CE Credit Hours: 7
APA, BBS, BRN
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) research suggests that about 40% of service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan experience some form of mental health difficulties, including PTSD, depression, and substance abuse. Through videos and case examples, learn about military culture and common war-zone experiences, the difficulties service members have returning to civilian life and the psychological impacts of war – particularly PTSD and its treatment. Also learn about vicarious traumatization and self-care when working with this population. This course provides a thorough overview of the unique aspects of working with Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans and suggests numerous tips throughout the course to help maximize effectiveness in therapy with veterans.
- Learn about military culture and potential war-zone experiences of veterans.
- Begin to understand the unique aspects of the OIF/OEF Wars and subsequent unique needs of veterans from this conflict.
- Increase knowledge of difficulties associated with readjusting to civilian life after spending time in a combat-zone.
- Develop competence in understanding the psychological impact of war and of PTSD in veterans.
- Expand knowledge of individual treatments for PTSD, as well as issues of vicarious traumatization and therapist self-care when engaging in this type of clinical work.
Instructor: Gretchen Lindner, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist who has spent her career specializing in the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in individual, couples, and group therapy formats. Dr. Lindner currently works as a staff psychologist for the VA Montana Health Care System at the Bozeman CBOC, and serves as the Associate Training Director for their Psychology Internship Program. She most often utilizes empirically-supported treatments and is certified in Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I). In addition, she has significant training in Emotion Focused Couples Therapy. Dr. Lindner completed her doctoral training at Georgia State University, her internship at the Palo Alto VA Health Care System, and her post -doctoral fellowship with the SFVA’s PTSD Clinical Team (PCT) specializing in the treatment of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. Throughout these experiences, Dr. Lindner has enjoyed her work supervising practicum students, interns, post-doctoral fellows, psychiatry residents, and staff therapists. She also enjoys teaching on the topic of trauma, and leads a significant number of trainings, classes, seminars, and research presentations on this topic.
JFKU-CE is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists, by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) to provide continuing education for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs & LEPs and by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) to provide continuing education for RNs. JFKU-CE maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
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