Spring 2012
In This Issue
Reflections on Ten Years of Clinical Practice in NYC
PTSD Research
ATSS Board of Directors Update
Books about Trauma
PTSD in the News
Trainings, Webinars & Conferences
ATSS Welcomes New Members

Michelle Canto, MA, USA

Bette Landis, PA,  USA

Veronica Marchese, CA, USA

Mary Oliver, TX, USA

Raquel Ramirez, AZ, USA

Windy Russ, AK, USA

Kristen Williams, CA, USA

Renewing ATSS Members

Rebekkah Adams, ON, CA

Barbara Anschuetz, ON, CA

Linda Antoniazzi, ON, CA

Roksan Biktimir, WA, USA

James Blackmore, PA, USA

Patricia Brennan, PA, USA

Deborah Brodt-Donnelly, NJ, USA

Linda Brown, CA, USA

Gaeron Caldwell, BC, CA

Tracey Cardella, PA, USA

Phillita Carney, IL, USA

Elena Cherepanov, MA,USA

Sterling Claypoole, AR,USA

Caryn Coons, NC, USA

Bradley Coulbeck, ON, CA

Ruth Cox, NC, USA

Kathleen Curzie Gajdos, PA, USA

Joe Davis, CA, USA

Christine Dernederlanden, ON, CA

Susan Dever, PA, USA

Ellen Diedrich, WI, USA

Elaine Dilbeck, GA, USA

Joanne Doyle, ON, CA

Susanne Drury, AZ, USA

Vickie Ellesser-Vu, MD, USA

Louis Facchino,  CA, USA

Marilyn Fox, CA, USA

Alex Frater, NSW, AU

Monte Fronk, MN, USA

Ordice Gallups, MD, USA

Gwendolyn Gehl, WI, USA

Susan Gillpatrick, TN, USA

Kristi Ging, FL, USA

Mary Goossen-Scott, ON, CA

Francine Gordon, NJ, USA

Deirdre Goudriaan, BC, CA

Kristin Graham, ON, CA

Laurie Hamilton, NC, USA

Patrick Hamlin,  TX, USA

Raymond Hanbury, NJ, USA

Chrys Harris, SC, USA

Jon-Stephen Hedges, CA, USA

Noel Holdsworth, FL, USA

Kenneth Homer Rislow,OR, USA

Kathleen Jansen, PA, USA

Paul Januszewski, ON, CA

Dennis  Jones, WA, USA

Chris Kidwell, TN, USA

Stephen Kubiszewski, WA, USA

Adrianne Levesque, MA, USA

Barbara Maurer, NJ, USA

Johnna McCullough, PA, USA

Dr. Janice McMeekin, SC, USA

Kristin Morrow,TN, USA

Eleanor Mosholder, VA, USA

Angie Panos, UT, USA

Laurie Pearce, BC, CA

Therese Petzold, KY, USA

Carolyn Richter, CO, USA

John Robertson, ON, CA

Amy Russell, MN, USA

Michele San Giovanni, NJ, USA

Eugene Schmuckler, GA, USA

Teresa Scott, OR, USA

Jane Shea, VA, USA

Janice Shubert, VA, USA

Maria Sigarroa, NJ, USA

Enid Singer, CA, USA

Andrea Steffens, NY, USA

Susan Tasker, BC, CA

Joddie Walker, PA, USA

Perdetha Watson, PA,  USA

Gwen Wellington, ON, CA

Kay Williams, CA, USA

Mary Beth Williams, VA, USA

Russell Williams, CA, USA

Tania Zulkoskey, BC, CA

University of Pennsylvania,PA, USA

ATSS Niagara Region Networking Meeting


Where: Niagara Regional Police Headquarters, 110 James St.

St. Catharines


When: Monday May 28 @ 7pm  

Presentation:   Lean On Me, a Canadian Not-For-Profit organization that works toward creating peaceful communities and supporting individuals who have experienced the death of a loved one due to homicide.


Presenter: Sarah Flis, Executive Director, Lean On Me

Cost: $5 donation  



ATSS New Jersey/New York
Regional Meeting

Montclair, New Jersey
60 So. Fullerton Avenue

When:  Friday, June 8 @10 am

Presentation:  Breakthrough Therapies for Trauma by Victoria Britt

For more information please email:
SAVE THE DATE:  ATSS Biennial Conference  
From Victim to Survivor:
Supporting & Promoting Resilience
Delta 2012 Conference
Delta Meadowvale Hotel and Conference Center
Thursday, September 27, 2012 to Saturday, September 29, 2012. 

6750 Mississauga Rd N Mississauga, Ontario

We are very excited to confirm that our 2012 conference is being held September 27, 28 and29, 2012 at the Delta Meadowvale Hotel &Conference Centre in Mississauga.


The conference committee is busy confirming speakers.  Some of the speakers already confirmed are:  Dr. William McDermott, practiced in Ontario in emergency services for over 30 years; currently Clinical and Consulting Psychologist New Orleans Police Department Crisis Unit.


Dr. Bridget Cantrell, PhD., Clinical Psychology/Licensed Mental Health Counsellor, Washington. Author:"Souls Under Siege: The Effects of Multiple Troop Deployments" and "Once a Warrior: Wired for life".


Dr. Susan Tasker, Psychologist and Assistant Professor, University of Victoria, BC.    Her new research is entitled: "Siblings of Young Murder Victims in Canada: A Nonissue?" In collaboration with Priscilla De Villiers.


Brad Coulbeck, Detachment Commander, Ontario Provincial Police, Chatham.  Resilience under constant threat: The Israeli experience.


John R. Robertson, MDiv, CTS, Ottawa.   CISM  two-day training: Individual Crisis Intervention and Peer Support.


Karen Letofsky, Executive Director, Distress Centres/Survivor Support Program, Toronto 


Please keep checking our website for the latest information on the conference and for directions on registering once everything is finalized.  There are also many  sponsorship opportunities available and these are explained on the website.

We are looking forward to hosting another amazing conference and hope to see many of you there.  Come and continue your professional development while meeting old and new friends in the trauma field.

Reflections on Ten Years of Clinical Practice in New York City Following the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001
by Richard Levenson, Certified Trauma Specialist 
ATSS member since 2005
Ten years after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, New Yorkers are still anxious about the events of September 11, 2001, as well as the possibility of future attacks.  The trauma experienced by the people of the City of New York must be similar to the trauma of those who experienced the attacks on Pearl Harbor that signaled the United States' entrance into the World War II in 1941.

As a clinical psychologist in independent practice in New York City, I volunteered on-site at Ground Zero of the World Trade Center from September 11, 2001 until November, 2002. During that time, it was my role to participate in one-on-one interventions as well as Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Defusings and Critical Incident Stress Debriefings(CISD) with groups for members of service in the New York City Police Department (NYPD). I was able to experience, first-hand, the day-to-day lives of emergency personnel who were "on the job" and were asked to come in or came on their own for CISM. About four days per week,not including my occasional presence there on weekends, the mental lives of active duty men and women police officers were subject to CISM intervention to enable them to continue their most important and valuable work. Their work, at that point, consisted mainly of sifting through mostly large debris in order to complete, first, the search and rescue of any living victims and, later, the search and recovery of bodies and/or property associated with those who died as a result of the attack on September 11, 2001.  

Read the article from the International Journal of Emergency Mental Health.   



LevensonRichard L. Levenson, Jr., Psy.D., CTS, is a New York State licensed psychologist in independent practice in New York City. Dr. Levenson is an Associate Editor for International Journal of Emergency Mental Health, and served as Editor from 2004 - 2008. He is also Department Police Surgeon with the Ulster County Sheriff's Office in Kingston, NY, and Chief Police Surgeon for the Rosendale Police Department in Rosendale, NY. Dr. Levenson is Vice-Chairman of the Badge of Life Psychological Survival for Police Officer'sProgram ( based in Sacramento, CA. The author wishes to thank Beth Levenson, PhD, Diane Gwin, and Laurence Miller, PhD, for their insightful comments on an earlier draft of this article. Please send correspondence about this article to : 

PTSD Research  
1.  The Ripple Effect: Lessons Learned About Secondary Traumatic Stress Among Clinicians Responding to the September 11th Terrorist Attacks
by Mary Pulido, 2010 ATSS Conference Presenter

Abstract:  Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS) symptoms experienced by mental health clinicians who treated clients for issues related to the terrorist attacks of 9/11 were intense and unprecedented. An exploratory study, using qualitative techniques as the primary information gathering method, was conducted to gain a better understanding about ''indirect'' exposure to terrorism. Implications are included for social work practice, disaster mental health administration, funding sources and policy. Recommendations for future research are identified.  Read the full journal article here.   


2.  Long-Term Outcomes of Cognitive-Behavioral Treatments for PTSD Among Female Rape Survivors
by Resnick PA, Williams LF, Suvak MK, Monson CM, Gradus JL.

This long-term follow-up (LTFU) study  assessed participants from a randomized controlled trial comparing cognitive processing therapy (CPT) with prolonged exposure (PE) for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  Read the full journal article here. 


3.  Association of Participation in a Mindfulness Program with Measures of PTSD, Depression and Quality of Line in a Veteran's Sample
by David J. Kearney, Kelly McDermott, Carol Malte, Michelle Martinez, and Tracy L. Simpson

This study outlined in the Journal of Clinical Psychology assesses outcomes of veterans who participated in mindfulness-based stress reduction. Read the full journal article here. 

ATSS Board of Directors Update 

Kent Laidlaw, Certified Trauma Responder, ATSS Board President 


Greetings ATSS members and friends-


I would like to advise of some recent changes to the ATSS Board of Directors.  At the last board meeting, held on March 28th, 2012, the following Board appointments have been made;  Chrys Harris appointed as Vice President and Bonita Frazer joined the board and accepted the position as the Professional Development Chairperson.   Please join me in welcoming them in their new leadership roles.


Also, let me take this opportunity to acknowledge the work of Barbara Maurer, who is stepping down from her role as Vice President.  She took on this role to help stabilize ATSS as the organization went through transition and restructuring.  Not only was Barbara active in her role as VP, she worked for many years on the Certification Review Committee and will continue. She has been generous in her commitment and helped steer ATSS through some exciting and challenging times. 


Thanks to Elena Cherepanov for all her hard work and commitment to the former Education Committee (now known as the Professional Development Committee) . Her contribution to the development of the new site with respect to the role of the newly named Professional Development Committee was significant.


On behalf of the entire Board of Directors and staff please accept our sincere thank you.

We look forward to your continued input and contributions as we move forward both as a Board and as an organization.   


Books about Trauma
Posttraumatic Growth and Culturally Competent Practice: Lessons Learned from Around the Globe (2010) 

Posttraumatic Growth and Culturally Competent Practice offers contributions from an international group of experts in posttraumatic growth (PTG) within diverse cultures and subcultures. It uniquely illuminates the nature, meaning, and clinical implications of PTG across a wide range of sociocultural contexts.  Edited by Tzipi Weiss and Roni Berger-recognized experts in the areas of stress, coping, and PTG-this book features contributions by an international panel of renowned scholars and clinicians, offering a truly global perspective of PTG in cultures.


PTSD and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury  (2012) Events that lead to traumatic brain injury are often also psychologically traumatic. Addressing a growing need among mental health practitioners, this authoritative book brings together experts in both posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). Chapters present empirically based best practices for conceptualization, assessment, and intervention. The book also addresses the biological and psychosocial mechanisms by which PTSD and mTBI complicate each other; management of commonly associated conditions, including chronic pain and substance abuse; special considerations in military contexts; and possible ways to improve the structure and cost-effectiveness of providing care in this challenging area. 
edited by Charles Figley     

Originally a narrow specialty within emergency medicine, the field now extends to trauma psychology, military psychiatry and behavioral health, post-traumatic stress and stress disorders, trauma social work, disaster mental health, and, most recently, the subfield of history and trauma, with sociohistorical examination of long-term effects and meanings of major traumas experienced by whole communities and nations, both natural (Pompeii, Hurricane Katrina) and man-made (the Holocaust, 9/11). One reason for this expansion involves important scientific breakthroughs in detecting the neurobiology of trauma that is connecting biology with human behavior, which in turn, is applicable to all fields involving human thought and response, including but not limited to psychiatry, medicine and the health sciences, the social and behavioral sciences, the humanities, and law. Researchers within these fields and more can contribute to a universal understanding of immediate and long-term consequences-both good and bad-of trauma, both for individuals and for broader communities and institutions. Trauma encyclopedias published to date all center around psychological trauma and its emotional effects on the individual as a disabling or mental disorder requiring mental health services. This element is vital and has benefited from scientific and professional breakthroughs in theory, research, and applications. This encyclopedia certainly will cover this central element, but includes other disciplines and will move beyond the individual.  



PTSD in the News, Research and Information
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If you are looking for a Certification Sponsor, please email with "sponsor needed" in the subject line. A sponsor will be assigned by an ATSS representative.  


Trainings, Webinars and Conferences

State University of New York SUNY, New Paltz, NY  

Institute for Disaster Mental Health Friday, April 20, 2012 

The ninth annual IDMH training will focus on building capacity and resilience through effective stress management and self-care strategies. Disaster response, emergency management, and trauma work are intrinsically and uniquely stressful, and it is essential that the inherent occupational hazards be mitigated through proactive stress management approaches. The well-being of responders is closely tied to self-care and is paramount to the success of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery efforts. The care that responders provide to others can only be as good as the care they provide themselves. The training will feature presenters who are experts on the interrelated work of mitigating the stress and maximizing the rewards of trauma work, on both individual and organizational levels. Each presenter will discuss foundational concepts, current research and recommended practices, and lessons learned from their experiences in the field.  Click here to learn more.

20th Annual Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster Conference
May 8-10, 2012; Norfolk, VA

The purpose of this conference is to provide attendees with information on emerging issues in disaster preparation, recovery, and response services, and to teach them new skills to use in the field.

The YogaService Conference
May 18-20th, 2012
at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York


This is a gathering of the nation's most inspiring and accomplished yoga teachers who are dedicated to using yoga as a tool for overcoming trauma and inspiring social change. This conference is for yoga teachers, social workers, school teachers, health care providers and other professionals interested in exploring the possibility of bringing yoga and mindfulness to the populations they serve (continuing education credits available). The conference will address how yoga heals trauma and explore the challenges and opportunities of: starting and funding yoga service projects; working within social institutions; and conducting research in the field of yoga service. Dr. Gabor Mate, Beryl Bender Birch, Seane Corn, Kelly McGonigal and BK Bose will be presenting full conference sessions. Breakout workshops on specific populations (veterans, teens, young children, the incarcerated and trauma survivors) will be led by Sue Jones (yogaHope), Mark Lilly (Street Yoga), Jennifer Cohen Harper (Little Flower Yoga), MaryLynn Fitton (Art of Yoga) and James Fox (Prison Yoga Project). Register at the Omega Insitute Website; Tuition: $395; Use discount code YSC for $100 discount. Read more about the conference at

Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists 
From Victim to Survivor:  Supporting & Promoting Resilience
Thursday, September 27, 2012 to Saturday, September 29, 2012
Delta Meadowvale Hotel and Conference Center
6750 Mississauga Rd N Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Visit the Conference Page on the ATSS website.

International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICIFS)
See a list of offerings.

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies  

ISTSS 28th Annual Meeting Beyond Boundaries: Innovations to Expand Services and Tailor Traumatic Stress Treatments

November 1 - 3, 2012
Pre-Meeting Institutes - October 31


This meeting will provide a forum to discuss innovative strategies for outreach, assessment, treatments and programs that will enable us to deliver services in a wider variety of contexts and reach more trauma survivors. A shift in focus from mental disorder and diagnosis to the promotion of mental health can help reduce stigma and facilitate wider dissemination of information and tools to promote recovery from traumatic stress. Innovations in conceptualization, measurement and clinical methods may help us better understand the diversity of responses to traumatic stress and tailor our services and treatments to groups and individuals with different post-traumatic presentations.
Los Angeles, California  USA  Click here to learn more.