovery effort 10 weeks after the disaster; a paper about a youth-specific trauma intervention precipitated by the Victorian 2009 Bushfire Disaster, a discussion of the traumatogeneis of Borderline Personality Disorder; and, reviews of books, videos, and curriculum tackling trauma. The regular ingredients – Trauma Classic; New Research QnA; ACPMH Update and ACOTS Update – are joined by our new regular contributor the Australian Child and Adolescent Trauma Loss and Grief Network. Video files in this issue are courtesy of UNICEF Television, Save the Children and Miramax Films. Don Delillo audio files are supplied by Simon and Schuster, and NCR. Links to the After the Emergency audio and video files are courtesy of the Australian Red Cross. Stress Points thanks: Martha Tattersall, Jacqui Pringle, Loren Hackett, Andrew Masters, Save the Children, Dr James Chu and Dr Elspeth Macdonald, for their assistance in this edition.

STRESS POINTS - Summer 2009

In this edition we showcase eight presentations from the Australian Conference on Traumatic Stress (ACOTS) held in Melbourne in 2008. Drawing from three symposia, we publish abstracts and video clips from presentations by: Keith Horsley, Malcolm Sim, Paula Schnurr, Richard Bryant, Meaghan O’Donnell, Tracy Varker, Sophie Havighurst and Anthea Kreig.

In this edition we review another children’s book, a new Australian release based on the Kev Carmody and Paul Kelly song, From Little Things Big Things Grow. The layering of trauma and survival narratives embedded in this children’s book is explicated for Stress Points by Australian author P.D. Carter, and follows Anthea Kreig’s paper on indigenous collective traumatisation. Former Commissioner with the Victorian Law Reform Committee, Judith Pierce, steered the Victorian Government’s comprehensive review into Domestic Violence that lead to The Family Violence Protection Act 2008 which came into effect on December 8th last year. This Act subsumes the system of family violence intervention orders provided for in the Crimes (Family Violence) Act 1987 and includes a range of new initiatives aimed toward improving victim protection and perpetrator accountability. Judith Peirce’s presentation at the DHS and DVRC forum (24th of November 2008) is reproduced in full in this edition of Stress Points. This article is of interest to any clinician or researcher in the arena of family trauma, regardless of state boundaries (the visual slides accompanying Judith Peirce’s presentation can be downloaded Click here). Finally, we have compiled 99 abstracts from papers exploring psychological trauma published in 2008. Increasingly, as clinicians, our time is subject to competing demands and, as researchers, our hypotheses necessarily channel our reading of the trauma literature. This edition provides members an easy opportunity to browse a broad canvas of the most recent trauma literature in abstracts – at their leisure.

STRESS POINTS - April 2008

This Stress Points on the theme of global trauma global aid recognises the work of non-government organisations dedicated to the treatment and prevention of trauma and its consequences. The organisations contributing to this edition are leaders in the global community, tirelessly advocating for improved conditions and actively providing resources to direct action in the fight against trauma. We would like to thank all organisations that work towards the eradication of trauma around the globe. This edition, limited by size and publishing deadlines, has included just a fragment of the global aid providers involving Australasian representatives. Amnesty International, Medecin San Frontieres, Caritas, Red Cross, and Save the Children have provided deeply reflective and experience-rich articles on global trauma. Stress Points thanks Sharyn Hanley, Jane Woolford, Sally McMillan, Roxanne Macara, Leanne Mitchell, Leila Darwish, Lloyd Newson and DV8 Physical Theatre for their assistance in this global trauma global aid edition.

STRESS POINTS - November 2007

In this edition Professor Mark Creamer presents research from the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health on the diagnostic categories of PTSD and introduces the phrase, “carving nature at its joints”. ASTSS President Colleen Jackson, by way of vignette, highlights the need for appropriate immediate posttraumatic interventions. Similarly, Rob Gordon speaks of the personal support component of psychological first aid necessary in the immediate wake of trauma. The Age journalist / foreign correspondent, Mark Forbes, received the ASTSS Media Award for his reporting of the Garuda Airways tragedy this year. Felicity May and Mark Forbes appear in this authentically moving award presentation. Three papers in this edition explore the theme of writing trauma: author Arnold Zable tells a story about writing a trauma story; Paul Carter reviews Zable’s Café Scheherazade; and Chloe Armstrong concludes her Winter edition review of Orpheus Lost by interviewing author Janette Turner Hospital. Finally, courtesy of Frank Brennan and on the cusp of the federal election, we reproduce in entirety the conference paper “Countering Populist Policies in the Face of Trauma”.

STRESS POINTS - Winter 2007

For our annual book-review Stress Points this winter, we invited avid and discerning readers to review new releases exploring the theme of trauma. Rob Gordon, clinical psychologist and consultant to the state emergency recovery plan, comments on “Violent Death: Resilience Beyond the Crisis”, edited by Edward K Rynearson. Suzette Henke and David Eberly, Editors of “Virginia Woolf and Trauma: Embodied texts” answer questions on Virginia Woolf and trauma, whilst Kay Torney Souter (Associate Academic Dean of La Trobe University’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences) reviews their book. Actress Chloe Armstrong (Bell Shakespeare Company – Romeo and Juliet, Geoffrey Wright’s MacBeth) reviews Janette Turner Hospital’s “Orpheus Lost”, and Paul Carter (author and PhD candidate) review’s Don DeLillo’s September 11th novel “Falling Man”. Jeffrey Masson’s trauma classic, “The Assault on Truth: Freud and Child Sexual Abuse” is explored by Masson himself (recorded at the 2002 ASTSS conference) in downloadable audio format – the files are quite large but worth the wait. You can also download an audio-book extract from DeLillo’s “Falling Man” by clicking on the link provided.

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