Thursday, March 19, 2009

Featured Speaker at NAMI Conference

Our roster of speakers at this year's education conference Take Back Your Life on Saturday, April 18 is fantastic! We're pleased to announce Dr. John Seasock as a speaker and workshop presenter.

Dr. Seasock is a specialist/consultant with Renaissance Psychological and Counseling Corporation Inc. For the past 20 years, he has specialized in work and research with people affected by chronic mental health disorders, developmental disabilities, sexual victimization and trauma. He is a nationally recognized speaker who regularly presents at international, national and regional conferences.

In his morning plenary session -- Returning Home, Returning Memories: PTSD and Veterans -- Dr. Seasock will provide detailed information on the current difficulties our veterans are facing while transitioning home from regions of conflict. Unfortunately, many of our veterans during their tour of duty have experienced situations and events that have placed them at risk for emotional and psychological difficulty, as in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

The symptoms of PTSD and how it develops in veterans will be presented, as well as recommendations to properly assist or intervene with veterans suffering from PTSD, which has been creating unique difficulties for families, communities and social agencies.

Dr. Seasock's afternoon workshop is entitled Caught by the Past: Understanding Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

As our society continually attempts to deal with the aftermath of global war, natural disasters, increased rates of domestic, personal and sexual violence, as well as everyday traumatizing experiences such as motor vehicle accidents, sudden death and chronic illness, it has become a necessity for all “helping” professionals and persons, as well as the general public, to become familiar with the specific effects of trauma.

This seminar will provide detailed information on how children, adolescents and adults react emotionally, cognitively and behaviorally to a traumatic event. Participants will learn to accurately identify Traumatic Reaction, Acute Stress Disorder and PTSD in all age levels, as well as receive information on the most appropriate treatment interventions for each difficulty.

For more information on the conference or to register, visit our website.