Chaplains Complete Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Training

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CLEARWATER, FLA.-Chaplains from the Army Reserve Medical Command are learning to identify symptoms of PostTraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Provider Fatigue as a way to better serve their comrades in arms.

According to studies concluded in January 2008 by the Rand Corporation, approximately 19 percent of Soldiers returning from Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom are suffering from depression, anxiety or stress related illnesses.

UNDERSTANDING PTSD

In April 2008 the Reverend Chrys Parker taught a specialized course to the Army Reserve Chaplains to help understand and recognize PTSD symptoms among today's Soldiers.

Parker is the executive and clinical director of the Burn Recovery and Research Foundation in San Antonio, Texas and specializes in the psychosocial treatment of trauma.

At the request of the Army Medical Department (AMEDD) at Fort Sam Houston, Texas she is providing courses of instruction to Army health-care providers, psychologists, and chaplains at various military installations around the United States.

"The purpose of this training, is to provide military chaplains the information that will help them assess military members and professional colleagues," said Parker. "They are looking for signs of combat related stress, compassionate provider fatigue and post traumatic stress disorder. In addition it's going to give them a lot of tools to intervene to try to help people."

Many of the chaplains in attendance had extensive experience caring for Soldiers suffering from PTSD. …