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"What shaped a lot of my clinical training wasn't so much an advice, but a conversation in a coffee break room with one of my practicum supervisors, Al Gurman. There was an article in a local newspaper about a student who has been in college for 10 years and has taken all of the courses offered by the college, so they were starting to push him to graduate. Al Gurman read it and said out loud something along the lines, "What I want to know is why? Why does he do it?" From this and Al's supervision style, I learned that for every behavior there is a why, or a purpose, something that is reinforcing it, or otherwise, the person would stop doing it. So, I always wonder what is the benefit even for behaviors that seem to be overall so destructive, or just counterproductive."

Contributor: Snezana Urosevic

Help for Veterans

Sometimes it's easier to call in air strikes than it is to call for help with the nightmares and the anxiety. It shouldn't be that way. The field has come a long way since the first field surgeons started dealing with shell shock. Now, therapists are trained to address the many complicated symptoms that can afflict soldiers with PTSD.

ABCT has compiled quite a few fact sheets related to the focus for this month - Veterans' Issues/ PTSD.
They include:

For therapists, ABCT offers the following webinar related to veterans' mental health:

Also, for therapists, there are also two special interest groups that may be of interest to those involved with PTSD and veterans:

For a list of treatment providers who work with veterans or PTSD, check out ABCT's Find-A-Therapist page here: read more

 

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