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By Kristen Cole   Date: 11/12/09 Bookmark and Share

SSW Prof to Shed Light on Combat Trauma

As the nation mourns those killed during the recent shooting spree at Fort Hood, Smith College School for Social Work Professor Kathryn Basham prepares to speak at two conferences examining mental health treatment for troops.

Next week, Basham, an authority on combat trauma, will address mental health Clinicians—both civilian and military—about ways to work with post-deployment families of veterans of the warzones in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the 39-year-old man accused of the Nov. 5 mass shooting at the Ford Hood military base, counseled returning soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder, and was himself facing deployment.

Basham will first offer research about interventions and approaches at the Association of Military Surgeons of the U.S. (AMSUS) conference in St. Louis. On Friday, she will present at the International Conference of Studies on Trauma and Dissociation in Washington D.C.

Read Basham's thoughts about the types of psychological problems most common among members of the military and how those problems compare with previous wars, in a 2007 Q & A piece for the Gate.

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