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Continuing Education

Understanding and Treating Military Sexual Trauma

Date: 9:00am - 3:00pm PDT April 11, 2014 Location: Graduate Campus, South Chapel

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    Jason C. Steward, Ph.D.

Graduate Campus, South Chapel

This workshop will provide counselors, therapists, and other clinicians with an understanding of military sexual trauma (MST) and discuss treatment tools effective for both male and female MST survivors. Each presentation will be followed by group discussion.

The morning presentation, Military Sexual Trauma: Prevalence, Diagnostic Considerations, and Treatment, will give an overview of the phenomenon of sexual assault within military populations. The prevalence of military sexual trauma (MST) will be discussed along with psychological sequelae that are most commonly reported after this event including: PTSD, depression, addictive coping mechanisms, and interpersonal problems. 

Specific focus will be paid to the developmental timeline of these issues post-trauma and how these events impact and shape MST survivors’ identity in ways that can mediate further distress. 

After attending, participants will be able to:

  • Define MST and understand its prevalence within the veteran population
  • Recognize comorbid diagnostic disorders associated with MST
  • Describe how perceptions of control are impacted by MST
  • Understand how empirically-based treatments commonly used to treat MST can be best applied and who makes a good treatment candidate      

The afternoon presentation, Does Gender Matter? Understanding Differences Between Female and Male Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma, will have specialized focus on gender-specific issues when looking at male versus female survivors of MST. Demographic factors related to prevalence of MST with both genders will be discussed including types of traumas commonly reported and perpetrator characteristics.  

In addition, the MST treatment culture will be explored with regard to assumptions of the influence of gender on treatment outcome in mixed-gender treatment environments (e.g., female patient-male therapist, female therapist-male patient). The presenter will discus how gender can influence MST treatment, including trends seen in symptom severity and treatment efficacy between men and women survivors of MST.  

The latter half of the presentation will focus on prominent psychological symptoms and interpersonal themes seen more specifically in treatment of male survivors of MST (e.g., difficulty asking for help, minimization of traumatic experience). Specifically, the presenter will highlight how these issues are further moderated by military culture and societal views that often inaccurately equates male sexual assault with male victims’ gender and sexual identity.  Clinical implications and targets for treatment will also be presented.      

After attending, participants will be able to:

• Cite the occurrence of MST among women versus men in the military

• Explain patterns of symptom severity and treatment efficacy between male and female survivors of MST

• Recognize themes of treatment for male versus female survivors of MST and how military and societal views of male sexual assault impact treatment

• Name major areas to target in comprehensive treatment of MST with male versus female survivors

Workshop Details & Registration

Date: Friday, April 11, 2014

Time: 9 a.m. -3 p.m.

Presenter: Jason C. Steward, Ph.D.

Cost: $60 by 3/27, $80 after, includes 6 CEUs. $40 for students. Morning coffee and lunch are included. 

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About the Presenter

Jason C. Steward, Ph.D. is a staff psychologist in Specialty Mental Health and Director of Training in Psychology at the Orlando VAMC. He received his doctorate in Counseling Psychology in 2005 from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Following his graduate training, he taught for several years at Argosy University-Tampa and served as their Director of Practicum Training and Curriculum Chair. In addition, he also served as an investigator on a number of NIH funded grant studies investigating cognitive vulnerability models of perceptions of control and PTSD in trauma survivors. He left Argosy in 2008 to assume a position at Bay Pines VAHCS in the Center of Sexual Trauma Services (CSTS). He has been at the Orlando VAMC since 2011 and, along with his Director role in the Psychology Training program, he continues to work clinically within the service. His expertise is in the treatment of trauma survivors within populations of sexual assault, combat, terrorism, maltreatment, and sudden bereavement.

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