Semi-Annual Womens PTSD Retreat - VA Black Hills Health Care System
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VA Black Hills Health Care System


Semi-Annual Womens PTSD Retreat

Group of women seated on steps

A team of volunteer facilitators

By Cathy Edler
Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The specialized Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Outpatient Treatment Program (PCT) of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Black Hills Health Care System is hosting its semi-annual women’s retreat October 19-21, 2012. The retreat will be held at the Fort Meade Campus, two miles east of Sturgis.

The PCT staff takes a holistic approach to veteran’s treatment and addresses psychological, physical, social and spiritual issues related to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The semi-annual women’s retreats were developed as part of the VA's rural health care initiative, “serving the under-served”.

The semi-annual weekend retreat, beginning at 12pm on October 19th, is for women veterans of all eras diagnosed with PTSD and family members (wives, significant others, mothers, adult daughters, etc) of male veterans diagnosed with PTSD. The weekend retreats offer a condensed psycho educational , experiential format that educates participants about the debilitating symptoms of PTSD, effects on the family, with a particular emphasis on developing healthier coping strategies and increasing one’s social support network.

"The PCT Women’s Retreat in its 19th year, seeks to help participants examine some of the basic questions in their lives," said Cathy Edler, Addiction Therapist for the PCT Program and Retreat Coordinator. "The volunteer facilitators and participants build a community of people who are willing to take time to support each other. The retreat does not have your answers, but will provide the time, place and personal support for you to search within yourself."

The Disabled American Veterans Charitable Trust (DAV) has graciously bestowed a yearly grant for the retreat program. This funding helps to cover meals and lodging expenses for all eligible participants. The grant does not cover transportation. Please check with your local VA  medical center about travel eligibility.

Seating is limited to 20 participants and is on a first come, first served basis. Due to staffing and funding constraints, we will only be accepting applications from new participants.

Participants must be screened and pre-register by phoning the PCT Program at 720-7449 or 1-800-743-1070, extension 7449



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