NEPAVMA to Host Living With PTSD Seminar

| January 18, 2012 | 2 Comments

We will be hosting a seminar on living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), February 4, 2012 at VFW Post 283, 757 Wyoming Ave, Kingston.

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

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)
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  1. Harpo says:

    I actually wrote this when it happened to me about a year ago.
    I only repost it to remind myself none of us are exempt.

    I was walking patrol and I heard a Snake coming in low and fast.
    Six must have called in air assets.

    Fish heads are probably inside the wire.

    I heard her blades making that distinctive woopp woopp woopp of a hard “Return to Target” and knew they were about to put fire right on top of our position,

    we must be being overrun.

    Shit; commo down for 20 mikes and me and Travis,
    we were separated from the team and had no idea where Six was.
    We were basically fucked and on our own…

    I headed for cover and took up a firing position.

    Lost sight of Sgt. Travis, I think he went down………………
    I hoped he was just taking cover, I had no way to get to him,

    Then they came……………

    And I saw the look of confusion on the woman’s face gazing in…..
    past the cases of paper towels…

    and on in to my firing position…

    as I realized I was in fact in Wal-Mart in Lodi California.

    I guess I’m lucky she didn’t call security.

    This is PTSD,
    Some us experience it every day, or night,
    Some of us just check out….by choice
    And become a statistic.

    Don’t let someone who loves you…. become a statistic!

    Harpo J

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