Effective Treatment of Combat PTSD

March 8

1:00pm - 4:00pm


Effective Treatment of Combat PTSD

Misinformation and misunderstanding about PTSD exist among veterans and civilians, as well as within the mental health community. The myth remains that PTSD means a person is broken and that it is something to learn to live with. There are many effective treatments available that have proven to contradict this belief. Students in this course will explore military culture and the nature of combat PTSD and its complexities, and can expect to develop an awareness and understanding of PTSD treatment modalities. The importance of effective clinician self-care and burnout prevention will also be reviewed. Overall, students will come away from the course with an understanding of the importance of the therapeutic alliance and the elements necessary in developing it.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Recognize the unique nature of working with clients suffering from combat PTSD.
  • Examine the vital importance of a strong therapeutic alliance.
  • Select appropriate treatment approaches and treatment plans.
  • Develop an action plan for maintaining therapist resilience and work-life balance.
  • Plan for further learning and study.

This course offers 3 CE hours

One session
Friday, March 8, 2019
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
DU Campus

Cost: $125
Discounts (use code when registering):
DU Affiliates (alumni, faculty, staff): 10% off - code: CPDGSSW10
Students: 15% off – code: CPDGSSW15

Cyndy White, MSW, LCSW, is an alumna of the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work, where she completed her second year field placement at the Denver Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center Mental Health Clinic. She later returned to the VA and has worked with then young Vietnam Veterans, as well as veterans from the Korean War and World War II. From 2015 until her recent retirement from the VA, Cyndy piloted an exciting and innovative whole-person approach to the treatment of combat PTSD. Since 1988, Cyndy has also maintained a private practice where she continues to treat combat veterans. She strongly feels that, regardless of treatment modality the most critical piece is the development of a strong and trusting treatment alliance.