June 27 is National PTSD Awareness Day. A new program offers therapy for veterans experiencing PTSD. The Veteran Restore Program is a six week Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for Veterans experiencing PTSD. Led Dr. Valerie Rosen, psychiatrist at Ascension Seton, the Veteran Restore Program aims to help veterans experiencing PTSD reclaim their life after a trauma by retraining their mind and body to learn it is no longer in danger.
The Veteran Restore Program incorporates Cognitive Processing Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, resilient yoga, resilience training and community outings. The free program is a closed group of up-to 10 patients, and is modeled after our civilian Restore IOP which began in 2017 and matches the literature in terms of outcomes, with approximately 50 percent of patients no longer meeting criteria for PTSD after the six week IOP. In addition, those who retain their diagnosis and participate in all aspects of the program show clinically significant improvement.