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Monday, August 04, 2008

Online Classes Help Everyone Learn More About Combat PTSD

Since you're online right now and have found your way to this blog, perhaps via a search engine or another link, you're most likely someone that's pretty comfortable with using the Internet.

It's a powerful source of information.

One of the Web's greatest strengths is that everything is right at your fingertips, all easily accessed from the comfort of home or work or maybe even a library or Internet cafe. Heck, just about anywhere you are if you're wireless these days.

In addition to the usual free-form tapping into digital knowledge, there are also more structured ways of learning on the Internet, too. I've poked around a bit and found three cyber classes on PTSD that I'm happy to share in extended.

Please note: The first two courses are "perishable," i.e., they start soon. If you're interested, sign up now rather than later.

Be sure to register in time/soon

Boots to Books (coded as Strategies for College Success)
Citrus College (Glendora, CA)

Boots to Books is a special section specifically designed for all veterans (especially returning OIF/OEF veterans), their family members, friends, and supporters. The goal of Boots to Books is to assist the veteran student in making a positive transition from military to civilian life including school. This curriculum is designed to help the student veteran succeed in academics, work, family, and other social settings. The Boots to Books course will teach students interpersonal skills, methods of adapting to civilian life at work, school and at home, and techniques for managing Military Readjustment Transition Issues.

Fall 2008 Section ID: COUN 160 - CRN 21852
Dates: 09/02/2008 -12/20/2008
Times: Distance Learning
Instructor: Martinez, M. (email to register)
Sample syllabus from previous semester

PTSD and Violent Death: Interventions for a New Field
UC San Diego, Extension

PSY-4V351 Credit: 1 unit

This course provides an overview of the new field of violent death bereavement and its clinical picture. The risk for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other complications is often under-diagnosed and under-treated. Violent dying accounts for nearly ten percent of annual deaths in the U.S. and twenty percent of our returning military. Ten to 12 additional family members or caregivers are significantly impacted as well. This course covers emerging approaches and resources, along with the need for community based support. Participants learn about a preliminary, systematic model of intervention with a firm theoretical base, which, after a three-year pilot study, shows significant promise.

Note: This is a fully online course with approximately 9 hours of online coursework. There are no face-to-face sessions. Valid email required.

Other Credit: BRN, BBS: 9 CE hours.

Fall 2008 Section ID: 067731
Dates: 10/7/2008 - 11/22/2008
Fee: $125
Instructor: Connie A Saindon
Textbooks: No information available at this time.
Section Policies: No refund after: 10/10/2008

Available 24/7, no registration dates

PTSD 101
National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

PTSD 101 is a web-based educational resource that is designed for busy practitioners who provide services to military men and women and their families as they recover from combat stress or other traumatic events. While this course is targeted towards health care professionals, anyone can download all modules and "take" the class. Details:

  • A web-based curriculum of diverse topics focusing on issues related to combat stress/PTSD.
  • Available on-demand.
  • Presented by a faculty of recognized experts in the field of traumatic stress.
  • CE Credits are available.

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