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Digital Seminar

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

Michael D. Gatson, PhD
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.


- PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 5.75 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Michael D. Gatson, PhD, is a renowned expert in military psychology/social work and issues related to military mental health. He brings with him an extensive wealth of knowledge as well as personal experience, having served in the Army Medical Reserves as a suicide prevention officer, sexual assault coordinator, and hospital administrator. Dr. Gatson is mental health program director at the Maryland VA Health Care System, contributing faculty in the online MSW program at Howard University, and lead faculty/assistant professor in the Barbara Solomon School of Social Work at Walden University. He is the author of Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, a children’s book that explains the aftermath of war from a child’s perspective, and he has published in several professional journals on PTSD, suicide prevention, and LGBTQ military consultation, workshops and training to behavioral healthcare providers.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Michael Gatson has employment relationships with Annapolis Vet Center, Walden University, and the Catholic University of America. He receives royalties as a published author. Michael Gatson receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Michael Gatson is a member of the American Society on Aging, the National Association of Social Workers, the American Psychological Association, and the Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research.


  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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