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COURSE IN INTERNATIONAL TRAUMA STUDIES
COURSE IN INTERNATIONAL TRAUMA STUDIES: 2007-2008
Founded in New York in 1997, the International Trauma Studies
Program (ITSP) has achieved worldwide recognition as a leader
in the field of trauma studies and community response to catastrophes.
Our distinctive program is committed to global education promoting
state-of-the-art knowledge, research, and the development of technical
skills to assist people in coping with traumatic events. Our trauma
and disaster response training program based in New York has attracted
professionals from all over the world.
The International Trauma Studies Program has provided intensive
training in trauma theory, treatment and prevention for professionals
from such diversified fields of interest as health and mental
health, law, human rights, community activism, the arts, journalism
and the media.
The program focuses on multi-disciplinary approaches grounded
in individual, family and community oriented interventions based
on a resilience framework. The course will explore best practices
in international psychosocial responses in the context of domestic,
communal, natural and human made catastrophes and traumatic events.
In addition to trauma theory and intervention, the program intertwines
the psychosocial, political, ethical, and human rights dimensions
of traumatic suffering and humanitarian intervention into the
curriculum. Utilizing a multidisciplinary curriculum that also
includes the arts, literature, performance, oral history, the
media, body healing and indigenous practices, the training program
seeks to create competency in the practice and implementation
of trauma responses through practical skill building for everyday
work and life. The program promotes the development of linkages
with those allied professions that increasingly contribute to
the recovery process: for example, human rights educators, and
professionals working in conflict management, transitional justice
and peace-building programs.
A variety of educational materials and resources, including media,
information communication technologies and global conferencing
are employed throughout the course. 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.
One of the most important and unique features of the program is
the capacity of ITSP to supplement local faculty by bringing internationally
renowned teachers in the field of family and community oriented
treatment for trauma affected populations.
Format of the Course
Ten intensive one and a half day
Symposia from September to May run by visiting
local and international faculty who are renowned experts in the
The class meets twice every month, roughly every two weeks. The
Symposia, which are ten intensive one and half day workshops,
are scheduled Thursday, 4:00-7:30pm and the next day Friday, 9:30am
- 5:00pm. The ten monthly integrative Salons are scheduled on
Thursday evenings from 6:00-8:30pm. This is especially designed
to allow working professionals to attend the course. The course
consists of 130 training hours. The exact dates
for the upcoming 2007-2008 session have not yet been established.
Ten monthly integrative Salons provide participants
opportunities to share their own work and host visiting experts.
A Class Project that actively integrates theory
and methods taught in the course.
Voluntary Externships in a research group, clinical
or community setting, available for local and international participants
who wish to enhance their learning experience.
Below are a sampling of the extensive topics covered by the course.
Current topical events and access to special faculty and presenters
may influence the specific focus of the subject area from year
to year. This flexibility allows the program to bring to participants
a state of the art curriculum enriching the educational experience
Trauma: Understanding, Healing, and Prevention
Mapping Trauma: Multi-Systemic Perspectives
Individual and Group Approaches to Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress
Psychodynamic Approaches to Trauma
Impact of Trauma on the Lives of Children and Families
Trauma and Loss in the Family
Study of Trauma – Historical, Political and Cultural Perspectives
Building Resilience in Communities Following Mass Trauma
Trauma Response within an International Public Health Framework
International Psychosocial Interventions
Treating Survivors of Torture and Refugee Trauma
Collective Trauma: Promoting Coexistence and Reconciliation
Trauma and Transitional Justice
Trauma, Memory, and Cognition
Trauma, Testimony and Witnessing: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Trauma, Media and the Arts
of 2006-07 Curriculum
Description of 2005-06 Curriculum
Description of 2004-05 Curriculum
Description of 2003-04 Curriculum
Jack Saul, Ph.D.
Director, International Trauma Studies Program
Assistant Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health
Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
Faculty and Presenters
Over the years, ITSP has developed a distinguished, well-recognized
international panel of experts to teach in the course. Our unique
approach to teaching enables ITSP to bring in specialists from
different expertise, each one working on and developing the most
cutting edge practices, research, and technology in the field
of trauma. Each Symposium and many of the Salons are taught by
a different expert with specific competence in their respective
Here is an illustration of our faculty and presenters from previous
sessions of the ITSP Comprehensive Course. We anticipate that
many of faculty will remain the same for the 2007-2008 Course.
Alastair Ager, Ph.D., Nancy Baron, Ed.D., Sandra Bloom, M.D.,
Pauline Boss, Ph.D., Claude Chemtob, Ph.D., Sara Cobb, Ph.D.,Esther
Cohen, Ph.D., Allen Feldman, Ph.D., Peter Fraenkel, Ph.D., Eliana
Gil, Ph.D., Brandon Hamber, Ph.D., Kenneth Hardy, Ph.D., Soeren
Buus Jensen, M.D. Ph.D., Judith Landau, M.D., Robert J. Lifton,
M.D., Esther Perel, M.A., Steven Reisner, Ph.D., Carlos Sluzki,
M.D., Ruti Teitel, J.D., Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., Vamik Volkan,
M.D., Stevan Weine, M.D., Michael White, M.S.W.
Applicants with a graduate degree in mental health, health, and
allied professions are encouraged to apply. Applicants without
a graduate degree but with experience in the trauma field will
be considered for acceptance to the program.
ITSP offers 2 full tuition scholarships to mental health professionals
and community leaders from foreign countries or immigrant and
refugee communities in the New York metropolitan area. In addition,
there are limited opportunities for partial tuition scholarships
with a work/study component. Please inquire to the program directly
Certificate of Completion
A Certificate of Completion from the International Trauma Studies
Program (ITSP) is awarded to participants with consistent attendance
and successful completion of the final project.
Now Accepting Applications for the 2007-2008 Course
• Complete the Application Information Form
• 500-word essay describing your interest in the program
• A recent curriculum vitae or resume
• Two letters of professional recommendation
• An application processing fee of $40 (US)
Following the submission of the application form, each candidate
will be contacted for a personal interview before acceptance to
the program. ITSP will be accepting a maximum of 30 participants
for the 2007-2008 Course.
2007-2008 [PDF File]
2007-2008 [Word Document]
Enrollment is limited to 30 participants per year.
Early application is encouraged.
Early admission deadline is March 15, 2007.
Deadline to apply is June 15, 2007.
Upon acceptance, a $300.00 non-refundable deposit is required
to reserve a space in the 2007-2008 Course. The remainder of the
tuition is payable in two installments, due August 15th and December
15th. For participants with special circumstances, alternate payment
schedules may be available.
Please note that ITSP does not facilitate the travel or other
arrangements of subsistence for any participants in the Training
Course. All arrangements for travel, accommodations, and daily
subsistence costs are the exclusive responsibility of the participants
Please contact the office directly with specific questions.
Telephone: (212) 691-6499