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Exposure to Burn Pits: Implications for Treating Medical Trauma in Military and Veteran Clients

Michelle Flaum, EdD, LPCC-S, DCMHS
46 Minutes
Audio and Video
Nov 14, 2022
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Respiratory illness. Neurological effects. Cancer. Reproductive toxicity. These are only a few of the problems that your military and veteran clients might be dealing with after exposure to burn pits. And if you’ve been watching the news, you’re aware of the sense of betrayal they’re feeling. In this keynote recording, Michelle Flaum, EdD, LPCC-s will frame these experiences as medical trauma and tell you how you can help.



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Michelle Flaum, EdD, LPCC-s, DCMHS, is author of the first book dedicated solely to the topic of medical trauma, Managing the Psychological Impact of Medical Trauma: A Guide for Mental Health and Health Care Professionals and founder of the Certificate in Medical Trauma-Informed Care at Xavier University, which is the first training program of its kind worldwide. A Fellow of the American Mental Health Counselors Association, and Dual-Diplomate, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Specialist in Trauma Counseling and Integrated Behavioral Health Care Counseling, Dr. Flaum has worked with the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative/Stanford University and The Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Healthcare to develop assessment tools to help clinicians provide improved quality of care for patients who experience medical trauma. She is a strong advocate for integrating mental health professionals into treatment teams to enhance the patient experience and improve patient care, and her assessment tools and protocols are used throughout the world. She is the medical trauma specialist and executive board member for Live the Pain, an international organization of professionals based in Tel Aviv, Israel working to bring innovative solutions to the management of pain. Additionally, Dr. Flaum has been featured throughout the media, including NPR’s All Things Considered, Doctor Radio on SiriusXM, Health Professional Radio, Refinery29, Social Work Today, Psychotherapy Networker, Counseling Today,, The Conversation and Elle Magazine. More information can be found at


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Michelle Flaum maintains a private practice and has an employment relationship with Xavier University. She receives royalties as a published author. Michelle Flaum receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationship with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Michelle Flaum is the Co-Founder and Vice President of Ohio Association of Counselors in Private Practice. She serves on the editorial review board for the Nursing for Women's Health. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, the American Mental Health Counselors Association, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and the Ohio Counseling Association.



  • Ecological Model of Medical Trauma 
  • Client Risk Factors with Emphasis on Military Risk Factors from Burn Pit Exposure 
  • Assessment and Treatment Phase Work with Burn Pit Exposure Clients

Target Audience

  • Counselors 
  • Social Workers 
  • Psychologists 
  • Psychiatrists 
  • Marriage & Family Therapists 
  • Addiction Counselors 
  • Nurses 
  • Other mental health professionals

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