An Unaddressed Dimension of Work with Vets
Focusing on the symptoms of PTSD is not enough when working with veterans. We need to help them understand the larger society that wishes to forget the horrors of war and its shared responsibility for them, and how that reinforces their intense feelings of isolation and difficulty integrating back into the civilian world. This workshop will offer an innovative way for vets to gain agency and bring a clearer awareness to understanding the emotional burden they carry. You’ll discover how to:
- Identify specific symptoms of the unprocessed collective trauma of war to help vets differentiate the symptoms of their combat experiences from their difficulties reentering a society that refuses to acknowledge and honor the reality of their service
- Help vets gain agency by cultivating skills of self-regulation, such as using attachment to others and breathing techniques to help manage their trauma
- Examine how you may personally carry the collective trauma of war and how this can shape your therapeutic relationship with clients
Patrick Dougherty, MA, LP, is a psychologist with over 40 years of clinical experience. He served in the Marine Corps infantry in Vietnam and leads an international group working with the collective trauma of armed violence, genocide, and war and its impact on communities.