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Distance Learning: PTSD and the Returning Veteran: Treatment Options and Challenges


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Mark Strunk, LMFTT
The Pastoral Institute

Sharon Cox-Bevley, LMSW, RPT
US Army Family Advocacy Center

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. The PTSD "triggers" of re-experiencing, avoidance and arousal can be especially debilitating, and often don't respond to talk therapy or anger management because the real problem is a reactive nervous system. Many traumas are buried deep in a person's psyche, leaving a person with no direct knowledge of how they are being affected. Whether a trauma is consciously known or buried in the unconscious, it may be contributing to confusing thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that will challenge your life and relationships.

Session Objectives:
Session participants:

  1. Describe the typical symptoms of PTSD and TBI.
  2. Articulate the treatment procedures for PTSD/TBI.
  3. Describe treatment challenges to treating returning veterans.
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