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Monday, September 10, 2007

Combat PTSD Workshop Comes to Chicago Area

In January, I attended a combat PTSD workshop given by Dr. Edward Tick, author of "War and the Soul: Healing Our Nation's Veterans from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder" and executive director of Soldier's Heart, a national network of community members banding together to help returning troops and their families cope with the after effects of war.

Since that chilly winter's day workshop, it's fair to say that I'm an energetic fan of Dr. Tick's work. And so, it's a great pleasure to see that he will be out in the Midwest again this week, at the helm of a 3-day Healing Veterans from PTSD Workshop kicking off this Thursday, September 13.

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From the Daily Herald:

Thousands of veterans are returning from Iraq with little help readjusting to life after combat. It's a situation American veterans have faced upon return from war for more than 200 years. "We give them a little bit of counseling, lots of medication and say, 'OK, there you go,' " said Edward Tick, an author and psychotherapist who will lead a retreat for veterans, families, professionals and community members on healing veterans suffering post-traumatic stress disorder.

The retreat, hosted by the Theosophical Society of America in Wheaton, begins Thursday and ends Sunday at noon. The cost is $395; vegetarian meals will be served at an additional cost throughout the retreat. Some lodging is available at the Theosophical Society, but most participants will be staying at area hotels, said Ruthann Fowler, program coordinator for the society.

Scholarships are available for those needing financial assistance, and no veteran will be turned away because of an inability to pay, Fowler and Tick both said.

Read more to learn of Dr. Tick's work (or click on links below).

Introduction to Dr. Tick's work, produced by the Theosophical Society in America:

For those unable to attend the full 3-day event, an opening session called 'The Warrior's Journey Home' is rather appropriately open to everyone. Tickets are $9 at the door, and the talk begins at 7:30 p.m.

The Herald sums things up nicely for those wishing to attend.

If you go

What: Edward Tick, author of War and the Soul: Healing Our Nation's Veterans from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, will speak during a three-day workshop, Healing Veterans from PTSD.
When: Registration is at 3 p.m. Thursday, with the workshop beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday and concluding at noon Sunday
Where: The Theosophical Society, 1926 N. Main St., Wheaton [Google Map]
Cost: $395; some scholarships are available
Call to register/for info: Christine Pomeroy, (800) 669-9425, ext. 350

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