Coping with post-traumatic stress disorder; Dixie Forum

ST. GEORGE – Dixie State University’s weekly “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” forum continues this Tuesday at noon, with a presentation on coping with post-traumatic stress disorder by DSU History and Political Science Department Chair Dr. Joel A. Lewis. The forum is held in the Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center on the DSU campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Lewis’ presentation will focus on the traumatic impact of violence upon individuals who are exposed to physical and sexual violence, including victims of rape, and returning veterans. Lewis specializes in themes of personal, political, and sexual violence in the 20th Century, in particular the history of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. He is a former board member of the local Dove Center, and currently serves as a faculty advisor for Take Back the Night and Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, also known as RAINN, student organizations, and is an advocate for veterans issues.

Lewis earned his doctorate degree in transnational and comparative history at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. Prior to his arrival at Dixie State, Lewis taught American, European, and world history at Central Michigan University and Saginaw Valley State University. In addition, he is an ordained minister in the Universal Life Church, performing marriage ceremonies for nondenominational and interfaith couples throughout the United States.

DSU’s weekly Dixie Forum series continues its 2013 Fall Semester with presentations by Southern Utah University Associate Professor of English Bryce Christensen, on poetry on Nov. 12, and Debbie Zockoll, on the history of the St. George Marathon on Nov. 19.

Event details and contact information

  • When: Tuesday, Nov. 5, noon
  • Where: Dixie State University campus, Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center, 225 South 700 East, St. George.
  • Contact: John Burns – 435-879-4712 or burns@dixie.edu

Submitted by: Dixie State University Public Relations Department

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1 Comment

  • Jeff Eastman November 4, 2013 at 2:31 am

    “44 military veterans attempt and 20 veterans die by suicide every day.”

    Military combat, rape, severe acts of nature and physical assault can also produce symptoms of PTSD.

    PTSDSTRESS.COM is an anonymous, self-directed internet-based computer therapy website that reduces the symptoms of PTSD.

    Developed in part by a National Institute of Health PTSD researcher, the user follows programmed light movements on their computer screen while following easy-to-use instructions. Similar to EMDR, it costs $10 per session and accepts credit cards but does not require a cardholder name for further anonymity and confidentiality. Military and non-military men and women users report results on PTSDSTRESS.COM home page.

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