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New ISTSS Guidelines on the Prevention and Treatment of PTSD

The new International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies' guidelines on the prevention and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and position papers on complex PTSD, have recently been published. An international committee of experts was established in 2015 to update guidelines published in 2009 by reviewing the latest evidence from clinical research trials.

The guidelines and position papers are intended to assist clinicians providing prevention and treatment interventions for children, adolescents and adults with, or at risk of, developing PTSD and Complex PTSD.

Professor Julian Ford, ISTSS President, said, "The excellent work of the ISTSS Treatment Guidelines Committee will make a real difference to people affected by traumatic events. It is great to see so many promising new interventions to prevent and treat PTSD. While, sadly, we are unable to prevent all traumatic events, we now have more tools to help people deal with the psychological impact of traumatic events effectively."

The new guidelines and position papers are available to download from the ISTSS website


UKPTS Position and Guidance Paper on Torture, Coercive Interrogations and Cruel and Degrading Treatment

2017

UKPTS Position and Guidance Paper on Torture, Coercive Interrogations and Cruel and Degrading Treatment: This document clearly sets out the UKPTS position on this topic and should act as a useful resource for anyone working in the field of psychotraumatology.

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UKPTS Guideline for the treatment and planning of services for complex post-traumatic stress disorder (cPTSD) in adults 

February 2017

The  UKPTS Guideline for the treatment and planning of services for complex post-traumatic stress disorder (cPTSD) in adults is finally complete. We very much hope the document will be a highly relevant and useful one which will help those who plan to provide treatment to those unfortunate enough to suffer with cPTSD to deliver the best service possible.

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UKPTS Traumatic Stress Management Guidance for Organisations whose Staff Work in High Risk Environments

May 2014

Guidance notes to help trauma-exposed organisations to formulate a Traumatic Stress Management (TSM) policy or guideline.

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UKPTS code of ethics for clinicians

UKPTS members who provide clinical services shall:

  1. Respect the essential humanity and dignity of every patient.
  2. Not exploit patients’ vulnerability.
  3. Provide the best attainable care for their patients.
  4. Maintain the confidentiality of patients and their families except where a statutory obligation exists to do otherwise.
  5. Seek valid consent from their patients before undertaking any procedure or treatment.
  6. Ensure patients and their carers can make the best available choices about treatment.
  7. Not misuse their professional knowledge and skills.
  8. Comply with ethical principles embodied in national and international guidelines governing research.
  9. Continue to develop, maintain and share their professional knowledge and skills with medical colleagues, trainees and students, as well as with other relevant health professionals, patients and their families.
  10. Show appropriate concern for the mental health and wellbeing of their colleagues, including trainees and students.