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ABOUT US

Global Collaboration on Traumatic Stress

Collaborating on topics of global importance
The Global Collaboration on Traumatic Stress 
consists of researchers and clinicians from around the world collaborating on topics of global importance.... 
 

Trauma is a global issue

Worldwide trauma is the norm rather than the exception (Schnyder, et al., 2017; Kessler et al., 2017). The great majority of the global burden of disease arising from mental health conditions occurs in low and middle income countries. Furthermore, traumatic experiences, trauma-related symptoms, as well as treatment approaches differ across cultures. Finally trauma does not stop at borders. As ESTSS president Jana Javakhishvili said it:  "Together we are stronger" (June 14, 2019, ESTSS Conference, Rotterdam).

Aims

"To identify objectives, facilitate development, and coordinate activities of global importance [..]  the community of traumatic stress researchers and practitioners should develop collaborations, and ultimately structures, that would enable them to optimally respond to those tasks that are best addressed by means of international collaboration” (Schnyder et al., 2017).

 

Steering committee (click to stop autoplay)

Miranda Olff (Chair)

Prof. Dr. Miranda Olff is leading the Center for Psychological Trauma at the department of Psychiatry at the Amsterdam UMC of the University of Amsterdam. Chair: ‘Neurobiological mechanisms of prevention and treatment in trauma and PTSD’. She is Director of Research & Strategy at the ARQ National Psychotrauma Centre.

She is the past president of both the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS) and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). She has recently been trained in Corporate Governance. Miranda Olff is Editor-in-Chief of ESTSS’s Open Access journal: the European Journal of Psychotraumatology (EJPT). Her research focuses on the psychological and biological responses to traumatic stress and the effects of (early) interventions (e.g. oxytocin or e-Health) after mass trauma or individual events. In 2019 she received the "Wolter de Loos Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychotraumatology in Europe."

 

Who are we?

The “Global Collaboration on Traumatic Stress” consists of researchers and clinicians from around the world representing traumatic stress societies worldwide. It was initiated by the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) (See Olff, 2014; 2015; Schnyder, 2013; Schnyder & Olff, 2013;  Schnyder et al., 2017).

The Global Collaboration began with representatives from eight traumatic stress related professional societies while others joined later: 

  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS)

  • European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS)

  • Japanese Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (JSTSS)

  • Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ASTSS)

  • Argentina Society for Psychotrauma (SAPsi)

  • Asian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (Asian STSS-Hong Kong)

  • Canadian Psychological Association Traumatic Stress Section (CPA TSS)

  • German-speaking Society for Psychotraumatology (DeGPT)

  • Asociación Chilena de Estrés Traumático (ACET)

For more see PartnersOther groups engaged in traumatic stress related issues are welcome.

Steering committee:

  • Chair: Miranda Olff, Amsterdam UMC and ARQ National Psychotrauma Centre, The Netherlands

  • Co-chair: Ulrich Schnyder, University of Zurich, Switzerland

  • For the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS): Helene Aakvaag

  • For the Japanese Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (JSTSS): Misari Oe

  • For Asociación Chilena de Estrés Traumático (ACET​): Carolina Salgado

  • For the Canadian Psychological Association-Traumatic Stress Section (CPA-TSS): Anne Wagner

  • For the Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ASTSS): Doug Brewer 

  • For the Argentine Society for Psychotrauma (Sociedad Argentina de Psicotrauma, SAPsi): Juliana Lanza

  • For the Deutschsprachige Gesellschaft für Psychotraumatologie (German-speaking Society for Psychotraumatology, DeGPT): Matthias Knefel

  • For the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS): Diane Elmore Borbon

  • For the (South) African Society for Traumatic Stress Studies in formation: Soraya Seedat

Theme leaders are co-opted to the steering committee.

Currently these are:

For all individuals involved in Themes and Projects see Projects

 

Traumatic stress societies join forces

Traumatic stress societies around the world have decided to join forces in order to enhance knowledge about psychotrauma around the world. The traumatic stress societies agreed to work alongside each other on an equal basis.

 

 

References

  • Kessler, R. C., Aguilar-Gaxiola, S., Alonso, J., Benjet, C., Bromet, E. J., Cardoso, G., . . . Survey, W. W. M. H. (2017). Trauma and PTSD in the WHO World Mental Health Surveys. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 8(1). https://doi.org/10.1080/20008198.2017.1353383

  • Schnyder, U., Schafer, I., Aakvaag, H. F., Ajdukovic, D., Bakker, A., Bisson, J.I., Brewer, D., Cloitre, M., Dyb, G.A., Frewen,P., Lanza, J., Le Brocque, R., Lueger-Schuster, B., Mwiti, G.K., Oe, M., Rosner, R., Schellong, J., Shigemura, J., Wu, K., & Olff, M. (2017). The global collaboration on traumatic stress. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 8(1) .https://doi.org/10.1080/20008198.2017.1403257