useful web connections

Reseau Canadien du Stress Traumatique

Canadian Traumatic Stress Network






    Some of these sites present helpful information about traumatic stress and PTSD, about what can be done to help the suffering, and how you can get more information. Some sites are concerned to inform about response to traumatic stress, and other sites inform you about organizations dedicated to research and training for response to traumatic stress.

    These sites provide much useful information about disaster preparation and response at the individual and community levels.

    Information about Mental Health, Self-Help, &Support Groups.



  • The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. - has established a standard for its Board Certification of professionals, across disciplines, who regularly work with survivors of traumatic events --. Membership includes professionals from over one hundred specialties in the health-related fields, emergency services, criminal justice, forensics, law and education.
  • UK National Workplace Bullying Advice Line maps the symptoms of psychiatric injury caused by bullying on to the DSM-IV Diagnostic Criteria for PTSD; also proposes differences between "psychiatric injury" and "mental illness"; maps the serial bully's behaviour on to the DSM-IV Diagnostic Criteria for Antisocial Personality Disorder (APD). The work of Tim Field, BSc, (Hons).
    Read to raise your awareness of a serious problem.
  • Charles Figley's Index of traumatic stressYou are presented with a list of html files which with a click will present you with any of the articles published in Traumatology, the on-line journal of traumatic stress, the pages describing how to get listed with Operation Green Cross, and more.
  • Disaster & Trauma Special Interest Group of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy (AABT) , The mission of the AABT
    D & T SIG, how it will accomplish this mission, how to subscribe to the maillist (if you are a member).
    New in April 1998, can be expected to develop an authoritative information resource.
  • David Baldwin's Trauma Info Pages, the most informative site on PTSD and related topics. Includes About Trauma - an overview of the psychology of trauma with links to further information on specific aspects; Trauma Resources - full texts of many important papers and articles on traumatic stress and its treatment, plus links to other sources; Supportive Information - advice and many links to support for victims of various trauma; Disaster Handout & Links.
    A huge resource, a labour of love which we very much appreciate for its invaluable contents and fine organization. If you are ever looking for information on trauma or disaster, this should be your first stop.
  • Discovery Channel Science article on EMDR "Using flashing lights to banish bad memories" by Gloria Chang, March 27, 1998. A journalist's article on EMDR for the Discovery Channel's web site Science "In Focus" section. Nicely done with illustrations. Ken Adam is shown and quoted for solid Canadian content.
  • Grant Devilly's PSYCH TRAUMA PAGES . from the Psychology Department at The University of Queensland. Great presentation of useful trauma links and material developed in Australia.

  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) "provides a forum for the sharing of research, clinical strategies, public policy concerns and theoretical formulations on trauma in the United States and around the world. ISTSS is dedicated to the discovery and dissemination of knowledge and to the stimulation of policy, program and service initiatives that seek to reduce traumatic stressors and their immediate and long-term consequences."
    Information about ISTSS, complete texts of issues of
    Stress Points, the quarterly newsletter, Tables of Contents of the Journal of Traumatic Stress, membership application, and links to selct trauma resources.

  • InterPsych: The Internet Mental Health Organization. How to subscribe to the traumatic-stress forum and many other mental health e-mail discussion lists."InterPsych forums (aka mailing lists) are one way mental health and behavioural science professionals, students, and interested others keep up with discourse in their fields, as well as keeping up with each other." Instructions on how to register are provided on the web site.
    Here is a list of the forums now in progress:
    affective-disorders, anxiety-depression-youth, anxiety-disorders, child-adolescent-psych, clinical-psychophysiology, computers-in-mental-health, current-issues-in-psych, dissociative-disorders, emergency-psychiatry, forensic-psych, geriatric-neuro, hiv-aids-psycho-social, hypnosis-l, managed-behavioral-healthcare, mental-health-in-the-media, neuro-psych, personality-disorders, psy-language, psych-nurses, psychiatric-social-workers psychiatry-l, psychiatry-resources, psycho-analysis, psycho-pharm, psychotherapy-practice, psychotherapy-research, research-psychologists thana-tology, transcultural-psychology.
  • Israel Institute for Treatment and Study of Stress Maytal is a private out-patient mental health institute in Haifa which provides services in counseling and mental health. Activities include not only treatment, but also training and supervision of psychologists, as well as research in the fields of psychotherapy and trauma. I particularly like their links page.
  • Mobbing: Emotional Abuse in The American Workplace. A new book about "Mobbing ... bullying at the workplace ... a "ganging up" by co-workers, subordinates or superiors, to force someone out of the workplace through rumor, innuendo, intimidation, discrediting, isolation, and particularly, humiliation... a serious form of ... harassment... affects the mental and physical health of victims." The author's intend "to stimulate public awareness ... to help detect mobbing in workplaces, to warn those who intentionally perpetrate mobbing actions, and to encourage preventive, timely and appropriate action to deal with this phenomenon."
  • The U.S. National Center for PTSD on the World Wide Web, includes access to the PILOTS Database (THE database on PTSD), a substantial portion of the PILOTS Database User's Guide, and staff directories for several National Center divisions . If you seek references on any aspect of PTSD, then if one exists, you will likely find it on the Pilots database. You can download references or abstracts to your own computer. A tremendous resource.
  • Police Stress - Law Enforcement Stress line
    Articles about Police Stress, plus Police Humor, Topical Discussions, Questions & Answers, Reviews of Police Books: for Police and Law Enforcement Officers, their families and friends.
    An excellent resource for Police and valuable for other emergency workers.
  • Sidran Foundation and Press
    For those who have experienced or witnessed violent or traumatic events and consequently suffer symptoms of distress, often severe and disabling. Sidran is a national non-profit organization devoted to education, advocacy and research related to the early recognition and treatment of trauma-related stress in children and the understanding and treatment of adults suffering from trauma-generated disorders. To support people with trauma-generated disorders, and to educate the public about them, the Sidran Foundation has developed the following:
    * The
    Sidran Press publishes books and educational materials on traumatic stress and dissociative disorders.
    * The
    Sidran Bookshelf on Trauma and Dissociation (an annotated catalog)
    * The
    PsychTrauma Infobase (a comprehensive computerized information database)
    * The
    PsychTrauma Resource and Information Service, (provides resources and referrals at no cost)
    * The
    Dissociative Disorders Low-Cost Psychotherapy Clinic (a demonstration project)
    * Sidran public education workshops
  • Toronto Police Service Employee and Family Assistance Program
    A new web site providing information about the mandate of the EAP program, the Referral Agent program, the Critical Incident Debriefing Team, Critical Incident Stress, and the EAP Committee.
  • Trauma Anonymous
    Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - And Recovery. Jim Johnson's creation to help fellow PTSD survivors. "We have a discussion board, an email forum, and a real time java chat room as well as a great number of helpful links."
    Insights from direct experience - from Nanaimo, BC.
  • Rural Care ~ Crossroads of Healthcare, Culture, Traumatic Stress & Technology
    Created and maintained by Beth Hadnell Stamm, a leader in the study of Secondary trumatic Stress and measurement of traumatic stress, this page on Rural Care contains references, archived papers, and measures of traumatic stress and secondary traumatic stress (Compassion fatigue), material and links related to Rural Health Care, the Project For Community Revitalization & Healing Of Cultural Trauma In Indigenous Peoples.
    An excellent site for knowledge of therapist self-care. You can download and use the articles, reference lists, and psychometric measures as long as you give credit to the authors. You will find an excellent selection of links.
  • Traumatic Stress Forum An e-mail discussion list, "The Traumatology Forum has been in operation since March of 1994. Most of our members study or treat those who have or are still experiencing the effects of enduring a traumatic event. Such events include but is not limited to disasters, accidents, death of a loved one, criminal violence, family abuse, war (either as a combatant or as a civilian), or a survivor of other types of horrible circumstances. We are affiliated with the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and the Journal of Traumatic Stress, among others. Our most immediate concern is seeking the most powerful, painless, and efficient method for eliminating or at least containing the unwanted consequences of traumatic events."
    A registration form is provided.
  • Traumatology-e , the electronic journal of traumatic stress studies, founded and edited by Charles Figley. All articles are available on line and you can subscribe to the journal.
  • The Unseen Scars: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the Canadian Military , Created by the CBC, a site that will take you to the heart of the Canadian military men and women who suffer from having served us in horrifying situations - "Hidden Wounds". Pictures and interviews derived from the National Affairs program broadcast in November, 1998. The video of that program is also available from the site, and there is an excellent selection of related links.
  • Victim-Assistance Online , an excellent resource developed by Randy McCall, Windsor, Ontario. Great page design, you will find a resource table which provides access to a vast number of pages of information relevant to victims and their assistance, from Lost/Abused Children, to Support Groups, to Care for the Caregiver, and the most complete list Directories of VA Services. You can also find how to subscribe to the VA E-Mail Forum, the internet discussion group for VA workers.



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  • Disaster Mental Health Institute DMHI, at the University of South Dakota: Itís mission is the promotion, development, and application of both practice and research in disaster mental health. Its objectives: (1) Provide training in disaster mental health professionals; (2) Provide consultation to private corporations, states, and municipalities in the development of disaster mental health prevention programs and intervention plans; (3)Provide emergency disaster mental health teams to conduct interventions for corporations, states, and municipalities; (4) Support and coordinate research in disaster mental health; (5) Support and coordinate the South Dakota Disaster Response Network; (6) Manage the DMHI national internet bulletin board for disaster mental health.
    Science combined with practice available to those planning and managing intervention.

  • Disaster Resources Web Site provides access to information on disaster preparedness and recovery for the State of Illinois and the Internet community. Information for educators, professionals, and the general public is available for viewing and downloading, along with links to information from a variety of state and federal agencies, educational institutions, relief organizations, and information networks.

  • APA Disaster Response Network A pro-bono service of the American Psychological Association and its members with the American Red Cross, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), state emergency management teams and other relief groups. Member volunteers have worked on every major disaster the USA has experienced and many smaller disasters. Long-term goals are to continue providing necessary short-term crisis services following disasters, to eventually train the entire network in a national, crisis intervention course and to expand the network

  • EPIX - The Emergency Planning Information Exchange Centre for Policy Research on Science and Technology, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC. The information resource site for Disaster planning in Canada, respected internationally, comprehensive links to local and world resources on disaster planning.
  • Emergency Preparedness Canada (EPC) is a federal government organization within the Department of National Defence responsible for the development and maintenance of an appropriate level of civil emergency preparedness across Canada. You will find: "Who we are and what we do"; EPC information materials; info on the Canadian Emergency Preparedness College; News releases; articles from the EPC newsletter:"Emergency Preparedness Digest" & its back issues.
  • Family Emergency Preparation Plan Prepared for Washington State, but most of us are subject to a number of potential natural disasters such as fires, flooding, wind storms, severe winter storms, earthquakes, dam failures, volcanic eruptions and landslides. While we all hope that such an occurrence never happens, it has been shown time and time again that being prepared for disasters is prudent. Get clear instructions on how to prepare your family, readily copied from the web, on these topics: Why Plan?; Four Steps to Disaster Planning; Disaster Supplies Kit / Checklist; Hazard Hunt; Utilities / Checklist; Emergency Telephone Numbers; Planning for Specific Disasters.

  • Gender and Disaster Network Interest in gender relations in disaster contexts, goals are to: (a) document and analyze women's and men's experiences before, during, and after disaster, situating gender relations in broad political, economic, historical, and cultural context; (b) work across disciplinary and organizational boundaries in support of collaborative research and applied projects; (c) foster information sharing and resource building among network members; (d) build and sustain an active international community of scholars and activists.

  • Global Health Disaster Network It is a sister page of Global Health Network (University of Pittsburgh) by the Department of Emergency Medicine, Ehime University School of Medicine, Ehime University, Ehime, Japan. Intentions: (1) Establishment of a global disaster directory to include everyone involved in disaster relief worldwide who has an e-mail address. (2) Establishment of disease telemonitoring capabilities. (3) Provision of educational and training programs available through the Internet. (4) To network all Non-Government Organizations and government agencies: The Global Health Unit for Disaster and Relief Coordination. (5) Establishment of a disaster information server. A repository of data and information where organizations and individuals can find disaster information in different languages

  •  Green Cross Projects From its web site: "...the Green Cross includes over 270 traumatologists from 15 countries connected electronically; includes most of the world leaders in and contributors to traumatology; cares about communities shocked by catastrophes that need the attention and assistance long after the news media and national emergency-oriented agencies and offices depart; intend to train free as many Oklahoma professionals approved by the OAYS as Registered Traumatologists and then recruit them to join the Green Cross to help other communities such as Kobe, Japan and Pensecola, Florida, USA; cares about all those with loved ones in Bosnia. My Heart Is In Bosnia is the home page that serves all those who have hearts for any soldiers, journalists, residents, and anyone else who is in Bosnia right now.
  • International Hurricane Center at Florida International University, offers information about the center and staff, the center's ongoing research, IHC events, education and training provided by the center, and publications. It also provides links to the National Hurricane Center (track your hurricane!) and other related institutions, as well as the proceedings and the declaration resulting from the Hemispheric Congress on Disaster Reduction and Sustainable Development.

  • Current Events Disaster management Internet pioneer Art Botterell recently established this Web site, which includes a world map of recent (the last few days) earthquakes and tropical storms - click on the event location and receive information about it. The site also includes a few of Art's insightful and provocative papers and musings on the Internet and disasters.

  • International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters the official journal of the International Sociological Association's Research Committee on Disasters and has long been one of the more respected and useful academic journals dealing with disaster management. The journal Web site offers information about the journal, article submission, contents of recent issues, upcoming articles, book reviews, special issues, and subscribing to the journal.

  • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center - the "Disaster Finder," ... "a complete index to the best disaster Web sites on the Internet." It covers over 400 disaster information sites, and, using a keyword/concept search facility or category/type menu buttons, users can quickly identify specific sites providing the information they need. The sites found by using the search engine are prioritized according to their probable suitability, and the Disaster Finder even provides short previews of the selections so that individuals can see what kind of information is available.

  • Natural Hazards Center : access to disaster information compiled by this US Federal agency. Lists of Hazards Center publications, full texts of working papers, and Hazards Research & Applications Workshop summaries, topical bibliographies, and the electronic journal, Disaster Research.

  • NB Emergency Measures The EMO primarily serving New Brunswick, but makes available useful information on community disaster planning; Click on Education and Training and you get the Emergency Services Atlantic page which informs about EMO training in all of the Atlantic Provinces; Innovative distance learning emergency preparedness courses can be ordered, and there is an on-line simulated exercise under construction; yet another page offers an abbreviated list of Atlantic Provinces disasters.

  •  Project Safeside The American Red Cross and The Weather Channel have launched a joint project in an effort to teach the public about the dangers of severe weather, how to prepare for it, and what to do when it occurs. Using brochures, broadcasts, lectures, and the Internet, the project will address floods, hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, and extreme heat.
  •  Red Cross The web site of the American Red Cross Disaster services. In addition to descriptions of their services and role, a number of information booklets are available for downloading. These include "Family Disaster Plan brochure", "Disaster Preparedness Coloring Book", and "Disaster Preparedness for People With Disabilities Booklet" among others.
  • The Virginia Disaster Stress Intervention Web Site
    "Our Mission is to facilitate and assist the planning, coordination, and implementation of disaster intervention efforts throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, by serving as a resource for helpers. In order to accomplish this mission, we intend to provide:
    * Online information about disasters and disaster intervention:
    * Links to other disaster information sources on the web;
    * A catalogue of disaster intervention information in print and other media;
    * Specific, practical and applicable tools for teachers, parents,
    clergy and helpers, for use in disaster intervention efforts and after a disaster has happened;
    * An explanation of the roles of various federal, state, and private organizations involved in disaster intervention, as well as means of contacting them;
    * Links to media resources on line, for the latest word on disasters, weather patterns, and relief efforts; and
    * Interactive sources of support and information for both children and adults.
  • John D. Weaverís Disaster Mental Health:
    Detailed Information about DMH concepts, techniques, and preparedness (and about volunteering with the Red Cross DMH team). The topics for which he provides informative descriptions, suitable for training handouts, are:
    * Phases of Recovery * Typical Reactions to Disasters
    * Key DMH Concepts * DMH Screening Techniques
    * Community Reactions to Disasters * More About DMH Contacts
    * Stresses Faced by the Relief Workers * DMH Autokit (Preparedness Pack)
    * DMH Team Utilization Protocol
    * Mental Health Response Coordinator Checklist *Bibliography
    The text is concise and clearly written, contains directions on what to do unadorned with theoretical or empirical discussion. The effects of various trauma events on individuals and communities is known to be more extensive than he describes, however.
    The site also has text material describing defusing and debriefing procedures, material on how to get involved with American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health organization and training, and links to other disaster sites.
  • Winnipeg - Manitoba Flood Information
    The effects of the great 1997 flood are still being endured. Now there is need to prepare for what 1998 brings. Expect this site to become active again!
  • Worst Ice Storm in History
    Details and analysis of the disastrous ice storm that spread destruction in eastern Canada in 1998. Part of Environment Canada's weather and related sites. Great conversational value!



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  •   The Anxiety-Panic Info Resource -" tAPir: the Anxiety Panic internet
    resource, a grass roots project involving thousands of people interested in
    anxiety disorders such as panic attacks, phobias, shyness, generalized anxiety,
    obsessive-compulsive behavior and post traumatic stress. is a self-help
    network dedicated to the overcoming and cure of overwhelming anxiety."
    Material on the phenomena of anxiety, its treatment, support groups, designed primarily for those looking for help, there is something for the professional as well. Good presentation
  • CAVEAT:Canadians Against Violence Everywhere Advocating its Termination Incorporated in 1992, an organization trying to improve society and assist victims of violence, this site reports on the work and offers you links for obtaining relevant information, getting assistance, and contributing to the effort.
  • Cognitive Therapy and Research : "a broadly conceived interdisciplinary journal whose main function is to stimulate and communicate research and theory on the role of cognitive processes in human adaptation and adjustment. It attempts to integrate such diverse areas of psychology as clinical, cognitive, counseling developmental, experimental, learning, personality, and social. The journal publishes experimental studies, theoretical articles, review articles, technical articles, methodological articles, case studies, and brief reports. ... published by Plenum Press."
  • TheElder Abuse Home Page Site Currently Dysfunctional
    A selection of readings, research and information on the topic of elder abuse. *Agencies. Agencies and associations that provide counselling, support and health care. *Resource People: Researchers, practitioners and other people interested in the area of elder abuse. *Projects- Applied and basic research into elder abuse. *Links to other related sites on the World Wide Web. *Elder Abuse Online The electronic journal.
  • Knowledge Exchange Network (KEN)
    "The National Center for Mental Health Services developed KEN for users of mental health services and their families, the general public, policy makers, providers, and the media. KEN is a national, one-stop source of information and resources on prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation services for mental illness." You can access a publications list or order articles, booklets, fact sheets, and videos on subjects such as children, adolescents, and their families; community resources; and issues that affect consumers of mental health services." ... There is an "electronic bulletin board that is easily reached by a computer and modem. By dialing into the bulletin board, callers can network with others, join discussions on mental health, and search our library of information files." ... and there is an excellent list of mental health links.
  • Mental Health Infosource
    The focus is on continuing medical education in mental health. One can ask experts, participate in chat rooms, access articles and a variety of CE resources, as well as get information on the various psychiatric disorders. A mental health Professional Directory and Classified section are attached. Many links.
  • Mental Health Net A good source of information on how to contact self-help and support groups. Also has other mental health information.
  • National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. (NAMI) - a grass roots, self-help, support and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with severe mental illness and their loved ones. NAMI strives to reduce stigma and ignorance of severe mental illness to help eliminate discrimination and restrictions on access to essential treatments and life supports such as employment, housing, health insurance, and social contact.
    Membership page. Conferences/Events page. The Helpline Online is an information and referral service A volunteer at that number can talk with you about mental illnesses and the medications that treat them. and information on brain disorders.
  • NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, Information Service and Databases The CRD (originates in the UK at the University of York) provides an information and enquiry service to help answer specific questions on reviews of effectiveness and cost effectiveness of health care interventions and the delivery and organisation of health care. This service is available to answer enquiries about reviews and economic evaluation. CRD produces two publicly available databases which can be freely searched from the screens: the Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effectiveness and the NHS Economic Evaluation Database.
  • Psychiatry On-Line
    web site of the International Journal of Psychiatry. Much access to psychiatric resources, a feature is the peer-reviewed journal Psychiatry On-Line, papers of which are archived here. Links to companion journals: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry OnLine, Forensic Psychiatry OnLine, ECT OnLine, Transcultural Mental Health OnLine. One can also "Buy It OnLine": order books, CD-Roms, tapes, and videos from Priory Book Shops.
  • Psychology in Daily Life
    The Public Affairs Office of the American Psychological Association has prepared several brochures to provide information on mental health and psychological issues that face us all. They're collected into topical groups of work, family and the mind-body connection. You'll also find a list here of state and provincial psychological associations, many of which offer referrals for mental health services, as well as a link to association ethics documents.
  • Suicide Information and Education Center
    This very large site boasts online databases and text information, and links to other mental health/suicide prevention websites worldwide. Especially interesting is a graphicly-interactive map of the US and Canada which allows you to access contact information on suicide prevention/awareness clinics across North America - listed by state/province. Though based in Alberta, this organization can arrange training on suicide intervention, prevention and awareness - as well as on bereavement counselling - anywhere in North America. SIEC is funded by the Canandian Mental Health Association.
  • Victim-Assistance Online
    an excellent resource developed by Randy McCall, Windsor, Ontario. Great page design. You will find a resource table which provides access to a vast number of pages of information relevant to victims and their assistance, from Lost/Abused Children, to Support Groups, to Care for the Caregiver, and the most complete list of Directories of VA Services. You can also find how to subscribe to the VA E-Mail Forum, the internet discussion group for VA workers - and more!.

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