Saturday, September 9, 2017

Helping Veterans with PTSD Nightmares, Part 6

Posted: 9 September 2017

 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)
Page 1 of 10

Page 2 of 10


Friday, September 1, 2017

Helping Veterans with PTSD Nightmares, Part 5

Posted: 1 September 2017

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.