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602 | How Did I Get Here?: Complexities of Moral Injury, PTSD, and Substance Abuse from a Combat Veteran’s Perspective

Addictions, Relapse, and Life Recovery, Saturday 9/16 8:45 – 10:00 AM, Workshop Tracks


Ron Gellis Ph.D..; Ryan Rogers, Ph.D.



Approved For CE

Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU




The Mission of the PTSD Foundation of America is to bring hope and healing to combat Veterans and their families suffering from the effects of combat-related post-traumatic stress. In this workshop, licensed mental health professionals and ministry leaders will evaluate a whole-person approach, offering an evidence-based, interdisciplinary team approach, including peer-to-peer mentoring, both individually and in a group setting, clinical behavioral health, and chaplaincy. In addition, this workshop will look at free programs and services for veterans and their families so that the focus remains on their journey to healing. The presenters will explain the importance of taking a collaborative approach to raise awareness of the increasing needs of the military community by working with government agencies, service organizations, churches, and private-sector businesses to combine resources.

Learning Objectives

1. Demonstrate a knowledge of the signs of PTSD in clients
2. Explain the relationship between PTSD and suicide in clients
3. Describe the basic components of the brain related to trauma, addiction, and moral injury
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