Sunday, February 1, 2009

Upcoming Screening for GPTV Documentary Features Clayton State Professor Catherine Deering

Clayton State University Professor of Psychology Dr. Catherine Deering appears in an upcoming documentary titled, “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, The Invisible Wounds of War,” for Georgia Public Television (GPTV). A viewing of the documentary will be held at the Push Push Theater, Decatur, Ga., on Tuesday, Feb. 3 from 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. The screening is open to the public.

“I am very much looking forward to the screening. Having it in a public arena will allow for a dialogue about the issues. I hope that people will have a chance to express their views about the current war and to ask questions about post-traumatic stress disorder,” says Deering.

Deering has worked with combat veterans who have posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for more than 18 years. She is also currently serving as a consulting psychologist at the Atlanta VA Medical Center and has worked there since finishing her pre-doctoral internship there in 1991.

Throughout her interview, Deering discussed the signs and symptoms of PTSD, the research regarding the most effective treatments, the impact of PTSD on the family of the veteran, and her opinions about what the public most needed to know about PTSD in combat veterans. She also discussed group psychotherapy, her specialty area.

“I am eager to see how the documentary producers balance the different perspectives of the combat veterans from different wars, the activists, and the clinicians. I hope that the documentary will educate the public and provide some hope for recovering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder,” expresses Deering.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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