Dr. Kathleen Chard, Ph.D., Director, Trauma Recovery Center, Cincinnati VA Medical Center
Hosted by Nathan and Mary Lee Chance Smith, Old Fort Mitchell
Returning veterans and other trauma victims often bear hidden scars, which may make themselves known only through destructive behaviors and an inability to readjust to civilian life. At the Cincinnati VA Medical Center, Dr. Kathleen Chard works to heal those wounded warriors whose lack of physical scars often resulted, in the past, in their needs being unrecognized and untreated. She will discuss the biological underpinnings of PTSD, share diagnostic criteria, and explain current evidence-based treatments, including medication and psychotherapy options. As the VA’s Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) Implementation Director, she disseminates these treatment options to VA clinicians across the United States. She is also the author of the CPT for Sexual Abuse treatment manual.
The Smith home, built in 1950 by Tom “Doc” and Evelyn Rusk, began life as a modest yellow cottage with a breathtaking view of the Fort Mitchell Country Club golf course. After a visit to Monet’s home in France, Doc Rusk, himself an artist, painted the home pink, and the Smiths have retained its signature color. Decorated in a mixture of 19th century antiques accented by modern pieces and contemporary lighting, the home features numerous works of art, including pieces by Frank Duveneck and Alexander Calder. Guests will enjoy brunch, with mimosas, Bloody Marys, coffee, juice, and soft drinks.
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