Women's PTSD Retreat - VA Black Hills Health Care System
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VA Black Hills Health Care System


Women's PTSD Retreat

Fort Meade’s Building 53, location of the Semi-Annual Women’s Retreat

The historic buildings and spacious grounds of Ft. Meade provide the backdrop for the Semi-Annual Women's Retreat.

Monday, August 22, 2011

The VA Black Hills Health Care System's Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Clinical Team invites you to join our women's circle, where you will find support, understanding, and a network of friends.

Our semi-annual Women's Retreat will be held October 14-16, 2011 at the Fort Meade VA Medical Center.

“The semi-annual retreat is in its 17th year and is designed to help women look at some of the basic questions in their lives,” said Cathy Edler, Addiction Therapist for the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Program (PCT) and Retreat Coordinator. "The volunteer facilitators and participants build a community of women who take the time to support each other. The retreat does not provide all the answers, but will provide the time, place and personal support for you to search within yourself."

This program is intended for women veterans (all eras) and collaterals (wives, domestic partners, mothers, adult daughters, etc.) of male veterans traumatized by experiences during their military service.  The PCT program operates two annual retreats a year (spring and fall) to help participants learn about the psychological, physical, social and spiritual issues of PTSD and relationships

The retreats provide a unique opportunity for women to learn more about the effects of war, as well as other types of trauma.  The primary emphasis of the weekend is to learn how to cope with the devastating effects PTSD can have on veterans and family member's lives. The retreat program also encourages participants to examine problem areas in their lives and help them make healthy changes and choices.

All meals and lodging are provided at no cost to eligible participants. The retreat program is supported through the generous donations of the Disabled American Veterans Charitable Trust, as well as other veteran's service organizations and interested groups/individuals that want to support this beneficial program.

Those wishing to participate must pre-register by phoning 605-720-7449 or 1-800-743-1070, extension 7449. Attendance is limited and on a first come, first served basis. Prior to registration, a brief telephone screening is required. Additional information is available online at www.blackhills.va.gov/Womens_Retreat.asp.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an emotional and psychological response to trauma (a painful, shocking experience). PTSD can affect survivors of events such as war, violent crimes (attacks/rapes), motor vehicle accidents, natural disasters, childhood abuse and witnessing a suicide or murder. Common reactions to traumatic events are: shock, anger, disbelief, confusion, insomnia, social withdrawal, intrusive thoughts and self-blame. Sometimes PTSD surfaces months or even years after a traumatic event.


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