This popular workshop begins with a review of debriefing (i.e., interventions designed to prevent PTSD after a trauma), including insights from the lead presenter’s work with the Canadian government's National Roundtable in Ottawa. We then review a shortcut to the diagnosis of PTSD, proceeding from there to the details of (and controversies pertaining to) the fuller diagnostic criteria. The core of the workshop—training in treatment—emphasizes those tools realistic for use in primary care. As always, the assumption is a ten-minute appointment (with three patients in the waiting room). Special topics include the curious case of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), “emotional baggage” (i.e., old traumata), the eye-opening forgiveness research, so-called "hindsight bias", the Oprah-esque "imaginal rescripting", intergenerational trauma, the Faustian bargain of children who survived ACEs (adverse childhood experiences), complex PTSD (C-PTSD), trauma-informed care, and what data we have on medical marijuana. The workshop ends with a very uplifting topic: the emerging and exceedingly hopeful literature on post-traumatic growth.
At the conclusion of the activity, participants will be able to: 1) Assess and apply therapeutic options for the head and neck, salivary gland, and thyroid cancer patient in a multidisciplinary environment; 2) Assess emerging research that lead to better understanding of the pathogenesis of head and neck cancer and its treatment; 3) Assess and apply the process, outcomes, and quality of delivering care to head and neck cancer patients; 4) Recognize the vital role of nurses, speech language pathologists, audiologists, nutritionists, social workers, pain specialists, mental health practitioners, physical therapists, dental oncologists in achieving maximal functional outcomes and increase interdisciplinary cooperation.
***NOTE: The new DSM-5-TR (released on March 18) refers to dysthymia as persistent depressive disorder.
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