Spring 2021 | Vol. 16 No. 1

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Presidential Voice

Tyson Bailey, PsyD, ABPP 

I FIND MYSELF EXPERIENCING A MIX OF EMOTIONS AS I WRITE THIS FIRST UPDATE. On one side, I am deeply honored and humbled to be the first early career psychologist to be the president of Division 56. On the other, I sit with sadness and loss as we continue to face the effects of the pandemic and violence in this country. In any given moment, I experience myself as rapidly bouncing back and forth between these two sets of emotions, which impacts the energy that I have to be in connection with others. I would love to be able to say that I consistently use my skills to navigate these experiences; however, I think I’m likely at about 40% most days. My goal in sharing these thoughts is to validate the experiences of all of the humans I know who find themselves in similar states, whether family, friend, colleague, or client. Read Full Article

Editor's Note

Viann Nguyen-Feng, PhD, MPH

Dear TPN friends,

THE EDITORIAL TEAM & I WISH YOU THE WARMEST WELCOME to Trauma Psychology News' Spring 2021 issue, the inaugural issue of our 2021-2024 Editorial Trio (Vera Békés, Nicole Mantella, and myself). To the 2017-2020 trio (Jon Cleveland, Wyatt Evans, & Jessica Berndt), thank you for entrusting us with the work that you have beautifully grown over the years. Read Full Article

Feature Article

The Human Healing Project

Finding Hope and Connection One Story at a Time

Marie Mokosso Nutter

PURPOSE AND INTENTION. Who I am, or what I’ve been through, is not nearly as important as the purpose or intention of this [writing]. To be clear, I am not an expert in healing, psychology, or philosophy. I am, however, a human being who is finding expertise in my lived experience, and is choosing to turn my own healing project into a universal crusade of love. My intention here is to simply support others who may be suffering in an open or a silent life struggle, and to help others who are struggling to connect to someone who is. Read Full Review

Military & Veterans Section

Veteran Health & WellBeing During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Emre Umucu, PhD, Section Editor

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (Harcourt et al., 2020). Since its inception in December 2019, the pandemic has had detrimental effects on our day-to-day life, safety, and overall well-being. It is particularly concerning that the pandemic may trigger or worsen mental health concerns among individuals who are already vulnerable to mental health issues (Wynn et al., 2021). Although not everyone succumbs to psychopathology after disasters (e.g., pandemic), some groups (e.g., people with preexisting conditions) may be more vulnerable to negative psychosocial effects of the pandemic (Pfefferbaum & North, 2020).  Full Article

Multicultural & Diversity

Vaccine Hesitancy in Black & Indigenous Communities in the US & Canada

Claire J. Starrs, PhD, Section Editor & Awehiawaks K. Herne, BA

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Black and Indigenous communities, in the US and Canada, have been disproportionally impacted with more infections and deaths [1, 2]. The arrival of effective vaccines gave the whole of the planet some much-needed light at the end of the COVID tunnel. However, vaccines the beginning of the rollout has revealed considerable ambivalence about getting the lifesaving shot in both Black and Indigenous communities. It would be facile to attribute this hesitancy to a lack of education and a general distrust of authorities, as this focuses responsibility exclusively on Black and Indigenous individuals and is conveniently dismissive of the long history of medical racism and trauma perpetuated on these communities. Full Article

Student Section

Google Trends Word Frequency Analysis on COVID-19 Pandemic-Related Help-Seeking Behaviors

Jamie Taber MPS, Jamie Besaw, & Emily Curren

The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic has left individuals in unprecedented territory, and has resulted in a significant increase in stress and anxiety throughout the United States (U.S.; Fiorillo et al., 2020). With mandatory social distancing and limited in-person interactions, individuals have turned to online resources to help manage mental health symptoms (Ayers, 2020). Help-seeking can involve several types of assistance, including instrumental, information, affiliative, emotional, and treatment (Rickwood & Thomas, 2012). Modern technology, such as search engines, has made finding resources for all of these types of help-seeking more accessible, and virtual help-seeking is increasingly common (Pretorius et al., 2019; Rickwood & Thomas, 2012). Indeed, according to one survey (Pretorius et al., 2019), 80.66% of respondents would seek help for a personal or emotional concern online, and 82.57% of those respondents have used an Internet search to do so. Full Article

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Book Reviews, Resources, Media, & More

Review of Understanding the Sexual Betrayal of Boys and Men

John Delatorre, PsyD

Understanding the Sexual Betrayal of Boys and Men: The Trauma of Sexual Abuse is the first volume in a two-volume set edited by Richard Gartner. The central tenet of this volume is, as described in the Introduction by Gartner, an induction to the sexual abuse of males for professionals and lay-people alike. Gartner recounts a time when in the early 1990s, while giving a public address on the topic, he was met with quizzical looks from the audience, as if the audience had not heard of such a behavior. It is unfortunate that Gartner had waited until 2018 to edit and have these two volumes published. Full Article

Book Reviews, Resources, Media & More

Webinar Summary: Innovative, Multidisciplinary Insights on Trauma Presented at Combined Webinar

Ilene Serlin, Stanley Krippner, Michael Jawer, Carl Shubs, Tamara Greenberg, Erik Peper, Richard Harvey & Elizabeth McMahon

Eight authors with 6 recent books on trauma combined their perspectives – as psychoanalysts, health psychologists, cognitive behavioral therapists, and researchers – during a December 4 webinar organized by APA Fellow Ilene Serlin, PhD, BC-DMT.

The webinar was entitled “Innovative Insights for Understanding and Overcoming the Roots of Trauma and Stress.”  Each speaker presented a unique vantage point.  Their multi-disciplinary insights drew from a common source, namely the commitment to a humanistic and integrative approach that treats mind and body simultaneously, takes a flexible and client-centered approach, and draws from an expansive toolkit designed to address all the permutations of trauma and complex trauma. Full Article



From Arlene (Lu) Steinberg, Judie Alpert, and Christine Courtois:


We are pleased to announce the publication of our edited book, which can be

pre-ordered via APA and other listed online retailers.

Steinberg, A., Alpert, J. L. , & Courtois, C. C. (Eds.; 2021, May).

Sexual Boundary Violations in Psychotherapy:

Therapy Indiscretions, Transgressions, and Misconduct.

American Psychological Association.