PTSD and Veterans: A Conversation with Dr. Frank Ochberg
by Frank Ochberg
Leading expert Frank Ochberg discusses what every therapist needs to know when treating vets with PTSD--what resources they already have in their professional toolkit that they can draw on, and what new skills are needed.
How do we help veterans who are returning from war with PTSD? Dr. Frank Ochberg, a leading authority on PTSD, shares his experiences, seasoned insights and suggestions in this intimate conversation with reporter Mike Walters.

Mental health practitioners treat a variety of clients coping with trauma. Dr. Ochberg points out that we can draw on these experiences to treat veterans returning from war, as he shares his insights regarding common symptoms to look out for and the importance of building trust and other aspects of the patient-therapist relationship. He then explains techniques he has developed that help his clients work through the trauma and adapt to civilian life. Ultimately, Dr. Ochberg delivers a message of hope: Although the damaging impact of PTSD is severe, it remains completely treatable by those who are up to the challenge, and it is a privilege for all therapists to work with these brave men and women.

What therapists are saying…

"Dr. Ochberg provides expert guidance to clinicians on handling the dual needs of support and exposure that are essential elements to PTSD treatment today… This is a beautiful, moving, and professionally-produced DVD that should be seen by every therapist who works with PTSD patients."

-- David Read Johnson, PhD & Hadar Lubin, MD, Directors, Post Traumatic Stress Center, Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine
"If you want to greatly increase your knowledge and skills in working with veterans and PTSD, this is the DVD to watch. Dr. Ochberg is my idea of an ideal therapist: warm, wise, genuine and non-judgmental."

-- Elizabeth Casey, MFT, Redlands, CA
"In watching PTSD and Veterans, A Conversation with Frank Ochberg MD, and interviewed by reporter, Mike Walters, you get more than you might expect…The further you get into it, the more you realize you are being offered an incredible gift. Ochberg affirms for therapists how all of us deal with trauma in general, and he normalizes the problem of soldiers with PTSD in a way that empowers therapists to help them …He has a wonderfully affirming approach that leads you to feel good before he introduces material that is more emotionally difficult…I recommend this DVD to anyone treating PTSD, and especially to those dealing with returning soldiers."

-- John D. Lentz, D. Min, reviewed in The Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter
In Depth
This video will enhance your clinical skills in working with veterans with PTSD by exploring:

• Unique challenges to treating veterans
• Therapist’s experience and ability to absorb client’s traumatic stories
• Common symptoms of PTSD including the loss of emotional tone, remittent depression, and family issues.
• Special circumstances including military sexual trauma and multiple deployments
• The critical importance of trust-building and other aspects of the patient/therapist relationship
• Techniques to help veterans work through trauma including the Counting Method

Length of video: 00:59:00

English subtitles available

Individual ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-157-7

Individual ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-157-3

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-156-9

Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-156-6

Frank Ochberg, MD has been a leading authority on the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder since the 1960s and helped define PTSD for its inclusion in the DSM. He has received many awards for his work, most recently the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. He founded Gift From Within and is currently a professor of psychiatry at Michigan State University.

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