Responding Effectively to Veterans in Crisis - Dr. Kathy Platoni - Mental Health and Recovery Board of Ashland County

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Responding Effectively to Veterans in Crisis - Dr. Kathy Platoni


 Responding Effectively to Veterans in Crisis

Dr. Kathy Platoni

March 30, 2017

Samaritan on Main

663 East Main St. Ashland, OH  44805

Session 1: 9am-11am or Session 2: 1pm-3pm

On March 30, clinical psychologist and retired Army Colonel Dr. Kathy Platoni, will provide 2 seminars for first responders, health care providers, emergency and crisis workers and mental health professionals.  The morning seminar will focus on the diagnostic label of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder viewed as a normal reaction to abnormal circumstances and as a psychological injury rather than as a mental illness.  In the afternoon, Dr. Platoni will provide information and guidelines for responding to military veterans who are experiencing a psychiatric crisis.  Thanks to the generous support of the Samaritan Hospital Foundation, there is no cost for these seminars.  2.0 CEU's will be provided to counselors and social workers, 2.0 Contact Hours for nursing. Criteria for successful completion are the submission of a completed evaluation form. The planners and faculty wish to disclose that they have no conflict of interest related to this program. There is no commercial support or sponsorship for this program.

 SESSION 1 – The Basics of PTSD ~ Diagnostic Criteria Made Simple

  • Participants will be able to describe the basic diagnostic features of PTSD.
  • Participants will be able to identify those factors that contribute to the onset of PTSD and additionally, understand the internal experience of PTSD: what it looks like, what it feels like.
  • Participants will develop a working knowledge of the moral injuries that stem from war.

SESSION 1 HANDOUTS - Click on title to access PDF

SESSION 2 – Veterans in Crisis ~ De-Escalating the Conflict

  • Participants will be able to describe the invisible wounds of war and how the trauma of war impacts those who serve, wounds that do not bleed.
  • Participants will develop an in depth understanding of how to approach veterans in crisis and best practices for De-escalating violent behavior.
  • Participants will learn the terminology and lingo of the veteran: those words that allow the veteran in crisis to re-establish control.

SESSION 2 HANDOUTS - Click on title to access PDF

Complete List of Video Links from Both Presentations

About the Speaker:

For more than 32 years, Dr. Kathy Platoni has served our nation as an expert in PTSD and war trauma. She is a practicing clinical psychologist whose passion for the treatment of acute and chronic pain is rooted deeply in her own experience of both. Dr. Platoni was commissioned as a U.S. Army officer in 1979, and served more than three decades as a clinical psychologist before retiring as a Colonel in October of 2013. Dr. Platoni has deployed on four occasions in times of war, serving in locations ranging from Joint Task Force-Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Iraq and Afghanistan. Dr. Platoni has developed combat stress control, debriefing, and crisis management programs used throughout the U.S. Army.  For more of Dr. Platoni’s Bio Click Here

She is the co-author/co-editor of two landmark books with Dr. Raymond Scurfield: Healing War Trauma –A Handbook of Creative Approaches, and  War Trauma and Its Wake: Expanding the Circle of Healing For more information Click Here

Dr. Platoni’s Article’s

NEW  Combat Stress Magazine "Bringing You All The Way Home" (Free Subscription)

The Army's Fort Hood Disgrace

Neglecting Fort Hood Survivors Is a National Disgrace

The Radicalization of Nidal Hasan - From Medical Student to Mass Murderer

The Fort Hood Massacre - a Message to the Heartless - LifeNet

Fort Hood Massacre 7th Anniversary - A Tribute to the Fallen and the Wounded

A Perpetual Travesty of Justice - The Fort Hood Massacre

Understanding Veteran Suicides


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