Last week I recorded two webinars for IDGA, AKA the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement.  They’re now available free here. This is the same presentation that I delivered live at the Military Behavioral Healthcare Summit 2013 in Alexandria VA, and it’s being promoted for all military healthcare professionals, industry and independent physicians to watch.

In Alexandria at the conference, I really had too much material for one session, so I had to zoom through it.  And there were technical glitches at the hotel with the audio and video segments I’d carefully culled to show people.  

But for this recording, they gave me all the time I needed, and we had some great technical support, so I could actually cover everything I wanted and show those demo segments. I was happy to finally be able to have the time to flesh out the presentation properly.

The first talk is called Downloading Treatment for Posttraumatic Stress: Digitally Delivered, Evidence-Based Tools for Self-Administered Healing. It goes over the importance and the special benefits of electronic self-help; the techniques that actually help with posttraumatic stress (and which ones can be used as downloads); the various new kinds of platforms and apps, avatars and uploads that are available to help our service members with posttraumatic stress, combat stress and military sexual trauma; and the research showing the effectiveness of guided imagery with this population.  It runs a little over an hour.

The second webinar is called Lessons Learned from Treating PTS: Soldiers Teach Therapists about Do's, Don't's & Understanding Military Culture and represents what a large and vocal sample of soldiers and Marines taught me about what they wish therapists would and wouldn’t do, usually after having disappointing experiences with behavioral health.
I talk about warrior norms, values and language that a therapist would do well to learn; actual tips – do’s and don’ts, based on things that totally turned them off or really helped in the therapist’s office; techniques that actually work for PTS; and I describe the research on guided imagery and how it’s working for our military.

So if you can, do check it out.  Between those two talks, there’s a lot of information in there, and quotable research.

On another note, Beth Boynton RN, MS, recently pointed me to her blog, called Confident Voices: Collaborating for Safer, Kinder, Fairer and Cost Effective Care, where an anonymous guest blogger wrote about her experience using guided imagery for her upcoming surgery, which she’d been anticipating with dread and loathing.  She availed herself of other modalities too, such as Reiki, massotherapy and talking with the chaplain. She did well and she describes her experience eloquently here.

Okay, that’s it for now.  Take care and be well.