Trauma and its clinical pathways and beyond: ESTSS conference June 6-9, 2013.

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Welcome from organisers.

We are delighted that the XIII conference of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies will be held in Bologna (Italy) from the 6th to the 9th of June, 2013. Join us in Bologna to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of ESTSS!

The theme of the conference: “Trauma and its clinical pathways: PTSD and beyond” aims to bring together different scientists and clinicians who work and research trauma for reflecting about future challenges of clinical pathways to trauma and their relationship with the PTSD construct. We aim to contribute to the dialogue about different existing perspectives within the psychotraumatology field in Europe and worldwide. Other topics on traumatic stress, models of innovative practice and therapy in different cultural contexts, psychopharmacology of PTSD, post-traumatic growth, assessment of children and youth, trauma prevention and recovery in emergency services and disasters, trauma across the lifespan and other issues within the field of traumatic stress studies are also welcomed.

We are very pleased that an outstanding group of plenary speakers – Judith Herman, Marinus van IJzendoorn, Markus Landolt, Miranda Olff and Paola Di Blasio will inspire us with the most recent issues related to the conference theme. We are also happy to offer you a diverse and sophisticated program of interesting lectures and exciting debates concerning research, treatment, medical care and even societal aspects of trauma and PTSD.

We hope that you will also find time to discover Bologna, a lively and cosmopolitan Italian college city, with a rich history, art, cuisine, music, and culture. Home to the oldest university in the world, University of Bologna, founded in 1088, Bologna hosts thousands of students who enrich the social and cultural life of the city. Famous for its towers and lengthy porticoes, Bologna is also a symbol of resilience and post-traumatic growth after the II World War and terroristic attack happened in the city in the ‘80s. Therefore, Bologna represents a good metaphor to look beyond traumatic experiences and to foster resilience in your research and clinical practice.

Vittoria Ardino and Chris Brewin, conference co-chairs

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