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CareerTech, Tulsa Technology Center will offer PTSD training for educators

Feb. 13, 2014

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

The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education will sponsor “Understanding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury” with Tulsa Technology Center. The workshop will be Feb. 27 at Tulsa Tech’s Health Sciences Center.  

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: “PTSD and Reintegration,” presented by Beth Jeffries, lead psychologist, Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center; “PTSD: Defining the Disorder,” presented by Alyssa Rippy, Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center program coordinator, Jack C. Montgomery VA Outpatient Clinic; and “Understanding Moral Injury,” presented by Lanny Endicott, licensed clinical social worker, associate professor of social work, Oral Roberts University.

The workshop will 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 www.ct4vets.com. For more information, contact Amy Ewing-Holmstrom at 405-714-6186 or Amy.Ewing-Holmstrom@careertech.ok.gov.

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