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Sunday, November 01, 2009

Combat, Trauma and Healing PTSD: A Collection of Educational Videos for Caregivers and Patients

Some top notch educational combat trauma and PTSD videos are available online, specifically aimed at patients/counselors. Above, from the Hazelden Foundation's "A Guide for Living with PTSD: Perspectives for Professionals and Their Clients:"

Through compelling client testimonials and expert guidance from renowned researchers at the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center and the Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD, this video educates clinicians, clients, and families on the history, epidemiology, challenges, and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Sample cognitive-behavioral therapy sessions between counselor and client model realistic applications of the concepts presented. Free online training with credits is available from the National Center for PTSD.

In educational interest, article(s) quoted from extensively.

University of Washington TV video of the lecture "Understanding and Treating Chronic Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder:"

Psychological disorders following exposure to trauma include personal suffering, decreased productivity, occupational and social dysfunction, medical disorders and demands on health services. In this talk, Drs. Zoellner and Bryant review current research associated with the persistence of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and the variety of viable options that exist for treatment. Speakers also explore treatment options and focus on the effectiveness of both therapies and medications.

University of California TV offers up this hour-long presentation on "Treating Female Veterans of War," the latest from the Coming Home Project's Series: Treating the Invisible Wounds of War: Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans, Families and Care Providers:

Darrah Westrup, Ph.D., a recognized authority on the treatment of PTSD and other trauma-related problems discusses the mental health needs of women who have served in the military, with emphasis on the emergent needs of OIF/OEF women. This lecture explores the particular needs of military women and the most effective clinical treatments for them.

Also from UCTV:

Dr. Robyn Walser, of the National Center for PTSD at the Palo Alto VA Medical System examines the often dual diagnoses of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Substance Abuse in Veterans. Take an in-depth look at the importance of the therapeutic relationship with such veterans and the various treatment options. Series: Treating the Invisible Wounds of War: Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans, Families and Care Providers

UCTV also has this video from a few years back, which includes remarks by Dr. Jonathan Shay, respected VA psychiatrist and author of Achilles in Vietnam (his presentation begins at 1:11):

Psychological and moral injury in military service lays great burdens of the returning veteran, his or her family and community. What will lighten these burdens and how can psychological and moral injury be prevented? Based on 16 years of clinical work with combat veterans and two books comparing their stories with stories that Homer told in the Illiad and Odyssey, psychiatrist Jonathan Shay will give his answers to "What now?" Series: "Walter H. Capps Center Series" [7/2004]

The Aspen Institute hosted a panel in 2007 that reflected on the societal consequences of combat trauma:

From the Front Lines: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and the Legacy of Iraq at the 2007 Aspen Health Forum with discussants Charles Figley, Georg-Andreas Pogany, Jennifer Vasterling and Barbara Romberg.

The panelists will explore the health care consequences of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder related to the Iraq war for our families, communities and our society.

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