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Digital Seminar

PTSD in Veterans: Impact of PTSD on Military Personnel and War Veterans and Their Families

Michael D. Gatson, LCSW-C
5 Hours 46 Minutes
Dec 16, 2016
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  • Help more people with PTSD than you ever have before!
  • Better assess for mental health issues and implement solutions that best fits each soldier
  • Strategies to meet the unique needs of military personnel and war veterans returning home, as well as their families

With more troops coming home from combat duty, you need to be better equipped in helping them and their families cope with the transition back into civilization. When you leave this workshop, you will be better equipped in assessing mental health issues and finding solutions that best fits each soldier. During this seminar, you will explore the effects of PTSD on military personnel, war veterans, and their families, as well as highlight some of the differences between veterans with PTSD and other patients with these symptoms. Michael Gatson, a military expert, will show you strategies to meet the unique needs of military personnel and war veterans returning home. He will explain in detail what it means to have PTSD from the military, and war veteran’s point of view.

Join Michael for this workshop as he will cover some of the key topics you need to know when working with veterans and their families:

  • What types of events causes PTSD and the most common symptoms of PTSD
  • Cultural issues that impact the treatment for veterans
  • Assessment, referral and direct intervention, including how to increase your awareness of essential resources to assist in providing this care
  • Newest research about PTSD therapies and also the best ways to incorporate this into your practice
  • Develop an appreciation of the association between PTSD and intimate relationship functions
  • Why you must include partners and loved ones in the assessment and treatment phases for PTSD care

The workshop will use a variety of learning approaches, including group discussions, experiential exercises, and lectures. Imagine if you could help more people with PTSD than you ever have before? That’s the primary goal of this seminar.



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Michael D. Gatson, LCSW-C, is a renowned expert in the area of military social work and/with issues related to military mental health. He brings with him an extensive wealth of knowledge and personal experience. Michael is also a licensed clinical psychotherapist at the Washington DC VA Health Care System. He is a global war on terrorism coordinator; involved in the treatment of veterans with chronic combat-related post-traumatic stress disorders and marital issues. He is certified by the VA in Cognitive Processing Therapy, Prolonged Exposure and Step Qualified in Marriage and Family Therapy. Michael also provides clinical supervision to counselors and social workers to help improve their clinical abilities. He also serves as a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Army Medical Reserve, 393rd Medical Logistics Company, and is a certified volunteer trainer for the American Psychological Association’s (APA’s) HIV Office for Psychology Education (HOPE).

Michael recently volunteered his time and talents to two milestone events. First, Michael participated in a roundtable discussion on veterans and their families with First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, as part of the Joining Forces Initiative. Second, Michael provided clinical counseling and crises intervention services for outreach support at all of the events surrounding His Holiness Pope Francis’ visit to Washington, D.C.

Michael has dedicated his career to improving the lives of active military personnel and war veterans faced with combat trauma and hardships which are evidenced in his clinical work with veterans and family members. He is published in several professional journals on PTSD, suicide prevention, and LGBTQ military families. He continues to provide training focusing on PTSD, suicide prevention, and HIV/AIDS at the local, state and national level.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Michael Gatson has an employment relationship with Washington DC VAMC. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Michael Gatson is a member of the National Association of Social Workers; and the American Psychological Association.

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  1. Explain what you need to know about military culture, various branches of the military and their core values and differences.
  2. Describe the experiences that service members and veterans go through; why they serve, what motivates them, training they receive, and the impact of the military experience on family members, and adjusting to returning home; to better relate to them in therapy.
  3. Identify the core features of PTSD to diagnose better.
  4. Explain the triggers, avoidance behaviors, and safety behaviors unique to military personnel and war veterans.
  5. Utilize favorable assessment & evidence-based psychotherapies used by the VA and DOD.
  6. Implement effective treatment strategies with veteran family members.
  7. Implement a wealth of resources in your practice and effective treatments that work with the vets and families.


Military Culture

  • Military Language
  • Military Lifestyle
  • The Mission
  • Active Duty vs. Reserve
  • Comparing the Wars
  • The Impact Military Culture has on the Therapeutic Relationship

PTSD Among Military Personnel and War Veterans

  • PTSD Mindset from the Veteran View
  • What they believe PTSD means to them
  • How does it affect Military Personnel and War Veterans
  • Triggers, Avoidance Behaviors, and Safety Behaviors
  • Interpersonal Interactions
  • Environmental Factors
  • Sensory Experiences
  • Anniversaries & Holidays
  • Relapse, Recovery, and Resiliency
  • Advanced PTSD Issues
  • PTSD & Aging
  • What do Practitioners Need to Know about PTSD?
  • DSM Changes

Co-occurring Disorders Among Military and War Veterans

  • PTSD, Alcohol, and Drug Use
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Military Sexual Trauma
  • Suicide
  • Nightmares and Other Sleep Disorders

Assessment & Evidence Based PTSD Interventions

  • Intake Assessment
  • Prolonged Exposure
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy
  • EMDR
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Alternative Treatments

PTSD and the Families

  • Post Deployment Stressors
  • Reintegration
  • Problems in the Military Family
  • Challenges Faced by Military Children
  • Military Children & Deployment

Practical Treatment Strategies with Families

  • Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy (IBCT)
  • Therapeutic Methods in IBCT
  • Reason to Include Significant Other in Treatment
  • Significant Other Support Group

How to Work Successfully With Military Personnel and War Veterans

  • Why Better Understanding Military Culture is Important for Your Practice
  • Self- Assessment
  • Barriers, Including Stigma, that Prevent Military Personnel from Seeking Counseling Services
  • Communication
  • The Best Communication Strategies to Use with PTSD Clients
  • Understand the Collaboration You, the Client and the Family Need to Have

Target Audience

Addiction Counselors, Case Managers, Chaplains/Clergy, Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Psychologists, Social Workers, and other Mental Health Professionals

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