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.
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
Where: Montclair, New Jersey
60 So. Fullerton Avenue
When: Friday, June 8 @10 am
Presentation: Breakthrough Therapies for Trauma by Victoria Britt
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SAVE THE DATE: ATSS Biennial Conference
From Victim to Survivor:
Supporting & Promoting Resilience
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 www.atss.info 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.
Richard 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 (www.badgeoflife.com) 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 : firstname.lastname@example.org.
|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.
Need a Certification Sponsor?
If you are looking for a Certification Sponsor, please email email@example.com 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 ConferenceMay 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. http://www.nvoad.org/avc
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 www.eomega.org; Tuition: $395; Use discount code YSC for $100 discount. Read more about the conference at www.yogaservicecouncil.org.
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 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.