PTSD Workshop – June 27

“PTSD – The Prisoner Within: Contemporary Challenges In Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder”

In recognition of PTSD Month and the National PTSD Awareness Day, Argosy University in coordination with Del Amo Behavioral Health Systems and Patriot Support Programs is conducting a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Seminar.

Continuing Education Unit Earned for this Seminar

Date: June 27, 2015
Time: 9:00am-12pm

Keynote Speaker

C. Carl Wilson, LPC, CRADC is the Installation Director of Behavioral Health at the Marine Corp Logistical Base, Barstow, CA (MCLBB). He is a licensed psychotherapist in Missouri and Iowa. He has a license and certifications in Substance Abuse, Anger Management and Human Behavior. He served in the Army for 11 years before returning to social services. He has worked for several years with the Department of Veteran Affairs. He currently serves as a seminar and workshop presenter for Covenant Counseling, offering courses in Anger Management, Substance Abuse and Marriage Boot Camps around the country. His background includes private practice and inpatient treatment case management. Carl’s primary area of research has focused on the relationships between anxiety and hypertension. He is currently working on a doctor of behavioral health degree with a completion of December 2015.

Agenda

  • 9:00am – 9:30 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 9:30am-12:00pm: Event with Panel Discussion of Industry Professionals

Come Meet and Greet with Argosy University and Discover:

What is PTSD? | Impact of PTSD? | PTSD and the Military | How to jump start a career in Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Forensic Psychology or Criminal Justice and more…..

Location

Argosy University
5230 Pacific Concourse Drive Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Save the date in your calendar and RSVP. More details will follow soon.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Angelique Jackson | ajackson@argosy.edu | 310.531.9664

 

Study on Vets With Schizophrenia, Comorbid Anxiety

FROM Psychiatric News Alert: Veterans with schizophrenia and a comorbid anxiety disorder have increased rates of other disorders, higher psychiatric and medical hospitalization, and increased utilization of outpatient mental health services, according to the study, “Service Utilization Among Veterans With Schizophrenia and a Comorbid Anxiety Disorder,” published in the APA journal Psychiatric Services in Advance.

Researchers from the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Serious Mental Illness Treatment Resource and Evaluation Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., examined diagnostic, utilization, and medication records included in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) National Psychosis Registry. Relationships between schizophrenia and anxiety disorders were evaluated along demographic and service utilization dimensions.

During Fiscal 2011, 23.8% of 87,006 VHA patients with schizophrenia were diagnosed with a comorbid anxiety disorder; 15.2% of the sample had a posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) diagnosis and 8.6% a non-PTSD anxiety disorder. The researchers found that patients without a comorbid anxiety disorder had significantly lower rates of other comorbid mental disorders than did patients with comorbid anxiety disorders. Specifically, 20.6% of patients with no anxiety disorder had depression, compared with 47.7% of those with PTSD and 46.8% of those with non-PTSD anxiety disorders. Only 3.7% of patients with no anxiety disorder had a personality disorder, compared with 11.2% of those with PTSD and 10.8% of those with non-PTSD anxiety.

“Anxiety disorders are common among individuals with schizophrenia within the VHA and appeared in this study to convey additional disability in terms of psychiatric comorbidity and the need for increased psychiatric care,” the researchers pointed out. “Future research should investigate ways to improve detection and enhance treatment provided to this population.”

For more on care of veterans with psychiatric disorders, see the Psychiatric Newsarticles, “APA Calls for Better Training to Treat Chronic Pain, Addiction Among Vets” and “Knowledge of Military Life Facilitates Vets’ MH Care.”