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April 12, 2007
For Immediate Release
For additional information:
Barbara Kerr, Executive Director of Communications and Marketing
Telephone: 360-992-2921
bkerr@clark.edu

DEALING WITH THE AFTERSHOCKS OF WAR:  THE IMPACT OF SERVING IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN 

Dr. James Sardo of the V.A. Medical Center will speak at Clark College
on April 16 in a session of special interest
to family members and friends of those serving
in the Armed Forces or returning to the U.S.   The session launches
 a “Mental Health Mondays” series at the college.

VANCOUVER, Wash. – After the initial joy of a return home, soldiers and their families may struggle to resume their lives together.  The strain of the transition from military to civilian life affects not only the soldier but their spouse, family and friends.

Dr. James Sardo of the Portland Veteran Affairs Medical Center will speak about the transition home on Monday, April 16.  The session will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Gaiser Hall Student Center.  Clark College is located at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way.    

The noontime session is open to the public but is especially recommended for family members and friends of those serving in the Armed Forces or returning to the U.S. from active duty.

Following that session, Sardo will meet with counselors and mental health providers to discuss the causes, effects and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).   Sardo heads a 10-member staff dealing with PTSD for the Portland and Vancouver Veterans Affairs Medical Center.   In 2006, Sardo’s staff worked with approximately 1,000 veterans with PTSD.  Sixty percent of them were from Southwest Washington.

The sessions are sponsored by the Clark College Counseling Center and Veterans Programs.  For additional information, call 360-992-2902.

The “Mental Health Mondays” series

The presentation by Dr. James Sardo is the first in a series of “Mental Health Mondays” presentations at the college in April and May.   All presentations will be held in the Gaiser Hall Student Center from noon to 1 p.m.  All presentations are free and open to the public.

Additional dates and topics are:

Date Topic Presenter
April 23 Depression and Manic Depression: Real Stories, Real Hope (video and discussion) TBA
April 30 Overcoming Anxiety TBA
May 7 Eating Disorders: 
Dying to Be Thin
Dr. Tim Cook
Counselor, Clark College
May 14 Substance Abuse: 
A Matter of Balance
Dr. Marcia Roi
Professor, Addiction Counselor Education, Clark College
May 21  Seriously Stressed Judy VanPatten, LMHC Counselor/Professor, Clark College

About Dr. James Sardo

James M. Sardo, Ph.D., Program Manager and PTSD Specialist for the Substance Abuse Treatment Program (SATP) and Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at OHSUJames M. Sardo, Ph.D., is Program Manager and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Specialist for the Substance Abuse Treatment Program (SATP) and Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at OHSU.  

Sardo received his Ph.D. from SUNY Binghamton in 1998 and completed advanced training in PTSD at the Portland VAMC in 1999. As the Program manager for the SATP, he is engaged in administrative duties and in the provision of individual and group services for the treatment of substance abuse.

Sardo consults with the Regional Liver Transplant Team and participates in the Northwest Hepatitis C Resource Center. His research interests include both the etiology and treatment of Alcohol Dependence and the efficacy of skill-based management of PTSD.  Sardo serves in the United States Air Force Reserves as a member of the Mental Health Rapid Response Team attached to the 446 ASTS at McChord Air Force Base in Tacoma, Washington.  In Iraq, Sardo provided a range of mental health services while attached to 332nd Expeditionary Medical Group (EMDG).

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