Trauma y Atenciones de Trauma en Europa

Translated title of the contribution: Trauma and trauma care in Europe

Ingo Schäfer*, Manoëlle Hopchet, Naomi Vandamme, Dean Ajdukovic, Wissam El-Hage, Laurine Egreteau, Jana Darejan Javakhishvili, Nino Makhashvili, Astrid Lampe, Vittoria Ardino, Evaldas Kazlauskas, Joanne Mouthaan, Marit Sijbrandij, Małgorzata Dragan, Maja Lis-Turlejska, Margarida Figueiredo-Braga, Luísa Sales, Filip Arnberg, Tetiana Nazarenko, Natalia NalyvaikoCherie Armour, Dominic Murphy

*Corresponding author for this work

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The European countries have a long history of exposure to large-scale trauma. In the early 1990s the increasing awareness of the consequences of trauma within the mental health community led to the foundation of local societies for psychotraumatology across Europe and the European Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS), which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2018. The focus of this article is to describe the current state of care for survivors of trauma in the 15 European countries where ESTSS member societies have been established. Brief descriptions on the historical burden of trauma in each country are followed by an overview of the care system for trauma survivors in the countries, the state-of-the-art of interventions, current challenges in caring for survivors and the topics that need to be most urgently addressed in the future. The reports from the different countries demonstrate how important steps towards a better provision of care for survivors of trauma have been made in Europe. Given the cultural and economic diversity of the continent, there are also differences between the European countries, for instance with regard to the use of evidence-based treatments. Strategies to overcome these differences, like the new ESTSS training curricula for care-providers across Europe, are briefly discussed.

Translated title of the contributionTrauma and trauma care in Europe
Original languageSpanish
Article number1556553
JournalEuropean Journal of Psychotraumatology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 20 Dec 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • care
  • Europe
  • history
  • Psychotraumatology
  • therapy
  • trauma
  • treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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