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October 19, 2016 Webinar Announcement
“The Influence of PTSD on Quality of Life”
Originally broadcast October 19, 2016
This webinar seeks to help participants to better understand the development of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) secondary to exposure to traumatic events. PTSD includes far-reaching consequences across a number of domains of functioning. These domains typically include relational (social and intimate), occupational, and recreational functioning. Often, functioning in these domains is significantly influenced by substantial changes in worldviews that occur after the traumatic exposure. Implications for recovery will be discussed.
Following the webinar, participants will:
- Understand processes that lead to the development of PTSD,
- Understand the influence of PTSD on psychosocial functioning and quality of life,
- Understand the influence of trauma and PTSD on survivors’ views of the world, others, and themselves,
- Be able to describe how PTSD treatments are effective in remediating symptoms as well as improving psychosocial functioning, quality of life, and restructuring more adaptive, balanced worldviews.
Tara Galovski, PhD, is the Director of the Women’s Health Sciences Division of the Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology in 2001 from the University at Albany – State University of New York and completed her internship at the Jackson, MS Consortium. She is interested in exploring the effects of exposure to traumatic events and continuing the development of psychological interventions designed to treat PTSD and comorbid psychiatric disorders.
Dr. Galovski has conducted federally funded clinical trials within a variety of populations exposed to different types of trauma including combat, sexual trauma, domestic violence, community violence, and motor vehicle accidents. This work has been conducted with civilians, law enforcement, active duty service members, and Veterans. More specific areas of interest include investigations into the role of sleep impairment in recovery from trauma, anger, and physical health complications in the maintenance of and recovery from PTSD. Finally, Dr. Galovski continues to investigate gender differences in PTSD clinical presentations and treatment outcomes.
The "Community Clergy Training to Support Rural Veterans Mental Health" Promising Practice is funded by the VA Office of Rural Health.