Presentations

Medical Presentation: PTSD and the Patient Experience

Presenters: Wanda Sanchez and Shelly Beach

From one to three sessions.

Overview

Following this presentation, which combines personal story and medical and mental health information, attendees will be able to recognize the commonly seen symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and implement effective strategies for patient interaction when indicated. This activity is expected to result in increased confidence in assessing at-risk populations for post-traumatic stress disorder and providing more effective treatment, referral, and follow-up care, while increasing patient satisfaction.

Target Audience

Family physicians, emergency room physicians and all physicians and health care professionals seeking information about post-traumatic stress disorder and how it can influence a patient’s medical experience.

Objectives

1)    Present an overview on trauma, its effect on the brain, and a summary of the resulting symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder,

2)    Help hospital staff gain a better understanding of the medical experience for the 1 in 13 adults who develop post-traumatic stress disorder in their lifetime (Sidran Institute for Traumatic Stress Education and Advocacy), and the high percentage of patients with PTSD served in emergency rooms, the inner city, and low-income medical communities

3)    Present strategies for improving staff-patient communication and tools that often increase the patient’s sense of safety, security, and satisfaction, resulting in a higher likelihood of compliance in their treatment plan.

Criminal Justice, Mental Health, Education, and Child Advocate Presentation: PTSD and the Prison of the Mind


Presenters: Wanda Sanchez and Shelly Beach

From one to three sessions.

Overview

Following this presentation, which combines  Wanda and Shelly’s personal stories with mental health information, attendees will be able to recognize the commonly seen symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and implement more effective strategies for communication. This activity is expected to result in (1) increased confidence in assessing at-risk populations for post-traumatic stress disorder, (2) creating greater awareness of the cause-and-effect cycles produced by PTSD, (3) creating new opportunities for effective communication with clients, (4) cultivating opportunities for positive client life-change.

Target Audience

Social workers, mental health clinicians, child advocates, those within the criminal justice system and caring professions who are seeking information about post-traumatic stress disorder and how it influences an individual’s physical, mental, and emotional health and their ability to create and sustain positive life changes.

 

Educational Presentation: The Hope Bucket

This presentation adapts to other audiences as well

Presenters: Wanda Sanchez with Shelly Beach

Objectives:    To help increase understanding of the pervasive nature of trauma and abuse and help students understand they are not alone

To help students find the freedom to talk about their painful circumstances as they identify with Wanda’s story

To increase understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

To point student, educators, and family members to sources of hope and healing, as well as resources and strategies for treatment

 

Church Presentations

Wanda and Shelly offer conferences, seminars, and counsel to churches, Christian schools, and faith organizations who desire to grow in their understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder and its influence on faith and life.

  • An overview of PTSD, its causes and symptoms
  • How individuals with PTSD feel
  • How PTSD impacts faith, spirituality, and interaction with the church
  • Why people with PTSD can’t just “trust God” and move on
  • How to create environments of safety and understanding for those struggling with mental health issues
  • An overview of treatment options
  • Recommended mental health resources every faith organization should have in place
  • Handouts and resources
  • Stories of hope and healing through Jesus Christ

ENDORSEMENTS

“Rarely is the complex issue of PTSD presented in a format that makes the information as easy to assimilate and the skills ready-made to implement as the PTSD presentation by Wanda Sanchez and Shelly Beach. Their presentation is succinct, well researched and practical. The passion and experience they bring to this important topic enables people-helpers in all fields to effectively diagnose and treat those with PTSD who can then go on to enjoy healthy relationships and live productive lives.”
Sam Beals, MM, MA, CFRE
President & CEO, Wedgwood Christian Services

“Wanda Sanchez and Shelly Beach tell a story of healing from PTSD that is seldom heard. They provide a blend of both personal story and clinical information that brings insight to the issue of post-traumatic stress disorder. Anyone who works in the business of caring for hurting people would greatly benefit from hearing their presentation.”
Andy Soper, Director
The Manasseh Project for Trafficked Children
www.ManassehProject.org

“Excellent presentations. We wish we’d had more time with Shelly and Wanda. We’d love to have them come back and expand on the information they presented.”
Julianne Paulsen, Public Affairs Director
Virginia Regional Medical Center

“Just a word of thanks…I’m hearing wonderful reviews of Shelly and Wanda’s presentation here from participants, and staff has been talking about the great program. Thank you.”
Galen Bremmer, Community Services Director
Madison, Indiana, Juvenile Correctional Facility

“Shelly and Wanda speak with candor, humility and love for the pain of others as they bring a powerful message of hope and inspiration. They inspire action and personal responsibility that move listeners toward the redeeming and transforming power of Jesus. Their life-changing message needs to be heard again and again!”
Maria Keckler, Marriage and Family Leader, Shadow Mountain Church
Publisher, Vineworks

2 Responsesso far.

  1. Lily says:

    I need guidance. I’ve had PTSD with acute depression,eating disorder for most of my life.I feel everyone is weary of waiting for me to get better. although most ppl weren’t even aware I had either one. I live in Canada.
    discovering this site has given me hope. thank you for all you do for others who are suffering.

    • admin says:

      Lily, we would encourage you to contact Intensive Trauma Therapy (trauma therapy.us) in Morgantown, West Virginia. Their therapeutic approach is unlike most, and they have great success with their patients. We recommend them only–and only–because we have seen such profound life change with people who have struggled for decades with PTSD. Do not give up hope!

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