Recent natural and human made catastrophes have highlighted the need for a multi-disciplinary approach to the study, treatment, and prevention of trauma-related suffering. Founded at New York University in 1997, the International Trauma Studies Program is directed by Dr. Jack Saul, on the faculty of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.

The program has been enriched by the participation of a diverse student body ranging from mental health professionals, healthcare providers, attorneys, and human rights advocates, to journalists and media professionals, academicians, oral historians, and artists. Students and professionals are given the opportunity to develop and share innovative approaches to address the psychosocial needs of trauma survivors, their families, and communities. ITSP offers a dynamic combination of academic studies, research, and practical experience working with trauma survivors in New York City, the U.S., and abroad.

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For further reading on the history and development of ITSP, see:

The International Trauma Studies Program, by Jack Saul
[download pdf]

In The New Humanitarians: Inspiration, Innovations and Blueprints
for Visionaries
, edited by Chris Stout.