Veterans Program receives Bob Woodruff Foundation grant for prolonged exposure therapy training

Woodruff Health Sciences Center | May 31, 2017

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Robin Reese
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The Emory Healthcare Veterans Program has received a grant from the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) to identify, train and develop a network of consultants to provide advanced training in prolonged exposure therapy to post-9/11 veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Prolonged exposure (PE) therapy is an effective treatment for PTSD and involves approaching previously avoided traumatic memories and situations. The symptoms of PTSD decrease as patients approach instead of avoid trauma reminders and memories, allowing them to conquer their fears and take their lives back from PTSD.

Emory’s Veterans Program provides comprehensive care for the “invisible wounds of war,” such as PTSD, traumatic brain injury (TBI), military sexual trauma, anxiety and depression. The program offers outpatient and intensive outpatient treatment for veterans along with family support.

As a grant recipient, the program joins the BWF grantee network, a collaboration of top-tier programs and advocates invested in aiding our veterans. BWF works to ensure impacted post-09/11 service members and their families are thriving long after they return home.

“We are grateful to the Bob Woodruff Foundation for recognizing the dedication of our staff and the work that we do in helping our veterans reclaim their lives,” says Sheila A.M. Rauch, PhD, Clinical Director and associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Emory University School of Medicine.

For more information about the Emory Healthcare Veterans Program, visit http://emoryhealthcare.org/veterans.

For more information about the Bob Woodruff Foundation, visit bobwoodrufffoundation.org.