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CareerTech, Moore Norman Tech Center will offer PTSD training for educators

Jan. 31, 2014

Oklahoma CareerTech is co-sponsoring a workshop in Norman to teach educators who work with veterans about post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education will sponsor “Understanding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder” with Moore Norman Technology Center. The workshop, one of two CareerTech will sponsor in February, will be Feb. 25 at MNTC’s Franklin Road campus. A second workshop will be Feb. 27 at Tulsa Technology Center.

The Norman workshop will also include a session about children with PTSD, aimed particularly at educators working with children who went through the May 2013 tornadoes.

CareerTech is offering the workshop because of a dramatic increase in PTSD cases, said Amy Ewing-Holmstrom, CareerTech military transition coordinator.

“In Oklahoma, we are seeing it because of the large number of National Guard and Army troops coming home because of the drawdown of troops,” she said. “Many of these military members are coming back to school to get certifications, and we want our educators to be able to understand these students.

“We need to have information workshops on PTSD and TBI-related injuries to help better prepare our communities and families to understand what these injuries are all about.”

The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with check-in starting at 8:30 a.m. It will feature three sessions: “VA Healthcare for the OEF/OIF/OND Veteran,” presented by Waco Blakley, OEF/OIF/OND patient advocate; “Understanding the Needs of Returning Veterans: Combat Stress, Trauma and Readjustment,” presented by Rob Braese, a clinical psychologist in the OEF/OIF/OND readjustment program; and “Child Trauma and Resilience,” presented by Gwen Downing, manager of hope and resilience at the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

The workshop will also include a time for asking questions, along with resource and provider booths to provide more information to those attending.

Admission to the workshop is free, but seating is limited. To register, visit For more information, contact Amy Ewing-Holmstrom at 405-714-6186 or

The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education provides leadership and resources and assures standards of excellence for a comprehensive statewide system of career and technology education. The system offers programs and services in 29 technology center districts operating on 59 campuses, 393 comprehensive school districts and 13 Skills Centers campuses that include three juvenile facilities.

The agency is governed by the State Board of Career and Technology Education and works closely with the State Department of Education and the State Regents for Higher Education to provide a seamless educational system for all Oklahomans.

By Laura Wilson, writer/editor

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