PTSD training scheduled for Feb. 20

“Coming Home: PTSD and the Healthcare of Veterans After Combat” will be presented 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Antone’s Banquet Centre, 8578 Market St., in Boardman.

The event is sponsored by the Eastern Ohio Area Health Education Center, Youngstown State University Metro College and the YSU Counseling program.

The training is designed for physicians, dentists, dental assistants/hygienists, nurses, psychologists, social workers, counselors, therapists, dietitians/DTRs, EMTs and case managers. The training is part of the nationwide AHEC Veterans Mental Health Project. Continuing education credits are available.

Registration fee is $50 and includes handout materials and dinner. Student rate is $20, and includes handout materials and dinner.

For information or to register, call Noreen Moderalli at 330-941-2491.

The training will enhance the understanding of PTSD causes and symptoms and their impact on mental health and physical well-being; explore behavioral cues, screening techniques and assessment approaches that can increase awareness of PTSD symptoms and their effect on patient care processes; provide strategies and insights on how health care providers can assist patients who display increased PTSD symptoms during times of stress or as a result of medical problems or procedures; apply military cultural competency to the care of veterans/service members and their families.

The presenter is Edgardo Padin-Rivera, chief of Psychology Services at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center and a member of the Ohio VA Network Mental Health Leadership council, which includes oversight for a group of VA clinicians focused on enhancing the study, identification, and care of post-traumatic stress and anxiety disorders across all VA Medical Centers and clinics in Ohio. He is also a Vietnam War Army combat veteran and has been involved with veteran’s mental health issues for 22 years. Padin received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Vanderbilt University and has since held positions in the VA as leader of Cleveland Veterans’ Outreach Centers, coordinator of Intensive Addiction Recovery Programs, manager of Psychiatry Outpatient Services and director of the Center for Stress Recovery, a PTSD treatment Center at the Cleveland VA. He has published various articles on PTSD assessment and treatment, including treatment manuals used at VA Medical Centers across the country, and is currently on the National VA Consensus Group for the treatment of PTSD and Substance Abuse.