WASHINGTON, Pa. (Sept. 16, 2011)— Internationally recognized psychologist Dr. Donald Meichenbaum headlines this year’s speakers for the Third Annual Combat Stress Intervention Program (CSIP) Research Conference, Friday, Sept. 23 from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. at the Doubletree by Hilton in Washington, Pa.
The title of this year’s event is “Post-Deployment Challenges: Current and Emerging Issues.”
Meichenbaum was voted one of the ten most influential psychotherapists of the century by North American clinicians in a survey reported in the American Psychologist. He is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, and maintains a private practice as a clinical psychologist. As an expert in the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Meichenbaum has treated all age groups for traumas suffered from violence, abuse, accidents and illness.
Other featured speakers include Col. Paul Bliese of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), Dr. Thomas Britt of Clemson University, Brian Avant of the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System and individual members of the CSIP staff, who will address various topics concerning local troops returning home after deployment.
W&J’s CSIP initiative is a four-year Department of Defense funded research project investigating incidence of combat stress in members of the Guard and Reserve from Southwestern Pa. who have returned home after combat. The research also involves identifying barriers to healthcare and the role of stigma for servicemembers seeking healthcare for post-deployment difficulties.
The cost of the conference is $65. Continuing Education (CE) credits (for psychologists, nurses, social workers, counselors, NBCC credits) are being arranged through the Cambria-Somerset Council for Education of Health Professionals.
The conference is designed for psychologists, counselors, social workers, nurses and other clinicians, in addition to members of the military and military family community who are interested in learning more about the challenges facing redeploying troops and how they can provide support.
Interested individuals can call (724) 503-1001 x6067 for more information or go to http://www.copingaftercombat.com/.