The Impact of PTSD on Veterans and Their Families in Drug Court (part 3). Presented by Joseph Madonia (LCSW-R, CASAC - Director, Brooklyn Treatment Court, NY, NDRI). The focus of this webinar is to educate practitioners about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) so that they can identify associated symptoms and issues faced by veteran participants, recognize the impact these have on veterans' families, and understand how treatment should be tailored to meet each individual veteran's unique needs. This presentation also discusses special issues for women and LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) veterans, including military sexual trauma (MTI) and prejudice, and various forms of depression and associated suicidal risk factors, such as co-existing psychiatric problems. Co-occurring disorders, and behavioral manifestations that may be observed during court proceedings, such as irritability and impulsivity, are also detailed.
Mr. Madonia provides some of the criteria that may be associated with PTSD according to the DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) - such as distressing dreams and recurrent recollections - and discusses associated characteristics of the disorder and some potential causes. He further describes the physical, mental, and behavioral changes and limitations that PTSD may cause -- such as hearing or vision impairment and short term memory loss - and how these challenges may impact not only veterans, but their loved ones as well. The remainder of the presentation describes the most effective strategies for veteran treatment courts to succeed in helping their clients who are veterans, including cognitive behavioral therapy and trauma-informed care. Included also are suggestions for practitioners on how to apply these concepts, and other promising practices being developed.
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