The event is geared toward military veterans, their families and members of the community who would like information about PTSD, often misunderstood by both the medical community and the general population. There is no cost to attend the event which will be held from 10:00am to 11:30am. Presenters will be Matthew Berger, MD, and Joanne Powell-Smith.
Dr. Berger is a practicing psychiatrist since 1989 and operates a private out-patient practice in Moosic, PA. He is Director of the Senior Medical Mental Health Unit at Moses Taylor Hospital in Scranton, and Unit Director for the Acute Short-Term Treatment Unit at First Hospital in Kingston. Dr. Berger has a fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry and supervises rotation for Physician Assistant programs for Kings College in Wilkes-Barre and Marywood University in Scranton. He also provides mental-health services to Wayne County Prison in Honesdale and serves on the NEPAVMA Advisory Board.
Joanne Powell-Smith is a United States Army Veteran with distinguished military service. She enlisted as a reservist in 1992 and in 2010 accepted a commission as a social worker in the United States Army. She was deployed with the 883rd Combat Stress unit to Tarin Kowt Afghanistan where she led a team that provided preventative and ongoing mental health treatment to five forward operating bases in southern Afghanistan. Powell-Smith was promoted to the rank of Captain while in Afghanistan and awarded the bronze star for her service. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation from Pennsylvania State University and her masters in social work degree from Marywood University. She is currently employed by the Commission on Economic Opportunity in the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program and also is in private practice with Dr. Tiffany Griffiths.
For more information, contact Karla Porter at 570.592.8378 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Image Credit: U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Sean Stevenson takes a knee while on a security patrol in Sangin, Afghanistan, June 6, 2011. Stevenson is a corpsman with Combined Anti-Armor Team 2, Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 8. The U.S. Marines conduct frequent patrols through the area to show a presence and interact with the community to find ways to help the populace. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Nathan McCord/Released)