Webinar: Healing the Invisible Wounds: An Overview of Clinical Interventions for the Treatment of PTSD
January 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
About the Webinar: (this event was rescheduled to 1/11/21 due to weather conditions on 11/30/20)
There is a unfortunately a high occurrence of individuals who struggle with both substance use disorders and symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). A 2013 study indicated that 14.1% of individuals with PTSD meet the criteria for a substance use disorder. In some cases the substance use was a means to self-medicate the symptoms of PTSD while for others, they experienced trauma in the course of their battle with addiction. This webinar will focus on an overview of the symptoms of PTSD, how to support a family member with this diagnosis and a discussion of various evidence based treatments for PTSD ranging from cognitive behavioral therapy to Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Resources on treatment and how to access them will be discussed in the course of the presentation.
John C. Monfredo, LCSW, has worked in a variety of behavioral health setting over the years including inpatient substance use treatment and outpatient community counseling. Currently, he works at UMass Memorial Medical Center with the inpatient psychiatry team for the medical floors and the outpatient bridging clinic. John received his masters in social work from Simmons University and is now working on his doctorate in psychology at California Southern University. His area of clinical interest is working with individuals struggling with a dual diagnosis of PTSD and substance use disorders. He recently completed the initial training for EMDR with the EMDR Institute. John is currently in the one-year Fellowship program at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. He is particularly interested in the intersection of psychoanalysis and philosophy in the writings of Freud, Lacan, Wittgenstein and Spinoza. He is a Certified Logic Based Therapy Consultant through the National Philosophical Counseling Association and is a Certified Affiliate with the American Philosophical Practitioner’s Association.