16th ESTSS conference – Rotterdam, the Netherlands

The NtVP and ESTSS invite you to the 16th European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Conference in Rotterdam, the Netherlands from 14th – 16th June 2019.

On the 13th of June 2019, there will be a pre-conference day.

Registration has now opened, please click the button to go to the registration page directly:

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The theme for the 16th ESTSS-Conference is:

Trauma in Transition: Building Bridges

As the main event in Europe for Traumatic Stress Studies, the conference provides high quality contributions on a wide range of topics. To improve prevention, diagnostics and treatment in the field of psychotrauma, challenging issues and updates on recent research and new therapeutic strategies have proven to be of great value for the participants of this conference. This conference will also give (young) participants an opportunity to share their experiences with experts in this field. To challenge our honorable members we have invited distinguished experts as speakers.

We look forward to welcome you to Rotterdam, our beautiful and vibrating city, that has a ranking in the top 10 of the most exciting cities of the world (Lonely Planet 2016, Best in Travel). With its majestic and innovative architecture Rotterdam provides the ideal backdrop to the conference theme.

Call for abstracts will open November 1, 2018 until December 21, 2018.

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Trauma in Transition: Building Bridges

This conference focuses on sharing our joint expertise, presenting and collecting knowledge and experiences relevant to the field of traumatic stress, by building bridges between different perspectives, disciplines and countries. Of special interest will be contributions closely related to the conference theme of interdisciplinary co-operation and knowledge transfer, and that touch upon some of the pressing challenges in our field: adequate and timely provision of evidence-based care to those in need.

The rise in forced displacement of millions of people poses a critical challenge to national healthcare systems, in Europe and the rest of the world. As a result of the current influx of refugees seeking asylum and safety, countries face the daunting task of organizing and providing evidence-based mental healthcare for the psychosocial consequences of stressful and traumatic experiences related to forced displacement. This includes ways to provide appropriate care to people in transition within and between countries, such as technological advances in the field of e-health and m-health. For decades, we have collected knowledge on the transition of trauma between generations and the neurobiological mechanisms involved in traumatic stress responses; how can we use this knowledge to benefit prevention, treatment and policy making in these challenging times? How can clinical experience and insights from treatment inform fundamental research into neurobiological and cognitive mechanisms? How do we ensure that evidence-based practices are sufficiently available and appropriately disseminated?

We invite submissions that provide scientific knowledge fitting one of the conference tracks of Assessment & Diagnosis, Biological & Medical, Child Trauma, Public Health, Transcultural & Diversity, or Intervention Research & Clinical Studies.