April 22, 2011

State of Alabama
Press Release: Mental Health, Department of

TIMELY SEMINAR ON TRAUMA, PTSD & GRIEF TO BE HOSTED IN MONTGOMERY ON APRIL 26

MONTGOMERY – Natural disasters such as tornadoes and hurricanes and last year’s Gulf Coast oil spill are examples of the types of events that can leave people searching for ways to effectively manage traumatic experiences. A timely Trauma, PTSD & Grief Seminar will be held on Tuesday, April 26, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel Convention Center. This seminar is sponsored by the Alabama Department of Mental Health and the Alabama Department of Public Health and will feature Michael Rank, a renowned trauma expert and combat veteran.

Diagnostic tools and cutting-edge therapeutic techniques for traumatic stress disorders to include combat stress, grief and other trauma-related conditions will be provided. Many disorders such as dissociative identity disorder, borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder may have an underlying trauma background. If the trauma remains untreated, then the client may not respond to generally-used techniques. Traumatology and grief-related skills are an essential supplement to many disciplines and have become increasingly important over the last few years. The seminar will also cover DSM-5 proposed changes for trauma, anxiety and acute stress disorder.

Stephen Mambazo, emergency preparedness social worker with ADPH says, “We are excited to have Dr. Rank, a renowned and talented clinical professional who has provided seminars to thousands and spent his career educating, training, treating and researching traumatic stress present this program to help people better understand the phenomena of trauma, PTSD and grief. Aside from natural and manmade disasters, there are many veterans returning to Alabama from combat assignments, and this seminar will increase professional and personal resources for negotiating all types of trauma and loss.”

For more information about the Trauma, PTSD & Grief Seminar, contact Stephan Mambazo at the Alabama Department of Public Health at 334-206-7981.

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