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Feb 28, 2013 11:08 AM by MELISSA CANONE

Hospice of Acadiana hosts PTSD speaker Today

In celebration of Hospice of Acadiana's 30th Anniversary, Workshops for the Wise Speaker Series will host Kelley Pears, Ph.D., Psychologist, of the Alexandria VA Hospital who will be speaking on the topic of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) and every day life. This series is free and is open to the public. Lunch will be provided. The event is set for Thursday, February 28th, 2013 at Hospice of Acadiana's Conference Center, located at 2600 Johnston Street, from 12:00 noon to 1:30pm. Please call (337) 232-1234 for reservations.

What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is an anxiety condition that follows the occurrence of a traumatic event, such as a natural disaster, combat, sexual assault, domestic violence, or any type of life-threatening event. PTSD was previously referred to as battle fatigue or shell shock. An incident that has a profound, stressful effect on an individual can trigger the disorder. It can occur at any age, affecting children as well as adult men and women. Very often, when a person is afflicted with PTSD, other conditions may also arise, such as Depression, alcohol addiction and substance abuse. Medical conditions may occur as well, due to the fact that the body is being subjected to a great deal of stress and anxiety.

About Dr. Kelley Pears: Dr. Pears, a Lafayette native, earned his doctorate from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1994. He has been doing trauma work for 20 years. He worked at Central Louisiana State Hospital in Pineville, LA for six (6) years and was the Chief of Psychology for two (2) years. He's been at the Alexandria VA for five (5) years, serving on the Post Trauma Stress Disorder Clinical Team as the PTSD/Substance Use Disorders Specialist. He is a certified provider of Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). In his spare time, he enjoys running, fishing, and riding motorcycles.

About Hospice of Acadiana: Hospice of Acadiana, Inc., established in 1983, serves the Heart of Acadiana and is the only non-profit hospice in Acadiana. HOA is an organization of compassionate, well-trained professionals, support staff, and volunteers who provide a comprehensive program of medical care, counseling, and spiritual direction to persons with life-threatening conditions and their families. One of the guiding principles was a pledge to accept all medically eligible patients, regardless of their ability to pay for services. Since that time, we have dedicated ourselves to compassionate care for the dying as a form of community ministry rather than as a business and we have set quality of care, not financial reward, as the ultimate measure of our success.



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