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2509 – Trauma Tracks

Intermediate / Half-Day Workshop
Edmond, OK / Sunday, September 19, 2021 – 12:00-3:30 pm – 3.5 credit hours
(Classroom: 12:00-1:45 / Indoor Pool: 1:45-3:30 pm)

Allentown, PA / Sunday, October 3, 2021 – 12:00-3:30 pm – 3.5 credit hours
(Classroom: 12:00-1:45 / Indoor Pool: 1:45-3:30 pm)

Faculty: Mary Wykle, PhD, ATRIC

COURSE DESCRIPTION: We are witness to an increase in trauma (PTSD), anxiety, depression, and suicides with increased numbers in groups affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Trauma Tracks looks at the effect of trauma on the body. PTSD was originally called “traumatic neuroses” and sufferers developed a chronic vigilance for and sensitivity to threat. No one is immune. It is not “all in one’s head” but has a physiological basis. Flashbacks and suicides are common and impact family and co-workers. One of the challenges for traumatized people is to confront their shame about the way they behaved during a traumatic episode. Many feel emotionally numb as though floating in space or lacking any sense of purpose or direction. Trauma is not just an event that took place in the past, but the imprint left by that experience on the mind, brain, and body.

Therapists need to be aware of patients that may have suffered a traumatic event in their lives as flashback reactions can be unpredictable. If you know that a patient is being treated for trauma, accept that some sessions will be more productive than others. Primarily, non-published studies show the importance of aquatic therapy or group exercise. Success in land therapy has been from group sessions in a camp-like environment and art. Land therapy shows most benefit in talk therapy with others that have shared experiences. Aquatic therapy is best 1 to 1 or 1 to 4 or 6. Ai Chi and Warm Water Bodywork results have shown a reduction of anxiety, depression, and reduced reliance on prescription medication.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:
1) Understand the broad groups of people affected by PTSD, anxiety, and depression.
2) Discuss the body-brain connection, the unbearable heaviness and traumatic memory.
3) Review the statistics of the impact on groups from military, first responders/medical, families and children, and COVID-19.
4) Discuss various approved resources for help for the stress and anxiety experienced by these groups to assist in healing from trauma.
5) Compare the suicide rates and how aquatic therapy studies show improvement in reducing the rates.

FACULTY: Mary O. Wykle, PhD, ATRIC, presents for ATRI and AEA. Course development includes aquatic re-conditioning programs for the Army and USMC. Additional programs include Aqua Pi-Yo-Chi™, Core Stabilization and Safety Training. Aquatic recognitions include: AEA Global Award for Lifetime Achievement (2010); ISHOF Adapted Aquatics Award (2007); ATRI Aquatic Professional of the Year (2006); ATRI Tsunami Spirit Award (2004) and ATRI Dolphin Award (2002).