Webinar Focuses on Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Natural Disasters

An onlooker surveys results after a natural disaster strikes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jette Carr)

Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) will host its latest webinar, “Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Natural Disasters,” Aug. 25, 2011, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (EST).

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) not only affects service members who experience traumatic events while deployed, it can also affect civilian communities, particularly in the aftermath of natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina, the earthquakes in Haiti and Japan, and the tornadoes that tore through the southern United States.

The knowledge gained through extensive study of PTSD in military populations has provided great insight into the disorder in civilian communities. This webinar will discuss the effects natural disasters have on individuals who live in communities devastated by natural disasters, ways to promote resilience, and mechanisms for coping.

Scheduled speakers are:

Dr. Robert Ursano, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress director
Dr. Valerie Cole, American Red Cross, Disaster Mental Health senior associate

All professionals who care for servicemembers are encouraged to attend as are service members and their families. To register or for more information, please email: DCoE.MonthlyWebinar@tma.osd.mil.

Follow on Twitter@DCoEPage during the webinar for live tweeting and use #DCoEWebinar to join the conversation.

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About Julie Weckerlein

Julie Weckerlein is no stranger to the blogosphere. As a personal and professional blogger for the past 10 years, she further contributes to the internet as a web content manager for the Department of Defense. She's also an Air Force Reserve public affairs non-commissioned officer after a nine-year active duty career with assignments in Germany, Italy and the Pentagon, and a deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan as a combat correspondent for the Air Force News Service. Her affinity for science media started with her first magazine subscription to Ranger Rick at age 9 and she's never lost her excitement for the cool things happening in the world of science.
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