PTSD Presentation in Bournemouth – 7th August 2011
Tonight, I get to do one of the things I most enjoy doing. I will be the formal speaker at a group meeting of my peers in Bournemouth. Not only that, I have been asked to speak on my speciality of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Perhaps a somewhat heavy subject, but certainly one that needs as much energy as possible throwing at it.
The one thing I have noticed since my speciality chose me (yes, you read that right, it chose me) is the apparent fear that many therapists from all the various disciplines regard this issue. Many just “don’t want to go there” for whatever reason whether personal or professional, but there are also many that when asked whether they can assist a PTSD case they immediately shy away from it. Typical thought processes going on here would include “it’s to big a problem for me” or “I’m frightened I’ll make it worse”, which is a crying shame because many of us would make wonderful therapists in this area. This is why I enjoy speaking about it so much as it just might give a few people the added motivation and courage to go find out more and join the throng of therapists that will take on such a case.
Over the past couple of days, I’ve been updating and fine tweaking the presentation for tonight whilst doing the same for the training material for the forthcoming Institute of Clinical Hypnosis (ICH) PTSD CPD Course in London this October. Now the seeds of PTSD can be sown by many a traumatic incident in our lives, from a road traffic accidents to becoming injured whilst out walking the dog. But what struck me was the amount of what I call “news breaking” events that have the power to sow these seeds that have occurred in just one year. The massacre in Norway, Japan earthquakes/tsunamis and the London riots to name just a few. Even the forthcoming 10th anniversary of 9/11 could act as a trigger for many involved in that fateful day. I’m not saying that PTSD is the top issue we should all be involved in helping. Yes, the statistics would appear to suggest that incidences of PTSD are on the rise but that could be attributed, at least in part, to a better understanding of the issue. PTSD has always been with us under one name or another, yet formal recognition of it only came as late as 1980, making it a relatively new thing which we are still learning about and finding efficient ways to address.
So I’m really going to enjoy speaking tonight. If I can inspire just one more therapist to take up PTSD issues, then I will have succeeded.