As an independent professional society, the Dutch Association for Psychotrauma (Nederlandstalige Vereniging voor Psychotrauma, NtVP) aims to improve the quality of prevention, identification and treatment of traumatic stress sequelae, to promote mental health after trauma and minimize the deleterious effects on society.
NtVP aims to accomplish this through:
- Combining and disseminating scientific knowledge and best practices of prevention, development, diagnostics and treatment of psychotrauma;
- Improving and guarding quality and expertise of professional caregivers by means of accrediting training, education and certification of individual caregivers;
- Offering a multidisciplinary network with psychotrauma expertise, to share knowledge and promote discussion for the improvement of professional development;
- Defending societal interests in the field of psychotrauma;
- Close co-operation with the international network through the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS).
The European Society of Traumatic Stress Studies promotes the sharing of knowledge and experience about all aspects of psychotraumatology. We do this by fostering research and best practice, building networks, and by contributing to public policy at a European level.
The main objectives of ESTSS, contained within the ESTSS mission statement, are:
- To increase and disseminate knowledge of traumatic stress based on good science.
- To identify cross European issues, such as differences in training and certification.
- To stimulate cross European training for different levels of certification.
- To stimulate and help to set up local societies in different European countries.
- To help establish European wide research on traumatic stress.
- To focus on European issues relating to traumatic stress, e.g. disaster response, uniform services, child abuse etc.
- To liaise with pan-European and international organisations/bodies.
Miriam Lommen, Joanne Mouthaan (chairs)
Marie-Louise Kullberg , Karlijn Schöls, Rick de Haart, Elze Landkroon, Claartje König, Merel Velu (committee assistants)
Agnes van Minnen
Vittoria Ardino (SISST, Italy)
Cherie Armour (UKPTS, United Kingdom)
Maria Böttche (DeGPT, German speaking countries)
Margarida Figueiredo Braga (Centro de Trauma, Portugal)
Tanja Franciskovic (CSTS, Croatia)
Jana Javakhashvili (GSP, Georgia)
Maja Lis – Turlejska (PTBS, Poland)
Tatiana Nazarenko (USOCTE, Ukraine)
Naomi Vandamme (BIP, Belgium)
Paulina Zelviene (LSTSS, Lithuania)
Zoran Sukovic (ESTSS secretary)
Conference theme and background information
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?