The Sinclair Broadcast Group is hosting a Michigan-wide Town Hall regarding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. We will explore the causes, symptoms, who it effects and treatment. The Town Hall will be held at Milliken Auditorium on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College on Thursday, August 28th at 8pm. Seats are first come, first serve. Doors open at 7pm. The 90 minute Town Hall will be streamed live on Upnorthlive.com and our Sinclair sister stations in Flint, Kalamazoo/Grand Rapids and Marquette.


Panelists:


Dr. Jonathan Shay

For 20 years Jonathan Shay was a staff psychiatrist at the Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic, Boston, where his only patients were combat veterans with severe psychological injuries. He retired from clinical work in May, 2008 to devote himself full time to preventive psychiatry in military organizations"what he calls his "missionary work." He is the author of Achilles in Vietnam: Combating Trauma and the Undoing of Character (1994) and of Odysseus in America: Combat Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming (2002). He has been a MacArthur Fellow since January. He has written and lectured on a variety of topics relating to veterans for decades and held a variety of positions with US military institutions.


Linda Fletcher

Linda Fletcher is a retired Army Nurse (Lieutenant Colonel) with a Masters in Trauma Nursing who has been involved in an independent study of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for the last eight years. She began this quest in an effort to understand how PTSD had impacted her father who was a WWII Silver Star winner, and their entire family. In the spring of 2013 Linda Fletcher was asked to teach a class through Northwestern Michigan College extension services. When she finished the first class the students rose and demanded to continue to meet to learn more about PTSD. In that moment a grassroots organization was born, A Matter Of Honor, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation dedicated to teaching Americans about military related PTSD which is an epidemic in our land.


Jacquelyn Kaschel, MLitt, CEIP-MH, PNH1
EAGALA Advanced Certified

Jacquelyn Kaschel is Executive Director of PEACE Ranch. PEACE Ranch is a center for experiential growth & learning where rescued, rehabilitated horses and licensed professionals help people dealing with a broad range of challenges including Addiction & Recovery, Behavioral & Emotional Issues, Marriage & Family Issues, Grief & Loss, PTSD & Trauma related issues. PEACE Ranch provides Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (Eagala model) for children and adults with PTSD. PEACE Ranch works in collaboration with Aleda E Lutz VA Medical Center out of Saginaw, which assists veterans in 32 Michigan counties. As a charitable organization, PEACE Ranch depends on community support as it provides services in collaboration with area agencies, schools, courts, and families on a sliding scale.


Dr. Neil O'Donnell

Neil O'Donnell, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist, has been in private practice for over 20 years. He has specialized in treating trauma for more than half of his career. Dr. ODonnell uses Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and body based approaches to help those suffering from PTSD.


Can't be there? Watch the live stream HERE on Thursday, August 28th at 8pm.

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