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At The Crossroads

Trauma-specific services must serve as a cornerstone of any service directed to the prevention and/or intervention with those who have experienced or witnessed varying degrees of trauma or suffer from traumatic stress.

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Annals Of Psychotherapy

This article discusses trauma-specific approaches to treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as identified in DSM-5 (APA, 2013) with discussions respective to suggestions on included and excluded criteria definitions such as Complex PTSD and Disorders of Extreme Stress, Not Otherwise Specified (DESNOS). Additionally, this article explores different models and conceptualized frameworks to suggest future research based on current evidence based best practices which are strengths-based, culturally competent,and build upon or that enhances resilience.

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Impact Of Self Stigma On Soldiers Mental Health Care

Over 2.5 million US service members have served in the campaign in Afghanistan known as Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and the campaign in Iraq known as Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Among those returning from OEF and OIF, 17% have developed significant psychological problems. It is reported that only a quarter of those affected can be reasonably be expected to seek mental health treatment. Stigma is often cited as the main reason for underutilization of mental health services by soldiers. This research examined the effect of self-stigma on military service members’ decision to seek mental health treatment and analyzed the relationship between the decision to seek treatment and a number of demographic variables. This quantitative study used a sample of 59 student US Army officers attending the Command and General Staff Officers’ Course (CGSOC). Hypotheses for research questions were evaluated using multiple regression analysis to test the statistical significance of the relationship between service members’ rank, gender, years of service, number of deployments and time deployed, self-stigma, and willingness to seek help for mental health concerns. Results showed no significant relationship between the demographic variables and service members’ self-stigma and their willingness to seek care for mental health issues.

About The Author:

Dr. Mohamadou M. Amar is native of Senegal, West Africa. In 1999, Dr. Amar immigrated in the United States and later joined the U.S. military. During his seventeen and half years of service, Mohamadou served in various assignments in the United States, in East Asia, in the Middle East, and in Africa.

Dr. Amar held several senior management positions in logistic, marketing, and information operations. Mohamadou’s education includes a Doctorate in Human and Organizational psychology from Touro University Worldwide (2016); a Certificate in Aviation Safety from Embry Riddle University (Worldwide) of Florida (2008), and a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University Houari Boumediene of Algiers, Algeria (1998).

Dr. Amar current work focuses on helping service members reach out for help and to understand that PTSD is an injury, not a character flaw or mental illness. Dr. Amar is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA).


Exploring The Impact Of Crystal Methamphetamine

This study explores the relationship between drug usage and sexual activities of gay sober men. The literature provides research regarding how the combination of drug usages and engagement in sexual activities impact the ability for gay men to maintain sobriety for extended periods of time. Counselors are often ill prepared or unsure of how to implement culturally appropriate evidence-based treatment interventions or approaches designed for successful outcomes with disenfranchised individuals such as those included (but not limited to) the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered or Questioning (LGBTQ) community. This study examines sobriety in conjunction with specific barriers faced by recovering gay male addicts. Through an examination of the relationship between drug usage and sexuality, the audience will understand the unique barriers faced by gay male drug users which demonstrate why treatment interventions and approaches must target specific needs respective to marginalized and diverse populations in order to evidence successful outcomes.

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About The Author:

Dr. Rosa Castro  Psy.D, MA, CASAC. remains to be a seasoned Psychotherapist, Substance Abuse Instructor and Minister with over  20 years’ experience in the field of Mental Health and Addiction. Dr. Castro has clinical experience which  includes hospitals, schools and private clinics where she provides individual and group therapy. She offers workshops and classes with management of addictive behaviors, stress and wellness. In her private practice she combines clinical and spiritual approaches to create balance, clarity and healing for her consumers.

Dr. Castro Specializes In The Following Areas:

     Specialized Counseling Areas:

     Specialized Spiritual Areas:

  • Addiction
  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • Emotional Blocks
  • Motivational Counseling
  • Couples Counseling
  • Intuitive Dialoguing
  • Spiritual Guidance
  • Wedding Ceremonies
  • Grief Counseling


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