About the European Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS)

Since its launch in 1993, the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS) has evolved into an umbrella organisation of national and regional Traumatic Stress Studies member societies from across Europe. Currently there are 13 member societies represented by the ESTSS and over 20 affiliated societies. The ESTSS seeks to identify and coordinate research into cross-European issues in the field of psychotraumatology. By promoting collaborative research and training, the ESTSS fosters research and best practice whilst building networks and contributing to public policy through liaison with pan-European organisations. As an affiliate of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), the ESTSS works closely with traumatic stress societies across the world.

Mission Statement

Mission statement
"The European Society of Traumatic Stress Studies promotes the sharing of knowledge and experience about all aspects of psychotraumatology. We do this by fostering research and best practice, building networks, and by contributing to public policy at a European level."

objectives of estss

The main objectives of ESTSS, contained within the ESTSS mission statement, are:

  • To increase and disseminate knowledge of traumatic stress based on good science.
  • To identify cross European issues, such as differences in training and certification.
  • To stimulate cross European training for different levels of certification.
  • To stimulate and help to set up local societies in different European countries.
  • To help establish European wide research on traumatic stress.
  • To focus on European issues relating to traumatic stress, e.g. disaster response, uniform services, child abuse etc.
  • To liaise with pan-European and international organisations / bodies.
President estss 1

Prof. Dr. Evaldas Kazlauskas
ESTSS President

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Prof. Dr. Jana Javakhashvili
Immediate past ESTSS President



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