- What intimacy and relationship challenges do veterans face when returning home?
- Why are there such limited opportunities to support them through their healing?
- How can clinicians and somatic practitioners play a role in helping these wounded warriors?
Despite the needs of veterans to address issues that emerge as a result of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and medical injuries that have a real and direct effect on their intimate lives, support in that realm is often extremely limited, or completely unavailable. This is discouraging, considering that this support is fundamental to living a a satisfactory life. As a clinician or somatic practitioner, you can play a role in referring, supporting, and assisting with the needs of this population to make a real difference in their lives.
During this webinar, Dr. Kaye and Dr. Tepper describe some of the common situations, provide information and resources, and share experiences in supporting clients. Dr. Tepper also specifically highlights the release of his upcoming documentary, “Making Love After Making War: Supporting Intimate Relationships for Injured Veterans and their Families.”
About Dr. Tepper
Dr. Mitchell Tepper brings a lifetime of first-hand experience with chronic conditions and disability to his work as a Sexologist. He is AASECT Certified as a Sexuality Educator and Counselor, and is a licensed PAIRS Instructor. In 2006, he joined Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher as a faculty member in the Center of Excellence for Sexual Health at Morehouse School of Medicine and had the honor of working on behalf of injured veterans. He directed the Wounded Troops and Partners: Supporting Intimate Relationship convening in May 2008. He subsequently worked with the VA to help develop their Chaplains Best Practice Award Marriage Enrichment Retreats and held a joint research appointment with the Atlanta VA Medical Center. Dr. Tepper left Morehouse School of Medicine in 2011 to continue his role as an advocate focusing on sexual health, disabilities and chronic conditions. In 2013 Dr. Tepper worked closely with the Sexual Health and Intimacy Work Group at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on designing and delivering staff training in providing sexual healthcare for wounded warriors. He is currently working on a documentary Making Love After Making War: Supporting Intimate Relationships for Injured Veterans and Their Families.