Conference Addressing Trauma of War Taking Place September 20
Conference is intended for health care providers who treat Veterans
August 23, 2012
A free conference titled “Providing Behavioral Health Services for Service Members, Veterans, and their Families” is taking place on Thursday, September 20, from 7:30 a.m. until noon in the Bass Room at Franklin Memorial Hospital. The intended audience is medical and behavioral health providers, social workers, and pre-hospital personnel who identify, assess, and treat medical and mental health disorders that result from the trauma of war.
Topics addressed will include: the importance of military culture in providing treatment for veterans and their families; understanding the medical criteria and best practice treatment for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury; post deployment concerns of returning service members; treatment and resources for veterans and their families; and resources for health care professionals.
“For the first time in recent history, 90 percent of wounded service members have survived their injuries. As a result, a greater percent of men and women are returning home with traumatic stress disorders and traumatic brain injuries,” said April Guagenti. “This program is designed to provide an overview for providers concerning the best practices for identifying, assessing, and treating mental health disorders in Veterans.”
Speakers include: David Hyde, MD, medical director of Franklin Memorial Hospital; James Doherty, Togus VA Medical Center; Chantal Mihm, PsyD, director PTSD Clinic at Togus VA Medical Center; James Sisung, PsyD, neuropsychologist, Togus VA Medical Center; and Col. Jack Mosher, director of operations of the Maine National Guard.
The conference is part of a nationwide A-Tracc educational campaign and sponsored by Evergreen Behavioral Services and Franklin Memorial Hospital’s Ben Franklin Learning Resource Center. It is funded by Western Maine AHEC, a member of the Maine AHEC Network, which is supported by a grant from the Health Resources and Service Administration.
For information or to register for this free conference, call 779-2381.
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