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The Swedish Psychotrauma Society: Joining forces for a national psychotrauma platform from a multidisciplinary and holistic approach
Angered Hospital; SwedenDepartment of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Crisis and Disaster Psychology Unit, Academic Primary Health Care Centre, Stockholm County Council, Stockholm.
Department of Social Work, Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden.
Swedish Psychotrauma Society, Sweden.
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2015 (English)In: European Journal of Psychotraumatology, ISSN 2000-818X, no 6, 28546- p.Article in journal, Editorial material (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

Events such as the discotheque fire in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 1998 and the 2004 tsunami in Thailand, in which many Swedish citizens’ lives were lost, exemplify events of traumatic character with implications for different professions in Sweden (Arnberg, Hultman, Michel, & Lundin, 2013; Wahlström, Michélsen, Schulman, Backheden, & Keskinen-Rosenqvist, 2013). Such events highlight the need for Swedish research on psychotraumatology to meet needs arising in connection with such traumas. Also events in Sweden's immediate vicinity, such as the terrorist attacks in Oslo and in Utøya in 2011, can be considered to have impact on Swedish society and its emergency preparedness. The Swedish Psychotrauma Society was formed in 2013. Its objectives are to increase and disseminate knowledge on psychotraumatology by creating a network of professionals and individuals who are active and/or interested in the subject, promote research and training in the field, and collaborate nationally and internationally on issues relating to psychotraumatology. The society is open to researchers, students, practitioners, and others alike with an interest in psychotraumatology, thereby encouraging multidisciplinary and holistic work and collaboration as well as being one of its kind in Sweden within this field. Not least, the society strives to be a link between research and practice. To this effect, the society organised its first scientific conference in May 2015, with a grant from The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Science. The conference aimed to offer internationally renowned psychotrauma researchers as keynote speakers (Litz, 2015; Newman & Drevo, 2015; Olff, Van Zuiden, & Bakker, 2015) and gather a nationwide audience consisting of professionals and researchers from various disciplines. By establishing a Swedish psychotrauma society and inspire and strengthen the field of psychotraumatology in Sweden, it is hoped that the Swedish Psychotrauma Society during the coming year can become affiliated to the ESTSS and commence collaborations with its European counterparts.

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2015. no 6, 28546- p.
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psychotraumatology, media, trauma jouranlism, journalists, disasters, accidents, trauma
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Psychiatry Psychology Media and Communications
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-36370DOI: 10.3402/ejpt.v6.28546ISI: 000380007800005PubMedID: 26073210OAI: diva2:820989
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