WASHINGTON, Pa. (Sept. 15, 2011)— Internationally recognized psychologist Dr. Donald Meichenbaum will discuss “Resilience in the Aftermath of Trauma: Ways to Bolster Resilience” during a free community presentation Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Rossin Campus Center ballroom on the campus of Washington & Jefferson College.
The presentation is sponsored by the Combat Stress Intervention Program (CSIP), a four-year, $6 million research program affiliated with W&J that is investigating incidence of combat stress, barriers to healthcare, and issues of stigma in getting treatment within the National Guard and Reserve population in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Meichenbaum will be the keynote speaker at the CSIP Third Annual Research Conference the following day, Sept. 23, at the Doubletree by Hilton near the Meadowlands.
Meichenbaum will address the history and trends of trauma within the military, as well as incidence of trauma within the civilian population. He also will discuss resilience-bolstering behaviors such as physical, interpersonal, emotional, behavioral, spiritual and thinking fitness to build a more resilient individual. Questions will be taken from the audience.
Meichenbaum was voted one of the 10 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. 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.
Free parking will be available within two blocks of the Rossin Campus Center along S. Lincoln Street and will be marked accordingly. Handicapped individuals should call (724) 503-1001 (ext. 3401) to coordinate parking arrangements.
For more information about CSIP or the Sept. 23 conference, visit www.copingaftercombat.com.