Supporting A Person With Post Traumatic Stress Disorder


This day-long workshop examines the impact of trauma in the lives of people who experience disabilities.  Many experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of early loss of family (institutionalization), medical procedures, treatment procedures, sexual and physical abuse.  This workshop explores strategies for helping people to heal, even in the aftermath of extraordinary suffering.


At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will have developed knowledge in the following areas:

  • The symptoms of PTSD, it's causes, and its incidence in the lives of people who experience disabilities;
  • Strategies for understanding common triggers for unpleasant memories;
  • Strategies for supporting people along 7 critical areas, including health and well-being, relationships, joy, power, and the development of skills to gain mastery over symptoms;
  • The nature of vicarious traumatization and what caregivers can do to prevent it.

Suggested Agenda

The following is a suggested agenda only.  Starting and ending times may vary.  Regular question and answer breaks are built into the day.

09:00   Introductions/housekeeping

09:10   Part One: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the lives of people who experience disabilities: symptoms, incidence, and support

10:30   Break

10:45   Part Two:  The development of a support plan that emphasizes safe and predictable relationships, joy, and hope for a better future.

12:00   Lunch

01:00   Part Three: The importance of supporting a person's supporters: Tips for caregivers

02:30   Break

02:45   Part Four: The importance of staying focused on attachment.

04:00   End


Supporting A Person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Optional: Discovery Workbook with Support Plan Forms (abbreviated and extended). Upside Down and Inside Out: Supporting a Person in Crisis and Jumping Into the Chaos of Things.

Thumbnail Sketch and Photo

A thumbnail sketch of David and his work for conference brochures.  Includes information about audio-visual needs.  A photo for brochures can also be downloaded.

Audio Visual Needs

If available, an LCD projector (if not, an overhead projector), screen, , large pieces of paper, masking tape, felt pens (or a blackboard), and, if you are expecting over 50 people, a lavaliere microphone (a microphone that can be worn as a necklace or attached to a shirt or tie). 

Contact Information

David Pitonyak, Ph.D.

540-552-5629 VOICE

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