Aftermath of Connecticut Mass Shooting at Elementary School: Resources on Coping with Violence and Stress

(December 14, 2012): The shooting that took place today at an elementary school in Newton, Connecticut, resulting in at least 26 dead, including 20 children, challenges all of our communities to cope. The information in this resource is intended to be of help and support in coping with tragedies of this type.

10th World Health Care Congress

Location: Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, Washington, DC
Date: April 8-10, 2013
For more information, click here  

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) Webinar

Harnessing the Healing Power of Relationships: Reconceptualizing PTSD and Enhancing Treatment
Presented by Candace M. Olson, Ph.D.
Thursday June 14, 2012
12:00 - 1:30 (Central Time)

To date, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has largely been conceptualized from an intrapersonal perspective, focusing on biological and intrapsychic factors that serve as risk and resilience factors. This presentation reviews evidence supporting the integral role of interpersonal variables in trauma recovery and the integration of these factors in a cognitive-behavioral interpersonal theory of PTSD. We will then discuss various methods of incorporating concerned significant others (CSOs) in PTSD treatment to maximize service delivery and various outcomes. An overview of one strategy, Cognitive-Behavioral Conjoint Therapy for PTSD, will be provided. Learning objective are as follows:

  • Present empirical research documenting the role of interpersonal relations in trauma recovery
  • Explain Cognitive-Behavioral Interpersonal Theory of PTSD
  • Describe different strategies to incorporate concerned significant others in PTSD treatment to maximize outcomes

About the Instructor: Candice M. Monson, PhD, is professor of psychology and director of clinical training at Ryerson University in Toronto. She is also an affiliate of the Women’s Health Sciences Division of the US VA National Center for PTSD, where she previously served as deputy director. Dr. Monson is one of the foremost experts on intimate relationships and traumatic stress and the use of conjoint therapy to treat PTSD. She has published extensively on the development, evaluation, and dissemination of PTSD treatments more generally, as well as gender differences in violence perpetration and victimization.

Webinar Registration Details: Your registration fee includes one telephone connection, one set of materials and one evaluation for continuing education credits. An unlimited number of people can listen in on the webinar with you and purchase credits for $25 per person. Webinars combine the educational experience of a live conference session with the convenience of learning at your desk and include a Q & A session. If you are unable to attend this webinar live, an online recording will be available for purchase after the webinar. 

REGISTER NOW.  Questions? Contact by email ISTSS or by phone: 1-847-480-9028 (

Survey of NEPAC Members

In March 2011, NEPAC's co-Chairs invited all NEPAC members to complete a brief survey to tell us their thoughts on NEPAC’s future. Survey results were shared with the NEPAC membership and PHAC. Despite PHAC's discontinued support (see archived news postings), NEPAC members opted to remain a consortium via email. Click here to view the results.  

May 6-12, 2012: Emergency Preparedness Week

By definition, emergencies happen when we don't expect them, and often when families are not together.

Having a family emergency plan will save time and give you peace of mind.

Create your plan today at

Public Health Agency of Canada's Future Support of Emergency Preparedness and Response Activities

Over the last couple of years, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has been undergoing a strategic review of the 79 working groups, council and committees that it supports as part of the Public Health Network – the National Emergency Psychosocial Advisory Consortium (NEPAC), of which CPA is the Secretariat and co-Chair, is one such committee under review. 

On March 1, 2011, a PHAC representative informed the NEPAC members during one of its regular teleconferences that PHAC will no longer support NEPAC and its activities (e.g., teleconferences, in-person meetings, etc.); other emergency preparedness and response groups previously supported by PHAC have received the same message. PHAC will engage experts on issues or projects that will arise from time to time, but NEPAC will no longer exist as a specific group funded by PHAC.

Despite this decision, NEPAC members have decided to remain a consortium via email.

Weighing the Costs of Disaster: Consequences, Risks, and Resilience in Individuals, Families and Communities

The January 2010 (Vol. 11, Number 1) issue of Psychological Science in the Public Interest: A Journal of the Association for Psychological Science is devoted to disasters, specifically the consequences, risks and resilience in individuals, families and communities (Bonanno, Brewin, Kaniasty and La Greca, 2010).