The Many Faces of PTSD at Cliffbreakers Sept. 15

From press release

A special seminar, The Many Faces of PTSD, will be Tuesday, Sept. 15, at Cliffbreakers Resort & Restaurant, 700 W. Riverside Blvd., Rockford.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common disorder that develops in response to traumatic event exposure. It can present in many different ways depending upon age, developmental stage, chronicity of trauma exposure and co-morbidities. Providing services to those with PTSD and their families can present significant challenges. This workshop will highlight key aspects of the many presentations of PTSD as well as provide information about how to identify PTSD. Tools for how to work with clients who suffer from PTSD will also be reviewed. This workshop is designed for educators, psychologists, counselors, therapists, social workers, other allied health professionals, and parents working with children or adults who may have PTSD.

Upon completion of the activity, participants will be able to identify the symptoms of PTSD, outline at least three different presentations of PTSD, and describe key tools for working with those with PTSD.

Guest speaker will be Sherry Falsetti, Ph.D., from University of Illinois College of Medicine, Rockford. Dr. Falsetti is an associate professor and the associate head of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the U of I College of Medicine in Rockford. She is also the director of Behavioral Sciences in the Family Medicine Residency Program as well as the director of the Health Policy and Social Science Research Division. She is a 1993 graduate of the University of Missour-St. Louis with a Ph.D. in psychology. She completed an internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center at the Medical University of South Carolina and was also a faculty member there for 10 years. She has given talks and published extensively in the area of psychological reactions to trauma as well as developed Multiple Channel Exposure Therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder. Her work has been featured in Self and People magazines. The Violence Prevention Collaborative and its partners, Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling, Inc., Youth Network Services, PHASE/WAVE, and Winnebago County Health Department, Rockford Public School District No. 205, are happy to present this workshop.

Seating is limited. To register, send a check for $50 to VPC/VCHD by Sept. 10, the deadline. Mail to: Violence Prevention Collaborative, 401 Division St., Rockford, IL 61104. For more information, e-mail:

From the Aug. 19-25, 2009 issue

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