The BHHCS Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Outpatient Treatment Program invites YOU to join our women's circle, where you will find support, understanding, and a network of friends.
This weekend retreat is for Women Veterans of all eras and collateral’s (wives, significant others, mothers, etc.) of male veterans traumatized by experiences during military service.
The weekend is designed for women interested in personal growth and the discovery and/or renewal of inner spiritual resources.
The VA Black Hills Health Care System Post Traumatic Stress Clinical Team(PCT) provides this workshop as an opportunity for women to pursue personal growth in a peaceful, quiet setting. Participants are encouraged to share thoughts, values, dreams, and their feelings about their lives.
The major aims of the workshop are to educate participants about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and provide an opportunity to develop new perspectives in relationships, with their Higher Power, family, friends and the broader world in which they live.
Because of recent funding and logistical challenges, we will not be able to offer a retreat in Spring 2014. We hope to announce the dates for the Fall 2014 retreat in July 2014. Each retreat begins at 12 pm on a Friday afternoon and ends approximately 2 pm Sunday afternoon. The DAV has awarded a Charitable Trust Grant to help fund these valuable retreats. Therefore, lodging and meals are provided at no cost to eligible participants. Prior to registration, a brief screening is required.
Black Hills VA Health Care System
113 Comanche Road
Fort Meade, SD 57741
Phone: (605) 720.7449
1-800-743-1070 Ext. 7449
Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) is a normal emotional and psychological response to trauma (a painful, shocking experience). Common reactions to a traumatic event are shock, anger, disbelief, confusion, insomnia, social withdrawal, self-blame and intrusive thoughts.
Anyone who experiences or witnesses a traumatic event is likely to suffer from PTS. PTS can affect survivors of events such as war, violent attacks/rape, motor vehicle accidents, natural disasters, child abuse, suicide or murder.
After trauma, many survivors feel their lives have changed. If the trauma-related symptoms persist for more than one month after the event(s), then there is a possibility that an emotional disorder is present. Emotional damage can occur from surviving an event in one’s life, or the lives of others they are emotionally close to.
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