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Pastoral Care for Trauma Survivors:
Trauma and PTSD Links

About Traumatic Stress
  • Not Alone. This new site seeks to reach the 300,000 OEF and OIF warriors who have PTSD or other psychological injuries. Please go to this site and register.
  • Normal Emotions after a Disaster. From the American Red Cross.
  • The Sidran Institute publishes materials about traumatic stress and related topics, including the Risking Connection curriculum. E-mail can be sent to the Sidran, Publications Manager. They are located in Towson, Maryland, and can be reached by phone at 410-825-8888.
  • Patience Mason - Post-Traumatic Gazette. Through this link you can access the many exceptional materials that Patience Mason makes available.
  • David Baldwin's Trauma Information Pages focus primarily on emotional trauma and traumatic stress, including PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder), whether following individual traumatic experience(s) or a large-scale disaster.
  • About PTSD
  • Iraq War Veterans Organization (has many good links in it)
  • US Dept of Veterans Affairs (National Center for PTSD). This is the entry site for information about all of the services available from the National Center for PTSD. Within this site, the PTSD Information Center links you to a variety of fact sheets about trauma, PTSD, PTSD in Children and Adolescents, Common Reactions After Trauma, Self-care, seeking treatment, and finding a therapist.
  • Dart Foundation Gateway to PTSD
  • PTSD: What it is and how to recover. By Patience Mason.
  • About PTSD. An article from the American Psychiatric Association.
  • How does PTSD affect families? By Patience Mason.
  • PTSD and Alcohol Use. A Fact Sheet from the National Center for PTSD.
  • PTSD and Children. A FAct Sheet from the National Center for PTSD.
  • PTSD and Holidays. By Patience Mason.
  • PTSD and Parenting. By Patience Mason.
  • The Importance of Boundaries. By Patience Mason.
  • Trauma Ministries and Spirituality
  • Recommended Articles on Trauma and Spirituality , including the Spirituality and PTSD derived from the doctoral studies of ICWVN member Margaret Nelson-Pechota; Approaching Trauma Survivors from a Spiritual Perspective by Caterina Spinaris, and Spirituality Issues where the paths of Therapists and Clergy intersect, by Jackson H. Day.
  • Linda Chaplman's Wounded Healer Journal. Contains links to several forums including Christian Spirituality, Feminist Spirituality and Alternate Spirituality.
  • Spirituality and PTSD in Vietnam Combat Veterans This is the first in a series of articles that will address various topics investigated by Margaret Nelson-Pechota, Ph. D., in her research with Vietnam combat veterans while completing her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Illinois Institute of Technology. NCVNVM member Nelson-Pechota wanted to find out how spiritual and moral issues are related to symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Vietnam combat veterans -- specifically, which aspects of an individual's spirituality might prevent a soldier from developing PTSD, and which aspects of his or her spirituality might result in prolonged suffering from symptoms of PTSD.

  • Managing Stress
  • Critical Incident Stress Management
  • Treatment Aspects
  • False Memory Syndrome or Lying Perpetrator Syndrome. by Patience Mason.
  • Twelve-Step and Self-Help
  • PTSD and the 12 Steps -- How they Work. By Patience Mason
  • Trauma Self-Help Books & Workbook Recommendations by David Baldwin, PhD
  • Historical
  • In 1918 Captain W. H. R. Rivers wrote The Repression of War Experience [THE LANCET, FEB. 2, 1918]. His objection to the way World War I veterans were encouraged to avoid traumatic memories was very much ahead of its time.
  • Professional Organizations and Societies
  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
  • European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
  • Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists offers three distinct certifications to individuals providing support, education, intervention and treatment in the field of traumatic stress.
  • Self-care for Helpers and Professionals
  • Traumatic Stress & Secondary Traumatic Stress by B. Hudnall Stamm.

  • Claims
  • USA. The VVA PTSD site is oriented to the process of submitting claims based on PTSD and especially usesful for American veterans.

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