PTSD Training For the Mental Health Provider




Assessment and Response to Clients with Deployment-Related Trauma

September 26, 2013
  8:30am to 12:30pm
Registration 8:30am

Donald R. Tapia School of Business, TECO Hall
  33701 State Road 52
  Saint Leo, FL 33574-6665


This conference is free, and registration is required due to limited seating.

Conference has been approved for 3 hours of Continuing Education Credit



8:30am Registration
8:45am Welcome
9:00am Session 1: "Understanding/Assessment of Deployment Related Trauma"
Speaker: Dr. Jim Whitworth
10:00am Break
10:15am Session 2: "One Soldier’s Story and Responding to Deployment Related Trauma"
Speaker: Dr. Jim Whitworth
11:15am Session 3: "Impacts of Deployment Trauma on Familiies and Compassion Fatigue"
Speaker: Dr. Cindy Lee
12:15pm Closing Remarks

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify myths versus realities about the impacts of deployment and the coming home experience
  2. Describe the historical context of current military conflicts and unique/emerging challenges for deployed and re-deployed military members and their families
  3. Recognize warrior and family member strengths that foster resiliency and adjustment
  4. Identify normal brain and body responses to deployment experiences
  5. Understand adaptive and maladaptive individual, family, and systemic responses to deployment and combat among military members and their families
  6. Appreciate challenges faced by military members as they adjust to coming home
  7. Recognize valuable life skills that will help warriors adjust to coming home
  8. Identify ways that family members can help warriors adjust
  9. Know how to explain to warriors how their bodies and brains react to extreme stress in deployments situations
  10. Understand how to help warriors monitor and adjust their reactions to the coming home experience
  11. Describe specific steps that warriors can take to foster adjustment and change after deployments
  12. Identify valuable resources for adjusting to the coming home experience

Our Speakers

James Whitworth, Lt. Colonel USAF (Ret) Ph.D., LCSW, BCD is an Associate Professor of Graduate Social Work at Saint Leo University (SLU). He previously was an Assistant Professor at the University of West Florida where he taught advanced clinical counseling within the Masters of Social Work (MSW) program. He has provided extensive private practice counseling for military members, veterans, and their families with depression, anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Lt Colonel (Ret) Whitworth obtained his doctorate in clinical social work from Florida State University. He served as a clinical social worker and mental health officer in the US Air Force for 21 years. He is the former Chief of Air Force Family Research at the Pentagon and also worked three years as the Chief of Air Force Family Advocacy Operations and Research. Dr. Whitworth taught behavioral medicine and research to Family Medicine Residents at Eglin Air Force base for six years and has been an adjunct instructor at SLU for several years. Dr. Whitworth has presented and published research on trauma response/recovery, PTSD assessment/treatment, family violence and building community capacity within the military.

Cindy Lee, Ph.D., LCSW, is the Director of Saint Leo University Master's in Social Work Program. She served as Family Support Project/ Operation Coordinator to provide interated services to address the medical, economic, mental health, and social needs of the miliary members and their families.



Registration Form for Thursday, September 26, 2013