This presentation will discuss neurobiological underpinnings of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and review evidence-based prescribing practices. The presentation will also discuss collaborative care and patient engagement strategies to assist in the management of PTSD symptoms.Objectives include:
- Examine the neurobiological underpinnings of PTSD
- Analyze evidence-based pharmacological treatment interventions for treating PTSD
- Describe standardized screening tools for PTSD
- Identify community referral resources for assistance in treating PTSD
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Jess Calohan, DNP, PMHNP-BC
Jess Calohan, DNP is an Associate Professor and Department Chair for FNU’s Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program. He is a board-certified psychiatric-mental nurse practitioner (PMHNP) that recently retired from the United States Army after 20 years of distinguished service. He earned a BSN from Eastern Washington University in 1997, a Master’s of Nursing from the University of Washington in 2005 and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Washington in 2012. He has held multiple leadership positions within the Army Medical Department, contributed to military mental health policy and re-shaped clinical practice in treating combat-related sleep disturbances in both Veteran’s Affairs and Military Health Systems.
Dr. Calohan has over 18 years of experience treating service members with PTSD in both the deployed and non-deployed settings. He is a recognized expert in treating combat-related PTSD, presenting nationally and internationally with multiple peer-reviewed publications. He was awarded the prestigious “A” designator by the United States Army Surgeon General in 2013, an honor given to less than 5% of Army medical officers in recognition of his expertise and significant contributions to military medicine. He also earned multiple military awards, most notably the Bronze Star and Defense Meritorious Service Medal.
He served as the Program Director for the PMHNP program at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, which trains about 90% of all Active Duty nurse practitioners for the Department of Defense. He also served as an Assistant Professor for the George Washington University School of Nursing, teaching undergraduate and graduate students. He also maintains a tele-psychiatry practice that serves rural and underserved populations.