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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

3 Takeaways from “What It Is Like To Go To War”


3 Takeaways from “What It Is Like To Go To War”
What It Is Like To Go To War

From my very first day as the Director of the VTSC, I have been repeatedly encouraged to read What It Is Like To Go To War, by Karl Marlantes. Our trainers, my predecessors, & workshop attendees have all expressed their praises for this book. Will it live up to my expectations?

What It Is Like

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

7 Takeaways from “Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD (Therapist Guide)”


7 Takeaways from “Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD (Therapist Guide)”
Cliffsnotes from the Prolonged Exposure Therapy manual, in preparation for the VTSC Prolonged Exposure Therapy for Veterans (Basics & Advanced) workshops in early 2017.

I first learned about Prolonged Exposure (PE) not in graduate school, but in a two day seminar taught by Dr. Scott Michael last year. Dr. Michael is a psychologist with the Puget Sound VA & has been utilizing PE with veterans since 2003. His seminar got me very interested in the utility of PE in my

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

3 Takeaways from “Once a Warrior Always a Warrior”


3 Takeaways from “Once a Warrior Always a Warrior”
A review of the book "Once a Warrior Always a Warrior," by Charles Hoge

What’s a library of books, if no one ever reads ‘em? At the VTSC, we have heaps of books on military culture, transition, and relevant therapeutic approaches. This is the first installment of a new series where yours truly will read a book from the VTSC Library, and provide you with the

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

VTSC Implements Cancellation Clause


VTSC Implements Cancellation Clause
Effective for workshops after 12/31/16, Veterans Training Support Center will implement a new cancellation clause.

The VTSC relies on accurate registration numbers to make arrangements for our workshops. A lack of an accurate registration count leads to lost time, money, and efficiency. VTSC is implementing a cancellation clause, in accordance with industry standards, to account for such arrangements.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Military PTSD & the Epidemiology of Disabilities


Military PTSD & the Epidemiology of Disabilities
“PTSD is an increasingly more common and severe disability.”

“As more service members are deployed into combat situations, it is essential to understand the epidemiology of disability from PTSD to target appropriate interventions and to prevent or mitigate deleterious long-term mental health outcomes in service members and in those transitioning to

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Psychological Trauma & Recovery: The Ecological View


Psychological Trauma & Recovery: The Ecological View
“Shaping the interrelationship of individuals and their communities are a wide variety of person, event and environmental factors.”

Portland Vet Center psychologist Lori Daniels, speaking at the WDVA Contractors’ Conference at Chelan [October, 2012], addressed the issue of Military Sexual Trauma. She emphasized the ecology of the circumstances surrounding the trauma as essential for the therapist’s understanding and for the

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Power of Eco-Therapy


The Power of Eco-Therapy
“Eco-therapy is a tool I use to manage life with PTSD and depression.”

I remember the day when I found purpose again, deep in a thicket of knotweed. I was there with a group of students, and this was our first encounter with that invasive species. I drifted away from the others and wrapped myself in my thoughts, fears, and insecurities, and worked alone. Before long,

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Salute to Tom Schumacher


Salute to Tom Schumacher
WDVA PTSD/Trauma Program Director, Tom Schumacher, recently announced he will be transitioning out of the job he has held since 1984.

During past conflicts, military personal headed off to war, often for prolonged deployments, but returned to their homes and loved ones and began moving forward into their post-war lives. But during the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, for more than a decade, the process of healing and

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