Saturday, September 9, 2017

Helping Veterans with PTSD Nightmares, Part 6

Posted: 9 September 2017
Updated: 


 VA Clinic in Espanola, NM
On Thursday (9/7) I again visited the Veterans Administration clinic in Espanola to meet with the social worker mentioned in Part 1 of this blog thread. She was surprised and pleased with what has happened since. She told me again about two PTSD veterans who were interested in my dream work and whom she would call again to put us in touch. She then wanted to know more about my relationship with my aforementioned brother (in Part 1) and also with my own children, which I was pleased to discuss.

In encouraging me to continue this new PTSD veteran initiative, she observed that I had two advantages that non-veteran VA therapists and social workers do not have. She said: 1) being a PTSD veteran yourself allows you to move more quickly in building trust with other vets; 2) most important, because you have refused to allow your own PTSD to define you over the years, you are in a better position to enable other vets to be released from their own PTSD suffering. 

I left her office with renewed motivation.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Presenting Dream Workshop at IASD 2017 Conference

Event: 19 June 2017
Updated: 14 Sep 17



I feel fortunate to have been able to present a dream workshop to the 2017 International Association for the Study of Dreams in Anaheim, California. The last IASD conference I had attended was in 1993 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I was not confident enough in those days to present my own work to this august body except to sing the opening song ("Beautiful Dreamer") at the invitation of the 1993 incoming president, whom I had known previously. 

Thanks to the generosity of my nephew Jim Wood, who lives and works in Anaheim, he both financed and facilitated my presentation. 

Here is the first of the 3-part YouTube video of the workshop, which Jim filmed. As before in 1993, I begin with a song in order to make an emotional connection before getting to rational stuff. "Experience first; explain later" is our motto.

14 Sep 17: See photos below of the 10 page handout that accompanied this workshop. (Click on each photo to enlarge)


Page 1. Schedule for Dream Workshop
Page 2. The Questions and Patterns
Page 3. Shifting the Cultural Paradigm
Page 4. Principles, Assumptions, Attitudes and Belief of CREEI
Page 5. CREEI Cumulative Scan (blank spreadsheet)
Page 6. CREEI Scan of Helen Schucman (1965 dreams)
Page 7. CREEI Scan of Wilford Woodruff (life time dreams)
Page 8. CREEI Pilot Example #1
Page 9. CREEI Pilot Example #2
Page 10. Group Wholeness

Note: to be continued (when I figure out how to better present the figures below)
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Friday, September 1, 2017

Helping Veterans with PTSD Nightmares, Part 5

Posted: 1 September 2017
Updated: 


With Los Alamos VFW Post 8874 Commander Anaya

Last night (8/31) at the local VFW post, I met with CMDR Anaya to develop a strategy on how to proceed with local veterans, who suffer from PTSD nightmares. 

On the whiteboard in the background of the above selfie, you can see Anaya's "CREEI score" of a combat event that occurred when he was a Marine leader in Iraq. Since he couldn't remember a dream on the spot during our conversation, I asked for an actual event that we could demonstrate the usefulness of the 12 CREEI questions. "Experience first, explain later", I had suggested in acquainting him with the simple questionnaire. The event he chose to consider clearly scores "traumatic", regarding the four typical patterns the CREEI process has identified. [1. Transformational; 2. Motivational; 3. Anticipatory; 4. Traumatic] This was good enough, he got it!

With that introductory experience in mind, Anaya suggested we begin a pilot seminar with older local veterans who have more flexible schedules, such as those from the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He will call me when he has made arrangements with vets he knows and then decide on when to meet on a regular basis for 4 to 6 weeks.

TO BE CONTINUED in Part 6.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Jesus and the Near-Death Experience

Event: 27 August 2017
Updated: 31 Aug 17


Roy Hill's second book on NDE events

At our August IANDS-Los Alamos meeting where Dr. Roy Hill presents his newest book on NDE events 

Early dinner at Gabriel's New Mexican Restaurant in nearby Pojoaque, following Roy Hill's presentation.


Monday, August 14, 2017

Helping Veterans with PTSD Nightmares, Part 4

Event 12 August 2017
Updated: 18 Aug 17

At the annual northern New Mexico VFW leadership training conference in Albuquerque on 12 Aug 17. My visit was set up by Surgeon Roy Maldonado after he personally experienced the CREEI Process in Espanola on 10 Aug. See Part 3. Maldonado's area of interest and specialty is mental health.


New Mexico VFW State CMDR Eaton opening the meeting


State Surgeon Roy Maldonado (standing in rear) is introducing our CREEI dream work project. He commended District 6 Commander Chris Archuleta for taking the initiative to reach out in new directions to help veterans of all military services who suffer from PTSD nightmares.



Lunch


I was introduced to several leaders who took an active interest in learning about our CREEI Dream work approach.

Continued in Part 5.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Helping Veterans with PTSD Nightmares, Part 3

Posted: 10 August 2017
Updated: 18 Aug 17


First PTSD Vets CREEI Scan

From L to R: Roy, Matthew, Chris and Me
VFW District 6 CMDR Chris Archuleta and I had announced our first (of six) CREEI weekly workshop/seminar sessions would begin on Aug 9 in his office. BUT, no one called! 

Nevertheless, I decided to show up and go with whomever was there, scheduled or not. 

WHAT A PLEASANT SURPRISE! 

Two prominent VFW leaders came at Chris' invitation, one of whom happened to be primarily concerned with mental health of Vets. When we informed them about the process, they agreed to try it themselves right then. How glad we all were! 

Both Roy and Matthew were sufficiently impressed by their experience that Roy invited me to present to a training conference for NM VFW state leaders this coming Saturday in Albuquerque. Consequently, Chris and I have scrapped our current seminar plans and will wait until we find out what happens at the conference.

Chris Archuleta's VFW Office

To be continued in Part 4.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Helping Veterans with PTSD Nightmares, Part 2


Posted: 1 August 2017
Updated: 3 Aug 17


Below is a flier that evolved from Part 1, now being sent to PTSD vets in Northern New Mexico by a local VFW leader. We look forward to hearing and relating to the stories of vets who have profound inner, albeit frightening, stories to tell.
Are you a VETERAN troubled by PTSD NIGHTMARES?
Sponsored by District 6 / Hill-Vigil post 5610 Cmdr Chris Archuleta in partnership with Dr. Eugene Kovalenko, you are invited to join a group of fellow veterans in understanding and coming to terms with your nightmares. 
Eugene will lead a 6-week pilot workshop/seminar introducing a proven method to examine your nightmares and actually learning how to grow from them.  Eugene is a US Army Korean/Cold War Intel veteran with PTSD, who has learned to manage his condition in positive ways over a period of more than five decades. He has developed a set of 12 simple questions to ask of any dream (which can be answered “yes”, “no” or “uncertain”) WITHOUT DISCLOSING ITS CONTENT.
This pilot workshop/seminar will be tailored to the wants and needs of participants, who can be anonymous if need be. 
Again, THE CONTENTS OF YOUR DREAMS NEED NOT BE SHARED WITH THE GROUP UNLESS YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE IN DOING SO.
The first of six TWO HOUR weekly meetings will start at 10:00 A.M. until noon on Wednesday, beginning August 9, 2017. 
TO REGISTER: Call Eugene at 505.310-0098 to personally reserve a place. No more than ten people can be accepted.
WHERE:  Espanola Veterans Memorial Wall Office located in the plaza Convento Across from the Chamber of Commerce. Address: 1 Calle de las Españolas suite B Española, NM 87532
WHEN: Wednesday, August 9, 2017.
THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR THIS, although participants are expected to attend for the full six weeks. We will learn together!