Auburn University to host conference in Mobile on post-traumatic stress disorder

AUBURN – Auburn University’s Center for Governmental Services will host a conference Nov. 3 and 4 at Fort Whiting in Mobile that will feature the latest research and treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. Gov. Robert Bentley will participate in the conference and will provide an opening address.

With this conference, “From PTSDisorder to PTSGrowth,” the Center for Governmental Services will help lead the way toward healing and growth for affected individuals, families and communities.

The conference will bring communities and individuals impacted by trauma together with behavioral and primary care professionals to explore multifaceted issues dealing with trauma and suicide prevention. It is designed to enhance the awareness, knowledge and clinical skills of behavioral health and primary care professionals in Alabama and the Southeast to assess and treat military members, veterans and their families and society at large. Emphasis will be placed on programming in prevention, assessment, treatment and healing. A central theme will be that of supporting efforts toward developing resiliency.

The Adjutant General of Alabama, Major General Perry Smith, has been key in planning for the conference. Partnering with the Center for Governmental Services in holding the conference are the Alabama National Guard, Alabama Department of Mental Health, Alabama Department of Public Health and the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs.

Continuing education credits are available for those who participate.

Pre-registration is required. Registration is open to the general public as well as to health care providers. The registration fee is $45 and does not include travel and lodging. For additional information about the conference and to register, go to http://www.auburn.edu/cgs/ptsd or call (334) 844-4782.

Contact: Don-Terry Veal, (334) 844-4781 (vealdon@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)