From the President¹s Desk: Academy Calls for New Trauma Response® Infosheets

Mark D. Lerner, Ph.D.
President, The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress


Several years ago, The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress introduced Trauma Response® Infosheets. These single page documents, featuring practical information for survivors and professionals, were disseminated around the world through the utilization of different media. The Academy printed thousands of these elegant handouts, offered them through our automated fax-back system, and shared them through our award-winning website on the Internet. Due to frequent requests for information related to traumatic stress, the Academy¹s Executive Board has elected to expand our collection of Infosheets to develop an extensive library of practical information. Today, I am calling upon our membership to help us with this endeavor. The Academy is looking for documents that reflect your specific area of interest and expertise. We encourage you to draw from your existing work‹though new documents would certainly be considered. There is no ³model² for these Infosheets and they may be presented in a variety of ways. For example, information can be offered as a summary, or perhaps as a practical checklist. Most important is that the Infosheets are truly practical documents that convey the eclectic flavor of our multidisciplinary membership. The following are examples that reflect the diversity of topics that may be addressed:

  • An Overview of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • Helping Survivors of Sexual Abuse
  • Managing Dental Anxiety & Fear
  • Critical Information About Death Notification
  • Sports Injury & Traumatic Stress
  • Bereavement Counseling
  • Helping Survivors of Disasters
  • An Overview of Critical Incident Stress Management
  • A Checklist of Indicators of Suicide Potential
  • Crisis Intervention Strategies for Teachers
  • The Psychological Impact of Burns
  • Counseling with the Terminally Ill
  • Managing Trauma in the Workplace
  • A Practical Checklist for School Crisis Response

These Trauma Response® Infosheets will be printed as colorful handouts and distributed as a public service of the Academy. Additionally, as in the past, they will be offered through our automated fax-back system and shared throughout the world through our award-winning website on the nternet‹www.traumatic-stress.org.

This is a tremendous opportunity for the Academy to increase awareness of the effects of trauma and, ultimately, to improve the quality of intervention with survivors‹our association¹s mission! This is also a wonderful opportunity for you, our membership, to share your unique perspective.
Infosheets will be limited to one page, front and back. They will include a beautiful masthead, title, author, author¹s organization/practice address, author¹s telephone/e-mail contact numbers, and a document limited to two sides of a page. The Academy will grant permission for reproduction of our Infosheets in their original form.

Infosheet submissions may be e-mailed to the Academy¹s administrative offices at aaets@optonline.net. If replying by e-mail, please paste the document within your e-mail text writer, or forward it as an attachment in text form. If you prefer, you can mail your submission to our administrative offices. Please enclose a hard copy along with the document on a floppy disk.

Trauma Response® Infosheets offer an invaluable opportunity to bring our expertise to the world. Today, The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress can speak proudly of a rapidly growing multidisciplinary membership represented by individuals from over 200 professions in the health-related fields, emergency services, criminal justice, forensics, law, business and education. With members in every state of the United States and over 40 foreign countries, the Academy is the largest organization of its kind in the world.

Having a highly diverse, eclectic group of individuals under one umbrella offers a unique opportunity for us to network and share our ideas. May our growing collection of Trauma Response® Infosheets provide truly practical information that will ultimately help many survivors of trauma.

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