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

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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. 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.

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.

2.0 Core contact hours of continuing education have been approved by the Georgia Association for Marraige and Family Therapy. Approval ID# 35-2009.

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

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