Veterans Affairs | Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Identification, Assessment & Services (Video Conference)

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  • This page has been updated with post-event information.
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  • This event is a video conference that will broadcast from the Mandel Center at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, to multiple sites around the state.
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This workshop will explain how to provide integrated services for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and co-occurring substance use disorders with veterans and their family members. It will emphasize the need for an awareness of and sensitivity to the military culture of the veteran and their unique experiences.

Key words/topics: 

  • PTSD
  • Substance use/abuse
  • Co-occurring disorders
  • Military culture
  • VA system of care
  • Family members/caregivers

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to ...

  • Describe diagnostic criteria for PTSD and/or co-occurring substance use disorder.
  • Identify key elements of military culture and implications for clinical approaches to PTSD care.
  • Explain PTSD services available to veterans and family members and how to access them.
  • Recognize how to appreciate the dynamics of being a family member of a veteran and implications for best serving the family.


The Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center:
  • Cynthia A. Yamokoski, PhD received her Ph.D from the University of Akron in 2006. Presently, Dr. Yamokoski is the Team Leader for PTSD Clinical Team at the Louis Stokes Cleveland DVAMC. She is a national consultant in Prolonged Exposure for PTSD and has served as the Local Evidenced Based Psychotherapy Coordinator. Dr. Yamokoski specializes in PTSD assessment and treatment, as well as suicidology. Her publication and research interests have been in PTSD, suicidal thoughts and behaviors, interaction of cognitive processes and affect/emotions in psychological disorders, and therapist self-care.

The Chalmers P. Wylie VA Ambulatory Care Center (Columbus, Ohio):

  • Jason DiGiannantoni, LISW-S is the OEF/OIF/OND outreach coordinator at the Chalmers P. Wylie VA Ambulatory Care Center in Columbus, Ohio (Columbus VA). He works with returning combat veterans and various community partners to help facilitate reintegration following military service. He also serves in the Ohio Army National Guard as a behavioral health officer. He is a master trainer of ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and has trained hundreds of soldiers and civilian employees within the Ohio Army National Guard. Prior to starting with the VA in 2008, he worked as a team leader at Southeast, Inc. providing direct service and supervision to three community treatment teams serving persons with severe mental illness. He's a graduate of Capital University, earning a BSW. He completed his MSW at The Ohio State University in 2001.

Center for Evidence-Based Practices at Case Western Reserve University:

  • Patrick Boyle, MSSA, LISW-S, LICDC, is Director of Implementation Services at the Center (get bio).


This event is one of a three-part series co-sponsored by the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at Case Western Reserve University and the Veterans Administration (VA) medical centers. Click each to learn more:

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Our training events are open to professionals from multiple disciplines, service settings, and systems of care who provide healthcare, behavioral healthcare, and other services to people with mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. Examples of people who attend our events include the following:

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Service models and strategies

Individuals and service teams from organizations implementing the following practices and service strategies are also encouraged to attend:

  • Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT)
  • Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)
  • Dual Diagnosis Capability in Addiction Treatment (DDCAT)
  • Dual Diagnosis Capability in Mental Health Treatment (DDCMHT)
  • Tobacco Recovery Across the Continuum (TRAC)
  • Supported Employment/ Individual Placement and Support (SE/ IPS)
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March 27, 2013
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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March 21, 2013 (11:59 PM) EST
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