Degree Name

Master of Science

Department or Program

Rehabilitation Counseling


Dr. Bordieri, Ph. D



JOLEEN SKORTZ, for the Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, presented on June 28, 2012 at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

TITLE: Psychosocial Issues with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Treatment for the Veteran Population

MAJOR PROFESSOR: Dr. James E. Bordieri, Ph.D

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is an anxiety disorder that occurs after a traumatic event in which the threat of serious injury or death was experienced or witnessed. Symptoms of PTSD are wide ranging often include psychiatric co-morbidity that can significantly affect many aspects of an individual’s life. Evidence suggests that PTSD among veterans is increasing, with higher numbers of veterans needing to seek more services.However, evidence suggests that many veterans who have begun to receive treatment for PTSD do not always finish the recommended course of treatment. The Veterans Administration is working to expand mental health services while also discovering ways to overcome barriers for veterans seeking mental health treatment, while also increasing the retention rate among veterans who are receiving services.PTSD has been shown to increase thoughts of suicide among veterans. There are effective treatments for veterans with PTSD which include individual, family, and group therapy. Medication is also utilized to help manage symptoms. The roles of rehabilitation counselors have been acknowledged and expanded to effectively provide the necessary treatment to best serve veterans with PTSD.