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Distance Learning: PTSD and the Returning Veteran: A Primer for Health Care Professionals

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Date: April 24, 2009

Mark Strunk, MFT, LPC, The Pastoral Institute
Sharon Cox-Bevley, LMSW, RPT, US Army Family Advocacy Program

Sponsor: Three Rivers AHEC

Session Description:Numerous soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan often present signs of traumatic brain injury and/or post traumatic stress disorder. This presentation will address some of the similarities between these diagnoses along with the frequency and treatment implications from a mental health viewpoint. Mental health treatment strategies along with resources available will be discussed in future sessions.

Session Objectives:
Participants will be able to:

  1. Differentiate between the symptoms of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder).
  2. Identify the increase in mild TBI and PTSD in soldiers returning from the Iraq/ Afghanistan conflicts.
  3. Describe the typical war time experiences of today's soldier.
  4. Identify/discuss recent research on PTSD and hypothesis to explain differences among patients.

Technology Requirements:
Participants registering for programs should have access to the following technology for best viewing and participation:

  • Personal computer with Macintosh or Windows with 512 MB of RAM
  • Broadband internet connection such as an office LAN, DSL, or cable modem
  • Phone next to personal computer (or speaker phone if multiple people are viewing)
  • Computer speakers (built-in or attached)
  • Latest version of Adobe Flash which can be downloaded for free at

Continuing Education Information:
Three Rivers AHEC is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Georgia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Applications has been made through The Pastoral Institute for 2.0 contact hours to the National Association of Social Workers and Licensed Professioal Counselors Association of Georgia.

Applications have been made to the Georgia Association for Marraige and Family Therapy and Continuing Medical Education for 2.0 contact hours/ AMA PRA Category 1 CME credits.

***Partial credit for the workshop will not be awarded.